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Old 09-29-2008, 08:08 PM   #1
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Folks,

I own a '95 Impreza L AWD with the 1.8 and a 5-speed. It has 186K on the original drivetrain and still runs great. It's a little bit rusty, but I love it!!

In Indiana we can have tons of snow in a short ammount of time, which is the main reason that I purchased this car. The AWD of course!! This leads me to a question that have:

How exactly does my AWD system work?? Does it always send all of the power to the front wheels until it senses wheelspin, and then transfer more power to the rear and ease up on the front? Does it always have a certain ration of F/R that it uses no matter what it senses the wheels are doing??

Thanks for any help that you can give!!
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Old 09-29-2008, 08:11 PM   #2
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50/50 to all wheels dude! if it says symmetrical AWD on the back, thats what it means! (well 5spds are 50/50 from what i see on the models nowadays) 4eat are more like 60/40?
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Old 09-29-2008, 08:20 PM   #3
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the manuals (at least without stability/traction control?) are still 50/50 so im willing to bet your 95 is. newer ones with the 4EAT have variable power i think it ranges from 70/30 F/R to 50/50.

have fun this winter!
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Old 09-29-2008, 08:51 PM   #4
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Well, one of the reasons that I ask is because on the window sticker, AWD was an option that the buyer had to select. Back in '95 they still made FWD Subarus. I thought that maybe AWD was just and add-on to a car that was mainly FWD, but had some type of hardware that shot some (15-25%) of the power from the engine to the rear. It would be great if it is 50/50, though!!!
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Old 09-29-2008, 09:22 PM   #5
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Well, one of the reasons that I ask is because on the window sticker, AWD was an option that the buyer had to select. Back in '95 they still made FWD Subarus. I thought that maybe AWD was just and add-on to a car that was mainly FWD, but had some type of hardware that shot some (15-25%) of the power from the engine to the rear. It would be great if it is 50/50, though!!!


Sending partial power to certain wheels is actually a lot more complicated and expensive than just throwing in a couple driveshafts and differentials.
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Old 09-29-2008, 11:59 PM   #6
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50/50 to all wheels dude! if it says symmetrical AWD on the back, thats what it means! (well 5spds are 50/50 from what i see on the models nowadays) 4eat are more like 60/40?
That is not what they mean by symmetrical AWD.
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