Damn, wish I read this before I bought my RS. The ass that sold it to me(who is/was a member on this site) neglected to tell me about the leaking head gaskets, torn CV boots, and rack and pinion damage. And I have reason to believe he powerwashed the engine bay to hide the leaking head gaskets.
The best thing to do if you are really interested in a car is to have it checked out by a mechanic you know and trust. Biggest mistake I made was not doing that.
I'm confused about the clutch deal? In many of my cars/truck i've accidently started in 3rd gear(missed first at the stop sign etc.) Can some once explain to me why that means you have a soon to be bad clutch?
99, Legacy L Wagon, 2.2L 5spd, stock for now
before i bought my 2003 impreza rs I looked at this posting and it helped me out when buying my car. I love my car but its automatic and i would like it to be 5 speed but for the price i couldn't say no.
Also, how about timing belt, shox, tranny? can anybody augment how often or when does things need to be done and how much is roughly the parts cost vs going to a mechanic?
start off in 1st....go to about 5k or 20mph and shift to 4th..then floor it. If your engine boggs down and the car moves then the clutch it good. However if you do this and your rpm's start shooting up and you see smoke...then you have a bad clutch!