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coldcuppatea

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About coldcuppatea

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    Sheffield
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    Spec D
  1. Ah yeah, start of the Strines. Great bit of road! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I always used to really disliked the bug eye, but I keep seeing them around and they're growing on me a lot. This one does look good. What's the thing on the wing near the headlight? Looks like a blanking plate? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Looks familiar. I'm about 10 mins drive from the snake. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. If you can stretch to an RA-R, there is one here in white... https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/subaru/impreza-sti/subaru-impreza-ra-r/7052186 My issue with the £22k UK one that I linked to is that it's not had its engine forged. If I had my time again, I wouldn't have considered buying any 2.5 that didn't have a forged engine and uprated gaskets. Imagine splashing the cash on that and then having to find another £3k to get the engine put right!
  5. Probably why it's been on sale for a while... also, not serviced in 3 years? First service 2007 then next one 2010? Hmmm.... 8 services in 9k miles I could live with, but that price seems crazy regardless. Having said that, I always keep an eye on that seller as they have some nice cars come through and they always price very high...and they seem to shift their stock. Definitely worth a haggle....you don't ask, you don't get!
  6. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/222251064739 That's been up for a while now. Low miles but certainly not cheap!
  7. I had a few other head gasket failure symptoms such as bubbles occasionally appearing in the coolant expansion tank and small but regular drops in the coolant level. Never saw any noticeable coolant in oil symptoms though. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Just standard. Hardly do any miles so hopefully won't get a chance for this one to crack.
  9. 75000 roughly but it already had a head gasket change at 35k with the previous owner. Update is that it only overheats when the oil temp gets to around 96'C according to my defi's Does it do it when driving or on idle? I could drive mine quite hard and not see any overheating, but if I left it idling for a few minutes, the temperature would go through the roof. Was the engine rebuilt after the first HG change, or was it just a replacement gasket?
  10. Definitely go get a sniff or compression test. My Spec D seemed to run fine most of the time with random moments of overheating. Bear in mind that the dashboard water temp gauge is rubbish btw. I was able to watch my car overheat quite significantly via OBD before the dashboard needle would move at all. I really hope it's not head gasket failure for you but you want to get it ruled out without guesswork before you do any serious damage to the engine. How many miles on it out of interest? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I'm pretty sure it's just back box and maybe one other part. I had a feeling that one of the cats is removed as part of it, but the official blurb just says "silencers":
  12. I've used them before a few years back when I had a blob WRX and they were always spot on so I'm going to go with my gut feeling that it's all going to be okay. Not much else I can do really!
  13. Sheffield Subaru Service.
  14. Receipt just states "heads skimmed and pressure tested & block sent away for honing". I just let the guy get on with it to be honest. I'm assuming / hoping he knows his stuff!
  15. Happy to say that I've got my car back nearly three months after the head gasket failed. I've done my first 100 miles on running in oil and have just had the first of three oil and filter changes. Here are a few photos of the build... The uprated bits: Plus a new clutch, skimmed flywheel, inlet flaps deleted and full cambelt & pulleys change. And some oily bits: And a really scary bit: So it turns out the car did my a favour by blowing a head gasket as it looks like the oil pick up pipe would have completely fractured, probably destroying the crank and block. I hadn't realised that this is yet another fairly common problem in these engines. So hopefully I now have sorted out most of things that Subaru themselves should have done properly in the first place and can start thinking about some more power. After another 900 miles of boring running in. Trying to decide between a sports cat or a new turbo before I get it mapped.