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Old 04-26-2001, 01:09 PM   #1
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Old 04-26-2001, 01:11 PM   #2
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auto or 5 spd?
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Old 04-26-2001, 01:21 PM   #3
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5 spd..
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Old 04-26-2001, 01:25 PM   #4
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Dude, prepare for flame mail. These are my EXACT thoughts on my WRX test drive. I posted my review on my site, and I'm getting up to 5 very nasty emails per day. The funny thing is that the majority of them tell me how horrible a 2.5 RS is compared to a WRX...even though they've never driven one. What a surprise huh?

It's just like something else I've noticed: EVERY person I've ever met in my life that has had really horrible things to say about Subaru has NEVER driven or owned a Subaru. Big shocker.

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Old 04-26-2001, 01:26 PM   #5
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Oh well, I guess that's one more person that won't be looking for a Rex when I will be .

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Old 04-26-2001, 01:28 PM   #6
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Whoa, they had Legacy turbo wagons? I didn't know that. I thought the turbos could only be had in sedan. Cool.
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Old 04-26-2001, 01:31 PM   #7
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I didn't drive it, but I rode in TimSteven's WRX last week, and oh my god, what a power that thing has!

I liked it a lot. I still can't seem to get used to the front end, but besides that, I want one.

Maybe I'll be lucky enough to save enough $$$ to buy a STi in a few years without selling my 01RS.
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Old 04-26-2001, 01:37 PM   #8
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yes, they imported the wagons and it has been a great car. The only problem is that it's auto. I first heard that they didn't import any wagons with a manual tranny but some people have said otherwise, I myself have never seen one. But other than that, I love the car and have worked a few RS's, especially up here at 5,000 ft. hehehe.

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Old 04-26-2001, 01:47 PM   #9
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I think people should put they're pride on hold... The 2.5 RS is a cool car.. two of my closest friends drive them.. one a '99 Rally Blue coupe, the other a '00 sedona sedan (my housemate) I've driven them both. They are sweet cars. I've driven my WRX, it is a sweet car... to each his own. Long live Suby fans and let's not get catty!
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Old 04-26-2001, 01:47 PM   #10
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Oh, and BTW. The look of the car actually started to grow on me.

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Old 04-26-2001, 01:53 PM   #11
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lets not forget that it was thanx to the RS that I-club became what it is. impreza is impreza , i love em all
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Old 04-26-2001, 01:54 PM   #12
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I too was unimpressed after driving the WRX. But to each his / her own.

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Old 04-26-2001, 01:54 PM   #13
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Ok, I have both a RS and a wrx right now. I dont want to talk bad about my rs cuz I like it, but its not much when compared to my wrx. maybe the one you drove needed to be brokin in, because when I drive my rs I want more power. Down low..the RS is king, but once that is passed (when the turbo spools up..around 2500- 3k rpms),the wrx takes over the king's throne. So from 2500 - 7k rpms the wrx kicks the crap out of my rs. No question...so do you do most of ur driving around 0-2500 rpms? I dont. . Yes, my rs is fun, but I really like my wrx better.
I dont think the handeling is a bit more loose at all, is it possible that you have better tires on your rs than the wrx does? we all know that the wrx (and rs ) stock tires sucK!. I havent had a chance to auto-x my wrx yet (read: tires suck) so when I get my new rims and tires I'll let you know the differences.
Wind/road noise is for girls I dont care much about that and dont notice it...so I'm not gonna comment about that.
neways, the WRX is what the rs should have been from the start. I just wish the wrx looked as nice as my rs, but I'm likin it
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Old 04-26-2001, 01:55 PM   #14
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I wish I could drive a WRX, but no dealers around here have any to drive! I bought my 2.5 knowing full well that the WRX was going to come out and probably cause my car to lose it's value pretty rapidly. You know what? I really don't care. I'm not too proud to say that the WRX might be better, but you know, it's all subjective, there's allot of guys/gals who drive 2.5's who insist that the WRX is the ugly car, and they're probably never going to like the WRX. I don't personally think that the WRX looks as good as my 2.5, but I think that in 4 more years when it's time to trade my car in, I will probably buy a WRX. They're all Subies folks, we're all one big happy family here!
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Old 04-26-2001, 02:01 PM   #15
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Yeah, I felt the same way about my test drive of the WRX. I was expecting to be blown away by the car, and simply put...I wasn't. It's a great car, and if I didn't already have a RS, I'd consider getting one. But I wouldn't trade mine in for one. Just my observations... Remember, not everyone has to like what you like. Don't flame someone for giving their opinion.

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Old 04-26-2001, 02:09 PM   #16
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Aww its such a cute car. Here girl, aww look at your pretty eyes, they are so nice and round, awww you are so cute and your body so curvey.

Who castrated my RS,let it bloat up and look girly?
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Old 04-26-2001, 02:17 PM   #17
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>>>so do you do most of ur driving around 0-2500 rpms

Of course. Over 3000 RPM's, the 2.5 sounds like it's being wound tight, and I get all kind of funny looks like I don't know how to drive. You let off the gas and you hit a brick wall. The car drives MUCH better if you keep it around 2200-2300.
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Old 04-26-2001, 02:17 PM   #18
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I didn't get to test drive the WRX yet, dealers around here wouldn't let me, but I almost made the switch to a WRX wagon. But after going over budgets and such, it just wasn't worth the 1-2 sec 0-60 times over the RS. So, I think I started to not like it bc I really couldn't afford it(wedding coming up, money goes to that, yea)
But now, after all the hype, I'm glad they brought it over, I'm glad people are buying it, but I'm glad I kept my RS, I just think it's too beautiful to give away. But, I will be swapping in a WRX engine hopefully in the summer, so that should solve all the problems...
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Old 04-26-2001, 02:27 PM   #19
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I can't believe this hasn't been said already, but you did four things wrong:

<ol>[*]You drove a car that wasn't broken in. [*]You drove a car that most likely was not properly warmed up.[*]You drove a car that still had the crappy stock RE92's on the wheels. [*]You expected, under these terrible conditions, to get a good indication of how the car drives. [/list=a]

When I test-drove my first WRX, I thought the same things you did. Laggy, kinda loose, not that fast. But I bought one anyway, knowing that it would most likely improve after break-in. And boy was I ever right. After babying the car through the break-in period, I've now got 1640 miles on it and it just keeps getting faster and faster. Properly warmed-up, there is almost no noticable turbo lag and this thing literally takes off like a rocket. Only thing left for me to do is replace the RE92's.

Now, I don't normally road-race, but just to give you an indication of how fast this thing is....I drive an automatic WRX. Yesterday, I stopped at a red light and a modded-up Nissan Maxima (5-speed, either 222 or 227hp) pulled up next to me. The driver looked at my Rex and revved. I turned to look at him, and as I did so, the light turned green and he launched. I wasn't planning on racing, but when I saw him fly off I figured, "Eh, what the hell."

I punched it and, within about six seconds, I was rocketing past the Nissan. As I passed, I raised my eyebrows and winked, and the look on the guy's face was priceless. Now, you tell me....if a 4-speed auto WRX can beat a 5-speed Maxima when the Maxima has a three-second head start and a V-6.....well, doesn't that just kinda make you suspect that the WRX might be one fast car?

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Old 04-26-2001, 02:33 PM   #20
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No doubt in my mind that the WRX is fast, I just can't afford one right now! So for now, I'm going to enjoy the time I'm spending with my 2.5.
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Old 04-26-2001, 02:43 PM   #21
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Owner of a WRX who also has a Type R
Check out what he says

http://honda-tech.com/zerothread?id=34489
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Old 04-26-2001, 04:21 PM   #22
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I drove two Rexs at the local Subaru dealer. The had a black 5 speed. It arrived, my inside man at the dealership called me, (ok he's a salesman that is friend of mine) I arrived the next morning at 7:00am to drive it. It had 50 miles on it. Wasn't broken in. It was fast, but not as fast as I'd hoped. I didn't rape the thing, after all it wasn't broken in. But one a two dips towards redline and I got a feel for it. I could feel the extra weight compared to the RS and the L model in the twisties, the suspension wallowed more than either MY L or a stock RS.

Two weeks later they got another Rex in, this one was a blue 5 speed. It was transfered from a dealer in VA. It was driven up here and as a result had nearly 400 miles on it. It made noticeably more power, yet was still dead below 3 grand, and took about half a second to come up on boost above that. The suspension pitched even more on acceleration and decelaration than the black Rex I drove. It's supended a little soft for my tastes. Engine and brakes were excellent, a bit more torque would be nice through the mid range, but I wouldn't complain.

Both Rexs felt a bit on the heavy side. Not bad on the street, or strip. But I like to blast through the twisties, and get loose in the gravel and ice. I like lite. If I had the extra cash I'd buy one. But for now, I'll just fix up the older Subarus. 400 lbs is a lot of weight to make up for.

Just my humble observations.

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Old 04-26-2001, 04:22 PM   #23
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I drove the JDM WRX and wasn't too impressed with it. Especially after driving last years model. The WRX may be going over well in the US but the dealerships around me can't seem to get rid of them. There are a couple used ones already sitting at some wholesale lots in Sendai. When or actually if I ever start my project car again I will either be adding a turbo to the EJ25 or using a STI Version3 motor that I have been given. I'd bore the STI3 out first to get the displacement up to 2.2L with that kit from HKS.
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Old 04-26-2001, 04:40 PM   #24
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Give the WRX leather, two doors, and maybe a sunroof, and I'd buy one. I hesitated on purchasing the Rex over my RS. I couldn't, and still can't, justify the price difference of the two cars. Also, the WRX is a first year car, and they are having slight issues. Two model years from now, maybe the car will have more horsepower and even BETTER handling.


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Old 04-26-2001, 04:52 PM   #25
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That honduh board has some funny members.

I actually like the ITR, it would be the only honda I would even consider buying. But.......

Most of the people in that thread are morons!

"The WRX on street tirz can't beat my modded ITR on race tirz" NO CRAP!!

Maybe the guys driving the WRX can't drive very well and the ones driving the ITR can.

I just had an auto x last weekend. The first time in the WRX so I still have some learning to do about racing a turbo and learning the car but there was a ITR there also. His best time was 43.xxx with Yoko A032 (pretty much race tires) and my best was 40.8 with Yoko AVS intermediates. He did run in the rain and when I was out it pretty much dried out.

Then they go on about how the STI will be better compared to the ITR. haha but NO.
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