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Hello

I am about to purchase a 2003 Impreza 2.0 WRX with about 60K miles. It is priced well below its usual price in the market (lets say about three thousand dollars cheaper). This Impreza is totally standard with no mods whatsoever. The car looks mint inside out, runs very strong. Engine has no knocks or weird noises, and it idles perfect like a kitten.

The problem is that it smokes lightly at idle (blue colored, so, oil) and it worsens under heavier acceleration (in this case smokes kinda blueish whiteish)... even when the engine is warmed up. So, I made it to a near shop that was about to close and made a compression leakdown test... all four cylinders were exactly even at 130 PSI... the owner of the shop said 130 was normal for those "early 2000" WRX engines and that it shouldn't be smoking. He suspects problem would be on the turbo. No further troubleshoot was done because the shop was already closed when finished the test.

Prices on those WRX here in Lima, Peru are going for no less than $13000 (yes they are expensive here). The last price I negotiated with the seller was $10600 which is a pretty good deal for this market (specially because it is a place where labor is incredibly cheap and its worth fixing it)

So what do you guys think the problem would be? please help me out!

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Sure, leakdown test results were 130PSI all of them even (Wich as far as I know that's not bad on those early 2000 Imprezas)... it shouldn't smoke
 

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Well at idle it smokes very very lightly (blue colored), then at heavy acceleration smokes a fair amount, still blue but a bit lighter, almost white
 

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when are you going to bye the car? i would recomend a full check at subaru dealer, might cost you up to 200 i think but at a $10000 + investment it would be worth it
 

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sorry just red your hole thread. i think we need some more help from the car guys. not real shure if i would by it even at 10000. the smoke would drive me nutts!
 

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Well... it is almost impossible to find a WRX at that price. There is no time to do further tests than the leakdown that I already did, that car will sell first thing in the morning.

If the problem is the turbo, I will replace it. If the problem is in the engine, then I would re-sell it AS IS and most likely I will make some extra money...
 

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that sounds good. i dont think you have a real problem with the car. the compression test is the most reasonable way to test the cylinders, and sounds like the 130psi was good?
 

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that sounds good. i dont think you have a real problem with the car. the compression test is the most reasonable way to test the cylinders, and sounds like the 130psi was good?
Right?


If the problem is the turbo then I will replace it that's a fairly cheap fix. If the problem is in the engine.. I have two options:

1) re-sell the car AS IS and most likely I will make some extra money
2) buy a new engine (used-imported from Japan) that costs about $3000 (and then the final price of my cost would be $13600 which is the right price these cars sell for here in Lima anyway)

So I think I'm gonna go for it!
 

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if you have some time tonight i would keep throwing around the form. im new to subaru but these guys help t me with my 2005 wrx and im very happy
 

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Best bet is the turbo if you did a compression test. Turbos are cheap and easy to fix. How mechanical are you? If you can make the fixes yourself it sounds like a good deal but once you factor in labor it may not be. If it were me....I'd walk away. But I live where they are pretty easy to find for well under 10k so its a little different situation
 

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Best bet is the turbo if you did a compression test. Turbos are cheap and easy to fix. How mechanical are you? If you can make the fixes yourself it sounds like a good deal but once you factor in labor it may not be. If it were me....I'd walk away. But I live where they are pretty easy to find for well under 10k so its a little different situation
Exactly. If I bring the turbo to the shop they will charge me around USD$70.00 to replace it hehe. So even though I am pretty handy when it comes to mechanical stuff, I'll rather pay for it since it is that cheap!
 

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To break it down a bit more for you, by turbo, he means that the seals on the turbo are going bad and letting oil/coolant escape into the exhaust. The smoke that you are seeing is the excess fluid being burnt off from the heat of the exhaust. This will lead to the turbo failing and a smoke trail that can be seen from space. If you are really interested in purchasing this vehicle, do some searching and if you can find a replacement turbo, anywhere from approx 300 to a couple thousand, you say that labor is cheap, so if you can find a direct replacement then it should be fairly inexpensive to replace the turbo. Depending on your plans for the vehicle, this may be something you were planning on doing anyway just maybe not this soon. Hope everyones information helps you make an informed decision.
 

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To break it down a bit more for you, by turbo, he means that the seals on the turbo are going bad and letting oil/coolant escape into the exhaust. The smoke that you are seeing is the excess fluid being burnt off from the heat of the exhaust. This will lead to the turbo failing and a smoke trail that can be seen from space. If you are really interested in purchasing this vehicle, do some searching and if you can find a replacement turbo, anywhere from approx 300 to a couple thousand, you say that labor is cheap, so if you can find a direct replacement then it should be fairly inexpensive to replace the turbo. Depending on your plans for the vehicle, this may be something you were planning on doing anyway just maybe not this soon. Hope everyones information helps you make an informed decision.
Those numbers on a replacement turbo are way off. You can get a low mileage Td04 for $100 in the states. Hell, I could buy one, ship it to him and take a profit and it would still be under $200.
 
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