Well, for many years I've been posting in the older subaru forum, I've had 4 89 wagons, both gl and dl. I finally moved up in the world by acquiring a 97 impreza 2 door coupe at the auction at the wrecking yard I work at, not my dream subaru, but it is nearly a decade newer than any others I've ever had, and never had a 2.2.
I bid on it got it for 525, I only bid on it because it was a DUI impound (at least I knew it was a runner)
Here is the problem I am having. It has what appears to be an aftermarket alarm system. But no key fab for disarming it. I have a feeling that is why it won't start with just turning the key. I know nothing about alarms. So I cut the wires to the extremely loud siren under the hood (scared the bejesus out of me when I put a battery in and it went off about 10 inches from my ear), This allowed me to turn the key to the run position and use a screwdriver to jump between the main battery stud on silenoid and the ignition switch terminal on the silenoid. This resulted in it starting.
I have to rethink it being an aftermarket alarm, I can hear a constant clicking under the dash and when I crawl and twist myself under there and the clicking is coming from the keyless entry module. The only key fab that I have found in the car the buttons are really worn but it looks like it says lock and unlock, however, neither button does anything when I push them.
When I do get the car started it only idled for about 2 minutes and died, every time I start it, it won't stay running unless I give it throttle, and only if I don't rev it up above about 2000 rpms, at which time it starts to spit and sputter and I can smell what I can only describe as "rotten egg smell" under the hood.
First experience as I stated before with the newer generation of sub's. Any insight would be helpful, as well.
Also any general opinions on this particular model or motor, strengths, weaknesses, durability etc etc.
Thanks in advance