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    THAT'S why it was so cheap!

    Hey, folks! Don't be a dumb ass like me!

    I bought my '05 WRX Wagon for $9500 with only 64k on it. Too good to be true!

    Yes!

    I was having a rough idle and some seriously disturbing fuel economy (or lack thereof) but I also wanted to get some ideas about custom tuning/full exhaust, so I took it over to Speed Industries here in Michigan (an authorized Sooby-go-fast place). Guess what?!

    Engine fire. IT HAD AN ENGINE FIRE.

    A wire to my alternator is literally snapped in half. My vacuum hose plug is completely disconnected. There are things, um, taped together. A washer is missing from my oil pan and it's dripping (a little). A bracket is missing. Things were obviously put back in after the crispy aftermarket intake and turbo were taken out.

    I kept thinking my clutch was burning and that's why I was smelling a weird smell, but I'll be honest, I have been known to be an aggressive clutch-er. No. The clutch is (probably) fine. The ENGINE smelled melty.

    The good news? It runs. It's going to be okay (because if you throw enough money at anything, it will be okay). The guys over at Speed Industry were really friendly and helpful and respectful of my OBVIOUS lack of common sense. Basically, in two to three weeks, all will be well, including new exhaust and a tune. And my fuel economy can only improve!

    I did, however, learn a very important lesson. And the lesson is: understand when it is appropriate to see electrical tape in an engine bay, and when it is not.
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    wow i'm sorry to here that.

    can you go after the dealer for not disclosing something like that or is it technically your responsibility to fully inspect the car before purchase? (i'm not really sure what the policy on that is- never bought a used car from a dealership before only privately)

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    You must have some sort of recourse. I'm sure dealers are required to inspect the vehicle before they resell them, right? Hope everything will be ok.
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    Nah, it is the buyer's responsibility to really check these things out. Honestly, I probably would have still purchased if I had known in advance--it runs and the stock turbo and intake are fine. It wasn't totalled because the title wasn't rebuilt. It's just a little scary to hear someone say 'engine fire'; these are the consequences of having champagne taste on a beer budget. Max, $1000 repairs (if that!), and a tune and exhaust. After that gets done, I think I'll breathe easier.

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    Wow. That sucks but at least you were able to take it somewhere to get it sorted out. And apparently have the means to get it done.
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    I'm starting to run out of means. The damn brake lines were melted, too. Now I'm pissed. It's one thing to be a stupid customer, but another thing to let someone drive off a lot with dangerous brakes.

    So! Now I'm gonna replace the whole brake system, minus the master cylinder. Do STI brakes work on the WRX?

    Also, my speedometer is no longer working. Oh, well. Guess I need new gauges, too. Jeez.

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    Sorry to read this ... I hope you are able to get it all fixed up without spending too much $$.
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    Thanks, all. I will update.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz_the_Chick View Post
    So! Now I'm gonna replace the whole brake system, minus the master cylinder. Do STI brakes work on the WRX?
    They do (under 17" wheels), but be prepared to shell out $2-3K for a pair of those used Brembos. A better alternative would be Legacy GT brakes. They will fit, though you will need to go to a 17" wheel as well. They will be easier and cheaper to find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    They do (under 17" wheels), but be prepared to shell out $2-3K for a pair of those used Brembos. A better alternative would be Legacy GT brakes. They will fit, though you will need to go to a 17" wheel as well. They will be easier and cheaper to find.
    No Brembo's! I'm trying to get my master's!

    So, Zax, if I'm hearing you right, I need 17's to do any kind of brake upgrade?

    Gah. Maybe I'll stick to stock replacement for the time being.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz_the_Chick View Post
    No Brembo's! I'm trying to get my master's!

    So, Zax, if I'm hearing you right, I need 17's to do any kind of brake upgrade?

    Gah. Maybe I'll stick to stock replacement for the time being.
    pick up a pair of 2006 front calipers, and LGT rear calipers/rotors. You won't need 17" wheels for this combo
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    Wow.. really sorry to hear all of this

    next time ya go looking at used cars, as we all learn from perfectly sharp hindsight..

    1. bring a car friend that KNOWS insides n outs and what does n doesn't belong.
    2. hate to be cliche.. but RUN THE CARFAX.

    if insurance was contacted at all it will be on a carfax report. For older cars (pre 2k) its not so accurate but for most newer its just about dead on unless the incident was never witnessed by anyone other than the first owner.

    If you got this from a dealer and they inspected it with those bad brakes.. you should have some legal recourse. For gods sake they could have contributed to your death. Faulty brakes should not be taken lightly. Even if the state doesn't perform inspections there are still safety requirements that are mandatory by law.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mangostick View Post
    2. hate to be cliche.. but RUN THE CARFAX.
    I am so cheap, I decided to not do this and go with my belief that a female salesperson would not dupe me into a lemon. Cheese and crackers, that was stupid.

    I think I am going to walk into Speed Industry, thrust $5k at them, and say "Call me when it's done."

    The brake lines are not totally compromised, just weakened (cuz that's so much better). I think my husband feels crappy about the purchase, too, even though it was my final decision. He knows a lot about a lot of things; just not quite as much about engines. We both learned an expensive lesson. But if I pursue litigation, I may have to return the car. I know it sounds crazy but it runs and the mileage is super low. And it's better than the Mazda I was in two weeks ago.

    So, we shall overcome. With scads of dollars. Thanks for the input, Mangostick, next time, I'll be smarter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz_the_Chick View Post
    I am so cheap, I decided to not do this and go with my belief that a female salesperson would not dupe me into a lemon. Cheese and crackers, that was stupid.

    I think I am going to walk into Speed Industry, thrust $5k at them, and say "Call me when it's done."

    The brake lines are not totally compromised, just weakened (cuz that's so much better). I think my husband feels crappy about the purchase, too, even though it was my final decision. He knows a lot about a lot of things; just not quite as much about engines. We both learned an expensive lesson. But if I pursue litigation, I may have to return the car. I know it sounds crazy but it runs and the mileage is super low. And it's better than the Mazda I was in two weeks ago.

    So, we shall overcome. With scads of dollars. Thanks for the input, Mangostick, next time, I'll be smarter.
    If the brake lines are completely hosed, why not just replace with some SS brake lines and low BP brake fluid?
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    i don't know how it works where you are, but in colorado there is a month grace period, if you buy a lemon, and its a POS you can force the dealer to take it back...

    id look into it if i was you

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