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This is a discussion on In the market/ Looked at a 2003 WRX within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Hello all, I am in the market for a WRX and went to look at one tonight. The vehicle is ...

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    Registered User adsdude's Avatar
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    In the market/ Looked at a 2003 WRX

    Hello all, I am in the market for a WRX and went to look at one tonight. The vehicle is a 2003 with around 75k on the car. I am new to the car and there are a few things I noticed when test driving it so I thought I would try to get some feedback from experienced WRX owners/ drivers.
    The first issue off the bat was when I accelerated from first there was a slight gurgling/ bubbling sound. It also made that same noise when accelerating in reverse. But once getting above 4-6 mph the noise either stopped or was muffled by engine noise.
    The second issue is when approaching speeds of around 45 mph there was a high pitch grinding/ almost whining sound. It is definitely relative to speed because when I coasted in neutral at around 45-50 mph, the sound continued. And the sound became progressively louder to a certain point then plateaued at 45-50 mph.
    If you guys could help me diagnose these observations and advise me on potential costs/ how much work to fix these possible issues that would be great. I have mechanical experience fixing cars and have done some major work to previous vehicles but I just wanted the advice of wrx owners having never driven or been in one before.
    Thank you!

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    Maybe you have a bad wheel bearing.
    Life is like riding a bicycle in order to keep your balance you must keep moving.

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    The gurgling noise may be due to the owner doing an intake silencer delete, or may be normal for an H-4 engine. Hard to say.

    The other noise is tied to speed not RPM per your posts so it must be something outboard of the engine/tranny. I'd agree it may be a bad wheel bearing.
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