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Old 03-02-2007, 10:42 AM   #1
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Default why I bought an RS instead of a corolla

I have driven quite a few cars over the years, and no other automobile has come close to having the personality my two subarus have had. They have cheap interiors, they look weird, and they make all sorts of strange creaks and clicks, but the thing that gives my car its value for me is its soul. I can't quantify it, but I don't think many cars have it.

It just feels like it's going to be there for me when I need it. Same for my old legacy. A lot of cars feel weak and spineless and empty, but when I drive my subaru I can feel the weight of it and the solidity of its construction. I can feel the power being transferred from the engine all the way to the road, and what's happening along the way. And there's no computer traction control bull****... yes i know there's EBD or whatever but that's the brakes, so it's not too intrusive.

In a world of gimmicky, self-conscious cars, the impreza is refreshingly honest and so down-to-earth. It's like that top gear episode with the evo and the sti... the evo beats the sti on their track test and they admit that it performed better, but they unanimously said they would prefer to own the subaru because there was just some intangible quality about it that the evo didn't have.

I don't drink the AWD kool-aid (although I do love having AWD), and yes, there are other cars that can duplicate this feeling. But these days I think they are few and far between.

And I am seriously obsessed with my lame econobox... so much so that instead of sleeping, I'm writing a love letter to it over the internet. That should say something.
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Old 03-02-2007, 11:43 AM   #2
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Amen brother.
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Old 03-02-2007, 11:53 AM   #3
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You are my hero.
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Old 03-02-2007, 01:23 PM   #4
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You're in the right place
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Old 03-02-2007, 01:25 PM   #5
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Old 03-02-2007, 02:52 PM   #6
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you can probably make your own switch for abs/ebd off and on.. but i didn't say that

have fun scandanavian flicking
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Old 03-02-2007, 03:07 PM   #7
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damn now thats a good write up, now write one telling us why you bought a RS over a WRX

just kidding, I know a lot of people will get pissed at this subject, and I have learned most of the advantages in buying an RS over a Wrx. Insurance, new car vs used, better gas mileage, cheaper gas, ect.

Keep enjoying your car!
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Old 03-02-2007, 03:13 PM   #8
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Honest is a great description of the car. When I test drove mine (and through my first year of ownership), it was so refreshing compared to all the ultra-isolated, can't-hear-the-engine-or-even-know-it's-on cars. I thoroughly enjoy the engine noise, and the overall mechanical-ness of the car. I get the feeling I know exactly what's happening... I can hear the tranny whir, the turbo wine, the engine rev, and the synchros spool. There are very little to no electronic driver aids (aside from the brakes you mentioned), and with the 5MT it's all purely mechanical diffs (vs. electronic). The whole car has a very 'agricultural' feel, and I mean that in the best way possible. In other words, it's heaven for an engineer-enthusiast.
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Old 03-02-2007, 04:25 PM   #9
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Yeah, while many bitch about the simplicity of the older Subarus, I'm so glad they designed it the way they did. Besides the cupholders
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Old 03-02-2007, 04:26 PM   #10
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Good read.

It's usually the AWD and reliability that does it for most.
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Old 03-02-2007, 10:57 PM   #11
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Besides the cupholders
+1 lol


Many of us feel the same way as you about our Subarus man! Always good to see someone truly enjoy their car.
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Old 03-04-2007, 05:01 PM   #12
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Impreza vs. Corolla? Seems like a no brainer to me. It just seems like every Corolla driver I drive behind are in no hurry....at all....ever......OR perhaps they are and the Corolla itself is in no hurry...at all....ever....
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Old 03-04-2007, 05:29 PM   #13
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I completely agree with Squeakywaffle. There is just this utlititarian and almost Spartan feel about the Impreza. It's unpretentious, genuine, and just plain likable.

Also, I would like to say that the people on this message board did influence me somewhat when considering a Subaru. I lurked on this message board for some time before my purchase and I noticed how polite, intelligent and civil most of the people were. Now, contrast this with people who post on the Honda Civic message boards, and well.... I think it is a good refletion of the different drivers on the road.
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Old 03-04-2007, 07:23 PM   #14
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Impreza vs. Corolla? Seems like a no brainer to me. It just seems like every Corolla driver I drive behind are in no hurry....at all....ever......OR perhaps they are and the Corolla itself is in no hurry...at all....ever....
I only say corolla because it seems to be the classic econobox... you could put pretty much any other car in there and I would still say the same thing.
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Old 03-04-2007, 07:28 PM   #15
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the srt 4 is faster though...shoulda considered that
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Old 03-04-2007, 07:35 PM   #16
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the srt 4 is faster though...shoulda considered that
always a good point
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Old 03-04-2007, 07:48 PM   #17
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just sold my wrx yesterday due to monetary issues. wasn't missing it until now. T_T
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Old 03-04-2007, 08:43 PM   #18
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I would have had a hard time choosing a 2.5i over the other sub-$20k offerings. Then again, my priorities are far different than yours. Glad you are happy with your choice.

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Old 03-04-2007, 09:14 PM   #19
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just sold my wrx yesterday due to monetary issues. wasn't missing it until now. T_T
get a corolla and you'll be missing her more.
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:15 PM   #20
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Hey, Corollas are nice vehicles (for what they're intended for).

Not as nice in the snow though...
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Old 03-04-2007, 11:31 PM   #21
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I gotta Corolla... there's nothing wrong with owning one .
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Old 03-04-2007, 11:41 PM   #22
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damn now thats a good write up, now write one telling us why you bought a RS over a WRX

just kidding, I know a lot of people will get pissed at this subject, and I have learned most of the advantages in buying an RS over a Wrx. Insurance, new car vs used, better gas mileage, cheaper gas, ect.

Keep enjoying your car!
I can tell you why i have a RS over a WRX
1 is because i lost my WRX in a Divorce
2 My RS outhandles what my old WRX did
3 Cheaper more money for great mods like Coilovers
4 it goes on and on

My car only has 131k on it so it is just broken in
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Old 03-05-2007, 12:05 AM   #23
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Hey, Corollas are nice vehicles (for what they're intended for).

Not as nice in the snow though...
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I gotta Corolla... there's nothing wrong with owning one .
I agree. My mom drives a 03 corolla and drive it from time to time. It is a perfect car for what it is intended for.
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Old 03-05-2007, 12:28 AM   #24
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Toyota is raping the automotive industry, GM should watch out.


Don't forget the new EL headers for that little extra boost.
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Old 03-05-2007, 01:23 AM   #25
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I agree. My mom drives a 03 corolla and drive it from time to time. It is a perfect car for what it is intended for.
Yup, my 85' gt-s is a perfect car for what it's intended for .
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