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    Hi I am currently looking at buying an 02 or 03 WRX but had some questions on the reliability and potential problems. Do those models have any distinguishing problems that seem to be a major problem? Pretty much whats wrong with those models (if any), any help would be much appreciated.
    Thanks in advance!

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    Nothing major but unless the car is modified, make sure the Recalls (Cruise Control) have been taken care of as well as the Clutch Judder TSB. As long as the car was well maintained (regular service history or records) then you really have nothing to worry about. Depending on the milage and if the car was beat on, the transmission or clutch may not be smooth (in which case walk away). But after the clutch judder TSB service it should be fine. With anything, be absolutely sure you know the full history of the car and if in doubt walk away as there are plenty of WRXes and you always get what you pay for.

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    Awesome, consumer reports gave it all in the red for reliability and what not (thats good) so I didnt think there would be anything bad going on with it. I do plan on doing some VIN checks on the cars that I look at so im sure that should help although im not sure how I will know if the car has had the most recent recalls taken care of. Now just to check and see how much my insurance will go up....

    P.S. What exactly is clutch jubber?

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    Clutch Judder is what happens to my GF's Miata occassionally as well. Its when you release the clutch on a cold morning and it doesn't feel like the clutch is catching and instead feels like its "shuddering" and shaking and transmitting that feeling up through the car to your shifter. Subaru has a Technical Service Bulletin to fix it so if you get it, bring it in and have the replacement parts install which take care of it. I did as well as put Royal Purple Tranny fluid in my gearbox and its silky smooth, even on freezing cold mornings.

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