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    Greetings from (hopefully) a future WRX owner!

    As the title suggests, I'm new to the forum and to Subaru as well. In just about an hour I'm heading down to Jacksonville, FL to go look at a used 04 WRX that's got 110k miles. Can someone give me a rough estimate of about how many miles a very slightly modified 04 wrx engine can last? Thanks to all!

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    Welcome! The longevity of a stock motor really depends on the way the motor was treated... If routine maintenance was performed properly and the owner didn't spend most of his/her time driving in the upper 15% of the RPM band, the EJ205 has proven capable to hit a quarter-million miles or more. Mods, of course, may greatly decrease the life of the motor.
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    Thank you
    The car, from what I have been told, has been serviced every 3k miles. The aftermarket parts are as follows: 3" downpipe and catback exhaust, Injen cold air intake, some aftermarket BOV (want to replace that with the stock BPV), and a relatively new perf. clutch. If you know if any of these mods will decrease the life of the engine, please let me know

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    Do you know if the car was tuned?
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    with those mods, i'd honestly stay away.

    there is no need for a performance clutch with those mods.

    if the car has a full exhaust with no tune, thats bad news.

    injen is known to make one of the worst intakes & it needs a custom tune

    BOV = no good.


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    I dont believe that car was tuned. He also has the stock clutch that his throwing in too. And trust me, I've looked almost everywhere for a stock wrx within about 500 miles of my location, and the bad thing is their all over my price range by a longshot. If I get that car I was wanting to get a Cobb Accessport and take it to a tuner somewhere either in north FL or somewhere near Atlanta. That guy said that he hasnt messed with the ecu in anyway.
    What will the full exhaust do if there is no tune? make it run rich or lean, or have some kind of back pressure problem? Just trying to get a good idea of what I may be getting myself into.

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    Would personally recommend looking at one with lower miles. If maintained well, it can last up to 150k or more. I just got my 04 WRX a couple weeks ago with 56K for a decent price. If you do decide to get it, make sure you have it looked at by a specialist. Also with those mods, you will deff need a good tune. It could do long term damage to your engine, and you will not be making full power with out one. Also air/fuel ratio problems too. Good luck, hope you make a good choice.

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    Did you buy it?

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    Didn't have the money today to get it. It ran like a charm from what I could tell. Only thing was is first gear was kind of tricky, had to give it more throttle than i thought neccessary to keep it from shaking and doing that weird bouncing thing some manuals like to do. And I actually had no idea how quick a WRX is. I did a second and third gear pull and ended up doing just at 80... in a 45 lol. I can foresee some speeding tickets in the future if I do get one.
    Next time I go back down there I'm gonna try and take it to a dealer and get them to do a thorough inspection and look at the ECU for me to see if they see any problems.
    And also, where could I get a good tune at and about how much $$ would that run? just a rough approximation of course.

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    My protune was $465, check around your area for tuners. You can always go e-tune but I never had much luck with it.

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