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Old 10-23-2010, 11:35 AM   #1
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hello everyone! newbie alert! i've been visiting the site for a few weeks now and i just registered.

the 2011 impreza wrx really caught my eye when it launched...i just wanted to get your input what "sold" you to the 2011 wrx. what other cars did you consider? thanks in advance!
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Old 10-23-2010, 12:45 PM   #2
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Personally, I needed something with AWD/4WD for the brutal winters around here. I considered a 4Runner, Forester XT, Legacy GT, and the WRX. I chose the WRX because it was a sporty car that won't be boring to drive in the summer. The 4Runner or Forester would have been nice for the extra ground clearance, but IMO the WRX just looks so much better. Are you considering one?
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Old 10-23-2010, 12:50 PM   #3
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Personally, I needed something with AWD/4WD for the brutal winters around here. I considered a 4Runner, Forester XT, Legacy GT, and the WRX. I chose the WRX because it was a sporty car that won't be boring to drive in the summer. The 4Runner or Forester would have been nice for the extra ground clearance, but IMO the WRX just looks so much better. Are you considering one?
The Forester XT is also incredibly fun to drive. My wife has a '10 FXT and it is surprisingly quick coming around corners.
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Old 10-23-2010, 01:29 PM   #4
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Bruins1982, yes. Like everyone else, I was looking at the lancer ra, gti, the other usual suspects.
I was hoping to get more info. Since I have never owned a Subaru before, I thought this was a good place to start learning. I've spent a number of hours just reading through some threads. So much to learn!!!
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Old 10-23-2010, 02:20 PM   #5
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The test drive was the thing that sold me. I've owned an 03-06 wrx and loved them both. The 2011 is hands down the best yet by a lot. I was looking at similar cars to u. Utimately I couldn't beat the price, peformance, practicality, and insurance. Lotsa rain and sometimes snow means the AWD is way more fun, and there arnt very many mitsu dealers here anymore. I trust subaru reliability from owning the other two that I had modified. There are so many parts that dramaticly improve the car for cheap. Utimately once I drove it, it felt so good I had to have it.
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Old 10-23-2010, 02:22 PM   #6
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im sold on the new 2011's but... cant get one...yet
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Old 10-23-2010, 03:14 PM   #7
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Personally I own a 2007 mazdaspeed 3, and always have liked the WRX. Ifyou are all about interior features and quality, car might not be for you. But What made me trade my car in for my 2011 WRX is the reliability, AWD, and so much fun to drive...becasue of the awd. If you like to mod even a little these are the best cars for it. On a practical note, the resale value looks like its great
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Old 10-23-2010, 03:49 PM   #8
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The WRX is AWD and has class leading horsepower and 0-60 times to boot. And it doesn't look like a corrolla anymore.

But don't count out the GTI. The build quality is so much better than anything else in the segment that the GTi is truly in a class of its own. Don't take my word for it, go check one out. The moment you sit down you will agree. It has only 200hp, but with just a tune and no supporting mods, you can have 260hp. VW has heavily detuned the motor because it would devalue the A4's. They have the same motor and if if both cars made the same power, well you see where I'm going with that. Its the perfect dailiy driver with the DSG. Just don't expect it to have the 'raw' feeling of the WRX or other cars in the segment. It has a bit of a numb driving feel to it.

edit: and the LSD in the GTI sucks
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Old 10-23-2010, 03:58 PM   #9
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The Forester XT is also incredibly fun to drive. My wife has a '10 FXT and it is surprisingly quick coming around corners.
No doubt, but I have a hard time having fun with an automatic. Just my own little quirk.

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The WRX is AWD and has class leading horsepower and 0-60 times to boot. And it doesn't look like a corrolla anymore.

But don't count out the GTI. The build quality is so much better than anything else in the segment that the GTi is truly in a class of its own. Don't take my word for it, go check one out. The moment you sit down you will agree. It has only 200hp, but with just a tune and no supporting mods, you can have 260hp. VW has heavily detuned the motor because it would devalue the A4's. They have the same motor and if if both cars made the same power, well you see where I'm going with that. Its the perfect dailiy driver with the DSG. Just don't expect it to have the 'raw' feeling of the WRX or other cars in the segment. It has a bit of a numb driving feel to it.

edit: and the LSD in the GTI sucks
I will respectfully disagree about the GTI. A friend of mine bought an '09 new and it's been nothing but problems. Mostly electrical, but the car also shakes at speeds over 65 MPH. No dealership can solve his issues. Maybe he just got a lemon, but the GTI's build quality concerns me.
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Old 10-23-2010, 04:50 PM   #10
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quickest car i can afford with awd. was looking at a legacy but the wrx has a bigger hoodscoop and i'm a grown-up in most other areas in my life, but when it comes to cars, i'll always be a kid
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Old 10-23-2010, 05:06 PM   #11
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Well hell this seems like the perfect place for my intro. Hows it going all. I was a diehard Honda guy and recently sold all my Hondas and am looking to get me a Subie. I'm totally new to this platform AWD, turbo, boxer motor and I'm sure there is more I can't think of. Anyway I too am very interested in getting a 2011 WRX.

The reasons the 2011 got my attention is that well can't beat AWD for one. I need something for the snow in the north east. And on the other side I love spirited dry condition driving. And for sure the wide body. I never owned a new car before always old school jap hot rods. So for the price of a new WRX I can't see why this isn't the car for me. Can't wait to read more. Cheers
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Old 10-23-2010, 06:18 PM   #12
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Currently driving a 08 Honda pilot. Always was not satisfied with the gas mileage. But then again, i figured i wasn't satisfied because the car is so boring to drive. Was looking into the 2011 sonata turbo se but... read reviews on how the turbo is less fun to drive than honda accord's v6. Even tho the WRX gets crappy mileage, i'm figuring i'll be spending the same amount from the probable 7mpg increase and the price increase from using premium. O yea, i wanted a good AWD vehicle too. Just waiting for the car to be delivered now. Its a lONGGGG wait. Gluck with your choice
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Old 10-23-2010, 06:57 PM   #13
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if you are about build quality and having a classy car, the 2011 GTI is the car to have around that price range, no questions.

if you are into performance, then the 2011 WRX no questions.

in this price range, the 2011 GTI owns everything else as far as "sporty/luxury" goes. and the 2011 WRX pretty much owns everything as far as performance goes.

it would also be nice if many of you could stop making up stories about how "your friend" has a VW that had a lot of electrical problems. I am active with the VW community in real life and personally speaking... from what i have seen.... the recent models from 05+ have been pretty reliable for the most part.



being a subaru owner myself, i will have to admit that while subarus are pretty sturdy cars mechanically, the interior/fit & finish/stereo system/paint job, etc, are all junk compared to the GTI. yes, JUNK. When I was 18, I wanted a raw car with performance. Now that I am older, the nicer quality of the GTI is pretty appealing. It's like a luxury car, without the luxury price tag or brand name. Not to mention, it has a **** ton of low end torque so its still fun to drive, but just won't outperform a WRX.

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Old 10-23-2010, 09:26 PM   #14
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thanks for all your inputs! keep them coming...
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Old 10-23-2010, 10:44 PM   #15
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if you are about build quality and having a classy car, the 2011 GTI is the car to have around that price range, no questions.

if you are into performance, then the 2011 WRX no questions.

in this price range, the 2011 GTI owns everything else as far as "sporty/luxury" goes. and the 2011 WRX pretty much owns everything as far as performance goes.

it would also be nice if many of you could stop making up stories about how "your friend" has a VW that had a lot of electrical problems. I am active with the VW community in real life and personally speaking... from what i have seen.... the recent models from 05+ have been pretty reliable for the most part.



being a subaru owner myself, i will have to admit that while subarus are pretty sturdy cars mechanically, the interior/fit & finish/stereo system/paint job, etc, are all junk compared to the GTI. yes, JUNK. When I was 18, I wanted a raw car with performance. Now that I am older, the nicer quality of the GTI is pretty appealing. It's like a luxury car, without the luxury price tag or brand name. Not to mention, it has a **** ton of low end torque so its still fun to drive, but just won't outperform a WRX.
Making up? Sorry, I don't have that active of an imagination. His tire pressure sensor light keeps coming on for no reason. Check engine as well. Something to do with the throttle body. From what you have seen, they're great. From what I have seen, admittedly only one, they're not. Say what you will, but do not assume people are "making up" stories.
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Old 10-23-2010, 10:56 PM   #16
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Making up? Sorry, I don't have that active of an imagination. His tire pressure censor light keeps coming on for no reason. Check engine as well. Something to do with the throttle body. From what you have seen, they're great. From what I have seen, admittedly only one, they're not. Say what you will, but do not assume people are "making up" stories.
That doesn't sound too serious

TPMS is a joke. VAGCOM could take care of that in a few seconds. And if he had different wheels using the cheap aftermarket tpms, then that would explain it.

As far as the CEL, was his car completely stock: no downpipes, intakes, catbacks, head units, amps, big speakers? Was VW unable to determine the cause?

I certainly wouldn't denounce the brand over something so trivial.
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Old 10-23-2010, 11:02 PM   #17
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That doesn't sound too serious

TPMS is a joke. VAGCOM could take care of that in a few seconds. And if he had different wheels using the cheap aftermarket tpms, then that would explain it.

As far as the CEL, was his car completely stock: no downpipes, intakes, catbacks, head units, amps, big speakers? Was VW unable to determine the cause?

I certainly wouldn't denounce the brand over something so trivial.
His car is completely stock. Including the wheels. Chances are, the three dealerships he's been to have bad techs or something. They can get the lights off for a while, but they always come back on. Anyway, I didn't mean to divert from the original topic. Nor do I believe they are horrible cars. I just didn't appreciate the accusation that I "make up" stories.

OP: Hope you take a few cars for a test drive and find something you like.
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Old 10-23-2010, 11:11 PM   #18
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quad exhaust, red gauges/ignition ring, wheels, grill, interior, how it looks wingless
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Old 10-24-2010, 12:04 PM   #19
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AWD, new body style, nice wheels included, sweet cloth interior. and a car that is built for performance. It's so nice. I'm totally hooked on the Subaru culture now. So classy.
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Old 10-24-2010, 01:47 PM   #20
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+1 to the two post before me. Thing looks awesome and drives/handles even better. Would of bought an Evo X (had Mitsubishis all my life) if i didnt need the 5-door but Im still a happy camper
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Old 10-25-2010, 01:37 AM   #21
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hi! again, thanks for all the input so far. by the way, feel free to mention the other cars you were looking at before you made your decision to get teh wrx.
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Old 10-25-2010, 01:51 AM   #22
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The Forester XT is also incredibly fun to drive. My wife has a '10 FXT and it is surprisingly quick coming around corners.
I like these also, I'm waiting to see how the new sportier one is and then I guess We'll make a decision on either a WRX/STi or the new sportier FXT in 2012.
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hi! again, thanks for all the input so far. by the way, feel free to mention the other cars you were looking at before you made your decision to get teh wrx.
I think that's a good thing to mention as well.

Before I bought my 2011 WRX I was looking at:
2006 WRX Limited (use to have an 07 WRX, needed a change)
2007 STI Limited (couldn't find any at dealership, needed to finance)
2007 335i (afraid of electrical issues and maintenance costs)
2008 Sti (Didn't like interior)
2005+ G35 sedan (Not enough modability compared to wrx/sti)
2005+ Legacy GT (My friend bought one so I got over it)

In parenthesis is what lead to me not picking that car.

For 6 months those were my top picks then I found out that the 2011 WRX was coming out so after eliminating a bunch of cars it came down to:
2007 335i
2011 WRX sedan
2008 STI

It was a really tough choice. I chose the slowest car out of the 3 but I like my 2011 a lot and am happy with my choice.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:13 PM   #24
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hello! since i started this thread, might as well share...ordered the '11 WRX!

i was looking for a performance car that was practical enough and could take minnesota weather! also, i was hoping to run in the local auto-x circuit...

i actually looked at:

a) BMW 328Xi (expensive...just too "plain" for my taste)
b) Audi A4 (expensive...just didn't have enough power)
c) Gti (almost pulled the trigger on this one because of the interior...but, i wanted more power without tuning)
d) Lancer RA (so-so performance, questionable reliability of SST)
e) Lancer Evo SE (a bit too firm for everyday driving, cheap interior, questionable reliability of SST, insurance premium, i am an evo fan ever since...but it seems $35K should offer more and not be more expensive to insure than a Porsche Cayman)
f) Mustang GT (a two door is really not practical for me right now)

now, the wait beigns..i got the 6-8 week estimate. hopefully i get it sooner!

looking forward hanging out here and learning more about Subarus...it's my first!
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:46 PM   #25
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Now I have an 09, but all the reasons mentioned apply, but there is another, safety. I have a family and my it seems it is dam near imposable to kill yourself in one of these things.

Example, I was driving around in the foot hills of the cascades when I came across some scuff marks and a car sized hole in an Armco barrier. I pulled over and saw a STI had gone through the Armco, through a tree and fallen 25 feet vertically onto the bedrock of the Clackamas river nose first. So I asked the other guy at the top of the river bank if the anyone was still in the car, to which he answered no, I was the driver, can you take me to the hospital?

He had flung his car through a highway barrier and off a bridge entrance at 70 on to bed rock and walked away (with a broken clavicle, likely from the seat bet when he hit the bedrock nose first)

And on this site I have seen a number that looked way worse than the Subaru saved my life commercial with people emerging essentially unharmed, even from vicious driver side t-bones.

Safety.
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