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Old 10-07-2007, 01:01 PM   #1
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Default Legacy vs Impreza

Subaru Impreza 2.5RS Sedan 4 door sedan - $8000 87500 mileage OR
2002 SUBARU LEGACY L edition 4 DOOR SEDAN - $7500 78000 mileage

which one which you guys choose ? i'm still deciding =(
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Old 10-07-2007, 02:12 PM   #2
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What year is the Impreza? I have an 02 Legacy GT Limited Sedan, and I used to own an 02 WRX. The interior comfort in the LGT is light years ahead of the impreza, if that's important to you. Drivetrainwise, they'll both give you a very similar driving experience. Personally, I'd go with the one that costs less and has less miles and gives you more space in the vehicle.
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Old 10-07-2007, 02:23 PM   #3
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The only thing the Impreza has going for it is more aftermarket support. However for cruiser purposes (and thats what 2.5 N/A engines are), the legacy is way way way more comfortable.
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Old 10-07-2007, 03:32 PM   #4
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Um, there is no performance comparison between a 2.2L Legacy L and a 2.5L Impreza. If that's a Legacy Ltd. Edition, then it's a 2.5GT with a slushbox, which wouldn't be too bad. The Ltd. is very comfy, at least (go leather!).

Can you clarify the option loads on the two cars? My knee-jerk reaction is that if you're not hauling babies around, the 2.5RS is a better performance platform. I have a 2.5GT because I like sedans.

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Old 10-07-2007, 03:42 PM   #5
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Um, there is no performance comparison between a 2.2L Legacy L and a 2.5L Impreza.
There is no EJ22 in the Legacy after 1999. All of them had EJ25s.
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Old 10-07-2007, 03:44 PM   #6
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Um, there is no performance comparison between a 2.2L Legacy L and a 2.5L Impreza. If that's a Legacy Ltd. Edition, then it's a 2.5GT with a slushbox, which wouldn't be too bad. The Ltd. is very comfy, at least (go leather!).
After the 2000 redesign, all L's came with the ej25.

The only real difference is space. I like the looks of the 2.5rs, but if its roominess you want, then go for the Legacy.
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Old 10-07-2007, 03:44 PM   #7
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There is no EJ22 in the Legacy after 1999. All of them had EJ25s.
Damn, and for a second I thought I was going to beat Mark to something.
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Old 10-07-2007, 06:49 PM   #8
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The only thing the Impreza has going for it is more aftermarket support...
yeah, if you mean ricey-looking ground effects. But a lot of the other parts that actually DO something (engine, suspension, brakes, etc) will fit both cars the same...

I just can't believe the legacy is so cheap. I guess because it's only an L trim level?!? I hope my 2001 outback limited (with similar mileage) gets a bit more than $8k when I go to sell it (if I sell it)...

And my 2 cents... legacy extra interior space is the way to go.
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Old 10-07-2007, 09:21 PM   #9
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Go with the Impreza.
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Old 10-07-2007, 10:33 PM   #10
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Impreza if you want the lighter weight and ability change the suspension cheaply and if you plan to swap the engine. Comfort, extra room, refinement, extra features (did you know Cruise control is optional on Imprezas? I had a hell of a time finding one with it) goes to the Legacy.

DD or project car. Depends on what youre looking for.
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Old 10-08-2007, 12:05 AM   #11
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As most have stated, you can fix up both pretty equally. I'd look into insurance quote differences between the two and initial cost. What are your goals with the car? I, personally, would go with the Legacy due to "sleeper" status if upgrades is what you're after and size.
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Old 10-08-2007, 12:07 AM   #12
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easily go w/ the RS
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Old 10-08-2007, 03:53 AM   #13
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i say ditch both and buy my Legacy GT
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Old 10-08-2007, 09:10 AM   #14
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I'm surprised no one has said this - but buy the one that you like the best or is in the best shape.

From a mechanical standpoint, they are virtually the same car. With vehicles with that level of age and miles, I would lean towards the one that is in the best condition, or has had the most thorough maintenance performed on it.
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Old 10-08-2007, 10:54 AM   #15
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The 2000-2001 Impreza 2.5RS has a limited-slip rear differential, something the Legacy L doesn't have. I would definitely choose the 2.5RS if it's an 00-01 - that car is hot. Otherwise I'd choose the Legacy for more room.
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Old 10-08-2007, 12:53 PM   #16
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...I would definitely choose the 2.5RS if it's an 00-01 - that car is hot...
True, the bugeye impreza models are quite hot!!! If the car wasn't so small compared to the legacy, I would've bought one in a heartbeat...
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Old 10-08-2007, 01:13 PM   #17
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True, the bugeye impreza models are quite hot!!! If the car wasn't so small compared to the legacy, I would've bought one in a heartbeat...
I thought when people referred to the "bugeye" they are usually talking about 2002-03, the first iteration of the USDM WRX. The 2000-01 was still the GC8, complete with a hood scoop, hood vents, and big fog lights
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Old 10-08-2007, 01:14 PM   #18
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So... Any updates or thoughts from the original poster?
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Old 10-08-2007, 02:44 PM   #19
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I thought when people referred to the "bugeye" they are usually talking about 2002-03, the first iteration of the USDM WRX. The 2000-01 was still the GC8, complete with a hood scoop, hood vents, and big fog lights
Oh, well, when I bought my 2001 outback, they also had the bugeyes on the lot. You are correct that the bugeyes came with the first US wrx models, but I thought they were 2001 models. Must've been 2002 models that arrived summer of 2001...
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Old 10-08-2007, 03:29 PM   #20
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Oh, well, when I bought my 2001 outback, they also had the bugeyes on the lot. You are correct that the bugeyes came with the first US wrx models, but I thought they were 2001 models. Must've been 2002 models that arrived summer of 2001...
Yeah, Subaru likes to be a year behind for releasing things in the US sometimes (happened with the Legacy too IIRC) - the GD/GG Imprezas started in "2002" for the US but didn't the WRX start showing up here something ridiculously early like April 2001? I definitely test drove one in August '01
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...but didn't the WRX start showing up here something ridiculously early like April 2001? I definitely test drove one in August '01
Well, I remember them just hitting the US in early summer of '01, and I got my outback in mid-summer. I was surprised to see a couple on the lot, so I know they were still pretty rare at the time.
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Old 10-08-2007, 07:22 PM   #22
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sorry about the sdfgg i was testing if i could post or not. but anyway i've decided to go take a look at the impreza. since it's closer to my location and it's the color i like. the seller's willing to sell it to me for 6.5-7k still didn't deal yet he's still deciding. but here are the pictures guys. thanks for the info ! =)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/14738105@N02/
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Old 10-08-2007, 07:24 PM   #23
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sorry about the sdfgg i was testing if i could post or not. but anyway i've decided to go take a look at the impreza. since it's closer to my location and it's the color i like. the seller's willing to sell it to me for 6.5-7k still didn't deal yet he's still deciding. but here are the pictures guys. thanks for the info ! =)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/14738105@N02/
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Old 10-08-2007, 07:42 PM   #24
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Looks like a good car for the money. It's got to be pre-2002, though.
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Old 10-08-2007, 09:39 PM   #25
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Impreza and swap it
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