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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
In March 08 I moved from the US to Sweden leaving all my subies behind. It's way too expensive to bring them over, or at least more money than I'm willing to spend on shipping a car over. So for the last few months I've been really wanting to get my own car again. I looked at getting a new STi or WRX but for some reason Subaru's here are way more expensive than they are in the US. For example a new STi goes for roughly $75k. :confused: So the search was on for a "previously loved" Impreza.

Four days ago I found this 2000 Impreza GT. It is completely stock except for the 17" summer wheels and a Pioneer head unit. For those that don't know, an Impreza GT is a WRX. I called the seller and did all the usual stuff and scheduled to meet him today for a test drive and if all went well, to buy it on the spot. I took a train about 3 hours south, test drove the car, fell in love with it and bought it. I then drove 5 hours (trains can be very fast here) home with my new toy.

Initial impressions
I have to do some research but I'd swear that this car is faster than a stock 02 USDM WRX. The acceleration is much more brutal, it's like some sort of beast is unleashed, never got that feeling with my WRX. If I remember correctly the power is about 218hp vs the 02's 227 but I think the gear ratios are different and the GC8 chassis weighs a bit less so that's probably what it is.

Also, the chassis/suspension is much stiffer. First off it is lower than a USDM GC8, it looks like it has about a 1-1.5" drop compared to the 2000 RS Coupe I had. Over bumps it feels like it has a set of lowering springs on the stock struts but cornering it feels like it has the springs and strut tower bars.

The exhaust note is much more pronounced than a USDM WRX as well, much more like it has an aftermarket exhaust on it. It's not blatantly loud, you just know it's there when you stand on it.

I'll be putting a lot more in here but I just got her home today and am trying to decide which direction I want to take.





 

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Discussion Starter · #2 · (Edited)
I'm going to use this spot for ideas and the "Mod List" while I figure out just what direction I want to take with this car...some or all of these are subject to change at any time. :)

Items in Red are completed. :D

Interior:
2007 Headlight Stalk
2007 Washer Stalk
2002 WRX Pedals & matching dead pedal
Air Filtration kit
Cargo Net
WRX Floor Mats
Auto Dimming Mirror
Heated Seats
Driver's side grab bar (oh #¤%*! handle) - In Progress...

Exterior:
Power folding heated mirrors - In Progress...
Heated mirrors - Nasioc DIY - In Progress...
STi Rabbit stickers/badges on fenders
Hood Dampers
Reinstall my Euro Roof Rack p/n #E3610SE520 - How to remove rails
Clear Amber Corner Lights

Electronics:
E3 AE801 ECU

Engine/Exhaust:
Hayward & Scott Rear Silencer
STi v8 TMIC

Transmission/Drivetrain:
Gimmick Motorsports Short Shift & Bushings
Kartboy Rear Differential Bushing Kit
Driveline bushing kit

Brakes:
Braided Lines
Looking for suggestions on good pads/fluid for 4pots

Suspension:
Bakemono Imports Camber Plates
 

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Looks just like mine, except mine's USDM. That is a sexy ass shot. LOVE LOVE LOVE that rear bumper.
 

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all I have to say is, subaru was #%#! retarded in the late 90's to not bring this car to the states. These cars would have sales numbers that put the initial WRX to shame.
 

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:drool::drool::drool::drool:
 

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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Just a couple quick pics as requested. Sadly she's a bit dirty now from all the rain we've had in the last two days. I'll have to clean her up again and hopefully get out to someplace nice for a photoshoot this weekend if it isn't raining. Any preferences? Castle/fort, one of the beaches on the huge lakes here, forest? I've got so many choices all within a few minutes drive. :D

Impreza GT AWD Badging: (still gotta clean up the wax leftovers from the detail shop :( )


Front seat: (and no, those aren't crumbs on the seat, damn wind blew in a bunch of junk from the trees as soon as I opened the door :mad:)


Rear seats:
 

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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
This thing is nice! I sure wish the US had them.

GOLD!!!!

Try and find some 02 jdm sti wheels. :drool:
I've seen a few BRP's with the stock gold color wheels (5 & 6 spoke & BBS) and I just don't know if I like it...I think I'm leaning towards something a little bit darker. I'm not sure if you can really call it bronze, but I'm thinking something this color perhaps darker even. I still can't decide on a design though.



BTW - how do I get a pic to show up in the post listing as the icon for my journal? I saw a post on it somewhere and now I can't find it.

Thanks,
 

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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
A couple strange things I've noticed as I look around at things to buy for this car...
1. My speedo tops out at 260kph, how come the STi clusters I've seen only go to like 180kph? Granted the STi ones have a higher redline by like 2k but still, you'd think the highest model car would have the highest top speed gauge?
2. It came with all the lower body panel bits stock (side skirts and rear spats) but not the front lip? What was subaru thinking?


Questions:
1. Who still makes gauges that are a close match to the stock white gauges?
2. Do I need to use a different pad specific to the Subaru 4pots or will any 98-01 pad fit?
 

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Discussion Starter · #20 ·
Just won an auction for my first "real" mod...here's a teaser pic...



Parts should be here in a week or so then the fun begins. :clap:

Man I love being able to finally have access to all those parts on the UK ebay site. :D
 
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