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Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon



  • locke2clocke2c Posts: 5,038
    that's not bad at all given the driving conditions.

  • yogi29035yogi29035 Posts: 16
    I checked my highway mileage a couple of weekends ago when we went up to Montreal. Most of the time I was zinging along at about 80, but boy, my mileage sucked: 24.5.
  • barriostkdbarriostkd Posts: 71
    I was pretty happy too last weekend that I was to get my best gas mileage thus far. I had a weekend trip to Lake Tahoe and got 393 miles on my tank before I filled it up w/ 14.2 gallons. So I figured I probably averaged about 27.68 mpg. Not bad considering the most I ever got out of a full tank was 358 miles and on average get approx. 310 miles for every tank. And this was on crappy 91 octane California gas.

  • anything new for the 2005 wrx wagon and when will it be out
  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    Auto climate control
    Better security
    New muffler (or tip?)
    Better security
    Different steering wheel
    New interior
    Did I mention better security? :-) _SPORT_WAGON&command=photos

  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    Any truth to the rumor of the engine being slightly more detuned with the new WRXs? heard this but did not believe this.

    Added security?

    Muffler - thought this was just a different tip, but could be wrong.
  • nixomosenixomose Posts: 95
    getting 400 miles on a tank, you must have been drafting, I can't get close to 300. neato.
  • nixomosenixomose Posts: 95
    So this morning I had to shuffle cars around because somebody's borrowing part of my driveway and I parked the wrx on the street for a few minutes while moved cars around, my street is a hill, though my driveway is flat.
    I rarely have occasion to park on hills, so I don't know how long this has been going on.
    Anyway, out of habit, I never put the e-brake on because once a long time ago in the winter, my ebrake cable froze up and got me stuck, so I vowed never to do that again. Anyway, I put the car in first, turned off the engine, disengaged the clutch and slowly let off the brake to let the car slowly lean on the transmission/engine.
    and the car stopped, then it started moving a few inches then stopped and started, and kept rocking forward like that.
    really really weird.
    it was facing downhill. Anybody ever heard of such a thing? I can't see it being a worn clutch, the thin only has 22K on it, and it's mostly highway, and I'm not hard on clutches (my mitsubishi had 114K on the original clutch)
    any ideas?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    If you are facing down hill I would put it in reverse, plus turn the wheel towards the curb.

    But why put that stress on your tranny? Parking brakes are a lot cheaper.

  • locke2clocke2c Posts: 5,038
    um, the hill is simply steep enough to turn over your engine. juice is correct as well-- when the engine doesn't turn over your clutch disc and pressure plate are what is keeping the car from moving.

    use the handbrake and turn your wheels toward the curb facing downhill, and away from the curb facing uphill. ...just like you were taught many moons ago. :)

  • bing330ibing330i Posts: 89
    Normally Japanese mass production cars have new designs every 4 years. How about the WRX wagon? My understanding is this generation came out in 2002.

  • locke2clocke2c Posts: 5,038
    there's only been two major generations of the WRX, and each of those had (or have had, so far) one cosmetic refresh.

    in 1993 the Impreza debuted. in 1997 the hood, grill and headlights changed.

    in 2002 the Impreza's second generation finally arrived. initial reaction to the styling was at best lukewarm but it won many fans due to the impreza turbo / WRX finally coming to North America. in summer 2003, 2004 model year WRX STis arrived with a refreshed grill and headlights. fall 2003, the regular 2004 Imprezas had the same look.

    so how long until the 3rd generation Impreza arrives? well, it could be a long time if history is any indication. speculation and rumor point at it arriving in 2006 or 2007, though I personally doubt it.

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,786
    Most Japanese cars are on a 5-year cycle. I would expect a new WRX here for MY07.

  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    The new, '05 WRXs just had an interior refreshening which might mean another couple of years with either a late '07 launch (fall) or an early '08 launch (Spring of '07?). Who knows? With the Impreza being a major player for Subi now in the US, I am assuming they will follow the design-cycle of other Subi vehicles - Forester and Legacy?
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,786
    Could be but I doubt it. That would put it on a 6-year product cycle, which I don't think they'll do. The current generation WRX has been deemed by many worldwide—including Subaru management, to be a styling failure. So I doubt Subaru wants to keep it in production any longer than they have to.

    Subaru typically gives their models a fairly significant upgrade on the 4th year of their 5-year product life cycle. That happened with the last generation Forester. With the current generation Impreza that came last year (3rd year, not 4th year) because of the heavy criticism of the bug-eye look of the 02-03 models. This year the Impreza got a mild interior upgrade, nothing more.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'd bet on MY2007, with perhaps a launch in the spring or summer of 2006.

  • nixomosenixomose Posts: 95
    Well, one reason not to use the ebrake is because it can freeze. It happened to me once, so I avoid it.
    As for putting pressure on your tranny, erm, exactly what are you doing when the car is in first gear at 5000 rpm. I daresay there's a lot more stress on the tranny at moments like that...
    I see your point, and on steep hills, I do use my ebrake, but like I said, I was just moving cars around and it wasn't a terribly steep hill. I didn't hear anything, but it was like some part of the tranny was catching then letting off then catching again. Maybe it's some part of the slipping differential and it's supposed to do that, I know my clutch doesn't slip, this isn't like slipping, it's freefall until it catches.
    I was wondering if anybody here had a moment, they may want to try it. I'm going to try facing uphill instead of down and try the opposing gear like you mentioned.
    Nobody else finds this curious behaviour?
  • andmoonandmoon Posts: 320
    I think it is your engine turning over. The catch release sequence may be due to the compression cycle of certain cylinders. If you turn a motor by hand you will feel there are sections of more resistance. Our lower compression engines along with small displacement in a relatively heavy (for 2.0 liters) car may make it easier for gravity to turn the engine.
    I do not think the ebrake will freeze unless it's cold and wet outside...if it does in warm weather, there is something wrong with the system.

  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    I had an emergency brake freeze up once but that was only after the car had been parked for a couple of weeks at the SF airport in the middle of winter (cool & wet). However it popped free after driving a few feet.

  • volkovvolkov Posts: 1,306
    My friend with the ancient VW carried a hammer in her trunk. On a regular basis the parking brake would freeze up, and we used to bang on the wheel lugs to loosen it off. Got quite good at it with practise.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    They do make grease for brake pistons that is resistant to heat, FWIW.

    Lube it up!

  • andmoonandmoon Posts: 320
    There is the wet water frozen E brake which is much harder to loosen and the ungreased or above freezing temp, damp and rust together type which usually pops free by moving the car.
    I had a 71 VW bus that froze the ebrake whenever it got wet and freezing. Turns out the freeze can happen on the cables.
  • nixomosenixomose Posts: 95
    I will check the engine turning option. The symptoms fit the bill, I just wouldn't have expected it (although it makes me nervous that I might have caused the engine to spin backwards)

    As for the ebrake, yeah it was winter and an old rusty cable.
  • locke2clocke2c Posts: 5,038
    I'd discontinue the behavior, but I also wouldn't loose sleep at night worrying about how you used to park. :)

  • elfosterelfoster Posts: 1
    I am seriously considering the purchase of a WRX - either the Sedan or the Wagon. One thing that I don't like much about the Wagon is the roof rails. My question is... Is it possible, feasible, and/or easy to remove the rails? I am not interested in removing the flush strips like what are on the sedan, just the rails that are above the roof line.
  • karl1973karl1973 Posts: 89
    Yes, it can be done and people have done it.
    You have to remove the headliner to get to the bolts and after taking off the rails, you have to oder some parts to cover up the holes left over. Can't tell you the part number now because a certain forum is done, but when it comes back up, you should be able to search for it there.
  • gottawrxgottawrx Posts: 18
    I have had my 03 wagon driver side hand grab handle looked at 2-3 times and they cant stop it from raddling(sp?). The pass. side does not do it. Has anyone else experienced this?
  • volkovvolkov Posts: 1,306
    Mine did it at first, but was fixed the first time I took it in. No trouble since.
  • gottawrxgottawrx Posts: 18
    Volkov- do you know how they fixed it. They replace mine the first time and then they just said they tightened the screws the second. Still rattles on bumpy roads. If i just hit it with my hand it also rattles.
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