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Jeffers

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Now then all, new to the community. Fingers crossed I pick up my new addition to the family on Saturday. White 09 wrx sti hatchback. I’m sure the answers are there in the forums but any hints or tips on what to look for when looking round and test driving would be greatly appreciated. Tom

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Wotcha and welcome - Love a hatch me 😍

Look for the usual - service history, belt changed around 40k, emulsification of oil in the coolant lids - radiator and reservoir, blue smoke on start up, even wear on tyres.

Feel under rear wheel arches (there is a lip) for rust bubbles. check wheels for any grease, a split cv joint sprays a thin layer all the way around. Paint on the interior is thin check door cards handles and centre console for chips - not expensive to rectify but give and indication of treatment.

A clunk from front suspension when driving slowly forwards / backwards then applying brake could be tophats

 

keep us posted

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Cheers Jay, that’s much appreciated! Can’t wait, I’m like a kid on Xmas eve again! I’ll chuck some pictures on if she comes home with me! Cheers again.

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Any issues or cheeky little tests like the suspension one for the gearbox whilst I remember and I’ve got you?

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welcome. Check to see what engine work its had, the 2.5's are known to suffer ringland and headgasket failures.

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15 hours ago, Jeffers said:

Cheers for that tidgy, will do! I’m just gonna go and google ringland!

good luck

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The 6 speed gearbox, differential and axles are good for easy 500bhp - pretty solid - should be no issues there

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3 hours ago, Jay762 said:

The 6 speed gearbox, differential and axles are good for easy 500bhp - pretty solid - should be no issues there

This.

 

the rest of the car bar the engine is pretty good.

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