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Subaru Impreza WRX



  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    Braille? Wouldn't do someone wearing gloves much good.
  • hypovhypov Posts: 3,068
    Doh! forgot 'bout those who do wear gloves.
    Oh well, was a good thought while it lasted. :D

  • beanboybeanboy Posts: 442
    I agree that the WRX is about driving and not about the interior, but that can only go so far in the market. With the increased competition in the AWD arena, Subaru had better be on their toes and keep the improvements coming, and that includes improving the interior, lest they find themselves in the situation they were in back in the early 90s.

    Let's see more refined interiors, 5 speed automatic, H6 across the Legacy line, a boosting of power and fuel economy in the standard 2.5L, a top-of-the-line Legacy that's actually worth the asking price, improved low-end response for the WRX...

    It seems that Subaru has got the message, the improvements to the 2004 WRX are exactly that--improvements. Hopefully they can keep the ball rolling.

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,150
    It really does come down to longevity, I think. You are comparing 2 older cars with higher miles to a much newer WRX. Yeah, you will get a few more creature comforts in the higher-end imports, but how much will that matter to you 3 years from now when you are worried about taking your 100K mile plus car on a road trip? Instead, in 3 years, you could be driving an AWD subaru that is still barely broken in.

    Aside from that, I found both those cars to be much more cramped than the ReX. Forget about anybody sitting behind you in the A4 if you are over 6'.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I know what you mean. I have a Jetta, and will definitely be buying an extended service agreement on it when the factory warranty runs out. Labor is too high, as is the cost of parts, to have to pay for it out of pocket and out of warranty if it breaks. My luck, the car will be perfect until the day I either trade it in or it dies...
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Keep in mind a lot of S4 owners traded in for new WRXs because of aggravation with problems they had.

    If you buy a used S4, you might be getting one of those examples. Just be ready to deal with more repairs and higher running costs.

    Luxury car, luxury price for parts and service. New or used doesn't matter.

  • corkfishcorkfish Posts: 537
    Is it possible to rent a WRX? Or is that a stupid question? I'd love to drive one around for a day or two before I buy.
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    According to Subaru's website:
    Hertz -- airports in the northern half of the US
    Dollar -- Seattle and Portland, WA
    Budget -- northern NJ
    Avis -- Chicago area
  • riptideriptide Posts: 12
    I'm looking to purchase a new car soon, and WRX is one of the models I'm considering. So I test-drove one (a 2003 model) a couple weeks ago. Overall, I liked the car, except for the brake feel. The car stopped fine, but the pedal travel seemed a bit long, and, while the car was stopped (and running), I could actually push the brake pedal all the way to the floor (which I found to be a bit unnerving.) Salesman's response? "All cars with antilock brakes do that." (ha ha -- of course, I did go to what is allegedly the worst Subaru dealership in Bay Area (Stevens Creek Subaru), so what do I expect?) So my question is: can you push the brake pedal all the way to the floor in your WRX, when it's stopped? Basically, I'm just trying to figure out if this behaviour is common to WRXs, or whether there was a problem with the particular car I drove...
  • robmarchrobmarch Posts: 482
    try another car on the lot? those brakes may need bleeding.

    I'm not a WRX owner, but my 2002 CRV's brakes engage much further into the pedal travel than my 1996 Altima. I get used to it after the first or second stop after switching cars :)
  • Yeah maybe during the week I'm gonna test drive one. Plus the 2004 is going to have a moonroof option right? Also the idea of having a brand new car with warranty is really appealing.
  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    corkfish - I met a guy from PA that got to drive his WRX around for the weekend before he committed to the deal. Don't know if that would fly in CT though. My dealer in Flemington NJ throws you the keys and lets you go whereever you want. I think I test drove 4 sedans and two wagons before I purchased. :-)

    riptide - My WRX doesn't do that. Maybe it was out of adjustment or low on fluid???? Subaru's do use dual-stage boosters though.

  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I know what you mean about different brake feels. I will hit the brakes as hard as I have to hit them to stop my friend's '94 Cougar when I get back into my car sometimes (02 Jetta). It almost stands the car on its nose. :)
  • raybearraybear Posts: 1,776
    Where in CT? The WRX is not the same car as the others, but it's a great toy.

    Expect the dealers to try for MSRP on the '04 when it arrives, they'll take up to $1000 under invoice on in-stock 2003's, and there are a couple of used 2002's around for under $20K.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Throw in some SS lines and you are good to go.

  • beanboybeanboy Posts: 442
    Poked fun at the lack of low-end grunt of the WRX on their show today. Bring on the 2.5L Subaru, tehe.

  • I live in Prospect near Waterbury. Any recommendations for subaru dealers in Connecticut.
  • raybearraybear Posts: 1,776
    Near you I like both Chase Parkway and Quality. You'll find the conveyance fee at Crabtree setting a new record for Connecticut, so watch out for it if you give them a try. Perkins in Milford needs to move inventory and they have a responsive Business Development Center, you can send them an email for a quote, and they may accept a low offer if the car's in stock.

    I'm wrapping up business in Stamford, if you need numbers send me an email and I'll make up a quote for you based on something we have if the other dealers check it out. I know it's too much of a drive, you should get someone closer to home to match it.
  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    If low-end grunt is a problem, then there are a ton of cars they have issues with (also the S2000).

    Let me guess. Their favorite car is a Mustang GT, Corvette, and a Viper???!!!

    Bet they are crying in the fact that the Camaro and Trans Am are no longer with us.
  • beanboybeanboy Posts: 442
    They dislike performance cars. Actually went on to talk about how they had a problem with the WRX ad showing the kids turning down the radio to drive the WRX through the twisties, and then all the hate mail they got, tehe.

    I tend to agree with them about the lack of low-end grunt, hence the 2.5L turbo comment. Drove around in a 5-speed Forester this weekend, amazed with the fact you can leave it in second coming out of slow turns. Too bad it starts slowing down about 3K.

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