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Old 06-12-2013, 12:48 PM   #16
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I'm 6'8", 275 lbs and am comfortable in the '13 wrx, provided its the wagon
In the back seat as well?
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Old 06-12-2013, 02:56 PM   #17
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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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Old 06-12-2013, 07:09 PM   #18
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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?
Ask to take out a WRX STi...
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:36 AM   #19
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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 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.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:11 AM   #20
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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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Old 06-13-2013, 09:30 AM   #21
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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.
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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Old 06-13-2013, 09:40 AM   #22
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In the back seat as well?

Nope. Only a kid or small adult would be able to fit behind me while in the drivers seat.

If you're looking for wrx alternative, check out the Mazdaspeed3... Things a hoot to drive.
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:01 PM   #23
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Nope. Only a kid or small adult would be able to fit behind me while in the drivers seat.

If you're looking for wrx alternative, check out the Mazdaspeed3... Things a hoot to drive.
Better back seat?

I wish they'd just offer the Outback with a turbo again, the new generation has a decent sized rear seat and I love the stage 1 tune on my 05 OBXT. It's a little sad that I can comfortably fit in the back seat of a Honda Fit but not in my seemingly twice as large Outback .
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:27 PM   #24
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Better back seat?

I wish they'd just offer the Outback with a turbo again, the new generation has a decent sized rear seat and I love the stage 1 tune on my 05 OBXT. It's a little sad that I can comfortably fit in the back seat of a Honda Fit but not in my seemingly twice as large Outback .
Subaru is making some dumb choices these days.

On the way home tonight, I passed a Legacy with leather and manual. It may have been a GT. The owner had full exhaust, suspension and wheels.

I want a damn Legacy with 6 speed and leather!
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:46 PM   #25
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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?
I had an 08 WRX STI hatchback for a few years, fun car but not the best quality interior. If they made the sedans in 08 I would probably still have it. Never had one problem with the car, held up to the summers here just fine.
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:23 PM   #26
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I had an 08 WRX STI hatchback for a few years, fun car but not the best quality interior. If they made the sedans in 08 I would probably still have it. Never had one problem with the car, held up to the summers here just fine.
Thanks, that's what I was hoping to hear.

I could probably live with the cheap interior, as long as it is relatively durable.
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:31 PM   #27
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Thanks, that's what I was hoping to hear.

I could probably live with the cheap interior, as long as it is relatively durable.
I have a 2009 WRX Premium hatch with 70,000 miles. The #1 thing I didn't like was the interior fabric so I installed a Katzkin leather kit.


Added a Cobb "street" down pipe, SPT exhaust and tune. It was 256 whip on my tuners conservative Dino, up about 50 from stock without any real mpg hit.

The best change I've made was Koni shocks with the stock springs. We have rough roads here (one reason I didn't buy an STzi) and this combo gives a comfortable but very well controlled ride.

Currently running on the older STI forged BBS alloys. 15.5 lbs. Conti DWS tires are great all-around.
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:21 PM   #28
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I have a 2009 WRX Premium hatch with 70,000 miles. The #1 thing I didn't like was the interior fabric so I installed a Katzkin leather kit.
Those seats look great! I just looked online. Pricy!
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It sucks that you can never find these cars used that haven't been fucked with. Every single ad I've ever seen for one has a 15+ item list of stuff that's been modified.
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It sucks that you can never find these cars used that haven't been fucked with. Every single ad I've ever seen for one has a 15+ item list of stuff that's been modified.
I would never buy an STI used, some people constantly run these at redline. Not sure if you can get the Subaru dealer to print out an over-rev report (like Porsche dealers).
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