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    Newbie just signed up and i have NOOBIE questions!!!

    Ok so i've been a fan of Subies for awhile...but dont' really know to much Tech info on them...i should really search and what not...but there is a subie for sale in my neighborhood...and i was wondering if anyone here could answer question i have on it and whatnot...it's a 2002 "bug-eye" wrx sedan...what are typical problems i should look for when test driving this thing? There is a newer vf-22 turbo in it...he said the other one seized...is there any typical reasons on subie's of why it would have seized?....what size is a vf22? Otherwise car looks good...is has an OEM seiban CF hood with that ginormous scoop...rims...lowered on skunk2 springs with stock struts...magnaflow exhuast...and turbo back some company don't know the name of it....hks turbo timer....spt intake...any help let me know thankx...oh and it has 93,000miles and he's asking 10G...

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    Welcome to the forums! I can try to answer a few questions, but searching will yield you much more info than I know.

    I believe a VF-22 is a moderate upgrade from stock. I do not know much about the hierarchy of turbo upgrades, but it is not a huge turbo. A "seized" turbo makes me think that oil wasn't getting to it, but I don't really know. I assume he replaced the turbo and that it wasn't the engine that had seized?

    Skunk2 springs and stock struts is probably not the greatest suspension combination, especially considering that those struts have over 90k of wear on them. Expect the ride to be rough and bouncy.

    A big question I would have is, what kind of engine management is on the car? EM is crucial when you start modding, especially when you get into turbo upgrades.

    As for things to look for, my biggest concern would be the transmission. The gearboxes in these cars are not known for taking abuse kindly, and judging by the mods on the car, I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that it was beaten up a bit. $10k is a cheap price for a bugeye, and this one seems to have a decent amount of money sunken into it. There has to be something wrong with it. Unless you are very good at working with cars and want a project, find one somewhere else. Even if you want a project, I would still look elsewhere.

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    i know the guy who owns this car...and he said there is a fuel problem...it "cuts out" when you reach high rpms...which my guess is Subies have a fuel cut for safety??? just a guess...cuase i knwo on my old Mr2 Turbo it had that same deal...like i siad i dont' know much about Subies soo...otherwise i've drivent eh car....shifts smooth in every gear...no grinds or anything...ride is a bit bumpy...but i planned on saving up for some tein dampners....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Business810 View Post
    I believe a VF-22 is a moderate upgrade from stock. I do not know much about the hierarchy of turbo upgrades, but it is not a huge turbo. A "seized" turbo makes me think that oil wasn't getting to it, but I don't really know. I assume he replaced the turbo and that it wasn't the engine that had seized?
    Actually a VF-22 is one of the bigger turbos typically used on the 2.0L motor.

    Very good points about the EM and the transmissions problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrx wagone View Post
    Actually a VF-22 is one of the bigger turbos typically used on the 2.0L motor.

    Very good points about the EM and the transmissions problems.

    If you want a project car and you have the mechanic skills to maintain an extensively modified car such as this, go for it. If you want a fast but reliable car, this ain't it.
    Good to know about the VF-22. I knew it was bigger than a VF-34/39, but I didn't know how much bigger.

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