I found a 2002 Black WRX with 110,000 miles that hasn't had the Timing Belt replaced yet, so I offered the guy $5800 and he said he'd take it.
Everything seems to sound okay, no knocking, the AC works, it handles well, boost kicks in like it should (I've driven a couple before), brakes work well, clutch engages smoothly, etc... The only thing that is not stock that I am weary about is the Cold Air intake that he has going into the fender and the eBay muffler that he bought. Although I'd doubt the muffler is hurting much, the intake worries me a bit.
When I'm slowly raising the RPM's it makes a fluttering sound which I was told by the dealership head mechanic that it's most likely just "wastegate flutter".
I'm buying it tomorrow (only because, where the hell else am I going to buy a WRX for under $6k?) and I'd like to hear your input on it.
The shop recommended getting the water pump, thermostat and something else replaced while replacing the timing belt. What would you all recommend as far as replacements when getting a new timing belt?
Oh, and "wastegate flutter" shouldn't be a problem, correct? Like I said the turbo feels to kick in just as solid as a 2003 that I drove the other day.