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Old 01-20-2002, 04:49 AM   #1
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Question 2002 WRX Sedan vs. WRX Sport Wagon

Hi all,

I'm a newbie and was wondering if there was a difference in turbo back exhaust fitment between the sedan and sport wagon. Thanks.
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Old 01-20-2002, 04:57 AM   #2
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Old 01-20-2002, 05:19 AM   #3
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There should be no difference between the two. The only difference in the cars is upper rear sheetmetal.
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Old 01-20-2002, 10:01 AM   #4
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Default there are a few other differences

I've read that the sedan also has;

1) a bit better suspension in the front.

2) wider track, less height, so a bit less tippy.

3) different swaybar in rear to compensate for weight distribution of the extra 80 lbs of sheetmetal.

Most of us probably couldn't tell the difference in handling in day to day driving, especially if you mod wheels/tires/suspension.

I'll probably get another year out of my Honda before I need a new winter beater. Will probably go Subaru for the cheap AWD but will give them a year to fix their ABS and tranny/clutch problems. I might just get a TS. It's hard to justify a WRX for the 5000 km yearly driving I do, but ya never know...
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Old 01-20-2002, 12:16 PM   #5
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Turbo back exhaust fitment is the same on both cars.

Stock for stock, the sedan's suspension isn't any better than the wagon's. The difference that people feel comes from the smaller sway bar on the wagon. SPT (Subaru Performance Tuning) sells a 19.5mm wagon bar that makes it the equal of the sedan.

In day to day driving, even psycho hard-assed driving, you cannot tell the 20mm track width difference between the two cars. I laugh whenever I hear people carping about that essentially meaningless statistic.

Nor can you feel the 80 lb. weight difference. It's a 3,000+ lb. car. That's some "Princess and the Pea" action. What you do feel is the wagon's different weight distribution and different balance because of the greenhouse at the rear. What these things do is make the wagon more tail-happy, hence (my speculation) the smaller stock bar on the wagon, to save people from themselves.



Give Subaru all the time you think is necessary, but there isn't a WRX ABS and/or transmission "problem." There are some cars that seem to be having problems, but they appear to be a small percentage of the total samples. The threads grow because of flame wars, and the same people that keep replying back and forth. Also note that many i-Clubbers are particularly hysterical, so any perceived problems are exacerbated through hysteria. The perception that every WRX out there is a ticking time bomb of unreliability is incorrect. Oh, I have almost 14,000 miles on mine.

My transmission shifts like a champ, goes into first and reverse without a hint of difficulty, and my brakes are excellent, whether braking over bumpy roads, railroad tracks, or whatever. No, I don't have the stock tires on. I run Blizzaks on 16x7 wheels for winter, and Dunlop 9000s on 17x7 wheels for the summer, and I'm on DMS coilover. I have driven my car exceedingly hard on the streets, at rally-x and ice races as well as track days.

It's beautiful.

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Old 01-20-2002, 01:40 PM   #6
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Default gtguy, we're in agreement ..

on the sedan vs wagon issue. I'm a bit offtopic on the Subaru reliability and durability issue, but I have seen the ABS issue and the clutch/tranny issue crop up in several places. I've started a new thread around that.
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Old 01-20-2002, 09:15 PM   #7
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The way I look at it, each make and model of car has its particular downfalls. However, some cars have many more than others and quite more frequently than others.

I've been reading threads on Subarus for a few years before getting rid of the Volvo to switch to Subaru and the reason was the customer satisfaction with the car as a DAILY driver. Heck, i can remember soooo many times I had to pay $50 to get my Volvo's towed in to the mechanic and scrap around with a car. Now I don't know why I tolerated it for so long...

I started with a 2000 OBS which was a manual and I traded to a 2002 to get the automatic, because a problem I was having with my left foot was getting worse the clutch wasn't helping. However it wasn't because of these problems you've been reading about.

Yes, there are many of those who are into racing and quick starts. That's very hard on any clutch, especially one that has to power all four wheels! If anything, a little stronger clutch could be put on the cars stock, but this is because they are so fun to drive people tend to push them pretty hard... wouldn't you agree, everyone?
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