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Old 05-25-2001, 08:16 PM   #1
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Post differences....wagon vs. sedan

on the outside, i know the sedans have the flared fenders, other than that, are there any other differences. also, all of the cars tested in magazines are the sedans. i know mechanically the cars are the same, but do they perform the same?

i like the sedan, the wife likes the wagon. actually, i like them both, but would prefer the sedan.
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Old 05-25-2001, 08:19 PM   #2
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You didn't say what model. I'm guessing WRX right?

The big difference is the rear swaybar
wagon 17mm
sedan 20mm
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Old 05-25-2001, 08:34 PM   #3
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yes, i'm talking about the wrx......and what in the hell is a sway bar? it sounds like it has somethng to do with handling.
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Old 05-25-2001, 09:03 PM   #4
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Underneath those flared fenders, the Sedan has a wider track. (20mm Wider I think?)
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Old 05-25-2001, 09:07 PM   #5
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It's actually an anti-sway bar. It's a flexible metal tube that connects the left suspension to the right suspension. It resists roll but doesn't affect dive. It's a way of getting the car to roll less while maintaining a decent ride quality.
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Old 05-25-2001, 10:01 PM   #6
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Hey, I'm new here, recently converted from the Acura-TL forums, leaning towards a WRX Impreza Wagon now instead of the Acura-TL Type S.

First question is, why would they make the track widths different? And why wouldn't they just make the wagon as wide as the sedan?

Now off to post some other questions...
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Old 05-27-2001, 12:35 AM   #7
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The reason the widths of the wagon and sedan are different is because Subaru races the sedan configuration in the FIA World Rally Championship. In race configuration, it's got a lot of rubber underneath it, so it needs to have the wider, flared fenders.

The wagon wasn't designed with this race series in mind, so they just went with the standard Impreza wagon fenders, presumably to keep costs down.

I imagine at the absolute limit, the slightly wider track of the sedan would have a bit better handling (though a slightly stiffer chassis and that 20mm sway bar would probably account for most handling differences), but the main reason the sedan has a wider track is to "fill out" those flared fenders a bit better, for appearance reasons.
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Old 05-27-2001, 12:46 AM   #8
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