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Ordinary_Chap

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7,520 posts

126 months

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Monday 6th August 2012 quote quote all
I may have to take it too a specialist soon anyway as it seems the car has a boost issue of some type.

Sometimes when holding the car at say around 3k and then suddenly accelerating it will take off where as other times it will not do anything for 5-10 seconds in the same situation before taking off.

Anyway here is a small video of the sound the car makes http://youtu.be/UxK9UJx1vzI



Edited by Ordinary_Chap on Sunday 12th August 20:14

rigga

4,342 posts

84 months

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Tuesday 7th August 2012 quote quote all
Could be several things,sticky boost solenoid,actuator stcking open then resealing itself, or even the MAF which is a common problem in these model year cars,as you say a specialist should be able to track it down easily enough as a fault code may well have been generated and logged.

jimblive

316 posts

88 months

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Tuesday 7th August 2012 quote quote all
Try cleaning your boost solenoid.
Have you put different petrol in? Mine used to hesitate quite bad if it had esso super unleaded?

I don't think the maf always shows up on the fault code, worth a quick check to be sure though for the sake of connecting some wires.

Or a friend had a import and he changed the pipes and lost the restrictor on the boost pipe, it made it surge a huge amount?

S10GTA

4,378 posts

50 months

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Tuesday 7th August 2012 quote quote all
I saw one of these on Sunday, heading towards Sailsbury. Reg started RB5, which was a nice touch.

SteRB5138

23 posts

97 months

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Tuesday 7th August 2012 quote quote all
Good thread glad you are enjoying it, I agree they are addictive cars to drive (apart from motorways). I had #138 for 3 and half years, I still keep looking at Classic Impreza in the classfieds as they are so tempting as the values are on the floor at the moment.


No 138

Its a shame the RB5oc is so quiet now, it used be so busy till a couple of years ago.
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Ordinary_Chap

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Tuesday 7th August 2012 quote quote all
Thanks and your old RB5 looked immaculate!

I do love my car although I realise its many flaws not just in its design but my cars mechanical/cosmetic state.

You know over the years I've come to realise the flaws in people and in this case, cars is what makes them special. I had a 09 Golf TDI before through work and whilst it did everything just fine, its just so souless, boring and drab.

The RB5 is a single minded one trick pony and when you decide to get on it, its performance boarders ridiculous especially across country but driving it through towns and on the motorway can be a chore sometimes.

I want to keep this car for a long time and resolve all of its mechanical and cosmetic issues. I've realised I'm effectively turning this into a project to return the car to A1 condition and my initial estimate of 1k is probably 50% under budget. I realise the money will be sunk and I will never get it back but I don't care, I want to bring her back to health and look after her.

It seems I've formed a emotional bond with the car which is rather unusual as I've always used cars like tools.

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SteRB5138

23 posts

97 months

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Tuesday 7th August 2012 quote quote all
It will be worth spending the money if you are keeping it long term, so many Classics are getting broken up these days. They will be in demand in a few years, definate future classic.

Ordinary_Chap

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Wednesday 8th August 2012 quote quote all
SteRB5138 said:
It will be worth spending the money if you are keeping it long term, so many Classics are getting broken up these days. They will be in demand in a few years, definate future classic.
Well that a bit positive at least!

I also got my hair washed at the car wash earlier this week. It seems the window seals are not maybe as strong as they once were and every time the jet got pointed at my window I got sprayed with shampoo/water. It made me laugh anyway.

rb5er

5,441 posts

55 months

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Wednesday 8th August 2012 quote quote all
You put it through a carwash? Why bother getting paint done if you are going to treat it like that?

Ordinary_Chap

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rb5er said:
You put it through a carwash? Why bother getting paint done if you are going to treat it like that?
That's a fair point but I wasn't near home and I couldn't go to see a customer with my car covered in mud from the weekend so I made an exception.

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rb5er

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Wednesday 8th August 2012 quote quote all
Only takes one "one off" carwash to totally ruin the paint on every panel on your car as I learnt when I was 17. I took my brand new black car to the local "high quality" automatic carwash and it hairline scratched the whole car. Needless to say I now would only use one for an utter shed.

Ordinary_Chap

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rb5er said:
Only takes one "one off" carwash to totally ruin the paint on every panel on your car as I learnt when I was 17. I took my brand new black car to the local "high quality" automatic carwash and it hairline scratched the whole car. Needless to say I now would only use one for an utter shed.
Ok thanks for the advice smile

So today I was surfing the internet (as you do!) and saw RB5 number 124 being broken for parts cry so I thought it would be fitting for number 125 (mine) to have a minor transplant from its little brother.




So I paid for the side skirts and a fog light so I can replace my water filled unit and take the remaining cover off.

I did consider the manifold but wasn't convinced it was a good idea given its probably as old as mine, I think I will go for a new stainless steel manifold in the next couple of months.

rigga

4,342 posts

84 months

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Wednesday 8th August 2012 quote quote all
Why was it being broken ? shame as from that pic it still looked ok so i presume some mechanical issue or the other side is stoved in ......

Ordinary_Chap

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rigga said:
Why was it being broken ? shame as from that pic it still looked ok so i presume some mechanical issue or the other side is stoved in ......
Yeah I think it has a mechanical problem as its mostly the body/interior parts.


rossub

431 posts

73 months

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Tuesday 21st August 2012 quote quote all
Have you changed the plugs yet? I had serious flat spots/hesitation on my classic and it was fixed instantly with some new ones.

Ordinary_Chap

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rossub said:
Have you changed the plugs yet? I had serious flat spots/hesitation on my classic and it was fixed instantly with some new ones.
They were supposedly changed 5k ago but thanks for the tip, I will consider it if I can't get to the bottom of the problem!


Ordinary_Chap

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So 2k on I've had some challenges with the car but it hasn't stopped me loving the car more and more. I actually find this all quite odd as I've had expensive performance cars in the past yet I find myself liking my old girl deeply.

I managed to blow another hole in the manifold this week so I've had it temporarily welded whilst I source a new one.

In addition to that the car has had a full service, new rear pads, new front tires, some suspension work and I've also bought the replacement parts for the body which I will get fitted probably next week once the outstanding mechanical issues are resolved.

Oh and my air conditioner has decided to stop working.

Still I love the cars immense capabilities, the sound and the simple mechanical nature of the car. The turbo woosh, the popping and banging and other sounds the car makes.

Its loud, uncompromising, basic (read naff) inside and it all absolutely suits me. My girlfriend thinks its fun to mock my cars rubbish interior but quite comically often complains of neck strain from the acceleration.

I've always massively favored performance and how a car drives over looks so it works for me but I completely understand why lots of people don't like them.

It's got to go back to the garage tomorrow for some other minor issues and then hopefully next week I will get the car in for the bodywork issues next week.

Lee


mr hat

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56 months

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Friday 28th September 2012 quote quote all
glad your getting the old girl sorted. i love these cars, owned three classic imprezas and hanker after another when funds allow, would love a mint rb5. for the manifold i would suggest speaking to harvey on scoobynet, he supplies ported headers which greatly improve the low down spool of the turbo and also does matching up pipes. very highly regarded in subaru circles, he also heat wraps them. much better than the rubbish stainless ones you can buy which snap at the welds.

rb5er

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Ordinary_Chap said:
My longer aim once the car is in good condition is take it for a drive around Europe.
Hmm this is what I thought with mine, Nurburgring etc, then I had it fully resprayed and am now scared to drive it in the rain let alone around Europe.

Ordinary_Chap

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rb5er said:
Ordinary_Chap said:
My longer aim once the car is in good condition is take it for a drive around Europe.
Hmm this is what I thought with mine, Nurburgring etc, then I had it fully resprayed and am now scared to drive it in the rain let alone around Europe.
How come?
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