So I'm planning on buying a 2002 wrx wagon with 170,000 miles on it for 6000 my only concern was when I was rolling and trying to get down into first gear it would grind so hard and wouldn't get into the gear until i was at a complete stop is this a frequent problem on these with the transmission or what do you think it is? Also is that even a good deal I guess they put a new engine in it about a year ago?
I'd agree with that. I drove a 5 speed g5 and it did the same thing, wouldn't go into 1st until just about stopped. My WRX now will grind if I try to put it in reverse while still moving as well, never tried 1st there's no need. Probably a safety thing so you don't put it in 1st at a higher speed on accident. Why would you need to put it 1st gear before you're almost stopped?
Andy - 12 WRB WRX
Tuned by Innovative Tuning
294 AWHP / 311 TQ
I believe you have to be below like 8mph or so before, I have heard of people doing it a 15mph, but it's all hear say...use you brakes to slow down, you'll be thankful in the end because brakes are cheaper than a trans. Yeah i'd also HIGHLY recommend changing the gear oil in the trans and the rear diff as these items get over looked all the time.
Resident Grumpy Old Man(Keith)
03 SRP 2.34L
08' LGT Gears...