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Old 04-16-2007, 07:21 PM   #1
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Bigger family so a sedan is needed and it's time to move from honda in which I've drove all my life. Well the Subaru has came in thought because it's AWD and I live in the Chicago Area and it's a turbo(WRX) that comes in an auto. Thinking about the 2006 version. So just a few question for you guys to see what will be said from different people.

1. I've heard these car are dependable as an Honda, is that true?
2. Are there any major issues that has came from this car that I need to know about?
3. Im 6'3" and my Honda was small as hell for me so I need to know does this car have good leg room for driving and is the rear area have space for people in the back to have ok leg room even though it will be mostly my children sitting back there?
4. I know upgrading the honda was mad easy but I heard you have to go at the WRX a little different when upgrading, is that true and why?
5. Is the ride in one quiet? can't stand the road noise I hear in my honda
6. Is is a good family size sedan for me or do I need to look at the wagon version? (me, my wife and 2 sons)

Any help on these will start me on my way, thanks
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Old 04-16-2007, 07:30 PM   #2
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Due to your family situation I would look into the forester or the legacy. If you gotta have the turbo it's the forester XT 2.5, or the legacy GT, I believe. I have the WRX wagon and I would'nt consider it a family vehicle. Just my opinion, good luck with whatever you get and welcome to the world of AWD.
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Old 04-16-2007, 07:33 PM   #3
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so is it the fact there is not much room or whatever?
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Old 04-16-2007, 07:33 PM   #4
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I'm 6-2 and fit just fine in my WRX. I have a 12yo son and he does not mind the backseat. Granted, It would have to be a smaller child to sit behind me in the backseat.
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Old 04-16-2007, 07:35 PM   #5
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Due to your family situation I would look into the forester or the legacy. If you gotta have the turbo it's the forester XT 2.5, or the legacy GT, I believe. I have the WRX wagon and I would'nt consider it a family vehicle. Just my opinion, good luck with whatever you get and welcome to the world of AWD.

I drove a FXT before buying my WRX and did not like it at all. But that's just my opinion.
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Old 04-16-2007, 07:38 PM   #6
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So from Im getting so far is the lack of room for a 4 person size family
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Old 04-16-2007, 07:39 PM   #7
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I'd suggest Legacy. I had a 92 that just would not die (250k miles and nothing major ever done). Plus the Legacys are very quiet inside compared to the Imprezas. Plus Legacy has a turbo option too. Legacys also have a ton more room in them for the fam (working on a fam myself now). Now, I'm partial to wagons, and when my family grows I'm going to get a wagon (mainly b/c my kid is going to be the next Patrick Roy and will need room for equipment), but a Legacy sedan is roomy still. I've had 4 subarus and never a single major maint. issue.
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Old 04-16-2007, 07:39 PM   #8
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1.) if you don't mod the car then yes it would be reliable as a Honda??? haha
2.) the only major issue with the 2006 is the tranny not being able to withstand a 20G turbo or FPgreen turbo in the long run.
3.) the only issue with me is my back starts aching after an hour of driving.
4.) people will laugh at you for getting an intake first. Power people will go for engine management with turbo back exhaust. Suspension people will tell you to get sway bars/endlinks, better tires, etc....
5.) sometimes you will hear the mirror or something howling/whistling at 80+ mph.
6.) the backseat for sedan is perfect for adults, but not love making.
7.) the moderators will get mad at you for posting two things in one category.
8.) You can't compare Subaru to Honda it's like comparing a watermelon to grape fruit.
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Old 04-16-2007, 07:41 PM   #9
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So from Im getting so far is the lack of room for a 4 person size family
It would just depend on the size of your passengers in the back.

Four 6'+ men would NOT be comfortable in a WRX
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Old 04-16-2007, 07:43 PM   #10
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Well it's just going to be me, my wife and my 4 year old son and my new son that will be here in Aug
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Old 04-16-2007, 07:46 PM   #11
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unless one of your sons turns into the incredible hulk, you will have no problems with them in the backseat.

that is unless at 6'3" you have to push your seat ALLLL the way back.
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Old 04-16-2007, 07:47 PM   #12
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Yes, it has to go all the way back, I have pretty long legs
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Old 04-16-2007, 07:49 PM   #13
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Well it's just going to be me, my wife and my 4 year old son and my new son that will be here in Aug
Its funny the reason you said you wanted an auto. I was in the same boat. My wife wanted to drive the car too and will not drive a stick. Now she is getting her own sporty car to drive around in, so I am moving up to an STi.
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Old 04-16-2007, 07:49 PM   #14
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Impreza's interior is smaller than Civic's interior! If you NEED the space, stick w/ Honda.
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Old 04-16-2007, 07:51 PM   #15
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A baby seat fits behind the drivers seat moved all the way back. The older one can sit behind the passenger seat just fine.
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Old 04-16-2007, 07:51 PM   #16
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Are you serious?
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Old 04-16-2007, 07:52 PM   #17
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I can also vouch for the AWD. I live near Toledo, and my WRX had zero issues during the big snowstorm in Feb. I got caught up in one very deep drift, but easily walked right out of it.
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:01 PM   #18
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Thats the main reason I said my next car will have to be an AWD version car. Chicago Winters can get buck wild.
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:05 PM   #19
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movingfromhonda: i moved over from Acura (r.i.p. rsx-s 0ct. 2005)

i remember driving in the rain on the freeway with the rsx and i would get consistent hydroplaning starting at 75-80 mph.

with the AWD i think hydroplaning starts at 90-100. safety first! haha.
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:14 PM   #20
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Thats the main reason I said my next car will have to be an AWD version car. Chicago Winters can get buck wild.
Then you should really consider Legacy instead of Impreza... slightly bigger but not much. Wagon is even roomier... at least the trunk.

Legacy GT's automatic transmission is 5-speed & comes w/ SPORTSHIFT manual control (similar to Tiptronic). Non-turbo Legacy comes w/ SPORTSHIFT as well but 4-speed.

Go to your local dealer & check them out in person.
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:16 PM   #21
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I may have to do that first because I have a top 5 cars list and one of them happens to be this car
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:22 PM   #22
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My friend ALWAYS wanted a Legacy. After he got in the car, he felt it was kind of tight (he's not a big guy, either, 5' 9" probably). He ended up w/ Honda CR-V. I know it's not even in the same league, but it fits his needs & it's AWD.

If you want a performance car, get Subaru. If you want the space, get Honda.
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:27 PM   #23
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Legacy GT... mmmmmm.
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:30 PM   #24
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if you can wait the 08 sounds about perfect for you.. its going to have far more room in the vehicle.. and a better vehicle overall
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:35 PM   #25
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Sounds like a legacy gt would be perfect for this. An 06' could probably be found pretty cheap too.
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