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Old 09-12-2002, 09:56 AM   #1
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Talking OTT: Bought a 03 WRX

Well, leased actually. We went to Lachute the other day and worked out a deal that is waaay better than what Westboro offered. I dealt with Luc and was very happy with the way I was treated. I wanted a silver sedan and they did not have one in stock. They had one on the way so it should be here by next Friday at the latest. The only option I got was an aftermarket alarm that they sell that has an auto starter too. I'm not sure what brand it is. Has anyone else bought an alarm from them? I just figured it was easier to get it put in there so I wouldn't have to drop it off somewhere else and take the bus to work. I'll have to wait until I sell the Jeep to buy my other goodies.
I have a few questions for local WRX owners, and yes I've searched this site but I wanted local input.

1) Break in, how many KM's before you started driving it harder?

2) Oil. Did you stick with regular oil or switch to synthetic? If so, after how many KM's.

3) Anyone have the arm rest? Do you like it? I'm 6'7" and I think I'd like a better arm rest than the stock one.

4) Air filtration. Does it work, is this a worth while option? I do drive on a lot of gravel roads so I think it might be useful.

Any other tips you might have would be useful.

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Old 09-12-2002, 10:11 AM   #2
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Congrats Aaron......

For the intake, you're better off in just putting a K/N filter in the stock housing..... Lots of intakes (aftermarket) are shown to be useless and you'll lose HP.... only when you modify a lot of the car, then the intake should be done.....

For oil, I use Mobil 1 synthec.... I know Mturmel uses Motul synthetic oil..... You might want to consider in switching your tranny and rear diff to synthetic also..... I currently have castrol synthetic but I just bought some Motul synthetic oil for the tranny and diff at Subaru Lachute.....

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Old 09-12-2002, 12:08 PM   #3
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Hi YJGuy,

1. Break-in: I followed the manual to the tee (I believe it says 3000km). It is very difficult to stay under the RPM and speed limit ceilings but probably worthwhile in the long run. Since your car is leased, perhaps the long run doesn't concern you.

2. Oil: It was recommended by Ogilvey that I let use dino-oil for the first 24,000km before switching to synthetic.

3. Arm Rest: No idea

4. Air Filter: Even in re-circulate mode, the WRX HVAC system appears to let in alot of "dirty" air (smells, smoke, fumes from older cars, etc). The OEM air filter sounds like a good idea (the air filter in my previous car was very effective).

FYI: I recently saw a post on another thread that discussed using a regular house furnace air filter (must be cut to proper size of course) instead of the OEM part. Regardless the filter is quite easy to install (you only have to remove the glove box).

By the way, congrats on the purchase.

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Old 09-12-2002, 01:32 PM   #4
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Welcome to the club! 6'7" do you even fit in there! My brother in law is 6'3" and it looked tight!

Congrats on your purchase, guess you didn't want to try Gatineau, Lachute is great to deal with.

Here's what I did after a lot of digging and reading:

1- Break-in. Keep the revs under 5000 rpm for the first 1600km (or whatever the manual says), that's a heck of a long time... One of the guy in the MSC did it in 24 hours... Change your gears a lot, don't stay at the same rpm for extended period, ie no cruise control. It's the first time your engines internal are working together...

2- Yes, keep the dyno oil for a while. There's no concensus on how long, but the number I've seen more often is 10000 miles, 16000km. That's what I did on my talon and WRX, no problem. Yes, as Robin suggested, I'm a Motul whore I use Motul 10w40 300V synthetic oil. Motul Brake fluid, tranny too.

3- I've never seen the armrest in real life.

4- Air filtration, never tried it, I figured Ottawa is not smog city... but hey, could be a good idea!


Enjoy the car!

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Old 09-12-2002, 02:28 PM   #5
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Thanks guys, I want to break the car in properly as there is a good chance that I'll buy it out at the end of the lease. It will be hard not to drive it hard the first while though! I think I'll end up getting the cabin air filter. It says it helps to keep pollen out so that is good for me.
I guess I'll just play it by ear for oil change overs. I was thinking of going to redline fluids for the tranny and diffs. They seem to help the stiff transmissions in Jeeps.
I will join the NCSC soon. I'll probably join at the next meeting. If I get the race membership do I get a discount at Solo II races put on by the MCO?
Matt, sorry for not getting back to you about Gatineau Subaru. It just slipped my mind. Thanks again for the offer though! Yeah, I'm a pretty big guy. I was actually considering getting a MINI Cooper S too. They have more room up front than the WRX. It would have been too small in the long run though and I woud have regreted getting one a few months down the road.

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