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Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon

pocahontaspocahontas Posts: 802
edited March 19 in Subaru
for Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon owners to share their ownership experiences. Thanks for your participation. ;-)

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  • pocahontaspocahontas Posts: 802
    you may also want to check out information linked to the Additional Resources box on the left hand side. Please note, I currently have our other Subaru WRX Wagon (2002) discussion, as well as our new Subaru Community page linked there. Keep a look out for other Subaru discussions, articles, and features... in that area!

    Happy motoring!

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  • mikesm6mikesm6 Posts: 32
    Well, I placed a $1K deposit on the WRX 5 sp silver wagon today ($500. off MSRP and 8 -10 weeks del), but before that I went to a ride and drive (Isuzu) highlighting their new Axiom at Texas Motor Speedway - these "sport hybrids" are really lame: the Outback 6 cyl probably the worst! However, I drove a really insane car - their VehiCross -I don't do off road stuff -but once at Putnam Park, I got off their really greasy (95+ different composit) surfaces track backwards at too much speed in the rain, and took a long reverse journey without hitting anything ( a professional M 3 racer went airborne, hit the Armco and landed upsidedown in the same corner later in the event and totaled the yellow racer - no bumps or bruises as the roll cage/fuel cell was ready for that.
    I still think the off road racers are nuts/certifiable, but the VehiCROSS was "enlightening"! Can't wait for the little WRX Sweetie! M
  • bearbear1bearbear1 Posts: 16
    Ordered the 5 speed WRX silver wagon on April 9. Not sure when it will come in. Salesman says early June. Will keep you informed and my impressions of it when that happens. Aren't there any older guys or gals out there interested in this neat little car? Seems like 99% of the messages on the WRX boards are from teenagers or the like. I would think the car would appeal to people who grew up in the 60's too. Ron
  • I also ordered a WRX 5spd. sport wagon in silver. Must be a popular combo. I am in my late late 30's so I am older. I think the reason there are so many "teenagers" or the like on the WRX boards is because it's an exciting car and the price point is obtainable as opposed to a car like the Audi S4.
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    Hey, I'm no spring chicken and I'm interested in the WRX. FWIW I think the Impreza line has always had a more "youthful" following.

    -Frank P.
  • kostamojen2kostamojen2 Posts: 284
    Actually, the Out Back Sports sell to a much older crowd... And ive noticed the average age of a Impreza RS or WRX owner is between 25 and 30, which isnt that young.
    Its mostly the post-college crowd, and not as many of the in-high school teens. But, with the WRX, im seeing alot of people of all ages and backgrounds checking them out and buying them! (Met a 53 year old guy who drove Rally cars profesionally for audi buying a rex)
  • bearbear1bearbear1 Posts: 16
    Well, I grew up in the late fifties-early sixties and am considered a "senior" citizen. But I appreciate good cars and good drivers. Have had four Subarus when up north. They were excellent. Never missed a day of work in bad weather. I like the whole concept of the WRX and so I ordered a 5 speed wagon. I think I see about 5 or 6 Subarus here each year! But see hundreds or even thousands of Audis, BMWs, Boxters, etc. So it will be nice having a really "unique" car down here.
  • hondafriekhondafriek Ottawa CanadaPosts: 2,924
    Hey age is only a state of mind who says us oldies have to own boring cars.
    Cheers Pat.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    And yesterday I saw a little old lady, white hair and all, driving a Legacy GT sedan.

    It was HILARIOUS! She was hitting apexes!

    -juice
  • nf3nf3 Posts: 3
    I ordered my WRX 5 sp silver wagon on 4-2 for delivery in mid June. Well get this, someone ordered in March for a late April delivery and then cancelled their order, so now the car is mine! The exact car I ordered plus some options at no cost that they had ordered. I picked it up on 4-24 and right now it is a love-hate relationship. I love the car, the handling is perfect, the interior comfort is great, and the stereo (upgrade w/subwoofer) kicks. The hate is the 1000 mile break-in. Oh it's killing me. About 3200 rpm is where the power starts coming on, but 4000 is the limit for break-in. I have the next 6 days off, guess it's time to take a few day trips and get this suffering over with. BTW, I'm 39 years old. Brett
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Congrats, Brett.

    We should tell SoA to only do the owner surveys AFTER the break-in period. ;-)

    -juice
  • barresa62barresa62 Posts: 1,379
    I'm 39 too and have a silver 5spd WRX wagon. I've had it since 3/26 and have 1265 miles on it. Loving it more each day. I traded in a 00'OB Ltd wagon. It was a great car just not me (not sporty enough). The WRX wagon is just the compromise I needed. Actually, I love that it doesn't compromise too much when compared to the WRX sedan. At first, I wasn't too thrilled w/the exterior looks but it grows on you and now I think it's a uniquely styled car that won't have its looks go stale anytime soon. This can't be said for a lot of "lookers" currently flooding the market.

    On another note, the 1000 mile break-in is tough to maintain. If you hit it a couple of times past 4k rpms, don't sweat it, just don't make it a habit until after the break-in. Hang in there, the wait will be worth it!

    Stephen
  • mikesm6mikesm6 Posts: 32
    Hi Ron, et.al. I'll be 57 in December! As I mentioned previously, I really wanted a BMW M 3 Touring (a 333 hp 6 sp wagon), but BMW wasn't listening. My insurance premiums on the (nom 305 hp/286lb-ft Tor) M 6 run about $300. q 6 mos here in Dallas, so I am not expecting a big hit with arrival of the rex. P.S. I ordered mine without dealership decals, license plate brackets, etc. M
  • bearbear1bearbear1 Posts: 16
    So good to hear that you finally purged those BMW desires out of your head. At least now you won't have to drive all the time with a cell phone held to your ear like all the rest (except me, of course). I probably told you I am getting out of a 2000 528i sport sedan (silver)in favor of the WRX I ordered. No, I am not crazy, just feel that the WRX has character and none of that Bavarian psycho-baggage attitude that goes with all those cars. Will I be a happy camper? I think so, and my checking account will be a hell of a lot happier. As for insurance? It will probably drop due to all the safety features in the WRX and for me also because the Beemer was a much more expensive car. Don't forget, I have had much experience with Subaru in the distant past and all of it was good. We also have a new E320 in the family so no big deal leaving the BMW.
  • barresa62barresa62 Posts: 1,379
    I still find myself driving w/my cell phone to my ear sometimes in my 5spd WRX.. :-)

    I've learned to multi-task at a much better rate though.

    Stephen
  • mikesm6mikesm6 Posts: 32
    Bearbear1, NOT! I have driven nearly every racing venue in NA and Europe. The only cell phone I have ever had was in the '91 850i - pretty neat device actually - hands free and voice programmable and activated - i.e. "call home", "call office", etc. The E 39 528i/530i Spt pack, 5 sp BMWs are really wonderful! Why would you dump a new one of these? I waited until two weeks before the 4 yr warranty expired to sell the 850i, but I had the M 6, an M 5, 735i, ' 93 325is spt and my kids had two E 30s (325 es and is). I have driven the street BMWs at nom speeds of 156 - 165 mph for the 850i and M 6 respectively, which no one would do with a cell phone in the car or luggage if one had half a brain, and of course, the radios were not on as the motor, esp valves, trans and tire sounds are so great: ever hear the M 6 at full 7800+ (chip) rpms? nom 100 in 3rd? M
  • bearbear1bearbear1 Posts: 16
    Just trying to simplify my life, getting out of all the stuff that used to claim so much of my time; wanting it, getting it, finding it not what was really wanted, etc. So there you are. Will keep you posted when my wagon arrives and will give as an objective an evaluation as I can.
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    does the WRX wagon have more space in the back seat than the sedan like in the Legacy??
  • barresa62barresa62 Posts: 1,379
    Yes, the back seat in the wagon has more legroom and (I believe) more headroom than the sedan..but I'm sure about the legroom. I did a lot of research before buying mine as I was trading in a 00'OB Ltd wagon.

    Stephen
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    At least by the tape measure, it's got half inch more legroom in back.

    -juice
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