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Old 01-15-2002, 09:36 AM   #1
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Hello there. I'm looking at getting a WRX wagon sometime this summer and have a few questions:

1. Is tri-state subaru in webster good? They were the only ones with service hours on the weekend. (dunno why the dealership thinks I can be there between 8:30 and 5 given that I have a job!) Patrick motors is closer but they are the worst dealership on earth.

2. For you massachusetts and winter area folks... does it really handle very well in the snow? Compared to SUVs (no I don't want to buy one) how are they?

3. I'd be getting the auto trans. because of my fiancee, she can't drive manual, are there any known issues?

4. I've read on here that Natick subaru is good, I'd love to get it from them, but I wanna buy it where I will have it serviced. Does their website lie or do they really not have saturday service hours?

Any other helpful info you want to pass along is also welcomed. What I want is a WRX wagon, auto trans, and don't care too much about anything extra. I need a good dealership that will let me test drive it, give me a fair price, perform good service and be opened on the weekend.

Thanks.

Jeff
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Old 01-15-2002, 11:00 AM   #2
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Hey, it's cool to hear that you're looking at buying a WRX -- but I don't know how you'll fare getting an answer in the forum -- if you do a search on dealerships in the New England forum, you'll have better luck. I'll try and give you some answers though:

1) I dunno on this one.

2) It's terrific in the snow. Make sure you get decent tires though. You won't have any trouble getting traction, but stopping will be an issue with the stock tires.

3) The Subaru Auto is pretty tough, if a little sluggish. It really slows the WRX down, unfortunately, though it shouldn't be any worse than any other AT.

4) Again, I dunno. Most people in the NESIC forum will recommend Exeter Subaru in NH for parts and service -- I agree it's a great place. Basically, it doesn't matter where you buy though, just try and get a good deal.


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Old 01-15-2002, 11:23 AM   #3
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Thanks for the help. If exeter were closer it would be an option, but since I live in Northboro, it would be hard to do.
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Old 01-23-2002, 02:25 PM   #4
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My impreza outback drove in the snow in new england, and now the mountains of colorado, like its on rails. I will never be another brand of car.
I like Ira, Exeter I heard is good, and Nashua Subaru are a cool bunch of guys. But, I would just drive to Ira if I were you.
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Old 09-26-2002, 10:00 AM   #5
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There is a great thread about snow driving in Subarus--complete with videos. Just do a search.

I would definitely recommend snow tires. We spent 5 years in Mass. with a 95 Legacy AWD. The first winter on the stock tires was OK but the second winter we had a lot of trouble stopping and turning on snow. Got a set of snow tires and after that it was excellent. The WRX tires are even worse for snow. If you get the snows mounted on steel rims you will avoid damage to your alloys from road salt and taking tires on and off twice a year.

When driving the auto in snow be really gentle on the gas. If you floor it it will shift down suddenly, break traction on the tires, and possibly spin out of control. Has your fiancee tried to learn to drive manual? It's really not that hard. Have someone else do the lesson, though, not you
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Old 10-03-2002, 05:07 PM   #6
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I bought my car at concord subaru, awesome team working there I got a good deal on my WRX and if i have a problem with my car the service department has no problem doing warranty work what so ever, i would definately reconmend anybody to them.
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Old 04-01-2003, 11:13 PM   #7
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I think tri-state in Webster has a lot of inventory, but has a lot of markup as well. I know someone that bought a WRX there, but she had to go back a few times, and had to settle for MSRP.
Natick should be decent, but the prices might be high there too b/c of all the rich people in Natick buying Subarus for their KIDS IN HIGH SCHOOL.
The people at Concord are fantastic to deal with in my experience, but I don't know about their prices.

Also, from what I understand - Ernie Boch (of the Boch family of dealerships, most notably on the Norwood Auto Mile) owns distribution for every Subaru dealer in NE, so prices can only vary so much as everyone is buying their cars from the same guy.

Best of luck!

They are fantastic in the snow! I swear my RS goes better in the snow than it does on pavement... Oh, and time to teach the fiance how to drive stick!
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Old 03-04-2005, 04:39 PM   #8
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i've had excellent experience with Ben Kaye at Subaru of Wakefield. They seem reasonable, and are best for great servicing afterwards. I bought my 02 WRX there and buying a 05 WRX there this week. Also, free 7yr/150k mile powertrain warranty if you buy from them.
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Old 03-04-2005, 09:29 PM   #9
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One word of caution:

Many dealerships will only extend a Saturday/evening service appointment to customers who bought their cars from them... it's a practice that's rapidly gaining speed.
The dealerships that are selling volume on price alone can't handle the service and the other dealerships are getting the overflow. Fortunately, they are showing loyalty to their own customers... a good thing.

You are wise to buy from the dealership you want to use for service. Save a few bucks now, or pay later in service. Any dealership will accept and perform your service request. It's just a convenience thing.
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Old 03-05-2005, 01:41 PM   #10
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My name is Cliff Berry, Sales Manager at Anchor Subaru in N. Smithfield R.I. (5 miles from the Mass border).

I have the best prices on Subaru's areound for NASIOC members. I sell cars as far as Idaho on here (have sold one to Idaho, 1 to Texas and a bunch to the surrounding states, even New York, delivered an STi to an NASIOC member from N.Y. today.)

If you want a car let me know, I will give you the best price!

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Old 03-07-2005, 10:20 PM   #11
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don't know about webster, but from reading around i've been seeing some positive feedback on natick. personally like i said earlier, i bought from subaru of wakefield in the north shore. they are great. honest service and excellent servicing and a good retention rate among customers. never a complaint with them. would recommend to anyone.

would never buy a automatic WRX because of how the turbo kicks in after 3k rpm and there will be too much turbolag before then. with manual, one can downshift to adjust. plus not many people will buy auto tranny so resale might be an issue.

WRX is awesome in the snow, but not with the stock wheels. i have 17x7.5 with all season tires and they are wonderful. stock wheels are okay, better than FWD cars, but not comparable to SUVs.
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Old 03-08-2005, 10:30 PM   #12
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I had a problem with Subaru of Wakefield. When I called them looking for parts for my '78 Brat... the guy that I spoke to laughed and told me he wouldn't even try to get parts because it was too old and then he said, "Why don't you buy a new Subaru?" That isn't great service in my book, so when I did go for a new Subaru, I didn't go there.

I have to say that I went to Ira first because they are most local to me. They only had 1 new Baja in stock, but within minutes located the one I wanted. We worked a deal, but the depreciation and residual on my 6 month old Hyundai made the deal impossible.

I have to add that when I went to Ira 2+ years ago, looking for a new Baja, they had a pretty poor sales force... I got the bum's rush so to speak by a "NY City slick" salesman... he basically treated me like I couldn't afford the car. I was glad to see that Ira has since changed their Subaru sales force to a much nicer group... it was a pleasure chatting with them and I would have bought from them if it weren't for my own predicament.

I searched the internet and found a used '05 Baja 5 sp. turbo at Wilmington Subaru, who I didn't know existed. (See separate thread entitled "Wilmington Subaru, Wilmington, Massachusetts" for the details.) I was very pleased with my deal from them.
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