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Old 03-17-2013, 03:30 PM   #1
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Default Top Gear Sparks Sudden Surge In Used Subaru WRX Searches

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You probably really liked the two-part Top Gear special that concluded last weekend for two reasons: one, it was suitably Top Gear. And two, it was conducted with three wagons.

If you're like me, you probably thought a Volvo 850R Wagon would make a great car to track down and it crossed your mind every time James May scraped the front of his as he drove on some awful gravelly road.

Many of you in the UK are not like me, because you've spent the last week searching for a Subaru Impreza WRX wagon, because as MSN Cars reported, searches for those old cars were up dramatically while the shows were being aired.

According to the data from Motors.co.uk, search traffic for used WRX wagons was up 826% while the first part was airing and 668% during the second part. Far more than the jump in searches for 850Rs or BMW 528i Tourings like the one Jeremy ruined, err... drove.

Now, depending on where those numbers started, it could mean all of 40 people were searching for those Subarus while watching Top Gear, but regardless, Jeremy, Richard and James probably remind us of some cars from the not-too-distant past that were in fact really great. I'm reminded that I do miss when you could get the WRX in a fairly upright, practical wagon format instead of the rounder, less practical hatch that replaced it.

OK, forget the 850R, I'm going to go look for some old WRX wagons. In blue, of course. Actually, what would be great is if I could find a nice Saab 9-2X Aero wait, don't get me started.
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:40 PM   #2
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Thats great, fantastic show. Ive got it recorded so Im cant wait to catch it
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:48 PM   #3
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All I know is the WRX apparently got missed by the recall.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:36 PM   #4
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Thats great, fantastic show. Ive got it recorded so Im cant wait to catch it

Near the beginning of the first part, watch closely to when they get ushered aside by a motorcade. Pay particular attention to the Ugandan police vehicle at the beginning of that motorcade. Probably the only one in all of Uganda.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:39 PM   #5
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Anyone know if they have episodes online to watch? I'd love to watch this seeing as I own a blob eye wagon(:
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:01 AM   #6
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:56 AM   #7
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:56 AM   #8
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I was watching that episode and knew somebody, either one of the other hosts or Hammond himself, was going to have to break the WRX since it was clearly the best car there.

I still want an 850R, though.
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:38 PM   #9
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All I know is the WRX apparently got missed by the recall.
Hahahaha! I thought the same thing.
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:04 PM   #10
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Both episodes are re-broadcasting tonight twice at BBC America Channel.
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:01 AM   #11
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Near the beginning of the first part, watch closely to when they get ushered aside by a motorcade. Pay particular attention to the Ugandan police vehicle at the beginning of that motorcade. Probably the only one in all of Uganda.
Oh, I saw that! How cool, eh? There's some fun livery for someone to put on their wagon.
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:11 PM   #12
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The WRX undoubtedly kicked ass off road relative to the other 2. The other 2 cars were no competition... Hammond made every effort to break it. Took a long time to make it happen.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:45 PM   #13
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WRX wagon is awesome.

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Old 03-20-2013, 01:42 AM   #14
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Thanks NFM
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:53 PM   #15
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You can always go to finalgear.com to access every episode and season of Top Gear.
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:12 PM   #16
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Its on right now. :-)
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:46 PM   #17
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Neither of the other two wagons would've finished without the 'Roo there to pull 'em through the mud.
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:17 PM   #18
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Neither of the other two wagons would've finished without the 'Roo there to pull 'em through the mud.
This. The Subaru saved James and Jeremy's arses on multiple occasions. The Bimmer sounded like ass towards the end of the second part, but it was still running, as was the Volvo.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:19 PM   #19
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I used to live in Muyenga, which is a in Kampala, Uganda. There are quite a few WRX's out there. Our problem wasnt getting the vehicles, it was always the parts. And we always had counterfeit chinese parts dumped on us. You guys would love the dirt roads out there.
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:51 PM   #20
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Guilty as charged. The WRX was simply the most capable car given the conditions they faced.

I'll also admit to searching for a Saabaru wagon after seeing the TG Africa special.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:54 PM   #21
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:30 AM   #22
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Great programme
And definitely increased interest in the brand
I'd love a wagon too
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:09 AM   #23
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never saw this
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:41 PM   #24
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Also Wheeler Dealers had a bugeye on it and was a pretty good episode. The original air date was 3/12/12.
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:04 PM   #25
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Really fun episode and I loved watching the WRX power through that mud.
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