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    Thanks Greenmamba, took some pics while up on the moors today 🙂
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    With good turbo's, water cooling and modern ester synthetic oils it not really needed unless been spanked silly and glowing like a cherry .
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    Recently got the same year in diesel, very happy so far
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    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Hey guys, Thought i'd best update this thread as there have been, shall we say, developments :). I'm now the (very) proud owner of a 2005 WRX! Snagged a great car in great condition at a great price - can't complain! Already started to spend money on a few bits and bobs for it, needed a new wheel arch liner for front driver side, and will need a new clear fog light cover for front passenger side although I might get the blue fog light covers for those yet anyway. Would like to get a nice touch screen system and tidy up the interior but overall it's tidy, and most importantly, i'm very happy! Have a great new year, and look forward to sharing progress with the car and hopefully learning from you guys. Timmy
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    ok cheers for the help much appreciated
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    Upset a smarmy looking 14 plate m5 driver and made a work colleague appreciate burble n boost 😊
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    New mudflaps and exhaust back box on in the last 2 days [emoji4] Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
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    Ye ridiculous But then gold bars are only $500 I mean no continuity But still dam good game Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    leaving a car running while unattended is what it falls under. Bit like if you left it running with the keys in it. Just depends on your insurance T & C's and how generous your insurance company is feeling.
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    There is a thing about letting it cool down just idling, it's about the acidic vapour the oil gives off in the cooling process, you better off driving gently as it give chance for the engine, turbo etc to cool down relatively evenly. If you do fit one get a catch can fitted too Loud pipes save lives
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    Hello! I've had My 05 JDM Legacy GT Spec B tuned by STI for about 8 months now, sadly my joining here is not all innocent as I have a problem I just cant solve, but that's for another thread. Hopefully I can be a valuable part of the community in future however! Are there any other tbSTI owners around? For those that don't know, this is a special legacy over the Normal JDM GT, however it is not a "Legacy STI", that moniker is reserved for the s402, but you will need a fat wallet for one of them. The spec over a Normal GT Spec B includes STI "quad tip" backboxes - full system has been changed in Japan for a HKS super turbo muffler system with 100cel sports cat however STI pink springs - changed for Wangan springs in Japan Pillowball bushes on the rear control arms Front strut brace Front Splitter 18" STI alloy wheels Brembos Stainless Braided brake hoses STI half leather half alcantara interior No engine enhancements however, Just a plain old EJ20X with an open deck block! Looks ever so slightly different now, i need some updated pictures, It's had a front badge put back on, JDM plates, a full detail with machine polish and the headlights have been polished too.
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    After 3 Impreza’s ive now gone for a BRZ. & im loving it! Yes it’s down massively on power compared to my tuned Scoobies, but I’m having a great time in it, especially on the current wet roads :) Only got the ad pics at the minute thanks to the weather but she’s a beaut! Nice having something a bit more modern and refined for a change too. Mostly though I’m enjoying not having to worry about it rusting or worry about the engine deciding to randomly blow up on me at some random time, or driving it on salty roads. Can just drive and enjoy it :) just hope I don’t get bored of the low power too quickly. First job though is to get a UEL manifold put on it to get that burble back!
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    Hi, cleaned the maf sensor as it did have a code spring up for that. Also a couple more relating to vss,hand brake switch and neutral switch. Not used in a VW camper conversion. Also threw up coolant temperature sensor code. A mate had a spare sensor. Fitted it and it cured it. Hallelujah. Cheers for the reply and help fella 👍🏼🙂
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    We had those same wheels refurbed when we had our Outback2, simply shot blasted and painted in very bright silver (seemed to have metal flakes in the paint cos glittered nicely), circa £200 should get them done plus tyre removal and refit costs, a pretty wheel in good shiny condition when compared to the dross out there fitted to so many cars. The only problem with them is keeping them clean regularly due to so many nooks and crannies, so suggest you invest in a 5 litre bottle of Bilt Hamber's Autowheel, which is gentle on the finish and dizzolves the dust in minutes, i can't understand why so meany people run around with caked on brake dust for months on end and think that a quick wash is going to fetch that baked in grime off, it won't. Getting diamond cut refaced is expensive and it simply doesn't last like good powder coating, by the time 2 years have gone by they'll be covered in spider crawls under the laquer again. All in all i'd suggest staying on the standard 215/60 x 16's, they are just right for the car, cheap enough size too and so long as buy a decent make you can't unstick the motor on that size, plus being 60aspect you keep that lovely soft ride, plus the high sidewalls make it very difficult to kerb the wheels.
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    Recently picked up. Details and plans will follow ;)
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    My 04 2.0XLN Forester doing what she likes doing best, unbelievable grip and control in snow. Last winter, 17/18, we hit a four foot high snow drift across the middle of a country lane, basically I couldn't see it in the driving snow. The Roo went straight through it, I'm just glad there was nothing in it...
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    I painted my wheels Gold as per the Colin McRae given right of every Subaru owner. Its like it was always suppose to be 🙂 BEFORE >>>> AFTER >>>
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    Wotcha and welcome - let us know what you end up with
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    947 Japanese cars of every variety joined Beaulieu’s Simply Japanese on Sunday July 29th, as 2099 rally participants shrugged off rainy weather to celebrate the machines from the land of the rising sun The varied display in the grounds of the National Motor Museum spanned all manner of Japanese car marques, including Mazda, Subaru, Honda, Mitsubishi, Lexus, Toyota, Nissan and more. From high-performance sports cars and showroom-fresh models, to city runabouts and rare classics, there was something to please every Japanese car fan. Throughout the day, show-goers voted for their favourite car of the show in the People’s Choice Award. The winner was Kyle Miller from Hayling Island with his modified 1990 Mazda MX-5. Although he had only owned it for one year, Kyle had worked hard to transform the car into his ideal MX-5. “I’ve done a lot of work to the car, as it was green with a beige interior when I bought it. I love the new grey paintwork and black upholstery, while I also converted it from an automatic to a manual gearbox and fitted air suspension,” said Kyle. He was presented with a trophy and an Autoglym car care pack by Beaulieu’s Financial Director Phil Johnson. Runners up in the People’s Choice Awards were Kevin Curtis from Holbury and Savontharam Jeganathan from Gosport. Kevin’s 1981 Datsun Bluebird GL was an incredibly original example of a rarely-seen saloon. “I got in touch with the car’s first owner listed on the logbook, who sent me all of the car’s original paperwork, including old warranty certificates and tax discs,” said Kevin. Savontharam’s 2008 Nissan GT-R was a recent import from Japan, with its carbon fibre bodywork making it significantly lighter than standard. Both runners up were presented with special Autogylm prizes. Club stands were at the heart of the show, with the Celica Club showcasing different incarnations of the popular Toyota Celica coupe, while a selection of Nissan ‘Z’ sports cars could be found on the Z Club of Great Britain stand. The Mazda Bongo Owners’ Club turned out in force with an impressive line-up of these popular campers, while the Herts Scooby Crewparked up in their Subarus. Other Japanese cars on show ranged from coveted Mitsubishi Evolution sports saloons and eye-catching Nissan Cubes and Figaros, to classics such as a luxurious 1973 Toyota Crown 2600 and a first generation Mazda RX-7 in yellow and red racing colours.
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    The Subaru XV is the antithesis of the Nissan Qashqai. It’s a car that shrugs off concerns of image, bought by the kind of people who care more about space for their labradors than how low the monthly PCP payment will be. The firm has no shame in positioning itself where Land Rover was a few years ago: selling no-nonsense four-wheel-drives for those who care more about capability than how they look. The outgoing Subaru XV has been on sale in the UK since 2012. If you’re not familiar with the XV – or indeed, any of Subaru’s range – then don’t worry. Subaru itself is the first to admit that it does things differently to everyone else, and that means it can be difficult to place its line-up against competitors. Subaru is keen to position itself as predominantly an SUV brand. Sure, there are anomalies (the GT86-twin BRZ and recently replaced Impreza, to name two) but the hot WRX STI that most of us picture when we think of Subaru is facing the axe. At the core of the Subaru range are its SUVs: the small XV, medium Forester and large Outback. The new XV follows the Impreza in gaining Subaru’s new global platform, and is set to become the firm’s best-selling model in the UK. FIRST IMPRESSIONS If you imagine a car company divvying up the budget for the development of a new model, Subaru definitely allocated the majority of the cash to its engineering department rather than design. It’s not a looker, in our eyes (and you may struggle to tell the difference from the old XV), but it certainly looks like it means business. The front end is apparently meant to reflect the boxer engine behind it – we’ll let you decide how successful that is. The rear, meanwhile, is wider, enhancing its almost-a-hatchback appearance. While many rivals, and indeed the outgoing XV, try to look bigger and more SUV-like than they really are, the new XV almost does the opposite. At 1,570mm high, it’s no taller than its predecessor, and lower than the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Karoq. Despite this, it boasts an impressive 221mm of ground clearance, giving it a sort of ‘Impreza on stilts’ appearance. FIRST SEAT There’s been a bit more cash spent on the interior, but we’ll stop short of calling it ‘premium’. The brand itself highlights the lack of soft-touch materials in the cabin – you wouldn’t want your aforementioned labradors scratching the arm rests within weeks of taking delivery, would you? While you’re going to be disappointed if you compare it with the new Volvo XC40, the interior of the Subaru XV is very much fit for purpose. It’s practical, with an extra five litres of boot space and a wider opening compared to the old model, and there’s plenty of space for front and rear passengers. Visibility is excellent, and we spent several hours in the seats without any complaints. There’s a new eight-inch touchscreen infotainment screen with DAB radio, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. It’s intuitive enough to use, if not up to the standards of some upmarket rivals. FIRST DRIVE There’s a very simple Subaru XV line-up in the UK. Buyer’s get a choice of two engines: both petrol, 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre. All XVs will come with a permanent four-wheel-drive transmission and a ‘Lineartronic’ CVT automatic gearbox. We’ve only driven the 2.0-litre model, which Subaru estimates will account for at least 80 percent of sales, and found it to be reasonably refined. It’s a boxer engine, as per Subaru tradition, which the firm says brings various advantages: reduced vibration and noise thanks to its greater balance, as well as a lower centre of gravity thanks to the engine being mounted lower in the car. Of course, some of those advantages disappear when paired with the CVT gearbox. Floor it, and there’s that tell-tale CVT noise as you ask for all of the power at once, but most post-WRX Subaru buyers won’t be driving quite so aggressively. It’s not the most unpleasant CVT ’box to use, either, with fake gear ratios mimicking a conventional auto transmission. While buyers outside of Europe get the option of a six-speed manual gearbox, Subaru has no plans to offer that here in Blighty. The CVT gearbox is required for Subaru’s autonomous safety systems (packaged under the ‘Eyesight’ brand) to work to their best. It also has an extra advantage off road – an area Subaru is pushing hard as the XV’s unique selling point. By having one continuous, adaptable gear, the CVT will never temporarily break the power when the driver dips the clutch to change up or down. Anyone who’s ever driven up a snowy or muddy hill will know how much momentum can be lost during a brief gear-change. While XV buyers aren’t expected to take part in the recreational mud-plugging scene, they are likely to be the sort who’ll be traversing muddy fields to feed horses or driving along snowy mountain tracks to access remote farmland. A good chunk of our time driving the XV during its early-drive event in Latvia was spent off the beaten track, a sign of how serious Subaru is about its off-road intentions. Fortunately, the XV is really in its element when conditions are challenging. Designed from the off as a four-wheel-drive vehicle, the symmetrical 4×4 system means everything – the engine, gearbox and propshaft – are in a straight line, resulting in an ultra-quick response to shift power around when traction is required. Essentially, this means it’s much more capable in the rough than you’d expect from a small, relatively low-down vehicle. If things get particularly challenging, hitting the ‘X Mode’ button locks the CVT’s clutches, mimicking a conventional diff lock and making it difficult to get the XV stuck (trust us, we tried). There’s a hill descent mode too, which works brilliantly well – maintaining a gentle pace down snowy descents. FIRST VERDICT The Subaru XV is a niche product. With only two powertrains on offer, and both of them petrol, it’s never going to appeal to the mass market – especially as you can only buy the XV with four-wheel drive and a CVT transmission. Comparing the XV with rivals is also fairly pointless: people will buy the XV because they want a safe, practical, four-wheel-drive vehicle that’ll last forever, and the obvious rivals all have very different strengths. This could be an issue for Subaru, as there’s very little on offer that’s going to tempt buyers from rival brands. With most Subaru drivers snubbing the three-year PCP cycle, the firm can’t rely on its customers returning every few years, either. As such, we’re never going to see a huge amount of XVs on the roads. However, if it works for you, it’s a fundamentally good car. More convincing than the recent Impreza, the new XV handles better than before, with a focus on safety rather than flair, while the interior is a big step up from its predecessor. We also appreciate the XV’s feeling of invincibility. With so much of its development budget clearly spent on engineering, it’s not only very safe, but feels like it could last forever. Despite its flaws, the shortage of good powertrains and a CVT gearbox only, we’re rather taken with the new XV. STAR RATING VERDICT: 3.5 Original article courtesy of Motoring Research By Andrew Brady| December 11th, 2017 Original article link: https://www.motoringresearch.com/car-reviews/2018-subaru-xv-first-drive/
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    I cant believe me and chris evans agree on something 😉😙


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