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    Hey guys I just bought my first Wrx. Its a 2003 in pretty good condition, 200,xxx miles on her. Brand new clutch and a few other things have been done. My friend that I bought it from was driving and the timing belt snapped on the highway. Planning on starting to pull the motor out this weekend so I was wondering what you guys think will be the main things that will possibly need replaced and since im pulling the motor out what should I replace/upgrade on her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macarthurjake22 View Post
    Hey guys I just bought my first Wrx. Its a 2003 in pretty good condition, 200,xxx miles on her. Brand new clutch and a few other things have been done. My friend that I bought it from was driving and the timing belt snapped on the highway. Planning on starting to pull the motor out this weekend so I was wondering what you guys think will be the main things that will possibly need replaced and since im pulling the motor out what should I replace/upgrade on her.
    The whole motor now that the timing belt snapped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2010SubieFoz View Post
    The whole motor now that the timing belt snapped.

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    Catastrophic destructification. That sucks though, you should make him pay for it unless you planned to do the engine work already and specifically bought it to build it. There's no reason a timing belt should snap unless it's far and above its change interval. Was it literally never changed or what? 200k is too long to go w/o changing it. Either that or there is something else going on that caused it to snap, in which case big problems create bigger problems and here we are.
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    Should have been changed about 100,000 miles ago of it had not been changed at all.
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    At 200k miles...it should have been ready for its second timing belt change...


    Your possibly looking at all the internals of the block depending on what happened with the head. At full highway speeds, the entire heads are probably decimated. Its not just jumping a tooth which might bend a valve or something...thats a full on belt snap meaning all hell broke loose.

    I'd honestly just look for a comparable used long block to swap in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    At 200k miles...it should have been ready for its second timing belt change...


    Your possibly looking at all the internals of the block depending on what happened with the head. At full highway speeds, the entire heads are probably decimated. Its not just jumping a tooth which might bend a valve or something...thats a full on belt snap meaning all hell broke loose.

    I'd honestly just look for a comparable used long block to swap in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by powder View Post
    Catastrophic destructification. That sucks though, you should make him pay for it unless you planned to do the engine work already and specifically bought it to build it. There's no reason a timing belt should snap unless it's far and above its change interval. Was it literally never changed or what? 200k is too long to go w/o changing it. Either that or there is something else going on that caused it to snap, in which case big problems create bigger problems and here we are.
    Well he had the car for about 2 years and never got the belt changed then it broke on him while he was driving, so I got it from him after it broke. And no idea if the previous owner before him ever got it changed or not.

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    Let me know what all you need once you tear it down. Might have some parts you need.

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