Alan Cesar Associate Editor
Aug. 10, 2012 9:10 a.m.

We bought this $Challenge-priced wagon with the plans of transforming it into our Factory Five Project 818, but it might be too nice for that. We'll see how we feel come the end of the year. For now, click this and meet the car:

Aug. 10, 2012 9:14 a.m.

My open offer of trading you guys for my CSX still stands.

Don't cut that car up guys. Aspen White WRX wagons are hard to come by.

I miss my Bugeye wagon.

sachilles Dork
Aug. 11, 2012 6:35 p.m.

Some thing to look at in an 02 that has spent time in new england that I wish I had paid attention to earlier. On the interior, you'll find there is this rubber coated foam insulation that covers the rear strut towers. While it does a good job of killing sounds, it also traps a lot of moisture in that area, and will cause premature in kill your car rust. Doesn't take long to get in there and check it out, to make sure everything is good and dry.

mndsm PowerDork
Aug. 11, 2012 6:36 p.m.

You guys ended up with that car? Excellent!

Alan Cesar Associate Editor
Sept. 19, 2012 9:54 a.m.

Before driving it home, we did some basic repairs to make sure it was ready for the 2000-mile drive.

Alan Cesar Associate Editor
Oct. 10, 2012 11:10 a.m.

Once it arrived home, what was the first repair? Bodywork.

sachilles SuperDork
Oct. 10, 2012 11:18 a.m.

What do your subframes look like?

Ranger50 UltraDork
Oct. 10, 2012 2:29 p.m.

Looks like a good time to add lightness.

Alan Cesar Associate Editor
Nov. 16, 2012 1:40 p.m.

Clutch comes out, clutch goes in!

Nov. 17, 2012 8:11 p.m.

...Is this all I can read here? I have an '05 wagon, I wanna know what you guys would break [I mean fix] on it.

And the obligatory questions:

I haven't seen many manual wagons, is it manual?

If it's not manual, will the standard (in terms of basic) automatic transmission hold up for some autocross?

What are your plans? Will this car see use in rallying?

But, yeah, I'm hoping to see more around here. Keep posting this, please. Strikingly relevant.

peter HalfDork
Nov. 17, 2012 8:36 p.m.
Andrew_Geier wrote: If it's not manual, will the standard (in terms of basic) automatic transmission hold up for some autocross?

If it's not a manual, that new clutch they just put in in the post above yours was a waste of money.

Andrew_Geier New Reader
Nov. 17, 2012 9:26 p.m.

In reply to peter:

Unless the automatic transmission destroyed the original clutch...

sethmeister4 Reader
Nov. 17, 2012 9:46 p.m.
Andrew_Geier wrote: In reply to peter: Unless the automatic transmission destroyed the original clutch...

Uh...this is a joke, right? Please tell me it is!

Andrew_Geier New Reader
Nov. 24, 2012 11:18 p.m.

In reply to sethmeister4:

The auto is a bad transmission. I hate it.

JoeyM UltimaDork
Nov. 25, 2012 6:48 a.m.
Andrew_Geier wrote: In reply to sethmeister4: The auto is a bad transmission. I hate it.

What's so bad about the auto? Why do you think it is prone to eating clutches?

Andrew_Geier New Reader
Nov. 25, 2012 11:59 p.m.

In reply to JoeyM:

It's unpredictable. It doesn't know when to shift. But, yes, automatics have clutches, too. I just don't know if the automatic destroys clutches,

Catatafish Reader
Nov. 26, 2012 4:58 a.m.

I have heard that automatic transmissions can make clutches completely vanish! True story.

Matt B Dork
Nov. 26, 2012 9:00 a.m.

Andrew - first of all, welcome to the forum.

Second of all - these guys are just yanking your chain (get used to it). You're probably thinking of a torque converter, not a clutch.

Andrew_Geier New Reader
Dec. 1, 2012 4:32 a.m.

Yeah, automatics can damage the "internals," too, is what I'm trying to say. Even forklifts have automatic transmissions with clutches, and they never grab, because the forklifts have more miles on them than on my Subaru.

Alan Cesar Associate Editor
Dec. 3, 2012 9:05 a.m.

Andrew's right: Automatic transmissions have clutches, too. They're inside the transmission case, not in the bell housing.

Alan Cesar Associate Editor
Feb. 13, 2013 11:28 a.m.

Hey, we're a little behind here, but the engine is now out of the Subaru. My fiance's cat, Akiko Jones, stopped by to help. She has no thumbs, though, so she just stared, judging, and then left.

Click through and read back to our previous posts to see all we've been doing with this thing.

The_Jed Dork
Feb. 13, 2013 11:42 a.m.
Alan Cesar wrote:

"If you seriously hand me that ratchet I will beat you with it until your I.Q. is in the low two digit range!"

"Seriously though, feed me or there will be murders."

Alan Cesar Associate Editor
Feb. 20, 2013 9:52 p.m.
JohnyHachi6 HalfDork
Feb. 21, 2013 7:22 a.m.

Oh man. I was just reading in the latest GRM issue how bad it is if you see any copper in your WRX oil.

Alan Cesar Associate Editor
Feb. 21, 2013 9:05 a.m.

In reply to JohnyHachi6:

It's bad to see copper in any engine's oil. Engine bearings are made of copper. If you see copper in your oil, your engine is done.

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