I'm thrilled, I'm picking up my 2002 WRX tomorrow! I've been talking with the guy for a couple weeks now and he seems very honest and upfront about the vehicle. He just recently replaced the water pump and the timing belt and he says the car runs like a top! He says he would drive it to California (from Alabama) with no worries at all...In fact, one time I spoke to him, he was doing some work in Mobile, AL, which is several hours from his home..I doubt he would have taken it if there were serious issues. It has 130,00 miles and it completely stock, with the exception of an exhaust...
He originally had it posted for $8,200. Long story short, he told me a couple days ago that he would sell it to me for $7,800 because he noticed lately that the clutch pedal has to be pressed further in than usual...he said that he doesn't think the clutch has ever been replaced. He said it does NOT pop out of gear, shutter, or slip in ANY way, shape, or form...This leads me to believe it's hydraulic related..This is my first time owning a manual transmission, but I know that the clutch has a device similar to a brake booster...come to find out, there's a "master" and a "slave" cylinder..
He says that there are no leaks, and apparently if it's either the master or the slave, it WILL be leaking..What does it sound like it could be? I need to replace the clutch anyways, and I will within the first several months of owning the vehicle... apparently, it needed to be changed at about 80,000. I just really don't want to buy a $7,800 car and turn right around and replace the clutch...The master/slave, on the other hand, i hear is very easy and inexpensive to replace, so it wouldn't bother me nearly as much.
Again, I have little knowledge of manuals, other what i've picked up from other people and the recent research i've been doing. Furthermore, I'm asking for a diagnosis based on symptoms described by someone else; I've yet to even see the vehicle..but nonetheless, I'd like to be as well-prepared as possible. Hopefully tomorrow night (If I decide to drive home with the car) I will be able to give you more details...I will be driving the car for several hours back home, so it should be plenty of time to get a feel for it.
Also, if anyone could inform me of known problems people face with 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX's, I'd appreciate it! So far, all I've been able to determine is that the "gearset" on the 02's were weak, and they were upgraded on the 2003 model...I've heard people say do NOT put a heavy-duty clutch on it if it's completely stock as well..is this a concern?
thanks so much!