5-15-14: Car is SOLD!!
**NOTE** Could not post mod list because it put me over the 10,000 character limit.. FULL for sale thread here: forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2623425
Hi everybody! It's time to sell my project car to buy my dream car. I bought this as a rolling shell with no engine in December of 2013. It was a project car that I worked on through the winter in a heated garage. I put an 06 STi longblock in the car with a bunch of bolt ons. The suspension is great, and the drivetrain is smooth. The only thing I didn't get to finishing is the body, which I was planning on getting painted in May. But I realized that I can afford my dream car now, so i'd like to sell the RS and use the money for a down payment. I currently have 1100 miles on the build with zero problems.
The car is a 2000 2.5RS, originally painted red. It currently has 207,2xx miles on the body. Miles will go up slightly since I drive it on the weekend sometimes. The car is not my DD and I have another vehicle. I do not have the Carfax, but there are no apparent signs the car has been wrecked, and it has a clean title. The N/A to turbo swap was merged into the RS harness by the previous owner with a 2002 WRX engine harness and a 2002 WRX ECU. AVCS is not wired in. However the oil lines are still hooked up to the AVCS so it's not starved of oil. Most people just plug the holes, but that's not the right way. 2002 WRX intake manifold was used to keep drive by cable. And a cam reposition bracket was used so that the WRX cam sensor could read the STi cam gear. Otherwise, everything about the swap is just like normal turbo cars.
The engine is an 06 STi longblock that had a timing belt hit at 68k miles. No damage to the pistons, so the shortblock was left as is. Heads were completely rebuilt with all new OEM parts and OEM STi cams. When the engine was put back together, it had ALL serviceables done (More details at the bottom). AVCS is NOT wired in, but would be completely functional if it was hooked up. Engine has an 02 WRX intake manifold for drive by cable.
I bought the car with full 04 WRX drivetrain. It's early 04 since the car has female axles and the trans has the stubs. Unknown mileage, but with Uncle Scotty's transmission fluid mix, it shifts very smooth. No grinds, pop outs, or leaks. 1st gear will slide in at 15mph easily. Has a short throw shifter (Factory upgrade?) and it's got to have a few aftermarket shifter bushings because the shifter is so stiff. I don't know for sure on the bushings though. Very nice shifter. I can't find anything wrong with the drivetrain.
Suspension/frame has a few things I did to it. First off, the underbody has minimal rust, and is in great condition for a car with this many miles. I put on a full set of OEM 2.5RS struts with 91k miles on them. They have new rear tophats as well. Suspension is not blown, and rides very nice with no clunks. I bought the car with an 04 WRX rear subframe, and installed an 02 WRX wagon front subframe and swaybar for compatibility with the turbo engine. Stock rear swaybar. I've also done most of the drivetrain mounts (Group-N engine mounts, trans mount, and Torque Solutions pitch stop).
The interior is nice, and has tinted windows all around except for the windshield. Tints are pretty dark but not limo. The interior also has STi blue carpet and blue suede panels. There is a triple gauge pod on the dash, but I only have an AEM wideband installed. The dash is flocked as well.
The body; This is really the only thing on the car that is less than excellent. Like I had mentioned, I was planning on painting the entire car this spring. Most of the rust is fixed on the body. There is still a bit of rust on the rear quarterpanels. The entire car was plasti dipped red when I got it, besides the trunk had the vinyl wrap peeled off and the hood that still had blue vinyl wrap on it. There are still a few bits and pieces of plasti dip that need to be peeled off, but 98% of it is gone. Brand new OEM front bumper, and front fenders because some aftermarket junk was on it. One other thing to note is that the front (top) radiator support is bent a little on the driver side. So the grill and driver headlight don't sit flush with the hood. Should be able to be bent back.
The engine, how it runs, and how it's tuned, is almost flawless. Drivetrain is very smooth.
Suspension is not blown, car doesn't clunk, brakes stop well. However ABS light is on.
Interior is very clean and has some nice upgrades. However the blue STi carpet isn't a perfect fit. And the door panels have some imperfections.
Needs paint for sure, and some bondo work. But most of the difficult areas are already done.
The car runs and drives extremely well. So well that i'm going to hate to see it go.. The swap was done very well from what I can tell. And all of my work was to the highest degree. Nothing was skipped or spared, and nothing was cheap. One thing I must mention is that I literally got 29mpg on the highway before I hooked the cruise control up. That was driving 75-80mph with 2 pulls. I did the math twice, and got to the other side of Michigan and back using only 3/4th of a tank. Everything about this car is brilliant.
The body is really the only thing that needs work. A few more spots need to be buffed, and a few small dents need filling. There's also some moderate hail damage on the roof that I have not fixed yet. But if you're an autobody specialist, this would be perfect for you.
349WHP and 361WTQ in a 2850lb car
29mpg highway! (Maybe 30 with cruise?)
Top quality parts
Very clean install
Retains cruise control
Added hood scoop air splitter
All serviceables done! Clutch, belts, filters, seals, gaskets, O-rings (Including all A/C and power steering O-rings) You could practically follow the OEM service guide/intervals for the engine, just like you bought a new car.
Good drivetrain (2004 WRX has thicker/stronger gears than 2002 and early 2003)
Good suspension that is not blown.
A legendary, classic rally car.
Needs paint (Or if you're into plasti dip)
Needs some body work to fix up dents and stuff
Needs an alignment
Need tires. (They're drivable but well worn)
No spare tire/jack
ABS light is on
Needs a front grille (Current one has a broken tab and is held on one side by a zip-tie)
Missing the trim in the trunk that is attached behind the rear seat.
I have all, yes ALL receipts and records of EVERY little thing i've bought/done for this car. Clean title.
I'm asking $9,900 or best offer. No trades!
$12.2k invested! (Including what I paid for the car originally)
I'm located in Northville, Michigan 48168. SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY! And for the love of God, please do not contact me saying you'll only pay the Kelly Blue Book price. But this isn't craigslist, so I wouldn't expect that.
Email me: Jet_Slicker@live.com
Text me: 248-921-9005
My name is Randy
Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!
PS: Also selling my 2003 Ford Focus SVT to buy my dream car as well. 101,xxx miles (Daily driver) Excellent condition, no problems. Tuned for more power, fuel efficiency, and driveability. $6k OBO
Contact me if interested.
Onto the pictures!