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Old 06-06-2008, 06:12 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,

I am a proud new member of NASIOC. I hail from Toronto, Ontario Canada.

In the fall, I plan to purchase my first new car- the 08 hatch WRX. I slimmed down my choices as I was considering the VW GTI, waiting for the Mistubishi Ralliart at the end of the year, and of course the WRX. The WRX won out because of Subaru's excellent build quality and reputation.

I have done the research, and the 08 model has had some mixed reviews- thin paint, 5 speed manual instead of six, and no "one- touch automatic up- down windows", no shortage of body roll etc. People have told me to never buy a car in it's first year, since there are still bugs to be worked out.

Should I wait for the 09 WRX model? The thing is up here in Toronto, Canada, the Subaru dealerships are providing great financing rates on the 08 models:

2.9% apr financing for 48 months. I plan on putting a $15,000 down payment and paying about $570 per month for the remaining balance.

For owners of the 08 WRX, and everyone else, your input would be much appreciated.
Need some advice from my Subie brothers and sisters!

Thanks!
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Old 06-06-2008, 06:27 PM   #2
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unless you have time to spend at the dealer for recalls and rattles. I would advise that you hold off until 09. so they can work the bugs out of it. i work for nissan and see it every new model year. hell the new altimas still have bugs in 08

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Old 06-06-2008, 07:00 PM   #3
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agreed^ they wount even change the style untill '10 any how if they hold true to tradition with the last generation. So buy an 08, not like your getting any different of a car.
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Old 06-06-2008, 07:28 PM   #4
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my 08 doesnt rattle then again it not made by nissan its made by subaru buy one here and then bring it back to canada its cheaper to do so and legal now and on your way down a 15 year or older skyline please thanks why would you people buy one of these when you can have the ultimate car up there im just curiouse why
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Old 06-06-2008, 07:30 PM   #5
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I would wait on your place till 2012, you could have a new model then
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Old 06-06-2008, 07:58 PM   #6
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and on your way down a 15 year or older skyline please thanks why would you people buy one of these when you can have the ultimate car up there im just curiouse why[/quote]


you would buy a subaru because its not 15 yrs old and would nt be in the shop 4 out of 7 days of the week. skylines over rated. now the new gtr only one car has better numbers at the test track and that the porche gt for only 400,000. gtr 69,000. hmmmmmmmmm gtr please.

skyline not worth the money or headache
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Old 06-06-2008, 08:26 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replies. I've already made up my mind on the WRX hatch. It's just a matter of waiting it out for a model that is more refined.

At the price range for this vehicle, which is not cheap, the competitors offer a 6 speed manual transmission or variation of a sport shift - Civic SI, VW GTI, Lancer Ralliart. I love the new WRX, a unique looking car that is dependable and peforms well. It's just things like the old 5- speed transmission and 4- speed automatic that keep this car from being great. That 6th gear would surely help.

I know most car manufacturers make subtle changes during the third or 4th year of the model launch- such as exterior changes to the lights, and even an increase in hp and torque. Would any of you bet that the current WRX will have an upgraded manual transmission from 5- speed to a 6-speed in the 3rd or 4th model year?

I'm in no rush for a vehicle, in fact I'm going to use it for leisure, most likely driving it on the weekends only, and maybe a road trip once and awhile. I would still take public transportion for the work commute. Will it be worth the wait for a more refined WRX? Or should I stop holding my breath?
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Old 06-06-2008, 08:29 PM   #8
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Thanks for the replies. I've already made up my mind on the WRX hatch. It's just a matter of waiting it out for a model that is more refined.

At the price range for this vehicle, which is not cheap, the competitors offer a 6 speed manual transmission or variation of a sport shift - Civic SI, VW GTI, Lancer Ralliart. I love the new WRX, a unique looking car that is dependable and peforms well. It's just things like the old 5- speed transmission and 4- speed automatic that keep this car from being great. That 6th gear would surely help.

I know most car manufacturers make subtle changes during the third or 4th year of the model launch- such as exterior changes to the lights, and even an increase in hp and torque. Would any of you bet that the current WRX will have an upgraded manual transmission from 5- speed to a 6-speed in the 3rd or 4th model year?

I'm in no rush for a vehicle, in fact I'm going to use it for leisure, most likely driving it on the weekends only, and maybe a road trip once and awhile. I would still take public transportion for the work commute. Will it be worth the wait for a more refined WRX? Or should I stop holding my breath?
The civic si is not a competitor of the wrx. Maybe a 2.5rs.. But not a wrx. Wrx and ralliart are. The new ralliart is basically redesigned for competition of the wrx. The turbo and all now. Its basically mitsubishi vs subaru in your choice. Which would u rather prefer.. I would take the subbie only because of its rep over a cheaper made mitsu. Good luck.
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Old 06-06-2008, 09:31 PM   #9
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nothing wrong with my new 08
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Old 06-06-2008, 09:58 PM   #10
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i'm waiting for the 09.
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Old 06-06-2008, 10:10 PM   #11
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This is your first car? Get a used beater..... unless you're responsible and can afford it.

Subarus are not Nissans. You can get an 08. Toyota leads everyone in reliability. Subaru and Honda flip flop second and third, depending on the source. (this is even with so many Subarus being modded poorly, breaking, being put back to stock and then turned in for warranty repair) Plus most of the drivetrain and engine are carried over from previous years so it's not like it's a completely new car. Most of the car has been proven in LGTs since 05 and WRXs since 04.
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Old 06-06-2008, 10:10 PM   #12
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At the price range for this vehicle, which is not cheap, the competitors offer a 6 speed manual transmission or variation of a sport shift - Civic SI, VW GTI, Lancer Ralliart. I love the new WRX, a unique looking car that is dependable and peforms well. It's just things like the old 5- speed transmission and 4- speed automatic that keep this car from being great. That 6th gear would surely help.
I highly doubt that subaru would put a 6-speed on the wrx. They haven't on any of the models up to this point, so I doubt they would just randomly do it a couple years from now on this model. Maybe when they do a new platform/redesign again, but even then...
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Old 06-06-2008, 10:25 PM   #13
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There not going to put a 5 speed it is the trade mark of the WRX. Yes the paint is thin i had some chipping problems but they will pay for the touch up paint and it is all good. The body roll is some what bad but with a sway and lower spring you will be good. Go for it i love mine and is wrking out great.
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Old 06-06-2008, 10:55 PM   #14
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wait for the new model 09 rex
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Old 06-06-2008, 11:11 PM   #15
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wait for the new model 09 rex
It will most likely look just like the 08 with some minor changes, just like Subaru always does...
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Old 06-06-2008, 11:26 PM   #16
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I say if you like the '08 and can get a deal that sounds good to you, then go for it if you're in the market now. First year teething problems- it's possible, but the '08s have been out for a while now and you can get an idea on these forums what the majority of issues have been for people.

I can say that I bought my '02 (first year for the bugeye in the US) a month after they started coming over here and while it did have a couple of issues (leaking radiator and 3/4 gear synchros were the major ones that come to mind), they were easily fixed under warranty and overall, I've been very impressed with the reliability of it. I'm definitely not easy on it and after 110K miles on in (40K at stage 2 and stage 1 before that), it still runs strong (proper maintenance is the key as well).
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