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Subaru Impreza WRX



  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    An RS in the $18-19k range is a deal, go for it.

  • That's definitely a good deal. There could be a few pennies somewhere that haven't been pinched but Ebenezer himself would be hard pressed to find something to complain about.

    Is it the vehicle you want? Get what you want, enjoy it, and don't worry about a few coins per day.
  • expy02expy02 Posts: 23
    Any suggestions where I can buy the gauge package and boost gauge without going to the dealer?
  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    Try any of the online parts places (do a google search on subaru parts) and compare prices and their location (pick the closest one to you for faster shipping).

    I like using Liberty Subaru in New Jersey.

  • I'm sure it's been asked but haven't run across it anywhere. Is there a website for more info on their offerings?
  • twrxtwrx Posts: 647
    Accessory one: Webasto PowerRoof. This is really nice. It is larger and has more headroom than the factory one in the premium package. It is very quiet and smooth operating and looks nearly like a factory unit. Outside there is a lip only a couple of millimeters tall. Inside it looks 100% factory. The local installer even put the control switch in between the map lights at the top. It pulls all but about 1/2 in of the glass into the body and all of the headliner in. Also it has both an auto close feature when you shut off the car and a 60 sec. retained power feature. The only downsides are that it was pretty pricey and they had to cut the center roll bar to get it in. I'll try not to roll the car.

    Accessory two: I downloaded "Moontan" by Golden Earring from the iTunes music store for $5. Now when driving on winding roads I can listen to "Radar Love" just like those guys in the commercial.

  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    Do you use an iPod or burn to CD?

    I've been using an iPod in my WRX recently, and it's awesome. I just need to rig up a mount, probably to the right of the stereo.

  • twrxtwrx Posts: 647
    With the multiple CD burns I have been burning at least two copies off of each download, one for my car and one for my wife's. I have an iPod (Member of the Mac faithful) and I have used it in my '92 Toyota pickup. It has a direct mini jack input in the Aiwa CD deck that I have in it. So that is easy. I plan to get one of those FM modulators. I have seen the new one that is only about $30 that just plugs right into the jack/remote port at the top of the pod and is powered by it. That's the one I want for using it in the WRX.

  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    Don't bother with the FM modulators -- the sound quality is poor and you lose a lot of bass. I picked up a $19 cassette adapter at the local Apple Store when I got my iPod, and the sound quality is outstanding, far better than I expected. It actually sounds better than playing CDs.

    I also got a $30 Belkin gizmo that charges the iPod and has a mini-amp. Plugs into the dock connector of my gen-3 iPod. The mini-amp takes the iPod's line-level signal and gives it a little help, so you can keep the volume on the iPod at a reasonable level.

    Between the two, it's an excellent setup for the WRX. I don't especially like having the cassette adapter's wire hanging off the radio, but it's not too bad. One of these days, I plan to tidy all the wires up and make a mount to hild the iPod.

  • subaru_teamsubaru_team Posts: 1,676
    a WRX? While I too like Radar Love, Bruce,try Schism by Tool. I love it loud with the windows open. It's a bit on the heavy side, but I think you'd like it.

  • bamawrxbamawrx Posts: 22
    Just completed 1,000 break in on new 04 wrx. It is no different than my old one performance wise. Not that I expected any different. It sure is nice to be able to drive the car properly. Those must be the longest 1,000 miles. I do enjoy my car, but it is so much like my old one that I am not getting the couple month new car buzz. Should have purchased the STI.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    Whenever my wife is driving, and the Isley Brothers' 1959 hit "Shout" comes on the radio, she morphs into a wild teeny bopper. She lowers the windows, turns up the radio, and starts dancing and singing like she was a 15.

    I'm sure other drivers must think she's lost it, and usually stay several car lengths away.

  • twrxtwrx Posts: 647
    this music discussion is beginning to get fun. My intent was to make a bit of a joke about last year's commercial but I'm enjoying the music exchange. Can't forget "Born to Be Wild" although I expect that it is best on 2 wheels. So as to another couple of loud tunes i especially like while driving I'd go with either "Sleepless" or "Vroom Vroom" by King Crimson.

    Craig, thanks for the iPod advice. I too have a gen3. Steve's evil plan to get the store to lure you into buying one worked. I resisted for almost 2 years; my nephew had a gen 1 by Dec. of 2001 so it was tough. I'm beginning to regret just getting the cheap one, 10g is just so small!

    Isn't it funny that Dell now has a music store and hd based mp3 player and M$ is now working on a music player? TWRX
  • subaru_teamsubaru_team Posts: 1,676
    works for me! Now Bob - what makes you act out like your wife does? I know there's gotta be something!

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,274
    I'm saddened by what I saw while driving home last night. Up until this point, every WRX I have seen on the road has either remained bone stock or slightly modified in a very tasteful way. But last night I finally got my first look at an abomination and bastardization of the WRX name. Side skirts, coffee can tailpipe, and one of the wings off a biplane strapped to the trunklid. I'm scarred for life.

    by the way, good driving song? I still crank up "Jerry was a Racecar Driver" by Primus.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • lilbluewgn02lilbluewgn02 PAPosts: 1,089
    From "801 Live": La Grima and Baby's on Fire (this short-lived band consisted of Phil Manzanera, Eno, Bill MacCormick, Francis Monkman, Simon Phillips, and Lloyd Watson); great overall album and the cassette is well-listened to.
    Two other albums I like to listen to over and over again are the self-titled Tom Verlaine, and Marquee Moon, by Television, his band.
    The Beach Boys greatest Hits Volume I.
    To keep it on topic, I listen to this great old music in my WRX.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Anything but "Elmo's Song". ;-)

  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    Rock group, Hard Rock group, Christian Rock group, jazz, easy listening, or even (gasp) Country?

    The name just does not ring a bell!
  • twrxtwrx Posts: 647
    (that is the title of one of their CD's)


    King Crimson is one of England's most influential prgressive bands. The came about in the late 1960's founded by guitarist Robert Fripp and bassist Greg Lake. At that time their music was a combination of hard rock, jazz and classical. Major song from this period was a totally frentic heavy metal number called "21st Centruy Schizoid Man". Lake went on to form ELP with Keith Emerson. The 1970's version of the band was more jazz like first involving more horns then violin and viola additons to the sound. Bill Bruford from Yes and John Wetton later to form Asia were in the band with Fripp (the only permanent member.) American Adrien Bellew has now been a permanent member of the band since the 1980s. All King Crimson music now involves 2 guitars. All periods of King Crimson involve much improvisation. Their music can be very inaccessable. Weird drifting soft instrumentals, hard loud instrumentals are occasionally relieved by vocal songs. All in all a band that is hard for most to accept but is totally unique. In a day of boy bands, made on TV crooning idols these guys still turn out extremely non-commercial music and have followings from the late '60 like me who have dozens of their recordings collected.


    I have a couple of Manzanera CD's. Interesting that there are several people in the crew with very esoteric prog rock tastes.

    I'm also a big fan of Pink Floyd, ELP, Cream. Van der Graaf/Peter Hammill, Amon Duul II, Can, and Genesis/Peter Gabriel.

  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    I can just picture Patti rocking out to Tool. :-)

    Rob, stock and slightly modified WRX's are rare where I am. The boy racers are taking over!


    Ministry - Jesus Built My Hotrod (just *try* doing the speed limit) or anything by KMFDM
  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    I guess my age really is showing. Growing up in the 80s did not allow me exposure to such bands. Love Yes though.
  • ozman62ozman62 Posts: 229
    Patti - Tool! Awesome, Tool is really good, one of the best recent heavy bands. Great cruisin' music, maybe not so good for (longer) road trips. Very eclectic music tastes throughout this group. I'm guessing that the same personality traits that make people choose cars that aren't really mainstream are also at work when choosing music.
  • I'm sure this will show my age as well. These are not my favorite musicians to listen to on the serious home system, but, they still provide my favorite driving music: Weather Report and Mahavishnu Orchestra.
  • subaru_teamsubaru_team Posts: 1,676
    Lateralus tour. It was funny because my son is convinced that these are young guys. I was saying that they are pretty mature. During the show, they did not show themselves at all. It was all in shadow with Maynard keeping his back to the audience. Interesting bonding moment with my son and the finer points of marketing and maintaining an image. It all came down to it not mattering. Maybe he doesn't look at me like an old lady as much now?

  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487 _Code=DU&Category_Code=IA

    Looks like a great solution if you have one of the Subaru radios with external CD-changer controls. I have such a unit in my Outback, and may give this a shot. It's $199, which is kind of pricey. Too bad it won't work with the WRX head unit! This may be a good reason to transplant an Outback radio into the WRX....

  • hypovhypov Posts: 3,068
    Hmmm I'll bookmark that should I one day get an iPod. Until then, I'll listen to the soothing soobie engine ;-)

    Craig, from what it reads, it's plug and play so the WRX should be good to got too :)

  • c_hunterc_hunter Posts: 4,487
    I don't think the WRX headunit has a CD changer plug on the back, but am not sure. It definitely does not have CD changer controls on front, however! (at least not for an external changer).

  • hypovhypov Posts: 3,068
    I'm not familiar as to what the Ext. CD plugs looks like, but I do know that there's a smaller slot [unused] in the 6CD head unit. My guess,... Ext. CD Changer.

    If you're getting the ICELink, might as well give a whirl and let us know :D

  • kenskens Posts: 5,869

    Sorry to go OT here, but how do you like the i-Pod? Do you have a the newer model or older one? What size capacity.

    I'm thinking of putting that on Santa's list this year for me. :-)

    Please reply over in the Cafe.

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