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.