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Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon

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  • I jsut left this address on the forester board, but cannot resist, forgive me if it's been posted previously.

    Check out the great looking WRX Sport Wagons on:

    http://www.spimotorsports.com/TokyoAutoSalon.htm

    Gentlemen, start your drooling...

    j0elboy
  • I jsut left this address on the forester board, but cannot resist, forgive me if it's been posted previously.

    Check out the great looking WRX Sport Wagons on:

    http://www.spimotorsports.com/TokyoAutoSalon.htm

    Gentlemen, start your drooling...

    j0elboy
  • wrxsoon1wrxsoon1 Posts: 158
    while I go find a towel to soak up some of this drool.... ;)

    Thanks jOelboy!
  • tpat3tpat3 Posts: 119
    that the WRX is big enough for a family of four that includes two real young kids (6 months and 21 months). My wife and I love the car but can't help feeling it's just too small. Figure the rear leg room won't matter for few years. Mainly worried about lack of cargo area with rear seats in place especially.

    All rationalizations, hallucinations and aftermarket rooftop storage device suggestions much appreciated. Thanks.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    As much as I'd like to, we have 2 kids, similar ages, and we find the Forester is a bit tight, our Legacy generally a better choice. I can't imagine going smaller, not with the way we pack.

    How 'bout a turbo Forester in June? 235 lb-ft can't be too bad.

    -juice
  • tpat3tpat3 Posts: 119
    Have you been talking to my wife? She said the same thing. Sounds interesting but I've never been able to overcome the Forrester's looks. Silly objection, I know. The '03 is much nicer looking. Maybe they'll stick some flame decals on the turbo so I won't notice the rest of it.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    When we went shopping, I pointed to a gorgeous blue WRX wagon and she chuckled. I couldn't even get her to sit in one.

    The trick would have been to get her to drive it...

    I'd seriously consider the base H6 (new model and much cheaper than the LL Bean) or wait for the Legacy turbo.

    Or what the hay, buy a big fat roof carrier and just leave it on all the time.

    -juice
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    For a family of four, I would also think the WRX wagon would be getting a little small. Even though leg room isn't an issue, car seats probably will be.

    The Forester would give you a little more cargo room, but passenger space is the same (although taller).

    Wait a little more -- we're anticipating the intro of a turbo Legacy!

    Ken
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    My wife (who has rather long legs, poor me) has far more legroom -front and rear- in the '03 Forester than what she finds in the WRX wagon. There's more toespace under the Forester's front seats, too.
  • manavimanavi Posts: 150
    What does your wife drive? Maybe you could put her in a minivan or SUV, and that would be the "family car". While the WRX would be the "fun car".
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    She drives our '00 RS sedan and has plenty of room until she moves over to the front passenger seat. My '01 Prelude makes a better long-legged (literally) companion for distance driving.

    She really likes the Forester, and just might jump on a turbo version, but we just paid off the RS and are saving for a new house.

    She's already keenly aware that my next car will be a WRX wagon, but given that Hondas run forever, it may be a while.
  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    I have a wife and two teenage step-kids. I haven't needed a car seat in it, but before I got my WRX wagon we took most trips in my Outback Sport.

    The back is a little tight, but everyone was reasonably comfortable. I used a soft cargo carrier for the OBS and recently bought a Thule Excursion to go on the WRX. Haven't used it on the Rex yet, but we used it on her Outback and it was great. Although they claim more compared to the previous gen. Impreza, the cargo area seems a bit smaller in the 02/03 Rex.

    -Dennis
  • mikenkmikenk Posts: 281
    I bought my wagon about a year ago for fun, reliability, comfort, and practicality. It has not disappointed me at all - a really exceptional car. I never expected to actually drive it on white stuff, much less ice.

    Well,I got caught on the other side of Dallas when the ice storm hit. The drive home was hell having to manuever around all the vehicles that couldn't make the hills, and trying to dodge rednecks with pickups.

    I never had any hint of problem with traction and I had no idea what I was doing. I can see why people get overconfident in these things. Nice car.

    Mike
  • I was in the same boat as you are now. We have 3 kids, a 7 month old, a 4 yr old and 7 yr old. One infant seat, one booster and the 7 yr old fit in the back of my wrx wagon.

    Not to pretend that they aren't squished in there, but they enjoy the ride too much to complain. Like manavi said, perhaps your wife could get a minivan for kid hauling and you get the wrx for hauling period. Our family car is an Odyssey.

    My wife jokingly asks how I got away with buying a sports car, when we could have used something more practical. Life is full of practical decisions, get the wrx and enjoy driving!
    John
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    and thanks for sharing the purchase details. Will you be changing your user name to "gottawrx" now? ;-) We look forward to hearing about your delivery experience. Happy motoring!

    Revka
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  • This came up a couple of weeks ago. My two cents:

    I have two daughters, ages 9 (born in 1993)and 13 (born in 1989). They are growing up while riding in the backseat of Subarus:

    My current car - Black WRX wagon (2002)
    Ex's current car - Blue Impreza wagon (2000
    My Last car - Blue Impreza Outback Sport (1997)
    Car prior to that - Red Impreza Wagon (1993)
    Car before that - Red Loyale Wagon (1991)

    When we had the 2nd child, we bought the 1993 Impreza wagon. We purchased a topper for longer trips requiring more gear, but only needed it sporadically. We have had a dog that went along on a few occasions and sat in the rearend.

    Maybe we pack light; maybe our children's needs for personal, physical space have been denied through the years; but we have stayed at the size and type of car we have had because of cost, efficiency of operation, and the ability to still have room enough to get the job done.

    I'm not saying a larger car (Legacy, Forester) wouldn't be even more comfortable if we could have more comfortably afforded it in previous years, but even when I can afford them, we are accustomed to and grow to find that we fit fine in the WRX and other Impreza wagons.

    Decide what you must have for room. Decide what you feel you must have for room. Decide to meet the "must" factor in your purchase. Decide how often the "feel you must" factor should be a part of our decision. The fun factor of the WRX and the fact that we had already done much childrearing using this size car made those decisions easy for me, but everyone must decide for themselves.

    Thomas in Minneapolis
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    "Maybe we pack light" => understatement of the year.

    I congratulate you on your phenomenal discipline when you pack. :-)

    We're about the opposite. The wife wants to take the bathtub with us when we travel with the infant. Double stroller, back pack carrier and snugly, port-a-crib, oh, and luggage.

    I usually can stuff in a tiny backpack with all my stuff in it! LOL

    -juice
  • Went from Wanna to Gottawrx. Got the car from Maita in Sacramento after they changed their mind about matching Albany's $800 under deal with 3.9 fincanceing. Mr. Maita called me after i left him a mess. telling of my experience. So the Sales Mgr. first said 400 under, i said no and then they called back saying how about 800. Due to convience i went with Maita. 250 smile induced miles down and more to go. This car is nice.

    Mark
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    Thomas in Minneapolis- Bravo! Cars are just like closets or refrigerators, your needs tend to expand to fill all the available storage space. I think most people would be amazed at what they can really do without when limited to a certain amount of space.

    Juice- I hate to tell you but your wife could easily fill an Excursion if you let her. On the other hand, if you owned a WRX wagon, I think you'd be surprised at how well you could still manage.

    -Frank P.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    She could fill a Semi if we could afford one and I could drive it!

    "But honey, what if I want to wear your 1986 letterman's jacket", she says.

    "Hon, uh, it's August"?

    -juice
  • tpat3tpat3 Posts: 119
    For the encouragement. We currently drive an Accord and a full size, regular cab pickup. The Accord is obviously the kid-hauler, but I don't see it as much more useful for that as opposed to the WRX wagon. One of the reasons I love my wife is she will not even consider a mini van (no offense to those who have them). Getting her to give up her Integra for the Accord when the first kid arrived was difficult.
    She's grudgingly considering the Forrester and might wait to drive the turbo. I think this could work. It's true that the junk expands to fit the available space. Plus these kids can't even talk yet so I don't see why we should let them dictate what kind of car to drive:) If we do get it, I'll never get to drive it either.

    Thanks again.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Get a WRX for yourself and the kids, then if she can't pack light she can drive the pickup with all the gear and follow you! ;-)

    Kidding. My guess is you'll end up using the wagon for trips, the Accord for day-to-day, mostly due to the bigger back seat.

    -juice
  • wrxsoon1wrxsoon1 Posts: 158
    Maybe I do need to get the WRX wagon. I have tremendous difficulty packing light. Could I say my psychologist recommended the WRX to help me overcome my need to bring ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING when I travel? Hmmmm.... this could work. ;-) LOL!

    Mark - Congrats on the new car and username! Keep us posted on your efforts to keep the revs down for the next couple of weeks! ;-)

    Still wanting a WRX but waiting for a turbo Legacy wagon in Seattle.

    -Ian
  • subie_wrxsubie_wrx Posts: 15
    My girls are 6 and 9 and they love the back seat of the rex. They didn't like my 328i which was more cramped, and they hated a saab 9-3 I shopped. Their first choice was the WRX, even over a Forrester.
     My wife and I are fairly short, so there is OK but not great leg room. I also carpool 3 6 year olds and they are tight but happy.
    we use the van for trips and when we have to pack a lot of stuff, but I'm amazed at how much the rex can haul.
  • beanboybeanboy Posts: 442
    Finally looked at some pics of the turbo 2.5 Forester that's coming for 2004. I have to admit, that big sunroof and added oomph from another .5 liters of displacement down low is appealing. Anybody know if the 2.5 turbo is coming to the regular WRX?

    -B
  • himilerhimiler Posts: 1,209
    I've heard rumblings that it will become the WRX's standard engine for the MY 2007 redesign. It won't be the STi tuning, but should be a big bump in torque over the 2.0L.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,710
    at this point that's just a rumor, mostly perpetuated by me. I think it's just a matter of time before the WRX does get a 2.5 turbo, but nobody outside of FHI or SOA knows for sure, if and when.

    Bob
  • robmarchrobmarch Posts: 482
    makes a lot of sense in the North American market, where we don't get taxed for displacement. If they put it in everything, it will be very cheap, and the low RPM characteristics will make the car even more ideal for NA buyers.

    not to mention the tuner market, which will eat it up :)
  • beanboybeanboy Posts: 442
    IT seems that the WRX will be the only 2.0L turbo in the Soobie line-up by 2005. Hmmm, if the Forester has much better low-end grunt, just might have to put it in the running versus a WRX wagon...

    -B
  • corkfishcorkfish Posts: 537
    Isn't a 2.0 litre production model required to satisfy certain professional racing requirements?
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