Hey all, i am looking into picking up this 2002 WRX in the next week or so. The asking price is 3000, its a 2002 WRX, in white. It is in really good shape for the asking price, here is the catch. The owner current owner claims that while driving one day in the spring the vehicle just lost power, it still runs. Will idle and run, just has an extreme lack of power. I have yet to look at the car because it is about 2 hours away from me.
My question is what could be the possible cause of the current owners concern? I know a bit about Subaru's and these motors, but without bias would like to know what the community has to say?
About me? I have a great knowledge of automotive, I understand how to diagnose most no start problems, run-ability issues... but this is said to be a lack of power situation. I plan on doing the basic checks of the car when i look at it, as well as an scoping the amperage of the cylinders while turning the engine over to get a general check of the cylinders. He claims that there is a loss of compression in the cylinder #3, based on something that his Access port may have told him?
Any other ideas that could be the cause?