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    please don't tell me my wrx is falling apart?!?

    I've had my 2002 Impreza WRX for about two years and now I'm starting to run into problems with it. My WRX now does not start immediately, it takes a couple times to start...I guess the starter has to warm up. But, when it starts my ABS, Brake, and battery light goes on. I am able to drive a car however it obviously sounds like it is not running right. My powersteering no longer works and between gear shifting my RPMs and MPH drop to 0 on the dashboard. I was wondering if anyone could help me and try to figure out what might be going wrong with my car. Thanks

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    I'm sorry, it's falling apart.

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    That sounds mostly electrical related, I could be wrong but I'm just saying.

    How many miles on the car? Any mods?
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    Have a shop check the battery, the leads, and the alternator.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    Have a shop check the battery, the leads, and the alternator.
    Most def have it checked out. Sorry to hear that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spencer3636 View Post
    That sounds mostly electrical related, I could be wrong but I'm just saying.

    How many miles on the car? Any mods?

    Around 93K miles...just an intake, exhaust, and blow off valve

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    Quote Originally Posted by metsman7 View Post
    Around 93K miles...just an intake, exhaust, and blow off valve
    I'm sticking with electrical. As SD_GR said, have a shop check the battery, leads and alternator.

    I would also recommend that you find the original BPV and take off that blow off, it is doing more harm than good and has no performance advantages for your car.

    Check your electrical, remove BOV, reset ECU. That is a pretty good starting checklist of things to do
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    It sounds like the Negative cable going from the battery to the body isn't making good contact.
    Or the battery needs to be changed out.

    +1 ditch the BOV.

    Do your lights also dim at night when you step on the brakes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy96gase View Post
    It sounds like the Negative cable going from the battery to the body isn't making good contact.
    Or the battery needs to be changed out.

    +1 ditch the BOV.

    Do your lights also dim at night when you step on the brakes?
    yeah the lights dim sometimes when i first start the car...i think it's a bad wire as well because sometimes my ignition won't start right away and soemtimes my radio will turn off

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    Quote Originally Posted by metsman7 View Post
    yeah the lights dim sometimes when i first start the car...i think it's a bad wire as well because sometimes my ignition won't start right away and soemtimes my radio will turn off
    I think it sounds like a bad connection to the battery or the battery it self.
    How old is the battery, is it original?
    As for the connections, just open the engine bay, and start looking around

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