2002 WRX Wagon - Stock - 76,000 miles.
Love story from the first time I came across one. I was sitting in my Z3 3.0at a stop light when this guy in a black wagon pulls up next to me. I figured I would accelerate at a normal pace until 3,000rpms hit then I would floor it. The guy was across the intersection and making a right turn in front of me before I knew what happened. It was then I realized I had found the ultimate Q-ship. Sold the Z3, put the proceeds towards an engagement ring and found a nice used WRX wagon and have never looked back (except on really sunny days).
SO I have hit a crossroad and I am looking for advice. I am starting to get concerned I may be staring at some large maintainence costs in the next 10k miles and I am deliberating if it may be time to move on. Looking for advice.
1) I have the cold weather gas smell. First time in three years of ownership I have noticed it. I have seen the TSB on the repair but also read that several people skipped the hard fuel line swap. Dealer wanted $367 to do it. I have not seen any posts regarding if just swapping the rubber hoses and clamps cured it.
2) I have noticed over the past 2 months under hard acceleration that I seem to have a slight loss in power between 4300-4700 rpms after which I seem to be full power on to red line. I have no idea where to begin with diagnosing this problem. Thoughts? This is the one I am most concerned about.
3) At 76,000 miles I am starting to get nervous about my timing belt. May be completely unfounded but I am not sure when to be concerned about it. I think I saw that Subaru recommended a change at 105k miles.
4) I bought the car with 36k miles with full intentions of modifying, but the cash has gone instead to raising two kids (as it should, no gripe here) now I find myself back on track but do not know if this is something I should consider doing now that I am higher mileage.
Thanks in advance for everyone's replies, I really love the car but I am not sure if it make sense to dump a couple grand into it at this point.