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Old 30 December 2018, 12:19 PM
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New member & impreza owner in Hinckley, Leicestershire. I've seen a few other imprezas driving around here so maybe some are on this forum?

Anyway, I've been dreaming of owning a blue blob eye impreza for many, many years and now I've finally bought one. [color=left=#333333]Totally unmodified other than a scoobyworld racebox rear silencer because the original needed replacing by the previous owners, 89k miles, FSH, nearly 12months MOT and in the right colour. Unfortunately I'm not driving it yet- still in the old daily Fiesta 1.6 tdci for now. However I've obviously test-driven it and driven it a fair way home from buying it, plus on local roads a bit. Eventually that'll start being used by my gf and the impreza will be my daily. Just waiting for the insurance to run out on the fiesta and starting afresh on the impreza later in January to avoid admin fees and get another year of NCB etc. for the sake of a few weeks and let my finances recover from both Christmas and buying the car & parts.

Due to life getting in the way over the festive period I haven't touched the car much other than starting it, rolling it about and letting it get up to temperature. However I have been spending ús and accumulating parts in the background over the past few weeks, including:
  • full cambelt kit and waterpump (dayco belt, all bearings same as OE but not bought from Subaru, much cheaper!)
  • Millers oil
  • Genuine Subaru oil filter
  • Coolant
  • NGK iridium spark plugs
  • Cabin filter
  • Bosch Fuel filter
  • Thermostat (think also genuine from memory)
  • Milltek De-Res Centre section 2nd hand
  • Centre Decat link pipe (not fitting yet)
  • STI Spoiler on a bootlid
  • Replacement gearknob, stereo surround, cup holder and boot carpet as mine are all tatty
  • lightly used set of midrange tyres for free. Not what I want to run forever but it's got a slow puncture on one tyre and all are ditchfinders currently
I got a really good deal on all the 2nd hand bits! Absolutely can't wait to start driving it and also to start fitting some of them! Hopefully an update with some of that soon. Getting my friend to help me fit the cambelt kit. He's been in the motor trade for decades so hopefully should be OK.






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Old 30 December 2018, 03:01 PM
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Very nice genuine example and a perfect base to make it howyou want
really good to see you getting the sensible bits out of the way andfirst you’ve got the cabin filter aswell!


let the mods begin look forward to seeing the progress I did same on my little brothers wrx

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Old 30 December 2018, 03:21 PM
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Nice base to start
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Old 30 December 2018, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by RetroPug View Post
New member & impreza owner in Hinckley, Leicestershire. I've seen a few other imprezas driving around here so maybe some are on this forum?

Anyway, I've been dreaming of owning a blue blob eye impreza for many, many years and now I've finally bought one. [color=left=#333333]Totally unmodified other than a scoobyworld racebox rear silencer because the original needed replacing by the previous owners, 89k miles, FSH, nearly 12months MOT and in the right colour. Unfortunately I'm not driving it yet- still in the old daily Fiesta 1.6 tdci for now. However I've obviously test-driven it and driven it a fair way home from buying it, plus on local roads a bit. Eventually that'll start being used by my gf and the impreza will be my daily. Just waiting for the insurance to run out on the fiesta and starting afresh on the impreza later in January to avoid admin fees and get another year of NCB etc. for the sake of a few weeks and let my finances recover from both Christmas and buying the car & parts.

Due to life getting in the way over the festive period I haven't touched the car much other than starting it, rolling it about and letting it get up to temperature. However I have been spending ús and accumulating parts in the background over the past few weeks, including:
  • full cambelt kit and waterpump (dayco belt, all bearings same as OE but not bought from Subaru, much cheaper!)
  • Millers oil
  • Genuine Subaru oil filter
  • Coolant
  • NGK iridium spark plugs
  • Cabin filter
  • Bosch Fuel filter
  • Thermostat (think also genuine from memory)
  • Milltek De-Res Centre section 2nd hand
  • Centre Decat link pipe (not fitting yet)
  • STI Spoiler on a bootlid
  • Replacement gearknob, stereo surround, cup holder and boot carpet as mine are all tatty
  • lightly used set of midrange tyres for free. Not what I want to run forever but it's got a slow puncture on one tyre and all are ditchfinders currently
I got a really good deal on all the 2nd hand bits! Absolutely can't wait to start driving it and also to start fitting some of them! Hopefully an update with some of that soon. Getting my friend to help me fit the cambelt kit. He's been in the motor trade for decades so hopefully should be OK.





welcome along, I'm also in hinckley,where about are you? I'm just off the the perimeter road before triumph island.


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Old 31 December 2018, 04:53 PM
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Thanks for replies. Shreksta you have a PM.

Yes, definitely doing the sensible bits before going OTT with modifications. I really don't like it when cars don't drive as they should, particularly handling-wise! The goal with this is definitely to get it to great mechanical condition, however that will definitely take time and money.

As has been mentioned, yes I bought a cabin filter. It definitely needed replacing:



The gearknob on this car was pretty worn:




So, I fit a replacement 2nd hand one:




Likewise, the stereo surround was damaged, presumably by whoever fit the head unit. This has been removed along with the head unit. I've got a good surround to fit but will do so once the head unit I want to fit is no longer in use in my current daily car.




Finally, the boot carpet looked like this:




However, this has been replaced with a second hand one and it now looks much better:





I'm debating just fitting my midpipe decat along with the non-res centre section. I'm slowly gathering bits to remap, eventually the aim is to have a decat up pipe & a sports cat in the downpipe exhaust-wise, but this is a fair way off once everything else is sorted. Research suggests just the centre pipe decat should be fine with no remap and shouldn't throw a CEL (it has a lambda fitted). I've got 2x 2.5" flange gaskets on the way. I believe for the downpipe to midpipe joint I'll need a conical wire gasket?

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Old 31 December 2018, 09:30 PM
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Nice few touches. I really need to change my gearknob to as the same state,

you can run the mid decat pipe and non res centre pipe absolutely fine.
I have the same car and did just that , ran lovley,
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Old 03 January 2019, 02:43 PM
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Hi and welcome.
When you're ready if you need any with insurance for your new car then please feel free to drop me a line. I'd be only too pleased to try and assist.
Regards,
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