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Old 08-22-2002, 12:13 AM   #1
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2003 Impreza WRX
Platinum Silver Metallic

Default Just got a 2003 WRX, need some advice (not upgrades, just tips....)

Hello everyone. My family just got a 2003 Wrx a couple of days ago. It has 100 miles on it. I was curious if anyone had any advice or tips on the car. Advice like how to drive it or keeping it clean or anything. I am going to search the forums for a thread on how to drive it well. Well, thanks. Peace.
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Old 08-22-2002, 12:26 AM   #2
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2002 WRX Sedan Stg2
2013 OBW roll'n at 30+mpg


Don't expect 1st gear to go in instantly when you are going 10-20 mph. use light easy constant preasure...
or double clutch... 20mph = 4000 rpm
Don't be alarmed on the road when you feel a funny vibration on a new surface (stiff suspention compared to a average car)
Reverse is there when you find it, 2 trys sometimes.
Don't side step the clutch.

enjoy the car...
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Old 08-22-2002, 12:35 AM   #3
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2002 M3


My best advice: don't crash it. and respect the run in period.
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Old 08-22-2002, 02:19 AM   #4
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from what i understand, reverse in the manual transmission is not a syncronized gear. if it grinds from a cold start(a problem i have), just shift into first before going into reverse. takes care of it everytime.
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Old 08-22-2002, 09:17 AM   #5
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Make sure you break in the engine properly. Change the oil every 3k miles. Get used to driving the car before you go crazy fast. I would hate to see another "wrecked my car" thread.

Warn people about turbo boost.
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Old 08-22-2002, 09:36 AM   #6
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shaking back and forth, especially with the AC on is a normal part of the boxer engine design.
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Old 08-22-2002, 09:52 AM   #7
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This advice I dispense now. *cheesy music plays*

Let the car warm up before you drive fast. But follow the recommended break in of keeping the RPMs below 4k and varying the rpms for 1000 miles.

You don't need to let the car idle after you have driven it, but it doesn't hurt after you have driven it hard. I make sure I drive slower a mile from my destination so it gets a chance to cool down while moving.

Switch to synthetic oil at your first or second oil change, never go back to regular oil.

If you have the stock 16 inch wheels, the recommended tire pressure in the door jam is a bit low for most peoples tastes. If you leave it you may feel the sidewalls buckling during turns. I upped my pressure to 35f 32r, some even go higher. To me it made a noticable difference in how the car feels when pushed a bit. Make sure the back tire have less pressure then the front.

Don't buy the Subaru leather front end cover, it blocks the air intake (the top piece does). I wasted my money on that.

Don't let people slam your doors.

Don't let people push off the armrest extension to get out of the car. If they are to fat, weak, and dumb to get out of the car without doing that, don't let them ride shotgun. Stick em in the back with the rest of the luggage.

Buy a car cover. Use it the night before it snows. It makes things easier.

Drive slow for a while. Love the car for all that it is, not just for the turbo engine.

Wear your seatbelt.
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