Subaru WRX

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by E-man, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. E-man

    E-man 4-4-09, 12-6-09, 1-13-10

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    please tell me about your experiences with the 'Rex...

    Wife and I found 2 2012 WRX base models, sedans, black with beautiful smoke chrome wheels for sale. 1 has 92 miles, the other {now :wink:} has 108 miles. Both were Subaru corporate cars.
    Dealer is asking $27,450...They are hard to come by and sell fast when they do.

    we need at least room for 4. No issues us driving a manual tranny.

    Any experiences with the 'Rex?
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  2. gtbensley

    gtbensley Been here awhile

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    I have a 13 and love it. Buy one.
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  3. rallykazoo

    rallykazoo Dummy

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    I have driven my '03 since late 2002. Eleven years strong and I still love it!
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  4. 1LIFE2LIVE

    1LIFE2LIVE Long timer

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    2002 WRX with 201,500 miles of issue Free Miles other than regular maintenance and wear items :deal

    Family member picked up a New 2013 a month ago and Loves it :clap

    WRX = :freaky

    :D
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  5. a109drvr

    a109drvr Adventurer

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    I have a 2011 WRX hatch with 23k miles. Incredible car, quick and handles well. You can drive it normally (below 3k rpm) and get 28-30 mpg or keep it above 3000 rpm and have a blast. I got a second set of wheels so I have a set with snow tires and set with performance tires. I also bought a Cobb acessport and put their stage II tune in with a new exhaust, got much more power and better mileage.

    That said, 2 things about the car drive me nuts sometimes. The auto climate control sucks. The air coming out of the vents constantly change temperature, much rather have the old blue/red temp control. Also different plastic interior panels will buzz or squeak at different times. You can chase them down and try to fix them or play the stereo louder (my solution so far).

    The price for those 2 seem a little high, MSRP for a new one is 26,500 unless you go nuts with accessories. You can probably get one for close to invoice if you're willing to email a bunch of dealers and wait a month or so.
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  6. hankgs

    hankgs Long timer

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    We have an 05 wagon with 110k, going strong, fun as hell to drive! Seems like our FJ Cruiser stays home on road trips unless camping...
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  7. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    Double triple check that they were not driven off road and abused. We're they manufacture press cars, manufacture fleet cars or a local sales manager car?

    We bought a factory press car (not a subie). And it was beat before we bought it. But we knew that and budgeted for repairs.

    Our outback CPO experience has left us a little disappointed with the dealer we bought it from and who did the inspection
    But happy with Subaru and their extended service deal for the CPO cars.
    Let just say that I recommend having them put the car on the lift and taking a look at it regardless of the mileage.

    I'm thinking about a wrx to replace my commuter the above mentioned press car. And my fun car.
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  8. Juan Loboe

    Juan Loboe Been here awhile

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    Not impressed with WRX interiors. But they sure are big fun to drive.

    The Golf R looks interesting, too, but 35 G's seems like way too much cash for a Wabbit.
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  9. Tripl Nikl

    Tripl Nikl Long timer

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    I bought my 2003 in February of that year. I've got ~130K on it without any issues that I don't think were driver induced. I do believe that avoiding shock loading the drivetrain and regular oil changes have made a difference over the long run. Also, IMHO, stage 2 power mods are fine but beyond that the drivetrains become more stressed--proceed with caution. On my car, suspenion mods (and stage 2 pow'a!) have been :D inducing for over a decade.

    In short: WRXs ROCK!!

    A Katzkin leather interior and a few bucks to your local vinyl coverings expert can gussy up the WRX's interior to your personal specification. IMHO, make sure they use 3M DI-NOC, that stuff rocks!
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  10. E-man

    E-man 4-4-09, 12-6-09, 1-13-10

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    Thats what I was assuming, 99% of owners love them.
    I also think $27+K for them is a bit high since they're brand new. I think they have been titled so that makes them actually used.
    I like black but not 100%, wife doesn't care but if she had her dream car, it would be the bright blue I like the dark charcoal gray.

    They are getting 2 more in next month. Maybe we'll wait.
    What can you tell me about the aftermarket accessories. Maybe a better more comfortable seat? I guess there's a big market for them. Especially since a friend of mine is a local dealer mechanic and he has an older STi and works on his all the time.
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  11. FPGT72

    FPGT72 Long timer

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    I own the car that came before it....I have a 2000 2.5RS. Car has 180k on the clock and is still fantastic. Car is tight, still on the original clutch.

    I when/if it dies I will get another scoobie.
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  12. hyperboarder

    hyperboarder Potato Farmer

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    To the owners of the new generation, how is the space inside? We sold my 92x (Saab WRX) because the rear seats were just tiny. I'm tall and usually have my seat all the way back, so that doesn't help, but if they've fixed the ergos I might be inclined to pick up another one.
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  13. Tallbastid

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    I'm 6'8", 275 lbs and am comfortable in the '13 wrx, provided its the wagon :D
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  14. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Qapla'!

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    '02 WRX from new with 170xxx miles. Awesome car, it's needed very little maintenance, although it's probably past due for some new head gaskets. If you can afford 91 oct. and keep from stomping on the gas too often (that's hard), they can also be fairly good on fuel (at least mine was).
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  15. hyperboarder

    hyperboarder Potato Farmer

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    In the back seat as well?
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  16. Juan Loboe

    Juan Loboe Been here awhile

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    There's a '13 "tangerine" colored WRX at a Subaru dealer near me.

    Fortunately, almost every other color and configuration is available nearby, too. I've taken test drives at two dealers, and won't go back unless to pull the trigger.

    I'm no kid...late 50's...but I still appreciate a good drive.

    The only other car that sparked my passion is the Mustang. I've test driven both the GT and the V-6 in manual form, and both are great...the GT greater.

    But the practicality of a hatchback is hard to beat.

    Will the turbo motor stand up to 115 degrees F?
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  17. hankgs

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    Ask to take out a WRX STi... :evil
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  18. E-man

    E-man 4-4-09, 12-6-09, 1-13-10

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    We looked at some Subies yesterday, again. Took out a '14 Forester for a ride and it's nice, but that it. It's just a decent family ride. They had a '13 WRX in dark gray, my fav. color but it was the hatch and E-Wife does NOT want a hatch:cry It had the factory exhaust option and sounded great.
    Original reason for post was the 2 used black sedans at $27,400. Seems a tad high. Oh well, its time for E-wife and I to talk. :clap
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  19. Juan Loboe

    Juan Loboe Been here awhile

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    Initially, I liked the sedan version best. But I think I'm OK with either model, really. The only thing scaring me off a bit has been turbo charger durability here in hot and getting hotter Phoenix.

    Still want to look at a Golf R more closely. Not as fast as the Subaru, maybe, but nicer inside. Of course, it is turbocharged, as well.

    Looked on a WRX forum and someone there recommended some kind of kit to help eliminate the "heat sink" on the WRX. Concerns there were more about hotter climates making turbocharging less efficient and powerful, not so much about durability. Beginning to notice a lot of older WRX's on the road here, which is inspiring more confidence. Maybe I'll get me one. Maybe not. There aren't that many alternatives in that class.
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  20. McCormack

    McCormack Cronkite of CSM

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    I test drove a Golf R and felt meh about it, especially seeing the sticker.

    Really, it did nothing for me.

    I have yet to drive a WRX, but after 3 Imprezas, I have to say I love the handling and comfort. A WRX would just be the cherry on top.
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