I just picked up an 03 WRX a couple days ago and I figured I would say hi. Here are a few pictures (info at the bottom):
Those blue hoses don't look factory
Short ram intake, I think
A few things I'm not too keen about. This is not an STI so I don't really want it badged that way. I really would like to replace these side marker covers with functioning side markers/turn signals again. Plus, they are all faded and cracked. I just don't want to peel those off and find out the previous owner cut all the wires underneath.
Also, it was debadged, including the grille emblem. Where can I get a replacement for that?
And, I'm not the biggest fan of carbon fiber accents.
This one has 107,000 miles on it. The modifications so far that I have seen are:
-Short ram intake
-Turbo back exhaust (judging by the fact there are no cats after the turbo).
-Those blue hoses under/near the intercooler
During the test drive, everything felt okay. It idles smooth. Every now and then I might hear a small RPM change during idle but I think that might be the electric fan turning on/off (correct me if I am wrong). The turbo kicks in around 3,000 RPM, but only puts out .05 MPa (7 psi) of boost. I've spent 2 days googling before posting this so I have some ideas as to where to look.
I did notice one thing that concerned me. While driving during the first day or 2, I noticed a periodic power loss, or stutter, at cruise accompanied by a squeak/chirp. At first I thought it might be a momentary boost leak at the gauge since it sounded like it was coming from right in front of me. It hasn't done it to me yesterday though, or I didn't notice if it did.
Other than that, it runs great as far as I can tell. And I know, I shouldn't have bought a used, modified wrx, but as long as the engine doesn't die, I think I can handle most of the repairs.