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Ordinary_Chap

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7,520 posts

123 months

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Saturday 21st July 2012 quote quote all
So after years of driving new company cars I have been hankering after something fast and cheap. I've begrudged the cost of modern cars that are perfectly acceptable for their purpose but are lacking in character or excitement.

So after thinking about it and my last company car hitting 3 years I decided to enter the world of older performance cars.






It's not perfect on the body and needs some minor work doing with the most notable item being a broken skirt, the alloys also need cleaning up after some light curbing. The other thing missing is one of the RB5 fog light covers which looks quite odd at the moment.

What drew me to the car though was the fact it has fairly recently had a engine/turbo rebuild totaling over 5.8K and was well looked after.

From the advert;
WR sport, Prodrive special edition number 125. EVERYTHING done. New crank, Manley con rods, forged pistons, steel head gaskets, head studded down, Arrow lightened flywheel, exeedy clutch, all new gaskets and seals, updated bearings, ARP bolts everywhere, turbo rebuilt by AET, new engine mounts, new timing belt, tensioner and all idler bearings. Also new tires and new pads.

Edited by Ordinary_Chap on Saturday 21st July 20:34


Edited by Ordinary_Chap on Monday 30th July 22:35

mr hat

68 posts

53 months

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Awesome car. Iv had 3 classic scoobs and always wanted an rb5. Bargains these days too.

DouggyMc

594 posts

43 months

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Thats on my "must own" list, looks cracking. Enjoy!

Nellist

142 posts

59 months

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Lovely car, nice one smile best shape impreza I think.

Schuey M

178 posts

22 months

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Saturday 21st July 2012 quote quote all
Quality motor, drive it like you stole it and enjoy!
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R12HCO

794 posts

39 months

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Saturday 21st July 2012 quote quote all
Lad at work has just 'blew' his engine up. Bottom end gone. It was running 320 bhp though and lots of track action. I have been informed the oil pumps are weak?

Terminator X

4,112 posts

84 months

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Saturday 21st July 2012 quote quote all
215 or 240hp?

TX.

thebigmacmoomin

1,239 posts

49 months

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Sunday 22nd July 2012 quote quote all
Didnt realise they were only 214bhp standard, always thought they were more.

mr hat

68 posts

53 months

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Sunday 22nd July 2012 quote quote all
Looks like it has the Ppp due to the spoiler so it will have 240bhp

rb5er

5,195 posts

52 months

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Sunday 22nd July 2012 quote quote all
Lovely car, mines been in the bodyshop for a full respray for a couple of weeks. I really want to drive it again, so addictive.

You had a good look at the rear arches and roof at the top of windscreen?

Ordinary_Chap

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7,520 posts

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Sunday 22nd July 2012 quote quote all
mr hat said:
Looks like it has the Ppp due to the spoiler so it will have 240bhp
Thanks for the kind words chaps.

Nobody is quite sure to be honest as its had a massive engine rebuild and has some modifications for breathing although I've driven 200bhp+ cars plenty of times and this feels far higher than the 230 odd bhp I'd guess it at with breathing mods if it was a standard 214bhp model. The car does have all of the PPP kit however so I'm inclined to believe its a PPP + additional breathing mods.

I'm going to get the car a full service and get it mapped I think.

rallycross

5,474 posts

117 months

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Sunday 22nd July 2012 quote quote all
mr hat said:
Looks like it has the Ppp due to the spoiler so it will have 240bhp
Yes OP says it's a WR hence it is the quicker RB5 very few RB5 were the WR model most were just cosmetic
Special edition.

Ordinary_Chap

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123 months

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rb5er said:
Lovely car, mines been in the bodyshop for a full respray for a couple of weeks. I really want to drive it again, so addictive.

You had a good look at the rear arches and roof at the top of windscreen?
Yeah I had a good look after reading some buyers guides.

It has no problems with the window screen but on the drivers side it has very slight bubbling on the rear arch.

From a more than a yard away the cars looks perfect but when you closely inspect it, it has some minor marks around it, some will certainly t-cut out and some require a bodywork guy to sort.

Can anyone help me with trying to track down a RB5 fog light cover and a sideskirt? I've done a cursory search of e-bay but can't see anything.

If I need to the sideskirt can be repaired but I'd prefer a new one.

Mechanically the car is brilliant and the Revolution exhaust makes the car sound truly superb so I just need to do some minor work on the bodywork.


Edited by Ordinary_Chap on Monday 23 July 23:42

ApexJimi

9,237 posts

123 months

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Sunday 22nd July 2012 quote quote all
Congrats on the RB5 'Chap - I love these things.

Kinda odd replying to you on an non-training or health related thread hehe

Ordinary_Chap

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ApexJimi said:
Congrats on the RB5 'Chap - I love these things.

Kinda odd replying to you on an non-training or health related thread hehe
Yeah I kind of lost interest in cars after lots of company diesel cars that to be honest I found dull in the extreme.

However I hung around PH as lots of people have been seeking my opinion on all sorts of exercise stuff!

smile

Baryonyx

8,845 posts

39 months

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Monday 23rd July 2012 quote quote all
Class old Impreza, this and the Series McRae are probably my favourite of all the Imprezas.

Ordinary_Chap

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7,520 posts

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So after driving 100 or so miles back from London on Saturday and taking some outrageous detours yesterday so I could drive it a bit longer, I'm completely and utterly smitten.

Its a long way from perfect but then I'd kind of expected that with a 13 year old car, its got the minor cosmetic points I spoke about earlier and has a occasional slight banging noise at low speeds when I'm on and off the power which I think is the exhaust moving slightly and I've already learned this thing has a epic thirst for super unleaded which means the fuel gauge is going down quicker than a local Portsmouth girl!

Saying that it feels like it has so much character and I love the sound of the fuel pump priming and then it settling into a rather noisy idle (I hope the neighbours can get over my 5.30am starts yikes).

I also didn't realise it had a starting routine and if you don't start it within 30 seconds of getting in it switches the immobilizer back on, so there I was sat turning the key with the ignition telling me 'Check Engine' and me thinking oh please no! I eventually figured out what the problem was but not before the petrol station attendant told me very loudly over the loud speaker to move away from the pump whilst 5 cars queued behind me and I started to panic a little! hehe

I hadn't started the car quick enough after trying to get the Alpine stereo working and when I did actually get it working it became apparent only one speaker works and it makes a terrible sound, so back to listening to the cars engine then (which I actually prefer anyway).

The passenger window's motor is on its way out as well I think, the motor is making a grinding noise and it takes 3x's as long to close that window as opposed to the drivers window.

Still, once out on the road and driving the car, all is forgiven with the sound of its off-beat soundtrack and mixed in with what I think is a blow off valve (whooshing sound when coming off the throttle) and the rush and sound of running at full tilt for short periods. It also pops and bangs a little when backing off at part throttle when driving around town.

So my list of priorities are;

1. Get a full service & consider mapping once I've had a chat with a knowledgeable person on the car. I'd also like to get the car on a rolling road although mapping should cover this to see what the car is actually producing. From this point the car will be having a oil change every 6 months and a full service from a specialist each year, I'm a big fan of preventative maintenance
3. Replace missing RB5 fog light cover or get a new fog light (the fog light with the RB5 cover is broken and falling apart so cover needs to stay in place)
4. Replace damaged side skirt or fix + respray existing one if repair possible, my preference however would be get a new one even if it costs more
5. Overhaul sound system and replace head unit although this is quite a low priority for me

Edited by Ordinary_Chap on Monday 23 July 23:41

Ordinary_Chap

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Tuesday 24th July 2012 quote quote all
So after 400 miles, I've found out some more about the car.

I'm loving this car the more I drive it but it needs a few things done (see above) and its also developed a exhaust rattle on full power which is annoying given the beautiful sound it makes, so I'm going to try and get it checked out on Friday this week (day off) as I'd really rather the exhaust doesn't fall off!

I reckon the car needs around 1k of work to bring it back to being immaculate which I don't mind as I knew it needed some cosmetic bits and pieces when I bought it and given the expense its had in the mechanical bits I think its still good value or maybe I'm just trying to convince myself it is lol!

The sound is truly sublime and the performance is quite ridiculous (I'm accustomed to 150-175bhp diesel engines), I've found filter lanes fun as people often try to block you overtaking into the filter lane. Queue BMW 330D tonight, I was moving quicker as he'd just pulled off the lights and I was already approaching and moving at about 25, I'd slowed down and the lights went green and suddenly I was then met with a smoke screen from the back of the BMW as it was obviously floored, 2nd gear acceleration in the impreza and suddenly he's a long way behind me!

I also like part throttle and backing off to be met with lots of pops and bangs.

The car however with the heavy duty clutch is pretty rubbish around town, it needs some revs to move away and I'm really not a fan of making noise unduly but trying to move away quietly at low revs seems to result in stalls. Also at slow speeds you can very gently accelerate quite easily but as soon as you back off the accelerator it becomes incredibly jerky and whilst this is good fun when the girlfriend tries to put makeup on its not much fun in rush hour traffic.

It also seems to sway opinion very strongly and whilst I know these cars have a image problem its funny how strongly people feel about them, I don't personally care too much what random folk think of me but the car seems to make people act strangely, I've had countless folk riding my bumper which is to be expected in a performance car as folk who feel inadequate try to prove something through to some young girl with a kid shouting 'Chav!' loudly through my open window which whilst it did make me laugh made me realise how strongly these cars invoke a reaction.

DanoS4

312 posts

74 months

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Tuesday 24th July 2012 quote quote all
Great read. Had 2 UK Turbos, both modded with Scoobysport exhausts and filters, and they were a HOOT.

Wouldn't have one now, but I do miss the sound of THAT burble.

Enjoy the RB5 - it's one of the best in the range (still).

Dan

HonestIago

985 posts

66 months

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Wednesday 25th July 2012 quote quote all
My dad had a MY99 Turbo 2000 but I've always loved the RB5, though finding a mint one nowadays would be very hard. If its a genuine WR sport it should say "WR Sport" on the dials and if so it has the PPP (237bhp and 258lbs/ft from factory) + the Prodrive rear wing. A lot of standard cars had the PPP and/or larger wing retro-fitted.

Out of interest what is the mileage on your one?

Take care of her and enjoy! smile

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Edited by HonestIago on Wednesday 25th July 02:02

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