I saw a screaming deal on a "version 7 jdm sti top mount." It was $150, and on ebay they go for $300.
At first glance, it doesn't look like a v7. The logo is way too big. So I ask him, whats up with the logo, how come the intercooler looks like that? He pretty much says, "what do you mean, I have an ej207 and this came off the top of it." Okay, well if you say so.. he was a couple hours away, and I had to move some stuff in his town anyway, so I met up with him, but I was in my dad's pickup(crucial part of the story). I was in it because we were moving furniture and beds. So, we get to talking and he says he's converted his bugeye into a 2 door widebody. Reminded me of a 22b, somewhat. Anyway, we talk for an hour at least and he tells me he has more stuff at his house that I should come look at. So the next day, I headed over, tmic in the back seat. He gives me some STI rear door cards, a busted up JDM hood scoop, and some carbon fiber wrapped side grille pieces. Cool. He tells me he needs a ride to the shop to pick up his car. I give him a ride to the shop because he says he has the mounting brackets for the door cards there. Turns out they were at his house the whole time, but I got to see the car, so it was okay. Anyway! I make it home to my car. Pop the hood, and think to myself, "huh. If an STi intercooler is bigger than the wrx, and this is 15% bigger than the STi... then this is exactly the same as my intercooler." I get mine pulled off and compare:
There's no difference, other than the endtanks and sidewalls being painted on the "STi" one.
I ask him what the hell is going on.
He says that he has an ej207 and it came off of it.
I tell him it's clearly wrx sized.
He then speculates that the v7 didn't have a bigger intercooler.
I send him links and threads explaining the differences.
I send him pictures of the part numbers matching mine.
I send him pictures of what the part number is supposed to be.
I say its obviously not a v7 sti intercooler
He says it's definitely not a wrx intercooler. his [engine] is sti factory ej207 maybe not v7 though
He sends me a picture of a tmic from an 03 wrx.
I send him the picture from above, showing that they are clearly the same.
One day later, I explain that he falsely advertised, because it's not a v7.
He basically explaines that it's not his fault because he had no reason to think it wasn't a v7.
I explain that if his sale had gone through on ebay(he pulled it away from someone who bought it because he didn't want to ship it), he would have had to give a full refund and pay for shipping.
I suggest that he gives me back $100, and takes back the intercooler.
I understand people can be tight on money, but really? Acting like that is okay? Come on. I'm going to college, which I told him. He's going to car shows, and that this widebody thing is taking up a lot of money. Okay so we're both poor. Me even more so than he. I just don't understand how someone could do that. We talked for a good 5 hours. I even drove him around for 30 minutes. Hell, I went to his house even!
This intercooler really has me fooled though. The silver paint is underneath the sticker. Clearly the STi logo was sprayed on, but I'm really wondering what the deal is with it. Honestly probably JDM, but were there painted wrx intercoolers?
Please, for anyone reading this, do your research before buying used parts. Know the part number. If I would've written it down before I met him(I had researched but forgot the number by the time I got to him), I wouldn't have bought the damn thing. SIC-TM0100 is the part number for a v7 top mount. If you cant get a part number for an intercooler, at least drive your own car and pop the hood to note the differences. Especially if something doesn't feel right(ie the logo looks wrong). I've also learned that I'm not very intimidating, if at all. I know where this dude lives, what side of the street he parks on, and where his shop is. Yet, he doesn't care that he's stiffing me... maybe I need a face tattoo.
comparison of numbers..