What's up all? I'm thinking about buying an 02 'X with some mods already accomplished. I've never owned or worked on a WRX before, but I'm ASE certified and a fairly good (in my mind) mechanic. I've got plenty of tools and people available.
The only problem this appears to have is the motor. It's got an STi short block in it. I talked with the guy and he said it was tuned by a now-defunct shop here in Phoenix, who I guess screwed up the tune, thereby burning up the motor. I haven't gotten a chance to take a gander at the vehicle, but from what I understand, it needs a short block only (I'm sure there's more to it, but I'll figure that out later). He's asking $9500 obo.
Question: Do you guys think this would be a good buy? I know that, without looking at it, you can't make a very good judgment, but I'd like to hear from some WRX-heads before going in on a job that could get messy quickly. Also, could you point me in the direction of any reputable shops here in the Phoenix area that could rebuild the bottom-end? And/or perhaps somewhere to get another STi short block?
I've been looking around, and every decent WRX seems to be around $14-15k, so I figured I could get away with a $5k (max) swap/rebuild and have a much better car for the same price.
Here's the specs:
2002 SUBARU IMPREZA, 77,500 mi, WRX, VF30 aftermarket turbo with the turbo XS kit, HKS turbo back exhaust, new sti ra gear set with about 1000 miles, too much to list, needs a motor, currently has an STI Short Block
Driver Air Bag
Compact Disc Player
Passenger Air Bag
Rear Window Defroster
Power Door Locks