Sold my last car and now I'm on the quest to build a swapped 2.5RS. My last car was in awesome shape, but I couldn't get over the fact that it wasn't an RS. I really wanted a sunroof and didn't want to track down all the interior pieces to have it look like an RS.
As I'm browsing FB Marketplace one day looking for an RS, I see one about four hours from home posted for cheap, so I called my sister in law who lives nearby to buy it for me. She knows nothing about cars, but I had her buy it since the car was selling for so cheap. If I didn't like it, I could just resell it and get my money back. He was selling the car because he didn't drive it and he just gotten a DUI. I believe he had just bought it but didn't have time to toy with it.
When I drive down to see the car, it's obvious the car has been neglected. Issues I notice upon inspection of the car:
-Flashing C.E.L. (9 codes stored)
-Mystery noise from rear of car (LR wheel bearing?)
-Dead battery (replaced with new)
-Super dirty (detailed it that day
-Speaker wire everywhere (removed all wiring
-rubber trim pieces around door falling off (temporarily fixed)
-trunk latch not working (fixed)
-SPT stickers/other random stickers (removed)
-Rough body overall, doors beat up and rust on sunroof area
-Corny carbon fiber wrap on hood
So I put a battery in the car and started her up. Once started, the car had a flashing check engine light. The seller told me this, but wasn't sure what the issue was. I didn't have my code reader on me, so I drove down the street to the auto parts store and it had the following codes:
I realized the fans were cycling and someone had the two green connectors under the dash plugged in.
. I unplugged them and voila, codes disappeared!
Once that was done I was able to take it on a test drive after topping off the fluids. The car didn't overheat and drove pretty straight. It had a pretty bad noise coming from the drivers side rear of the car. The car also has some oil leaking that made its way down to the exhaust, so the car is a smoker. I decided to take the risk and drive the car over Vail pass back home. Other than the noise from the rear, the car drove great!
Here are some pics of the day I first saw it:
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