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Subaru Impreza WRX

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  • hunter001hunter001 Posts: 851
    Any idea how much the Subaru 17s weigh ?

    Thanks in advance,

    Later...AH
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    Before posting, hit "Check Spelling," then post. I've found that to work.

    Bob
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    patilpan: you probably hit a slick spot in the road. Sounds odd.

    -juice
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    No offense but you were going 20mph over the limit in a car you never drove before, a sports car at that. It probably instilled too much confidence, also if you had pegged the gas you would have come out of the skid sooner.

    -mike
  • bull3964bull3964 Posts: 65
    "No offense but you were going 20mph over the limit in a car you never drove before, a sports car at that. It probably instilled too much confidence, also if you had pegged the gas you would have come out of the skid sooner."

    Agreed.

    I know i have done a few, ehm, less than graceful things in my car since I got it, but they were all my fault.

    I suspect that you were REALLY going to fast for the turn and you overdrove the grip of the car on the road (possible combined with some sort of road surface condition that aggrevated it.)

    This car instills A LOT of confidence. The minimal body roll doesn't really lend itself to giving away hints at the limits of the car. So, you can overdrive them without much warning ahead of time (though, i find that I sooner lose my nerve).

    This car cannot disobey the laws of physics (even though it seems like it can sometimes).
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Even after owning my XT6 for close to 40K miles, excellent tires on it, I still was able to get it squirilly that cost me the front A-arm and some other parts. It is very easy to overdrive them.

    -mike
  • hunter001hunter001 Posts: 851
    www.subaruparts.com lists the optional 17s at $1276. But they list the weight at 19lbs each, which are 1.5 lbs heavier than the UK OEM 17s. But these would be easier to clean than the UK OEM 17s.


    Check the below link out:


    http://www.subaruparts.com/catalog/?section=149


    Later...AH

  • djasonwdjasonw Posts: 624
    I recently purchased a WRX Wagon (love it) and I happen to subscribe to the 3 major car rags. In the May issue of two of the rags is a comparison of some wagons. I believe one article compares the WRX to a Jetta wagon. I always thought the WRX was the better handler but they claim the Jetta handled the slalom at a higher speed. Now certainly the WRX handles better than a Jetta? Can some of you guys out there elaborate? BTW...I'd NEVER trade my REX for a Jetta.
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    I believe the Jetta was equipped with the optional sport package that includes stiffer shocks as well as 17" rims. I think it goes to show how limiting the stock 16" RE92s can be on the WRX.

    Put some 17" rims on the WRX and I'll bet that you'll see the numbers reverse.

    Ken
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Don't forget all those tests are done on nice dry smooth non pebbly or sand strewn roads. They are the equivilent to Emirl having all the components for his dishes laid out for him in nice little cups! In the real world the WRX w/crappy tires will out handle the jetta.

    -mike
  • barresa62barresa62 Posts: 1,379
    the WRX wagon only has a 17mm rear swaybar and not the sedan's 20mm rear swaybar (an easy $87 upgrade through your friendly Subaru dealer). :-)

    Stephen
  • rileyyhrileyyh Posts: 49
    Hi. Since I've practically put away the thought of purchasing a VW Jetta 1.8T and getting a WRX Sedan, my only question now is whether I should get a manual (which is cheaper and funner) and learn it or get an automatic (which has better AWD technology and stiffer springs).

    Let me just say that, while I think I could learn how to drive manual very well in a day or two, I haven't driven in a while and I would be unfamiliar with the roads in VA. Getting a manual would mean me and my dad can use my car, but an automatic would also allow my mom to use my car when she needs to. My dad has an automatic Q45 that they can use (but my mom hardly drives, is learning, so not much of a factor). Please tell me which is better for me. Thanks.

    riley

    soon to be silver WRXer
  • hunter001hunter001 Posts: 851
    I think in this matter, you have to make the decision for yourself, now that you are aware of the pros and cons of each configuration.

    Later...AH
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    Riley,

    Who's WRX is this going to be? Choose the transmission that best fits needs and objectives of the primary driver. I don't think we can answer that question for you.

    FYI, it takes a little more than just two days to drive stick "very well" -- just so you know.

    Ken
  • barresa62barresa62 Posts: 1,379
    As it was posted prior...you have to make the decision between auto or manual yourself. You will own it...you drive it! Despite what AH says the avg person is not going to know the difference in the AWD between auto and manual or the stiffer springs. Those that do are blowing smoke you know where. I know...pretty blunt but the truth as I see it. You will, however, notice the difference in performance between the auto and the manual. The auto may adapt to your driving technique to the point where you will notice it but the gap in acceleration times compared to the manual will still be significant enough that your butt-meter will know the difference. Of course, you could go on about the adaptive automatic, the superior AWD, and the stiffer springs. It won't change the facts.

    Basically, it comes down to driving both an auto and manual WRX. If you are lucky enough to drive a broken-in auto (for sake of argument), that would even be better. Just remember (repeat, repeat), it will be your car. Pick the one that appeals to you most. :-)

    Stephen
  • bruticusbruticus Posts: 229
    I just re-discovered this Flash movie.

    DjB
  • narenjinarenji Posts: 161
    You probably experienced some lift-off oversteer or something. The dealer warned me about that, because awd vehicles have that tendency, cause if you go too fast into a corner, you shouldn't just lift off the throttle. I have experienced this myself- after buying the car. It's kinda unnerving, but if you stay on the gas, it'll go through the turn just fine. But I also doubt you were going 65 mph in a curve marked for 45 mph. It's a great car, but it does have different handling tendencies than front wheel or rear wheel drive vehicles.
  • narenjinarenji Posts: 161
    Sorry I didn't reply quicker. Some people on i-club already have that wheel on their WRX, but I don't think it looks that great on our cars. I think the more spokes, the better. It looks at home on the legacy B4, but the design doesn't seem totally harmonious on thw WRX. They are nice and light though, but I believe they're a dealer installed option, so it would take people out of stock-class in the SCCA/Autocross. For the price of the 17" 5 spoke OEM wheels, I'd go for OZ Superleggeras.
  • barresa62barresa62 Posts: 1,379
    They are light, reasonably priced, strong, and great looking wheels on the WRX. The only reason I didn't get them was because I wanted a 7.5" rim width to go with 225/45 tires. The 'leggra only comes in a 7"width. The offset is 48mm. 48mm and 7"rim will work but this offset is really the ideal one w/a 7.5"rim. Additionally, 225's will work on a 7"rim but a better match is a 7.5"rim with this tire size. Hey...no one said the wheel decision was easy on a WRX! :-)

    Stephen
  • WarpDriveWarpDrive Posts: 506
    buying a wheel is a deeply personal choice.

    I went through a whole range of emotions when buying my wheel. Went from looking at Rotas, to Prodrives, BBS, SSR's. Then faced dilemmas about strength vs cost, width, weight vs offset, dark vs light, hubcentric or not, yada yada. At least Subaru made it partly easy for us, the majority of wheels out there don't fit our cars.

    Personally, I don't really like the OEM or even the UK OEM wheels which are similar in design. And the alternate B4-like wheels look too generic on the WRX. I didn't really like the high spoked wheels, but I came around to it.
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