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#1 2016-06-08 18:03:28

CodyNoeller
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Registered: 2016-06-08
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prospecting a 05 aero automatic with 171xxx miles what to know?

Considering buying a 05 aero automatic transmission, what should I know as far as what to look for? Considering timing belt, control arm problems and any other maintenance issues?

Such as when does the factory recommend changing timing belt,
any weird sounds to look out for,
just anything I could use when I'm going to go look at the car

Post for reference: http://denver.craigslist.org/cto/5617706459.html

Thanks for the help!

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#2 2016-06-08 18:27:25

ikbrown
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From: Fair Oaks, CA
Registered: 2011-10-06
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Re: prospecting a 05 aero automatic with 171xxx miles what to know?

Factory recommended timing belt service interval is every 105k miles.

I'd just make sure the owner has kept up on general maintenance of the car (if there are records he can provide proving services, etc.) and that the oil was changed fairly frequently, and what amount of oil it's eating between changes. Most change the oil on these cars at an interval of about every 3-5k miles. I'd ask about suspension components and what's been replaced - reason being im at 100k and my struts are getting a little clunky, hopefully they've been replaced. Ask about any leaks that are present, anything currently needing to be addressed?

Also, he's oversimplifying the difference between the WRX and the 92x, it's not just the headlights - front and rear bumpers, taillights, rear hatch, hood, interior, couple other small things. Important thing is that mechanically it's essentially a 2005 WRX.

Last edited by ikbrown (2016-06-08 18:29:19)


2005 Saab 92x Aero 5MT | The basic mods, Stage 2.04
1968 Dodge Charger 383 | WIP, restored almost everything but body work
2014 Subaru Forester | Wife's car

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#3 2016-06-08 18:29:50

CodyNoeller
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Re: prospecting a 05 aero automatic with 171xxx miles what to know?

Sweet thanks for the info, and I felt he was, did a bit more research and found out more about the physical differences, just wondering should anything happen do most 05 wrx parts fit the engine?

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#4 2016-06-08 18:36:12

sohlman
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From: Sacramento, CA
Registered: 2013-10-29
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Re: prospecting a 05 aero automatic with 171xxx miles what to know?

Mechanically a 05 Aero is identical to a 05 WRX. The only mechanical difference I'm aware of is the steering rack which comes from a 06 WRX.


06' Silver Aero 5MT - Cobb Turboback, Stage II  93 octane tune, ST coilovers (KW Variant1s), Cobb short shifter, 22mm front and 24mm rear whiteline sways and endlinks, engine rebuild (Manley forged rods and pistons)
White 2015 WRX - Whiteline rear swaybar, Perrin brass shifter bushing, Cobb J pipe, Cobb Accessport, custom buzzard damage

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#5 2016-06-08 22:06:59

itsnotmeitsyou
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From: San Antonio, Texas
Registered: 2011-07-31
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Re: prospecting a 05 aero automatic with 171xxx miles what to know?

Battery is also different, terminals are reverse smile


2005 Saab 9-2x Aero:  More than you've had done to your car.
2015 Forester XT Touring

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#6 2016-06-08 23:48:14

CodyNoeller
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Re: prospecting a 05 aero automatic with 171xxx miles what to know?

Sweet! thanks for the info guys!

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#7 2016-06-10 07:58:41

snowphun
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From: Central CT
Registered: 2005-11-09
User Number: 890
Posts: 149

Re: prospecting a 05 aero automatic with 171xxx miles what to know?

Rear strut tower rot needs to be inspected. They all have it, some are much worse than others and it shouldn't be ignored.

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