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Well I'm getting a wrx in the next few weeks, probably an 02-05. As I'm searching around, what maintenance should be done on one of those years with 100k-150k miles?
 

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What would a water pump run? Like installation + parts from an average shop, or is easy enough to do my self ?
 

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How long would a 05 wrx stock clutch last? Anybody have an estimate?
 

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How long would a 05 wrx stock clutch last? Anybody have an estimate?
No.

The clutch in my 02 has 100K on it. On the other hand I could wreck a clutch in an afternoon.

However, the latter is very telling. I'd instinctively have a better feeling about a car that's old but with an original clutch than one that's younger and been through five clutches.
 

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No.

The clutch in my 02 has 100K on it. On the other hand I could wreck a clutch in an afternoon.

However, the latter is very telling. I'd instinctively have a better feeling about a car that's old but with an original clutch than one that's younger and been through five clutches.
+1 Too many factors to estimate the life a clutch. At 100k, and buying a car, I would just assume it is shot ( for financial planning) but it is entirely possible you could get another 30-40k out of it. It is nearly impossible to estimate. My first vehicle (85 f150 with straight 6, so base I am surprised it had seats) ran till 160k on stock clutch. Even with my noobness. A clutch is not the end of the world. See how it feels on a test drive and go from there.
 

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Ok, if I did have to replace it, would it be that difficult or expensive?
 

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Ok, if I did have to replace it, would it be that difficult or expensive?
Yes. Both.

One way to do it, to give you an idea, is to remove the rear drive shaft, remove the front axles, remove the shifter, and separate the gearbox from the rear of the motor. This involves jury rigging a crate to the top of a hydraulic floor jack (DIY transmission jack... sigh...) to support the gearbox, and much yelling, screaming, and cursing. People one block down the street knew the clutch was being replaced.

Or you pay a pro. Figure $1K or so I guess?
 

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Nah, I'm gonna bait a few people from Subaru forums with a 24 pack of beer* each =P


* = We're not going to Total Wine/Bevmo. But if it is a deal breaker.... MAYBE.
I heard on the radio BevMo has a buy one, get the second at 5 cents sale once in a while. Never done it though. I know they have discount cards too, like supermarket club cards but for them.
 

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Shop around. Prices will vary on where you go. A dealer will be more. Many people use the Exedy "OEM" clutch kit and an independent shop. Make a few calls beforehand to see what's going on in your area for rates.
 

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I'm going to look at one later today. It's an 02 with 110k miles, he has new clutch, a turbo timer, 20g turbo, he had the timing belt done, he says he doesn't know about the water pump.

Anything I should ask him about specific with those mods?
 

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I'm going to look at one later today. It's an 02 with 110k miles, he has new clutch, a turbo timer, 20g turbo, he had the timing belt done, he says he doesn't know about the water pump.

Anything I should ask him about specific with those mods?
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I'd not go at all personally.

Those are not the droids you're searching for.

A highly modified car is a poor choice for a first WRX, especially given the context of this thread. Find a stock car with a full service history. If there are tuners and enthusiasts in your area that are into the import car scene, don't buy their cars.
 

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I have an 02 wrx with 130K and I have fixed the tranny which was grinding, clutch, timing belt, water & oil pump. I would definelty make sure thses things have been done before purchase. Check on Turbo as well.
 
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