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Ordinary_Chap

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7,520 posts

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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

57 months

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

DouggyMc

657 posts

47 months

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

Nellist

142 posts

63 months

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

Schuey M

178 posts

26 months

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Quality motor, drive it like you stole it and enjoy!
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R12HCO

806 posts

43 months

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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

4,440 posts

88 months

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

TX.

thebigmacmoomin

1,322 posts

53 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

57 months

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Looks like it has the Ppp due to the spoiler so it will have 240bhp

rb5er

5,473 posts

56 months

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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?

rallycross

5,711 posts

121 months

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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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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

9,566 posts

127 months

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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

9,504 posts

43 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.

DanoS4

348 posts

78 months

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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

1,180 posts

70 months

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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

Edited by HonestIago on Wednesday 25th July 02:01


Edited by HonestIago on Wednesday 25th July 02:02

Ordinary_Chap

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HonestIago said:
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

Edited by HonestIago on Wednesday 25th July 02:01


Edited by HonestIago on Wednesday 25th July 02:02
Thanks chaps.

My car has 105k on the clock and it does have the WR sport words on the dials and the high rear wing with the high brake light.

I have to say whilst I like the look of the wing on the car, when driving I keep catching it in my peripheral vision and thinking there is something behind me! I also find it restricts rear vision and makes it more difficult (for me at least) to see whats behind me just on the basis it interferes with your vision whereas normally I'd just have a quick check in my mirror and know straight away what is there or not.




Bosshogg76

741 posts

67 months

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Wednesday 25th July 2012 quote quote all
Lovely car, before you shell out on a new window motor, try greasing the runners first and give that a shot, could save you a bill.

Ordinary_Chap

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Bosshogg76 said:
Lovely car, before you shell out on a new window motor, try greasing the runners first and give that a shot, could save you a bill.
Thanks for the tip!

I will have a look when I get round to pulling the stereo out. It's got a semi-decent Alpine stereo but only one speaker is working, I suspect the chances are there's a problem with the wiring into the stereo as opposed to the speakers or individual wiring at the speaker points being at fault.

Lee
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