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Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon



  • I'm considering purchasing a 2002 Subaru WRX wagon. I'm always weary of buying a used car with a high performance engine, but it only has 16,000 miles on it. So I would have 1 year and 20,000 miles of a warranty. That is if it is transferrable. So is the factory warranty transferrable? If so, how would I go about actually transferring the warranty? And finally, has anyone any experience with the extended warranties? Price wise, about what did yours run? Thanks. I appreciate the your help!
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    The new-car warranty is fully transferrable. When you sign the used-car purchase agreement, it's effectively transferred.

    I'm not of the ilk that looks for extended warranties, so I can't be of much use to you on that issue.
  • gottawrxgottawrx Posts: 18
    Has anyone installed the Fumoto engine oil drain valve and any comments on it. And has anyone heard of the Boost Monkey and what they think of it?

    Lovin my 03 WGN with 11K in it.
  • stoner420stoner420 Posts: 165
    I've got to change my oil soon, and have one of these in the car ready to be installed. It seems like it'll be very convenient going forward. I'll probably just file down a few threads to get the last drops of oil.
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    So, nipple or no nipple? (serious question, folks)

  • prayerforprayerfor Posts: 161
    I also have a Fumoto awaiting install at my next change interval. I'm not going to worry about the plug protruding into the oil pan. Change the oil while it's hot, and whatever particulates that may have settled at the bottom of the pan will be "stirred" up into the oil and thus should drain out.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Good idea - the washers, that is.

    Warranty: I'm one of the few that likes 'em. Here's why:

    * did you know it includes roadside assistance?
    * it's bumper to bumper, 7/100, 0 deductible in my case
    * better resale value, I'll probably sell at 6 years/80k miles, to have some left on it
    * we wasted $2500 on our 626 in less mileage/time
    * peice of mind, no big surprises
    * free loaner guarantee (already made use of that)
    * red carpet treatment (we got a minivan, not a Geo Metro)

  • stoner420stoner420 Posts: 165
    seems unnecessary, and $3 cheaper this way
  • dill6dill6 Posts: 120
    got my '02 wagon in this AM for 30K service - dealer talked me into an extra $150 for chemical "flushing/cleaning" of cooling system, brake lines, injectors, etc. I said OK, now that I've had a moment to think about it sounds mostly like a good profit item for the dealer. What do you think? jive?
    They're also to check out the intermittent clutch judder problem which I KNOW the car has, but which it will probably fail to exhibit for them. What should I say when they tell me the clutch is "fine"? I've actually learned to deal with it pretty well from a driving technique standpoint, and it only happens when its quite cold, but since there's a TSB on it I think it SHOULD be fixed, since the problem is definitely there.
    Lastly, I have noticed a pronounced "chirp" everytime the AC compressor cycles on - any thoughts on that?
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    The "chirp" is most likely from the belt slipping a bit as the a/c compressor switches on. Have the dealer check it for wear and proper tension.

    The flush and fill treatment for the cooling and brake systems (esp. w/ABS) is a good idea, but IMO, fuel injector cleaning for a car that runs hi-octane is wasted $$. The only top-end cleaning our cars might ever need is to have the throttle body spiffed.

    Tell them you want the TSB work performed on your car, period. The TSB will list the build date of the affected cars, and so as long as your car is in that group, there shouldn't be any fuss. If the service manager balks at you, tell them you wouldn't have mentioned the clutch judder if it weren't an issue!
  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    If it's not in the Subaru Maint. manual, it's not necessary to have done.

    Try to leave your car overnight for them to replicate the clutch problem. It also helps if you can be there to ride with a tech.

    I notice a compressor chirp sometimes as well. I think it's just the belts, but I'm not sure.

  • andmoonandmoon Posts: 320
    I get a compressor KLACK (much louder than the noise it makes cycling on and off automatically).
    I think the brake fluid replacement is a flush. Or do they run an extra bottle of brake fluid thru the lines and call it a flush?
    A full drain of the cooling system should include the coolant in the radiator and engine block...I fill and run distilled water before filling with coolant mix.
    Clogged injectors usually show some kind of symptom...Techron every 5 to 10K is all I do.
    Auto trans flush...good.
    Engine flush...I was told by an engine rebuilder that if you change your oil often there should be no sludge buildup...If your engine does have sludge and you use a flush, the sludge will travel somewhere and plug up oil passages. If an engine is clean and you do a harm done.
  • dill6dill6 Posts: 120
    and the dealer says Subaru won't authorize the repair unless they (the service dept.) can confirm it - and apparently they aren't willing to "fudge" on it. Maybe it will pop up again when the weather gets colder. We'll see.

    Only have 5K mi. left on my warranty, but that should get me into some seriously cold weather here. The service mgr. encouraged me to bring it back as soon as the weather gets cold and befor ethe warranty expires - he seemed to want to assure me that he would like to authorize the repair if only they can get the fault to appear for them. Are other dealers taking the same line?

    After thinking about it some more, I doubt I'll go for the special 'flush' routine again. I'm only SURE of one thing - I got my wallet 'flushed' to the tune of an extra $150.

    One more thing on the clutch - any chance that the problem might go away on its own? And is this TSB applicable to WRXs only, or also other Subies?
  • karl1973karl1973 Posts: 89
    If possible, leave the car overnight at dealer and let them start it and drive it first thing in the morning. The few times my car had the shudder, it was early in the morning when the clutch was cold. (and the air a little humid)
  • msdannyjmsdannyj Posts: 22
    In NJ, I am paying $1800 a year for full coverage on a new 2003 WRX wagon. Is this reasonable or am I being ripped off? THanks
  • karl1973karl1973 Posts: 89
    depends on a lot of factors. What's your age? How's your driving record? Where do you live? etc
    Your best bet is call up local insurance agents and get quotes from more than one insurance company.
  • stoner420stoner420 Posts: 165
    Changing my oil today, first time doing it myself, but it's so easy I don't know why I never did it before. Got my Fumoto quick change valve ready to go too, should make it even easier going forward. 21800 miles, going to put my first batch of synthetic, got some Mobil 1 at Walmart, just have to run over to the Subie dealer to get a new filter (I have heard those Frams Walmart carries are not so good).

    Then we're heading over to the Dave Matthews concert in Hartford tonight :-D
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    is supposed to be done at 30K on the WRXs.

  • Finished installing my TurboXS Stealthback kit (with cat) this weekend (also the oil change and Fumoto valve).. Drove about 50 miles so far, no CELs, it is AWESOME!! Pics of the install at:
  • Just returned from my first road trip in my WRX - Omaha NE to the Black Hills in SD and back. Total of 1400 miles in 3 days, with my brother and I sharing the driving.

    Friday was 600 miles all interstate. The car was comfortable and quiet, with no aches at the end of it (great seats!!). A little windnoise around the driver's door/window was the only complaint (other than the price of gas!!). Visited Badlands National Park on the way.

    Saturday was 150 miles in the Black Hills - very scenic and great driving roads. Had a rare chance to test the WRX's grip & handling on an empty twisty road to Silver City, full of 2nd gear corners and switchbacks. For the most part, the car's grip outlasted my nerve (severe consequences for leaving the paved surface!!). Visited Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse monument, and some caves.

    Sunday was 650 miles of highways from Deadwood SD down through the sand hills of north central NE, and back to Omaha. Just for grins, on some straight and empty stetches of rural highway where you could see about 1 or 2 miles ahead, I managed 135mph on the flat while my brother reached the end of the speedometer (140) on a long slightly downhill stretch. We were amazed at how stable the car felt at that speed (although we did not stay there for long!!). Ten hours in the car and still felt pretty good at the end of it.

    Averaged around 26mpg for the trip which seems decent. Now it is back to sensible commuter driving and the Black Hills road trip will just be a fond memory :)
  • Those are my mascots ;-)
  • 26 mpg with 135 mph bursts! I'm imprezed.
  • I was missing one gas receipt and another did not show the number of gallons, but in both cases I know approximately how many gallons I pumped. Calculations came out at between 25 and 26 mpg. Despite the short speed runs, most of the 1400 miles were cruising around 65-80 (with the a/c off).
  • narenjinarenji Posts: 161
    or you could buy a purolator filter at your friendly neighborhood pep boys... i think the filter is very slightly different (if at all) from OEM, but purolator does make the OEM filters...
  • Yesterday my 'low fuel' light came on for the first time. I hurriedly looked for a gas station but was surprised when the pump cut off at 13.7 gallons. The WRX specs state a 15.9 gallon tank. Is it usual for the low fuel light to come on with 2 gallons left?

    Along the same lines, has anyone managed more than 365 miles on a single tank? That was how many I had done when the low fuel light came on. The specs for the WRX show a range of 429 miles at highway speeds (my 365 miles were all interstate at 70-75mph).
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    IIRC most passenger car low fuel lights come on when at least 1 1/2 gallons remain.
    if you are on an incline, it may come on earlier or later.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Those estimates are on completely flat ground at 55-60mph, not 70-75. Also it doesn't take into consideration wind resistance as well IIRC.

    Most have a 2 gallon reserve IIRC.

  • Redscooby,

    As others have mentioned, when the light comes on there's usually a couple of gallons left in the tank.

    Also the range "spec" of 429 miles is simply the tank capacity 15.9 multiplied by the EPA highway mileage rating of 27 mpg. You got 365 miles on 13.7 gals, which works out to 26.64 - that's pretty close to the EPA number. I get about 21 mpg in mixed driving.

    - Phil
  • andmoonandmoon Posts: 320
    I have gone 369 miles and put in 14.0x gallons. My friends 02 has gone 412miles and needed 14.6 gals....driving like the back was full of eggs.
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