My 2002 Subaru WRX WRBhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com A Life Story
Well the time has come. 169https://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com000 miles and the little
bugeye that could has finally called it quits. Not in the blaze of glory I
originally envisioned but an interesting ordeal none the less. This story is to
show the true strength and build quality that Subaru offers to some of the best
and most diverse customer base ever seen. Have no doubts that when you buy a
Subaru they are built to last!
Lets start with her beginning.
As soon as the WRX’s were first released in the
stateshttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com Atlantic Subaru in Bourne Massachusetts was graced with the presence of
this 2002 World Rally Blue WRX with premium gauge package. The original ownerhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com
a gentleman (now 75 years old) purchased this car for his daily driving
responsibilities. Over the course of 2 years he put 12https://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com000 tender miles on this
vehicle. When I say tender he attests to no rev over 4000. Rare for these cars!
In 2004 he traded it in for the first of the STi’s. This is when things start
to heat up.
A young man purchased this carhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com a good friend and a
truly remarkable person. Andrew Wallace took this car in and began his life in
modding Subarus. Some basics happenedhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com turboback and Accessport graduating into
a full turboswap all done by TDC Tuning back when they were located in Concordhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com
NH. Now everyone and their brother that owns a Subaru will say how gingerly
they drive their car. It’s never been abused. It’s never been launched. It’s
never been raced. That’s all well and goodhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com but remember I drive a Subaru too.
I know you’re full of it.
This WRX’s life was a tough one. From drifting every
corner to racing on the highway this car has seen it. It has roots to the World
Rally Cup so it definitely saw a few dustyhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com muddy trailshttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com sideways. Snow drifts
were a necessity anytime the weather was appropriate. 5 Speeding ticketshttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com 30
plus written warningshttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com Andrew certainly put her through her paces. Luckilyhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com were
well past this now and keep it to the track only.
This brings us to 2006 and 42000 miles. Timmy adopts
the blue WRX via Atlantic Subaru in Bourne Massachusetts.
Pick the car up and take her home.
43000 replace viscous cuplink
45000 replace clutch.
This is my daily driven car. And please believe I
drive it like I stole it. Trips every Friday and Sunday during the winter to
Lincoln NH where I coached a freestyle ski team at Loon Mtn. 200 miles each way
this car never gave me any trouble.
Fast forward a little bithttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com I started working for
Northern Alliance Medicalhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com specializing in devices for spinal surgeries. My
position as a junior sales rep was to head out from headquarters in Bedfordhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com NH
to hospitals all over New England to deliver surgical kitshttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com make contacts with
doctors and assist other reps with their needs. We’re talking 35https://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com000 miles in
about 8 months time. An oil change every other week J
Never an ounce of grief from the WRX.
One day I head into the dealership to have them turn
the rotors before a long trip and one of their techs pointed out some exhaust
leaks. He suggests replacing the whole exhaust. Their price tag: 4000. HAHA
Time for some mods. Header back systemhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com VF39https://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com STi
pinkshttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com TurboXS tmic and Accessport tune. Gates full timing kit to keep the EJ
running proper. Ran this setup until the day she passed on.
Over the course of this cars long ten year life it
saw a lot of hard drivinghttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com countless mileshttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com even more countless trips herehttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com
there and everywhere and it held up pretty damn well. Many of my friends have
gone through twohttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com threehttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com four or more cars by this stage in our lives. Ive been
through one and I dedicate that to the qualityhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com safety and reliability that
Subaru has to offer.
The next chapter in this bug eye’s life is the new
heart soon to be dropped back in. This is going to be a very solidly builthttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com beast
of a street machine. Stay tuned for the full build thread