2004 2.5RS Automatic to Manual
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This is a discussion on 2004 2.5RS Automatic to Manual within the Transmission & AWD forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I was thinking of buying a 2004 2.5rs as a project/fix up car. the motor is in good shape but ...

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    2004 2.5RS Automatic to Manual

    I was thinking of buying a 2004 2.5rs as a project/fix up car. the motor is in good shape but the transmission, which is automatic, isn't the smoothest and the rear diff sounds rough. Issues aside its a family members car so I'll be getting it for next to nothing. My question is how hard would it be to swap in a manual transmission? I would like to turn the car into a weekend toy and I was thinking it wouldn't be a bad place to start, especially if the price is too good to turn down. Also has anyone repaired/replaced a rear diff? How involved would that be? Also any idea what kinda $ this would cost. I would shoot for used parts as much as possible.

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    I wouldn't use an RS as a weekend toy. It would make a great daily driver if you could buy it for cheap, then throw in another auto for cheap. Just remember what it's actually worth and make a call.

    I'd say 1-1,500 for a tranny. Rear diff is a couple hundred. Clutch kit another couple hundred. You'll need pedals, master and slave cylinders, hoses, the shifter, the interior trim, clutch alignment tool. Not sure what else... But it in all likelyhood it wouldn't be worth it for an RS.

    All this work is pretty involved.

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    I wouldn't bother wasting money doing any of that to a 2004 2.5RS...it's just an Impreza...nothing special about it.
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