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2013 and earlier-Subaru Impreza and Impreza WRX STI Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • I'm wondering the same thing. If anyone has deals out there, post them for the 09 WRX, please!
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    When I was --><-- close to buying one they said invoice without blinking. The 09 WRX is far more car than the Civic Si. that's like comparing a bobcat to a mountain lion.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,653
    The question is too general. Are you talking about the base WRX? The WRX with the Premium Package? The WRX with the Premium Package and navigation?

  • I'm on Subaru's site and can't seem to figure out what the $3000 gives you other than a 10 speaker system and heated seats. What else is added for the premium package? If that's it, I personally would not need the premium package. I wouldn't need the Nav for sure.
  • The premium will also add the sunroof. Evidently, after market sunroofs in the WRX are tough because of the roll cage or something like that. I'm with you though, the $3k for the premium doesn't really do it for me.

    And in St. Louis, you can get easily get a WRX for invoice (if you can find one), possibly a few hundred under. I've seen dealers in Colorado doing the base WRX for over $1k under invoice. I haven't yet bought one, this information is without any negotiating, just what they're telling me.
  • jj987jj987 Posts: 10
    FWIW, I went out today to test drive one. They only had a WRX Premium version on the lot so made due with that. The drive was all I expected, responsive, crisp, etc. I did read some reviews from C&D and found what they said to be true.

    The sales guy told me that he expects sales on this car to take off because it will be featured in the upcoming Fast and Furious movie. IMHO, this was just sales garbage coming out of his mouth. To me most people who buy a WRX, do it because they know what it is and is capable of; not because it was featured in a movie.

    Hopefully I'll start negotiating on this car in the next few weeks and will post what I can come up with it.
  • Personally I would really appreciate it if you did keep us informed on your negotiations for the WRX. I've been following this car since the '09 came out and have been expecting prices to drop as the year goes on. $1K under invoice is good but it would be real sweet if prices go to $22-23K eventually. With the new federal tax break for new car taxes that's even better. What part of the country are you in?
  • joeshanjoeshan Posts: 70
    Greetings, all.
    My mother was quoted $19,200 for an '09 Impreza Base Sedan with Auto, Premium, and dealer installed options -Auto dimming rear-view mirror& compass, body-side molding, and center console armrest extender (that one they can keep, and give her back $163.00)
    Fair price?
    Smith-Cairns in Yonkers, NY.
  • Seems like there's a lot of interest here for the 09 WRX!?!? I am interested also and have been watching it's prices over the year. Is everyone looking to buy or lease the WRX (jj987, frostbyte3964, & stevehecht)? I'm looking to lease personally and live in Denver. I have been hoping for a pretty sweet reduction in price also as we get closer to the roll-out of the '10s in ~November. I asked on the lease question forum if anyone had any historical information on the trends for leasing Impreza's with no response. So I've been doing some archive research on my own (from the other forum) to figure how the trends have been with the Impreza's based off of MF and residuals that Car_Man has quoted over the years. I'd be happy to share that information with anyone, if interested. (Just not quite sure how I can tabulate the data yet). How has the negotiating been going jj987? I'm curious to see how low we can go. I'm within 6 mo. of my lease return (07 Impreza) and am anxious :D for a WRX. Hopefully, I will start negotiating within the next few weeks.

    Keep us update! ;)
  • tinycadontinycadon Posts: 287
    skaswing, follow the link and go about 1/3 of the way down, they list the residual values for all subaru leases, 24mo and 36mo. 9J* are wagons, 9L* are sedans.
  • jj987jj987 Posts: 10

    For me at least I believe the big interest in the 09 WRX is that this model is suppose to come back to the roots of what made the WRX famous to begin with. From the car magazines I have read, the 08 WRX had gone soft, losing it's edginess, lost what made it a driver's car. Also for 09 it doesn't hurt that Subaru took the turbo off the STI and put it into the base WRX (a tuner's dream). The current 09 WRX can outpace the 09 STI in 0-60 (something I am sure Subaru will rectify for the 2010 STI).

    As for negotiations go, I found a dealer that quoted me ~24500 right off for a base WRX, no options thrown in yet. According to the TMV in my area (Fort Worth, TX) it is 24546, and invoice on this care is 24312. However, this dealer is ~50 miles away from me so he said he'll see what he can do to "sweeten" the deal for me to drive out that far. He had talked about throwing in 2 years of free maintenance service, but I am weary of taking that because it would mean driving a total of ~100 miles for every oil change, or any other service for that matter. I am somewhat of a gearhead so I do oil changes and such myself. I'll talk to the sales guy tomorrow and see what he can do the "sweeten" the deal as he put it.

    hope this was somewhat helpful
  • Thanks for the link tinycadon. Do you happen to know if those residuals and MFs apply to other regions or just the northwest area? I'll definitely keep checking out this website.
  • tinycadontinycadon Posts: 287
    Not sure? I would think they are national figures, but not sure, I know that site lists rebates/incentives that are regional however. is a great Subaru site run by a Subaru dealer in Seattle, that guy really sets the bar high as far as I'm concerned, puts the website to shame!
  • robm2robm2 Posts: 53
    Before you buy an '09 WRX, you may want to have a look at this thread,

    Ensure that you're getting a build date out of the affected range of bad engine builds.
  • jj987jj987 Posts: 10

    Thanks for the link. I'm running through the first few pages and see this being a reoccurring issue with the engine. I wonder if anyone here has experienced this as well? I expect there to be a few problems with some of the cars as my friend bought a brand new 06 Civic SI and there is a clutch/syncro-mesh issue with reverse after 10k miles. I expect there to be a few bad ones in the batch as not every car is perfect off the line. Just a luck of the draw.

    Update on negotiations - I have gone on to other dealers, and the lowest price so far I have quoted was 23900. This is the base WRX with zero options. I am looking at putting on the SPT exhaust. That add-on was quoted to me at $879.99 plus labor.( should be under 150.oo). Anyone else have any prices?
  • jj987jj987 Posts: 10
    For those wanting to know about the engine failure issue, check this link

    It seems that those built before 09/2008 and on average the failure hits about 3-4k miles.

    I would like to know if anyone on here has a built date after this, if you have had any issues with your engine or car in general. The link above shows you how to get your built date along with VIN #. Also please post your miles before the issue occurred.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I doubt the movie will help (or hurt) sales.

    Didn't Mitsu sponsor an earlier one? Eclipse and Lancer sales aren't exactly on fire.
  • jj987jj987 Posts: 10
    Agree ateixeria. The movie should not somehow just cause a huge influx of people just to get this car.

    I wanted to tell everyone I am throwing in the towel for this car. After reading about the engines failures on the North America Subaru Impreza Owners Club, I am going back to my original plan of getting a Civic SI. There have been way to many engine failures for my liking and reading about the stop-sale of the 08 STI for this same engine failure issue is the nail in the coffin for me. I wish you all luck those that do buy the WRX and hopefully you do not have an engine failure.
  • karpediemkarpediem Posts: 46
    Quoted for a Base 09 Hatch WRX $23,300 from Subaru of Schaumburg, options. Wish I could pull the trigger but having a hard time convincing the wife to get rid of our 08 Altima.

    Anyone with a family care to comment on how the wrx/impreza works out for you..size wise? We have a suv, so it wouldn't be the main hauler for trips.
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