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    Hello, I my step father has a 2004 Subaru impreza wrx sti and he has been neglecting it. I am currently looking to fix it up and bring it to it's once greatness. The battery died so he stopped using it. It has just sat for about 3 years. Also the sunroof leaked and it is moldy on the interior. Where do you think I should start to revive this beautiful machine?

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    I would start by doing all routine maintenance. Fluid changes etc

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    Get teg car indoors so you can leave it safely with the windows open. Get a fresh battery. Change the oil and filter. I'd be tempted to remove the plugs, squirt oil into the cylinders directly trying to spread it around as much as possible, cap the holes with tape and walk away for a day or two. Then I'd turn the motor over either slowly by hand by using a bar on the crank bolt or very carefully using just a few spins from the starter. Finally if all seems OK I'd replace the plugs. I'd look closely at the fuel in it; I'd probably drain the tank and replace with fresh fuel. Since the car is ten years old if the timing belt has not been replaced then it's overdue regardless of how many miles have or have not been traveled. However that's a job and a half with its own thread; search for DIY on that. I'd first focus on getting the car running, then I'd do the timing stuff next weekend.
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    Check the tires too...
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    If it has a Sunroof, it's not an STI for starters...

    Definitely looking at an oil change, checking to see if it cranks like SD above said, and draining the fuel tank and replacing with fresh 93 octane.
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