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    Anything 03-04 changes a still newbie-ish guy should know? +1-2 more questions

    Miracle upon miracles, I sold my semi clapped 03 sedan, and 20minutes later bought a MINT 04 wagon.

    I can't say how happy I am about that.

    The 03 was rattly, notched and difficult to shift, suspension crunched when weight transfered, check engine lite wouldn't go out, air bag light on, odd noises, smelled like coolant, mystery mold smells in cab, rebuilt title, the list goes on.

    The 04 was woman owned, 100% unmolested, literally drives like a new car. Nary a scratch can be located.

    I notice a few changes:
    *rear mirrors, door mounted are updated
    *dash is updated, tach, speedo, etc
    *minor tweaks on steering wheel, like cruise knob
    *rear of car, bumper, brake lights
    *hood and turbo scoop slightly different

    What else is different? Anything I should know about??

    Someone please talk to me about the Timing Belt.
    112k on the car, and they've got to have been gentle miles, the car is dead nuts perfect, smooth, tight, quiet (can hardly even hear the turbo).

    Should I change it now?
    Whats the WORST that happens if I just drive it?
    --> It breaks while driving? --> what would that mean, other than stranded??

    What else should I be on the lookout for???

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    Change it asap if it breaks it will be catastrphic its time for it to be changed. Welcome to club
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    If it breaks and jumps timing it damages the pistons as they smash into the valves, damaging those as well. Then the metal bits bounce around in your engine. You may get lucky but probably not. Replace it ASAP or be ready to replace the motor. It just happened to a friend of mine with an 05 WRX 95,000 miles. A pulley seized and wore through the belt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncj01 View Post
    What else is different?
    The ECU changed so the car is less tolerant of exhaust modifications without a remap. The suspension changed WRT the mounts used. The electricals changed slightly, as did the seats. The radiator and overflow scheme changed. The wheel bearings may have, I don't remember.

    Someone please talk to me about the Timing Belt.
    Nothing to say. Subaru said it all in the owner's manual. The car is overdue. A failure will cost thousands. My belt looked great when I did it but I did it anyway. Do the pump and all rollers too.
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