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    Decided on a WRX

    hey, i just joined clubwrx because i'm currently saving up my money to buy one and i wanted to learn as much as i can about them before i get mine because i dont want to get the wrong one

    Im currently a moderator of my forum and i know how usefull these forums can be.
    I drive a 1998 ford escort zx2 (iv'e swapped 3 trans in it now.. They're pretty weak trannys)



    My car's pretty darn good at handling because it's so light. It does pretty well in autox but I hate 2 doors. I hate FWD. thus, i have decided on the wrx.

    I'm looking at the bugeye'd wrx's because they are closer to my pricerange and i hear there's not much performance difference between that and the 04's. help me out i've got a good 6 months to find a nice wrx. (if not longer)

    Also, i found a wrx for $4500, which seems kinda wierd..
    http://southjersey.craigslist.org/cto/2106078767.html
    Is it possible to get them for this cheap? or is this just a fluke? What's wrong with this car?
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    LOL that was the first new car I ever bought. I loved my little ZX2 but I thought I needed a truck so I traded it in.

    You need to do lots of research when buying a used WRX. People like to mod them and when they mess up they put them back to stock and try to sell them. This gives the WRX a bad name but in my opinion the WRX is a great car. So avoid modified cars like you would avoid the plague. If you are lucky you will find an older person who bought the WRX new and took good care of it and are now in the market for a newer car. There are guides on this website that tell you what to look for when purchasing a WRX. Good luck.
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    If you've replaced three trannys in the escort you should be ready to replace some in a bugeye. Not that they're necessarily weak, but the fact that the car is AWD puts a lot more stress on the transmission than a 2wd car. Plenty of people will break their transmission in a completely stock car, and some people can run the stock transmission in a car with over 300whp. I had over 300whp in my bugeye on the stock transmission for a year, and when I took the gears out they looked brand new.


    Right off the bat, that car that you posted has been modded. I would question why it has no exhaust for one. Also, there are all kinds of grammar and spelling errors in the listing, and I would prefer to buy a car from someone who isn't an idiot. There's lots of things you can do wrong to these cars, and a few things you can do right. From what I can see, the previous owner of that car did nothing right.


    After the demise of my first bugeye I bought a used one, and since then I have spent upwards of $10,000 setting it right.

    Honestly, your best bet is finding a car that has not been molested what so ever. Then you need to look at it in person. One of the first things I would look at is the bolts on the down pipe. If they have nicks or anything on them then the exhaust has been changed. A lot of people will modify the car, then put the factory parts back on it to sell it. You can tell from the nuts and bolts if things have been swapped out.

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    yea, iv'e been reading that just about everywhere, it's crazy... only problem is to find a good "unmolested" wrx, they all cost 10k, which is going to mean i'd have to wait a lot longer to buy one.. lol I'm willing to do work on the engine if something goes wrong. I'm not too familiar with the boxer engines but i'm sure it's not too much of a learning curve.

    How can i tell if a wrx has rod-knock. I hear it's basically cancer for cars, and it's the slightest thing but it kills the engine..

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    You might be willing to work on the engine, but do you have the $10,000 to set it right when it goes?



    On a side note, I do have a good condition ej205 I'm willing to part with.. Although I'm probably going to end up breaking it down and parting it out.




    The car itself it easy to work on. I find everything to be pretty much straight forward, but when you start talking about replacing engine or transmission components the difficulty (and cost) ramps up exponentially.

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    haha true true.. i'm used to a selection of 4 or 5 zx2's at my junkyard and i get parts for under $50 everytime :P

    parts cost are definatly a downside to the wrx (as well as mpg as i hear) but i think it will be worth it

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    The WRX is definitely a fun car to drive. And since one of the most relaxing things to me is driving, that goes a long way.


    Parts cost isn't as bad as it may seem, you just have to know where to look. NASIOC classifieds is a good place to start. I used to have trouble because there weren't really that many Impreza's in TX, but now that I own two of the same year model (one being a donor car), it's not that bad.



    MPG is all in how you drive it. I have got anywhere from 32mpg/tank to 14mpg/tank depending on how I drove.

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    that's pretty sweet!

    As it stands now, i'm looking for a cheaper wrx so i wont have to work as much, and i need to put more money towards my schooling. So the ideal wrx would be a bugeye'd one with less than 100k miles and well kept engine. But with a lot of dents and dings in the body because i can fix those for really cheap and i'm going to paint the car blue regardless of what color it is when i get it :P A dented wrx is a lot cheaper

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    Where do you live? I have been getting dealer quotes on a new WRX and may be putting my '02 up for sale soon, depending on what kind of deal I can find and what they offer as a trade in. Mine is blue and is stock engine-wise, it's just lowered and has a few suspension braces (installed by previous owner). I've had it since 36k miles and am just about to hit 101k. It still runs perfect and I actually just bought new wheels and tires for it a couple months ago, but have just been getting the itch to look at a new one (love the 11's!). If I put it up for sale I would probably be looking for like $7500, and if I order a new one I will probably be ready to let it go in a couple months.

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    yea, i don't think i'd have 7k for about 6 months to a year.. But i'll ask around and maybe i could figure something out.. I was looking for one around 4k to 7k if i find a really good deal.. I live in VA

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