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Old April 7th, 2012, 09:52 PM   #1
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Default 2000 Subaru Impreza RS Coupe?

Any Subbie owners around here? I came across one that I really like. It has 134,000 miles on it. I have done a little looking around but I know nothing about these cars so I'm not sure what to look for. Where can I get good info on 1st gen Impreza's?
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I had a 99 rs coupe. Car was fun as fukc , 27 MPG. 150 on it when I sold it. If you don't buy the one you're looking at let ne know about it. Mine was a stick. Tons of fun to drive.

I didn't have any mechanicals while I owned it. It needed struts, clutch was kinda funky, but it always ran like a champ.

Was also super easy to work on (oil changes, brakes, and a wheel bearing) laid out pretty nice IMO.
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I'm assuming all RS's are the 2.5L? At 134,000 I'd imagine there should be maintenance like timing belt and what not, right?

I have been watching video's on youtube for the past hour on these things, I'm liking them more and more. I love my ZJ but I need a better commuter car.
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Yeah timing belt needs to be done. 100k.

If I wasn't on my phone I'd link you to some good forums.

Mine was 2.5, I think all rs's are
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Yeah timing belt needs to be done. 100k.

If I wasn't on my phone I'd link you to some good forums.

Mine was 2.5, I think all rs's are
That would be cool, I googled forums for Subaru's and damn near fell over. They are just as bad as Jeep's
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Old April 8th, 2012, 01:21 AM   #6
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rs's are 2.5's
my dd is an 04 wrx and let me tell you the subies are a blast and great all around in the winter

www.misubie.com
http://forums.nasioc.com/
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That would be cool, I googled forums for Subaru's and damn near fell over. They are just as bad as Jeep's
I was also surprised by what is available for them as well. I have an 86 GL wagon 4WD and was surprised to find that I can get 2-6" lift kits and other off-road stuff for it easily.

Mine will look like this eventually:

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I had a 2001 2.5RS for about a year, great car, very reliable and a blast to drive, especially in snow. My dad also had an 03 WRX for a while and lots of friends rock various model subi's for DDs and toys. They're great cars, very reliable and laid out nicely when you do need to work on em. Like kickstand said, the timing belt should be done right around 100k, and if it hasn't been done I'd get it taken care of ASAP because those are interference motors and if it goes it could easily slam a piston into a valve. I got most of my info from nasioc(north american subaru impreza owners club) forums and a bit from rs25.com as well. If the resale weren't so damn high on those things I'd be looking for one as an economical DD, but I'll probably just try and snag an older used Focus since they cost about half as much
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nasioc.com

However I have 2k miles on my '12 impreza and the reverse lights have quit working...
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x2 on nasioc.com I was a regular on there when I had my '02 WRX. What got me looking at Scoobies was a beautiful RS a guy at work had. The nice thing is, you won't have that turbo temptation and you will get good mileage. The AWD is also fantastic once you get used to having it. Especially in the winter when about "3 of fresh stuff falls.

I only had a service bulletinl for the cruise on mine if I remember right.
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I agree with the 3 posts above me. TONS of info on there.
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I agree with the 3 posts above me. TONS of info on there.
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http://www.dirtyimpreza.com/
For people who like to get their Subie's dirty.
I've had my 2002 WRX wagon for over 2 years, it's been a great DD. Good millage if I can stay out of the boost. I've replaced the timming belt, wheel bearings and the clutch. I'm @ 120,000 miles. I look at these parts as maintainence, as I put about 30 K a year on it.
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For people who like to get their Subie's dirty.
I've had my 2002 WRX wagon for over 2 years, it's been a great DD. Good millage if I can stay out of the boost. I've replaced the timming belt, wheel bearings and the clutch. I'm @ 120,000 miles. I look at these parts as maintainence, as I put about 30 K a year on it.
What mileage do you get with it??

I have had and fixed a few subbys, the most common problem is head gaskets. The most common hg leak on a 2000 2.5 is an external leak, look it over closely.

I'm looking for a wrx wagon with engine damage to repair, not hard to find, but allot of them are overpriced (IMO)......
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Driving nice I can get 26 around town and 30 on the highway. With the way I drive it's more like 20/26. That's playing around and running @80+- on the highway. I should also mention I have a up-pipe, down-pipe, intake and am running a stage 2 map.
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Sorry for the highjack. Other than headgaskets (if they haven't already been replaced) I think the Impreza is a great little car. Price can be an issue. I found mine in Florida. It seems in northern Michigan people think they're gold. Just like old Jeeps. I will buy another Subie. Good luck.
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If I kept out of the boost, I got @ 25-28 too. In the summer around town though I got horrible mileage.

Mine was one of the first WRB WRXs in MI back in '01. I had an uppipe, downpipe, boost controller and a Prodrive muffler that made that boxer engine sound so beautiful.
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my wife drives a 05 legacy GT limited 5mt (fast and fun as hell). i drive her old 2000 forester S 5mt (fun as hell and still has pep).

main issues are wheel bearings and head gaskets. head gaskets are easy to do in a weekend if you got a cherry picker and hand tools. cars are layed out very well.
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I kept my stock muffler, I like quiet. Wheel bearings aren't to bad. I don't have a press, but with a little heat and a few beers they came right out. The local Subie shop wanted $400/wheel to do the bearings wtf. It took about 6 hrs. to do all four.
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I had a Borla catback on there and that droned soooo bad in side I couldn't get it off fast enough.
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