SUB­ARU WRX STI BUY­ING TIPS

Japanese Performance - - FEATURES -

• BODY-WISE AC­CI­DENT DAM­AGE IS THE KEY THING TO LOOK OUT FOR WITH THE FRONT END AND CHECK UN­DER THE CAR FOR RUST AS SOME JA­PANESE IM­PORTS MAY NOT HAVE RE­CEIVED ANY UNDERSEAL

• IN­TE­RIOR TRIM FEELS CHEAP BUT LASTS WELL. CHECK THAT THE AIR­CON RUNS COLD AND THAT BOTH KEY FOBS WORK PROP­ERLY – SOME CARS FIT­TED WITH SIGMA IMMOBILISERS ARE VUL­NER­A­BLE TO RA­DIO WAVE IN­TER­FER­ENCE

• LIS­TEN FOR ANY KNOCK­ING COM­ING FROM THE ENGINE WHICH

COULD IN­DI­CATE SE­RI­OUS ENGINE DAM­AGE AND WATCH OUT FOR OIL LEAKS, A FLUC­TU­AT­ING IDLE, JUMPY THROT­TLE RE­SPONSE AND RAT­TLING HEAT SHIELDS

• STI GEAR­BOXES ARE TOUGH BUT DO OC­CA­SION­ALLY LET GO, BUT CLUTCHES DO WEAR OUT. A CRUNCHING GEAR­BOX OR A JUDDERING CLUTCH SHOULD SET ALARM BELLS RING­ING

• BUSHES WEAR OUT QUITE QUICKLY, WITH ANTI-ROLL BAR BUSHES AND STRUT TOP-MOUNT BUSHES TWO OF THE MOST FRE­QUENT CUL­PRITS – AND REAR SHOCKS CAN ALSO FAIL

• STI REAR BRAKES CAN SEIZE IF THE CAR HAS BEEN LEFT STAND­ING AROUND FOR ANY PE­RIOD OF TIME, AND INSPECT THE DISCS FOR ANY SIGNS OF RUST OR CRACK­ING

• FAC­TORY AL­LOYS SEEM TO LAST RE­MARK­ABLY WELL, BUT TYRE WEAR CAN BE PRETTY RAPID – EX­PECT ANY­THING BE­TWEEN 3000 AND 15,000 MILES PER SET DE­PEND­ING ON HOW HARD THE CAR IS DRIVEN

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