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Old 20-09-2013, 11:37 PM
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Hey Guys!

So tonight I finally got myself a cracker of a 2002 Bugeye STI, debadged and completely unmolested, a true blank canvas.

Drove it from Mt Hawthorn to Mindarie (the long way) without a hitch, even managing to have some smile inducing full-throttle-fun a couple of times when the roads were quiet.

Left it in my garage for an hour, and when I went to move it... it wouldn't start.

It'd turn over, it'd splutter, but it just wouldn't fire. I left it another five minutes while I quickly googled potential issues, on a whim I swapped the key out for the original that started the car earlier that afternoon (I was using the smaller spare in my garage as the remote central locking needs fixing) and it started first time, except, there was a faintly audible whirr from the engine bay above 2000rpm. (Alternator?? or worse, Turbo??)

For some reason, it also has one of those half-size batteries in there, and an old, cheap brand-less one at that. I have a feeling that might be close to being dead and the engine is struggling to draw power from it, hence why it couldn't fully fire but would still start to turn over, indicating some energy is being drawn.

I spent a good hour inspecting the car before buying it and aside from a few minor cosmetic problems, a crap exhaust and worn disks/pads, everything electrical and mechanical sounded/looked flawless, even on the test drive, I worked through the gearbox and gave it the beans without a single splutter, clunk or clang.

I'm going to nurse it over to the workshop across the road in the morning to swap out the battery and possibly have a quick diagnostic check.

But just out of interest, has anyone ever had a similar problem? I paid a fairly ridiculous $13,500 for a genuine, 115,000km stock car. I knew it was going to need work, but if it's a full engine rebuild on the cards I won't be the happiest Subaru owner in Australia by a long way.

Let me know what you guys think, hopefully I'll still have a working Subaru by tomorrow!

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Old 21-09-2013, 12:05 AM
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Hi Westwoood and welcome.
I am not clear from your description what is happening but this may help-
You have a dead battery if nothing happens at all when trying to start, or
there is a clicking noise from the starter but motor does not turn.
The battery is on its way out if the motor turns slowly, it may fire but if it does not you flatten the battery and you get to what happens above.
If this sounds like what you have got, buy yourself a battery charger and leave it to charge for 4 to 8 hours. Then drive to a shop to replace the battery.
Whirr when, trying to, start- some fuel pumps do that, harmless.
Otherwise, do you have a Brandt immobilizer/alarm?
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Old 21-09-2013, 06:20 AM
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Welcome mate! Its the damn carbie! lol Jokes... Hope its nothing major
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I would say get the battery checked
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If it's the silver one that was in the little car yard in mt hawthorn, it was sitting dormant for a few months (I've checked it out, it was near my house).

From your description, start with the battery, top up with new fuel, change fluids if need be and go from there.

Hope it works out

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Buy car then take it to a mechanic to check out??
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Old 21-09-2013, 04:29 PM
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You mentioned that it would not start with the spare key. It is possible the previous owner had a spare key cut but did not get the transponder programmed...just a thought.
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You mentioned that it would not start with the spare key. It is possible the previous owner had a spare key cut but did not get the transponder programmed...just a thought.
Nailed it - Spare key was cut but no transponder was encoded, so it will only start with the original key D:

Battery was f*cked too, which is why there was starting problems even with the original key. Swapped it out for one with the correct voltage, replaced the terminals and all is well. Running good, time for the resto to begin!
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Fuzzy feelings!
Good luck there.

Enjoy!
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Glad it was a simple fix for the car...As a new member of the craziness in the forum please use search function at all times and where possible... If you are unable to find the information then ask .... OH and enjoy the forum
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