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#1 2016-12-30 12:14:42

imperience
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From: Santa Rosa, CA
Registered: 2013-07-19
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WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

Howdy - long time Subaru owner wanting to find a nice 9-2x out here in the Western US.  I've been driving an SX4 for the last year and miss the power and fun of my 02 WRX wagon. 

Looking for a 9-2X in one of the lighter colors, Silver/Gray, with the Sport and Cold Weather packages.  Moonroof, heated seats, and a manual transmission are all must have options.  I've been checking CL, Car Gurus and all the sites, but haven't found much.  Figured that I should probably try my luck here too.  Would prefer the 05 over 06, but I'm willing to look at what's out there.  I know I am being picky.  There's one on CL in OR right now, but the price seems a bit high for the miles.

Thanks!

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#2 2017-01-15 20:41:18

elislider
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Re: WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

I assume Aero/Turbo?
Why the 05 over the 06? the 06 is a superior engine and transmission in every regard pretty much

Here's a nice one: http://portland.craigslist.org/clc/cto/5933625963.html

California: http://monterey.craigslist.org/cto/5954063866.html
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/ct … 48513.html
http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/cto/5914599567.html

or you could go on a road trip: http://saab92x.com/viewtopic.php?id=80154

Last edited by elislider (2017-01-15 20:45:47)

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#3 2017-01-17 10:06:53

imperience
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From: Santa Rosa, CA
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Re: WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

Thanks for the links!

I've thought about e-mailing about the first one, but the price seems a bit high for the miles.

Second one doesn't have the cold weather package, I did e-mail about that one as soon as it was posted.

Third seems to be deleted.

Fourth is a bit too modded for what I want, and once again no cold weather package.

I know that something will pop up eventually.  I've just gotta be patient.  And convince myself not to look at Baja Turbos....   big_smile

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#4 2017-01-17 11:39:28

ikbrown
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From: Fair Oaks, CA
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Re: WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

Good luck with the search. One will come along if you search long enough, stay up to date on the normal used car sites, and are willing to take a roadtrip for your car. I looked at two before deciding on buying mine in about 3 months of actively searching.


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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#5 2017-01-17 15:47:45

elislider
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Re: WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

imperience wrote:

I've thought about e-mailing about the first one, but the price seems a bit high for the miles.

that's because its an 06 and exceedingly rare, and its a better engine/transmission than the 05 Aero anyways.
if you can get an 06 92x over an 05, always get the 06

imperience wrote:

I know that something will pop up eventually.  I've just gotta be patient.  And convince myself not to look at Baja Turbos....   big_smile

good luck, you'd pay $15k+ for a turbo baja in 5spd, if you can even find one

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#6 2017-01-18 09:54:58

myzislow
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Re: WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

elislider wrote:

imperience wrote:

I've thought about e-mailing about the first one, but the price seems a bit high for the miles.

that's because its an 06 and exceedingly rare, and its a better engine/transmission than the 05 Aero anyways.
if you can get an 06 92x over an 05, always get the 06

Do not agree at all

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#7 2017-01-21 03:14:45

elislider
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Re: WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

myzislow wrote:

elislider wrote:

imperience wrote:

I've thought about e-mailing about the first one, but the price seems a bit high for the miles.

that's because its an 06 and exceedingly rare, and its a better engine/transmission than the 05 Aero anyways.
if you can get an 06 92x over an 05, always get the 06

Do not agree at all

You don't know Subarus then. the 06 Aero drivetrain is better (or the same) in every regard.
i can't think of anything that the EJ20 has that could be considered a benefit, other than i guess its less complex because no AVCS?

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#8 2017-01-21 12:20:55

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Re: WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

elislider wrote:

myzislow wrote:

elislider wrote:


that's because its an 06 and exceedingly rare, and its a better engine/transmission than the 05 Aero anyways.
if you can get an 06 92x over an 05, always get the 06

Do not agree at all

You don't know Subarus then. the 06 Aero drivetrain is better (or the same) in every regard.
i can't think of anything that the EJ20 has that could be considered a benefit, other than i guess its less complex because no AVCS?

Yeah, you are right, I have no clue.

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#9 2017-01-23 01:27:33

trunkm0nk3y
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From: FL
Registered: 2011-10-12
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Re: WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

elislider wrote:

I assume Aero/Turbo?
Why the 05 over the 06? the 06 is a superior engine and transmission in every regard pretty much

Here's a nice one: http://portland.craigslist.org/clc/cto/5933625963.html

California: http://monterey.craigslist.org/cto/5954063866.html
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/ct … 48513.html
http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/cto/5914599567.html

or you could go on a road trip: http://saab92x.com/viewtopic.php?id=80154

Maybe hes a purist and likes his subaru motors to be 2.0L turbo like they are in japan even to this day. Maybe he wants to swap in the best STi engine ever (ej207) and knows that getting an 05 is the best way to do it as the harness is already a 2.0 and just needs a few wires ran. Or maybe he knows that the 255 is crap when modded and fails way more an a 205. Transmissions are virtually the same. Im not sure if the 06 92x got the actual 06 wrx trans but if so 3rd is shit in it vs 2nd in the 05 and older wrx's. The only thing really that 06 aero's have over 05's is their rarity. But these cars are rare as it is and i would rather have a 2.0 over a 2.5 turbo any day!  up


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#10 2017-01-25 20:57:31

elislider
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Re: WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

EJ255 fails less than the EJ205. most EJ205s end with rod bearing issues.
a "purist"??? all the JDM EJ20s you are talking about are actually NOTHING like the USDM EJ205 and far more like the EJ255/EJ257 (avcs and all that) in wiring and mechanics versus the EJ205 which is really just a dumbed down version of the late 90s EJ20 motors.
i'm happy to educate you on the topic and discuss this with you guys, but none of you know what you're talking about... and you're being very arrogant about it.

facepalm


in other on-topic news, I did more searching and didn't see any new ones posted nearby

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#11 2017-01-26 15:21:08

crisco
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Re: WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

06 vs 05 differences - partial list:
Avcs vs. No avcs
More rotating mass vs. Less rotating mass.
Gas mileage differences
Power difference HP and Torque
Transmission 3.7 vs 3.9 final drive ratio
Head gaskets diff? Not sure
Pull clutch vs. Push clutch
2.0l 4 cylinder boxer vs 2.5l 4 cylinder boxer lol

I could theoretically see where different people would have different preferences as to which they like better.

My favorite subie drivetrain that ive owned and driven is the EJ207 with VF28 twin scroll, and it had a sti 5mt with 4.44 final, but it was a ver 5 so pre-avcs. So it wasnt the best motor ever made by subaru,  but it happens to be my favorite. I would assume other people have a different favorite.

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#12 2017-01-31 11:46:36

imperience
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From: Santa Rosa, CA
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Re: WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/cto/5975870001.html

This one popped up over the weekend, but no heated seats or moonroof.

But it's got a Prodrive exhaust, which is one of the first mods that I'll be doing when I finally find my perfect 9-2x.

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#13 2017-01-31 14:33:21

Avmaviator
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Re: WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

I'd drive mine to the west coast for free, seriously.

It has a provide oval. I. Eed to take pics of it to supplement my ad


2005 Aero, manual SOLD
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#14 2017-01-31 15:58:33

ikbrown
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From: Fair Oaks, CA
Registered: 2011-10-06
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Re: WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

Avmaviator wrote:

I'd drive mine to the west coast for free, seriously.

It has a provide oval. I. Eed to take pics of it to supplement my ad

In for meet if Arnaud drives out to CA!  banana

Your boost gauge is still working just fine keeping things monitored in my Saabaru


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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#15 2017-01-31 16:31:18

Avmaviator
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Re: WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

ikbrown wrote:

Avmaviator wrote:

I'd drive mine to the west coast for free, seriously.

It has a provide oval. I. Eed to take pics of it to supplement my ad

In for meet if Arnaud drives out to CA!  banana

Your boost gauge is still working just fine keeping things monitored in my Saabaru

Oh sweet, great to hear! I'm definitely up for a meet smile


2005 Aero, manual SOLD
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#16 2017-01-31 18:57:55

Rodman
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Registered: 2006-03-01
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Re: WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

On the 06 vs 05 argument count my vote for the 05, 2.0l turbo fan for ever. Reliability baby, that's why.


2005 satin gray metalic aero, sold.
2005 black aero, rescue project, jdm STi ver 7 drivetrain.
2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 5 speed manual daily driver.
2006 WRX, smoked, should've never betrayed 2.0L love.

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#17 2017-02-02 11:32:01

imperience
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From: Santa Rosa, CA
Registered: 2013-07-19
User Number: 9217
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Re: WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

Avmaviator wrote:

I'd drive mine to the west coast for free, seriously.

It has a provide oval. I. Eed to take pics of it to supplement my ad

That would be awesome, but our CA smog regime doesn't take too kindly to modified cars.

Dang, adding the hope of finding a non modified car to my long list of requirements is going to make finding one even harder isn't it?

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#18 2017-02-02 12:13:53

ikbrown
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From: Fair Oaks, CA
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Re: WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

Meh, stage 2 isn’t that big of a deal for CA. Just means once every 2 years you have to swap out the downpipe for a stock downpipe and flash the ECU back to stock w/ a Cobb Accessport. OR if you don’t want it stage 2, just remove the aftermarket downpipe, ‘unmarry’ the Accessport, and re-install the stock downpipe, thereby bringing the ECU back to stock.

Now if the engine is swapped to a JDM engine, or has a different turbo, non-CARB approved intake, and more, then I would stay away. As common as stage 2 mods are on these cars, I wouldn’t let that be a deterrent IF you're comfortable with the owner and can tell the car hasn't been abused. The up-pipe and catback wouldn’t be a problem with emissions testing.

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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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#19 2017-02-26 22:02:11

imperience
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From: Santa Rosa, CA
Registered: 2013-07-19
User Number: 9217
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Re: WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/cto/6018066919.html

This one just popped up, but the price seems a bit high for the miles, even with the recent work done.  Car is pretty clean however.  Would an obo of $7.5 to $8 be in line, or would I just seem like a jerk?

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#20 2017-02-27 02:26:37

Zaso
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Re: WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

It might come across jerk-ish, but at 160k miles I think even $7.5k is the max the car should be worth.

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#21 2017-02-27 20:12:41

aerorex
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Re: WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

Overall that car seems pretty nice, at a lower price it'll could be a good buy, can't be too picky with these cars now. 

But some things on the ad brings up questions:
-Seems like a lot of work has been done in the last 1,500 miles.  Maybe big damage recently, tried to fix, but don't like how it runs?  Mentions cracked Uppipe, but why everything else replaced.  Service receipts might explain it.
-All stock but has Cobb plate holder and AP in the deal, maybe just got to installing the plate holder?


On passing CA smog emissions, I've pass it on stage 2 and with a vf34 tune (stage 2.5 or 3), if the car's in good shape it shouldn't be a problem.  Though the visual check might get you.

Lastly, my vote is with the 05 2.0L, not sure what the huge deal is with the 06 2.5L.

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#22 2017-02-27 21:45:07

dotmaster206
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Re: WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

aerorex wrote:

Lastly, my vote is with the 05 2.0L, not sure what the huge deal is with the 06 2.5L.

I've never driven a 2.0L WRX, but as I understand it, the extra 0.5 brings the grunt lower in the rev range so it's more usable power.

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#23 2017-02-28 12:17:23

ikbrown
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Re: WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

aerorex wrote:

On passing CA smog emissions, I've pass it on stage 2 and with a vf34 tune (stage 2.5 or 3), if the car's in good shape it shouldn't be a problem.  Though the visual check might get you.

You've passed smog at stage 2 in CA? What the heck did you do to pass visual? I've always just swapped back to stock cuz the downpipe w/o heat shields look very obviously non-OEM.


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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#24 2017-02-28 20:16:54

aerorex
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Re: WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

:arrow-up:For stage II visually there's nothing to see from the top since only the downpipe is non-oem.  Just keep everything else (air box, turbo heat shield, exhaust) the same.  For my VF34 tune I did have a cobb heat shield, but everything else is stock.  It also helps to go to a place in a sketchier part of town.  I got mine on the edge of Salinas vs. somewhere in Monterey when I lived there.  I have a smog check coming up in this summer and plan to go as I run it now (VF34 and heat shield) only thing different is the silicone turbo intake which I'll explain as OEM replacement parts being too expensive or not available.  If I fail I'll cover/paint the perrin logo on the silicone intake and take the heat shield off so it's just the turbo.  If I fail again, I can swap the td04 back in.

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#25 2017-03-01 11:47:46

imperience
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From: Santa Rosa, CA
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Re: WTB: West Coast Aero under $10k

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/cto/6024392928.html

Just another example of things being more expensive in the Bay Area.

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