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PostSubject: Subaru guys help/opinions   November 5th 2012, 9:55 pm

So i have a chance to buy an 05 WRX with a blown motor and am not sure what I should do. She doesn't know how much she wants for it, but she doesnt owe anything on it and I work with her so I felel like i can get a pretty good deal. I am just wondering if I can get it for under between $2500 and $300, how much am I looking at to put in a new motor. I would like to be under $7k total. Would it be a better idea to get it and swap in a wrx motor, or should I just do an STI swap while its all out.
Like I said, im not for sure if this is even going to go through, but if i can get a good deal on this body I'm not sure if I can pass it up.
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Thanks for any input guys.

As far as the car itself.
Black 05 wrx
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140k miles
a few minor interior electrical parts don't work
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PostSubject: Re: Subaru guys help/opinions   November 6th 2012, 3:08 pm

Define "blown motor" and we can start there!

If you don't want anything special, a used turbo is cheap enough. The cost of the engine rebuild depends on whether you need an entirely new block, or just new bearings and maybe a crankshaft. With that mileage on a stocki-ish car, I am guessing blown motor means spun bearing. It could be a pretty cheap fix. If there is a hole in the side of the block...

The STI swap will cost you a lot more.
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PostSubject: Re: Subaru guys help/opinions   November 6th 2012, 5:23 pm

Blown motor is......
car was burning oil and the turbo blew and threw pieces into the motor... Sad as far as I know
It may be less severe than that, but lets assume the worst and go from there

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PostSubject: Re: Subaru guys help/opinions   November 7th 2012, 5:26 pm

Replacing it with a WRX motor is going to be your cheapest and probably best route, especially if you're planning on just putzing the car around town. Are you going to be doing the work? If so, that will cut down on your costs significantly. I suggest you start scouring some NASIOC part out threads to find a deal on a motor, there's also a couple vendors on there that buy totaled WRXs and STis. That may also be something worth looking into.

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http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=162
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PostSubject: Re: Subaru guys help/opinions   November 8th 2012, 10:34 am

So I guess my main question is what is a reasonable amount to pay for the body?
I was kind of planning on buying a old crappy subaru anyways (97-02) but if I can have a nicer one for a few grand more than I will be going that route.
But if a good offer for the body is $4k and the motor is going to be another $5, then I'll just spend 7 on something I don't need to work on, instead of 9 on something I am going to spend the winter fixing

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PostSubject: Re: Subaru guys help/opinions   November 9th 2012, 8:22 pm

Sacrilege! 4g63 ftw! ......Just my 2 bits Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Subaru guys help/opinions   November 10th 2012, 5:03 pm

no worries, the talon is still the car that matters, it'd just be nice to have another awd around

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PostSubject: Re: Subaru guys help/opinions   November 10th 2012, 7:54 pm

Then get another DSM that is what i am doing. EVO for the summer and a 1g AWD for the winter. you can find a good reasonable DSM for a good price just gotta look around. Got mine for 2k. 4G63 FOR LIFE SON!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Subaru guys help/opinions   November 10th 2012, 10:00 pm

i dont want another dsm though.... one money pit is enough Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Subaru guys help/opinions   November 12th 2012, 2:41 pm

Well considering those cars go for $8,000-9,000 in good condition with those miles I wouldn't pay more than $4,000, even then I'd be looking at a little Honda for the winter. That's a decent amount of change you could throw at the Talon. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Subaru guys help/opinions   November 18th 2012, 4:36 pm

I'm with Zach on this one. Buy some junker to get ya through the snowy days. Nothing worse than having two projects at once (I know from experience). And everybody says, "oh I'll just drive it as a DD." But can you really resist the extra HP you'll get just by throwing exhaust on a Suby? Once you do that, your journey towards the dark side is inevitable.
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