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Subaru Impreza WRX

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  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    IMO, it just takes some experimenting with the adjustments. When I first picked up my Rex, I thought the Outback Sports seats I were used to were more comfortable. I played around with the seats almost daily until I found the right spot (I raised the seat slightly, even though I don't need to).
    Just took my first little trip (400 miles) and the seats felt great. I'll probably be making a 1200 mile trip by Spring (NJ to SC).

    Right John. This ain't no easy chair. :-)

    -Dennis
  • fxsfxs Posts: 50
    I currently own a Tahoe, LT1 Caprice Classic, and WRX sedan. I'm 5'10" 235lbs and the front seats in the WRX by far are more comfortable on longer trips (from New Mexico to NYC)than my Chevys. I was able to drive from NM to Birmingham 19-20 hours nonstop, without any butt pains that I have experienced in the Tahoe, Caprice, old 94 and 96 Z28s, 85 CRXsi, 96 Geo Prizm, and 91 Silverado Sport P/U. I can only manage 12 hours max in the Tahoe and Caprice before I check into a hotel for 8 hours of needed R&R.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I love the WRX seats. I guess everyone is shaped differently.

    -juice
  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    The seats initially seamed uncomfortable, felt like I was sitting at an angle, the side bolsters seemed too narrow for my thighs, and the top was slightly too narrow for my shoulders.

    After driving it a couple of months, I have gotten accoustomed to the seats. The top is just big enough for my shoulder blades, which makes it fine. My shoulders my jut out a little, but the support is there.

    In terms of sitting at an angle, I adjust my torso once during the trip, and it is fine. Surprisingly, with the awkwardness of initially sitting in the seats they are very supportive and comfortable for long trips. Great back support.

    Give it a couple of months, your body will adjust to the seats.
  • sonya4sonya4 Posts: 92
    Even though I'm petite, when driving short distances in the WRX I do get uncomfortable and seem to be sitting at an angle too, so I keep adjusting my torso. Strangely enough, I don't have the same problem on long trips!

    My fiance, who's 6' tall, complains that the passenger seat is uncomfortable, but he doesn't complain when he's in the driver's seat. Hmm...maybe it's because he wants to do more of the driving himself :)

    --sonya4
  • barresa62barresa62 Posts: 1,379
    I think you're onto something...LOL!

    Stephen
  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    On an interesting note, went to an ammusement park and while riding the roller coasters, kept thinking back to driving the WRX. Sort of a similiar feeling except you do not bounce around as mucb as you do in a rollercoaster.

    Sonya - Interesting about him complaining about the rear seats. My dad who is 5'10" thought the rear was comfortable.
  • I drove another WRX and the seat felt much better then my car. This confirmed my concerns about my seat. When I originally test drove a different one, I never noticed the seat feeling wrong. The dealer manager said he would swap the seat for me (he probably thinks I am nuts) but at least I will be happy!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Really? Great to hear that. I'm glad you pushed for it, and that the dealer was responsive!

    -juice
  • phkckphkck Posts: 185
    Over the past 3 months I have been looking for a commuter car that would get better gas mileage that my V-10 Excursion. Looked at anything from the Mini-Cooper to a Hybrid car. Then I saw the WRX!
    I was convinced that I was going to buy an 03 WRX. Test drives, pouring over the literature even had the financing lined up.
    Then the wife asked, "How are you going to fit a car seat back there and still have a comfortable front passenger?" Good question.
    Trust me, I wanted that Turbo engine with the all-wheel drive etc etc.
    Long story short, for the same money I purchased an 03 Accord. V6 is nice, leather sunroof etc.
    I'm going to miss the WRX I never had. Love the Accord, and long term is probably the better vehicle for my needs.
    So if you see a Silver Accord sedan wanting to race at a stop light, let me win (just once). Might make me feel better.
  • I too was looking at the Accord vs WRX and I ended up with the WRX. I found the car seat (just one kid) fit fine behind my wife (no way behind me). We have a honda Odyssey as our primary family car so the car seat will rarely go in my car. I really wanted a stick shift and the Honda I4 was too slow and the V6 is Auto only. If it was going to be our primary car I would pick the accord only because of its size and gas milage
  • hunter001hunter001 Posts: 851
    He was talking about the re-designed 03 Accord, which is different from the 02 Accord. Tighter handling (aided by the upgraded and highly sophisticated 4-wheel Independent Double-wishbone suspension-read:suspension found in F1 racecars, Ferraris, Lamborghinis etc), more space, more HP (240hp from 3.0L NA engine/250HP with premium) 5-speed Automatic and an available 6-speed Manual (not sure if this is available in the Sedan, however) along with other goodies like voice activated Navigation system etc.

    Even the I4 is more powerful/torquier with a shift to a DOHC i-VTEC configuration from the earlier SOHC configuration. And Honda DOHC i-Vtec engines are not something that can be sneezed at especially when coupled with the available 5-speed Manual and/or 5-speed Automatic.

    But obviously, the Accord is not a direct competitor of the WRX in any way, shape or form, even though it might have some remote pricing similarities.

    Later...AH
  • barresa62barresa62 Posts: 1,379
    Unfortunately, in the beginning, the 6spd manual will only be available w/the Coupe and in miniscule #'s. :-(

    Stephen
  • I noticed during hard cornering you really have to fight to keep the steering from straightening out. I don't recall that from previous automobiles, but then I don't recall driving the others that hard. Is what I am describing the result of AWD w/ no front LSD? Would STI drivers not experience the same thing?
  • I was also talking about the 03 Accord. It has been out for a couple months now
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The sedan still doesn't get a manual, and suspension tuning is soft.

    Look at last month's C&D, the 0-60 is quicker than any of the near-luxury cars they tested, and it's fuel efficient. But then look at braking and handling numbers and it falls flat on its face.

    The Accord may have a peepy engine, but it's not truly sporty at all.

    -juice
  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    The V6 coupe that is supposed to be out in Spring of 2003 will get a stick option for the EX. The only issue is that you could get a Cl Type-S for $2-$3K more with a stick.

    In terms of 0-60, I believe the Altima is slightly faster, but the Accord is smoother.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I need sedans, gotta have 4 doors to load the kids in the back. Better yet, a wagon.

    Will the 6 speed coupe have a front LSD? It really should, the Maxima and CL-S have one.

    -juice
  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    Then it would compete head on with the CL-Type S.

    Have not heard anything about the implementation of a LSD in the V6 EX coupe with sports package.
  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    for the Accord
  • I have heard that Honda will be importing the Euro-Accord as the Acura TSX. It will be a the replacement for the 4 door Integra as the RSX is only a coupe. Just rumors at this point but some claim there will be a Type-S. But I would imagine it will only be a 4-banger.
  • swinga7swinga7 Posts: 45
    too bad it probably wont be the accord type R they bring over in acura badging.. thats a sweet car
  • hunter001hunter001 Posts: 851
    A few years back, the European "Car" magazine had done a handling test of various cars available and the final ranking went along the lines of:

    1st place: Audi S4
    2nd place: Honda Accord Type-R
    3rd place: BMW 328i with Sport Package
    and a few other vehicles below the leaders....

    The price paid by a buyer for the Accord was chicken-feed when compared to the price paid for the other cars in the test.

    Later...AH
  • fxsfxs Posts: 50
    I'm waiting for the CTS V-series with the 350 HP LS1 V8 and 6 spd manual to arrive in MY2004. My WRX should be paid off and GM discount should put me below invoice.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    The will likely be a Holden Commodore SS. The car I've been drooling over for years. If it does make it hear I'd jump on it!

    -mike
  • swinga7swinga7 Posts: 45
    I thought I heard something about a holden coming over here as the new pontiac GTO... dont quote me on that though, i'm not really up on domestic car current events
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Yes there are several Holdens that we have here:

    Catera = Base Commodore
    GTO = Monaro aka 2-door version of Commodore
    CTS = same platform as the commodore

    Of course over seas they get the better versions. Holden has "HSV" which is Holden's version of SVT they are special hi-powered versions.

    -mike
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    Not sure about the CTS. I thought it was a new platform.

    Bob
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Both the Holden and the Opel are based on the Sigma Platform. the Catera and Holden are stretched versions of the sigma platform, as is the new CTS (new sigma platform).

    -mike
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You're both right, Catera was an Opel Omega, basically.

    The Saturn L series is even funnier. It's an Opel Vectra, stretched, and with an Opel Omega engine.

    -juice
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