I picked up a 2002 WRX Wagon with 116,000 miles back in February. Super stoked on the previous owners: 1. pastor from Iowa who drove it for the first 100k, only took it to the dealer for work, 2. mechanic in autotech school for 10k. Needless to say, its lived a fairly pampered life and was well taken car of.
So here's my first two questions:
1. Haynes doesn't print a manual for the Impreza/WRX. What is the best alternative?
2. Has anyone encountered a slight and, frankly, random grinding when engaging first gear? The situation is typically at a stoplight or slow, slow roll and there is a quick "buzz" going into gear with the clutch fully engaged. It's only happened a dozen times since I've been driving. It's definitely an issue with the syncros, but my real question is whether anyone else has seen this? My research has led me to conclude that 1st is just finicky and I will need to be careful. Suggestions? Comments? Transmission swap (god no!)?
Thanks in advance and I will now quietly retreat to further perfect my lurking abilities.