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    Question on WRX issues

    I am looking for a 2002 - 2003 WRX and was wondering if there were any problems that alot of people see. Is there a trend in what breaks and needs to be repaired? what are the weak areas of the car, mechanically like clutch, diff, trans, ect., and how much is it to get them fixed? im looking for somehting sporty and reliable at the same time, not like the tiburon i curently own. What do you think about the WRX?

    thants for the imput.

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    In the end, it all comes down to how you drive the car. With the 02-03 models, they have supposedly a "Glass Tranny". But, I personally know of a handful of guys who have a vf34 turbo setup on stock tranny. If you baby it, then you should have a lot of time in your suby! No clutch drops and lots of hard launches, and you are golden.
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    thanks, the way i drive i dont think i will exactly baby it but im not going to be running it at the track or anything. the trans probly gose becaues people like to launch at 6 grand with the AWD. im just looking for something quick to terrorize my town and zip down the highways.

    if anybody else has any knolage of things that usualy go wrong with the sudies please let me know.

    thanks.

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    Even correct launches are hard on the tranny.
    Since the 02-03s have the slightly weaker teeth, it just seems to be an issue that most people that drive the car expirence eventually. Not everyone of course.
    Not being an idiot and good tranny fluid will certainly help prolong the life of your gearbox.

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    ok, so the subarus have a weak tranny, so any start is hard on it, but how about shifting once you are going. dose running through the gear fast take a big toll on it? do syncros go early? also tansmitions are expencive, is it worth getting a subaru with about 60-70000 on it or will the trans go soon and cost me alot to fix?

    thanks for the advice,

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    3rd gear syncros grind in many. Clutch usually gives out before the tranny but hard/improper launches will take it all.
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    FWIW - My 2002 bugeye is vf34 and runs and drives beautifully. I'm still on the stock clutch and tranny. I DO NOT LAUNCH MY CAR. I sometimes rev up to maybe 3k and slip the clutch for quick acceleration, and though not more than 20% of the time, over the last few months several times I have lit up all 4 tires in the process of doing so. This was on dry clean road, not wet/snow. In the rain and snow, I generally take it easy as I'm not trying to risk messing up the center diff. I try not to ever spin my tires while driving my WRX, but sometimes it does happen.

    In all my research online, I keep finding two different explanations of the WRX center diff, some stating 50/50, while others say 45/55. Anyone care to chime in on this?

    To get back on topic - if you are good at driving stick and understand how to minimalize shock on the drivetrain, it should last a long time.
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    [QUOTE=Micah;1861313]In all my research online, I keep finding two different explanations of the WRX center diff, some stating 50/50, while others say 45/55. Anyone care to chime in on this?[QUOTE]
    I believe the bugeyes with the 4EAT auto tranny get the 50/50 with VDC and the 5MT has the fixed 45/55 but the ratios could be reversed.
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    thank for the info on you own 02 trans, it seems like as long as i drive it decent and done beat on it every day and take it to the track then i should be ok. im just worried about buying it with 70000 or so on it. i hear subarus are good cars though. i am not sure about the ratio but i know that it is fixed on the WRX and can be changed on the STI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktmrider View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Micah View Post
    In all my research online, I keep finding two different explanations of the WRX center diff, some stating 50/50, while others say 45/55. Anyone care to chime in on this?
    I believe the bugeyes with the 4EAT auto tranny get the 50/50 with VDC and the 5MT has the fixed 45/55 but the ratios could be reversed.
    Thanks for clearing that up. Also explains why sometimes I swear I can tell it's the back tires breaking loose before the front.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Micah View Post
    To get back on topic - if you are good at driving stick and understand how to minimalize shock on the drivetrain, it should last a long time.
    Micah - Right on the money! You can have the most bulletproof, tricked out drivetrain in the world, but if you don't understand the mechanics of how they work, you'll be constantly blaming the OEM or aftermarket component that just shattered into 10,000 pieces for the third time rather than modifying your launch.

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