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    Hey WRX members,

    I need help with this '02 WRX. Before you click on the link, there are things you need to know.
    Apparently this car is not street legal because the exhaust will emit emissions and pollute the environment.
    And the link says the guy only modded the boost gauge and the exhaust. But there are a few other modifications. Can you spot some others?
    Also, the price is a little 'sticky'. I want to pay 7 grand for this but its on sale for 9 grand. What is the reasonable price?
    Should I take this car to a mechanic?
    WHAT DO I DO??

    2002 SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STOCK! ONLY 95,000 MILES!

    Thanks, appreciate the help. (if you decide to)

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    2002 Subaru Impreza WRX Purchase Help

    I'd buy a car legal to drive. See the sticky threads in the purchasing forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by subaruFTW View Post
    Apparently this car is not street legal because the exhaust will emit emissions and pollute the environment.
    I have yet to find a car with an exhaust that doesn't emit emissions.....

    What makes you say this one isn't street legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by subaruFTW View Post
    And the link says the guy only modded the boost gauge and the exhaust. But there are a few other modifications. Can you spot some others?
    Wheels, shift knob, debadged, head unit (possibly speakers and other components then too), tinted side markers, tinted rear windows (maybe, really hard to tell in these pics), maybe more hard to tell with crappy pics!


    Quote Originally Posted by subaruFTW View Post
    Also, the price is a little 'sticky'. I want to pay 7 grand for this but its on sale for 9 grand. What is the reasonable price?
    So call and offer 7 and see if he'll take it. If not, then you know to look elsewhere. A reasonable price considering the 90k service was completed and it has newish tires is probably about 7-8k, maybe 9.

    Quote Originally Posted by subaruFTW View Post
    Should I take this car to a mechanic?
    Only if you're seriously considering buying it.

    Quote Originally Posted by subaruFTW View Post
    WHAT DO I DO??
    Find out about the price, check it out in person, and take it for a test drive. Get a full service history and a mechanical inspection if that goes well. Then either buy it or don't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teflon_jones View Post
    I have yet to find a car with an exhaust that doesn't emit emissions.....
    What makes you say this one isn't street legal?
    Exactly what I was thinking. I'd be more worried about a bugeye that DIDN'T have emissions (i.e. non-running)


    Quote Originally Posted by teflon_jones View Post
    Wheels, shift knob, debadged, head unit (possibly speakers and other components then too), tinted side markers, tinted rear windows (maybe, really hard to tell in these pics), maybe more hard to tell with crappy pics!
    A few clarifications: the wheels themselves are stock, but they appear to be plasti-dipped, maybe powder coated. I'm about 95% sure that head unit is stock, though. Other mods: shift knob, possible short throw shifter, the boost gauge as mentioned, and Koji-style painted headlights, which means the lights have been opened and might be prone to condensation.

    On the engine side: the ram air scoop is missing, so I'd say it's had the intake silencer delete, and there are extra wires around the battery and ground. Amp/sub, maybe? Could be just a grounding kit too, I suppose. It's missing the plastic cover over the boost control solenoid (between the top hat and intake). They are pretty flimsy, so it might have just broken, or someone messed with the boost control. Missing the radiator cover trim.


    The last thing the seller doesn't mention is a tune for that turbo back exhaust. While bugeyes can technically run a TBE with the factory tune, there's no benefit to doing so. It should have a Stage II tune for those modifications. It really bugs me the seller says continually insists the car is stock, when an aftermarket full exhaust is clearly NOT STOCK...
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    The car isn't stock...it clearly states "Turbo Back exhaust" which means the downpipe with the catalysts have been removed...ergo not technically "street legal." If you have to get it inspected/emissions/registered...be prepared to have to put a stock downpipe on to pass those.

    Offer 7k...if you don't get it for $7500-$7900, walk. INSIST that it's not a stock car and that you need to make changes to get it registered legally (then you can go catless all you want. Many of us are ourselves...including me )
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