I finally had the opportunity to test drive and then buy a 2002 black WRX. Completely stock except for factory short throw and OEM gauge pod. It drives rather nice, and I hope it will serve me well in the winter time with a set of ice/snow tires up here.
A couple questions:
The short throw is exactly that, but seems rather clunky in its action, more so than my family's old 88 Honda 5sp or Isuzu Rodeo manual trannies. The synchros seem fine, but it is just....clunky. Is there anything I can do to help this out? Shifter bushings, or different short throw kit?
The OEM gauge pod's temp gauge swings wildly, if at all. Where should I start to try to fix it?
There's a few minor paint scratches on both rear doors. The whole car appears to need a full wash/wax job. Will polishing help remove these small claw marks or will it need to be professionally fixed?
I'll get some pics if people would like some, but I bet you've all seen a stock bugeye before. Perhaps after I clean it up a bit.
Other than that, this car is quite zippy compared to anything else I've driven. First real mod will be to upgrade the stereo, speakers/door deadening, head unit and perhaps an amp, in that order.