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Old 02-01-2003, 12:55 PM   #26
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no probs man.

there is so much grumbling pricing overlap in subaru model ranges. look at all the complaints about the impreza sti msrp. a normal wrx can cost more than a higher end legacy, and the impreza is supposed to be the lowest model. they say the legacy turbo could be in the $40k range... where would a forester sti end up?
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Old 02-01-2003, 03:04 PM   #27
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they say the legacy turbo could be in the $40k range... where would a forester sti end up?
In my garage! Subaru would be insane to try and sell a $40K car. At that point, they're in Audi/BMW land, not to mention those hot rod Volvos.

We'll have to wait and see what happens. The price of the WRX STi should tell us a lot.

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Old 02-01-2003, 05:37 PM   #28
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No I plan to keep my wagon unless i get a divorce.

The Sti is nice but I would prefer a Legacy STI sedan or wagon.
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Old 02-03-2003, 04:27 PM   #29
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I placed my deposit today. My dealer finally agreed to MSRP what ever that may be?
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Old 02-04-2003, 12:34 PM   #30
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I'd too be all over the STi wagon but I am making my 02 WRX Wagon into an STi until one is offered, if it will be at all. I'm tackling SOA employees all over telling them to offer one: trade shows, events they sponsor, e-mail, etc. I suggest we all do this. Subaru sponsors and attends a lot of events, and staffs these events with their employees (not a staffing agency). One of the reasons they do this is to be in touch with the consumer and have 1:1 interaction. Well, let 'em have it!
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Old 02-07-2003, 10:11 AM   #31
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Add me to the list of WRX wagon owners that are waiting on the STI wagon! I would already have my deposit down if the wagon was available.
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Old 02-07-2003, 01:47 PM   #32
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Add me to the list of WRX wagon owners that are waiting on the STI wagon! I would already have my deposit down if the wagon was available.
And one more...I'll never tire of posting this.
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Old 02-09-2003, 02:35 PM   #33
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I don't know. It's a tough call. STi sedan vs WRX Sport Wagon.

One of the more important features of the wagon for me is the longer roof. Which allows for decent crossbar spacing and hence kayak carrying. On the other hand, all Subaru would have to do is make the STi's rear wing an inch or two taller and it would easily have the wagon beat in that department.

And since I'm speaking of rear appendages. All one would need is a couple of folding bar stools and the STi sedan would again have the wagon beat when it comes to tailgate parties.

And for camping the STi comes equipped with a lean-to on the front hood. With the wagon you'll still need a tent.

All in all, I think its a toss up as to which one is more versatile.

Kidding aside, when you consider the fact that the STi sedan has a 2.5L turbo vs the WRX Sport wagon's 2.0L turbo, the STi can probably tow more. (Despite the Owners manual 500 lbs rating, SOA has told me in Emails that the WRX wagon should not be used for any kind of towing). Hence, if you throw on a receiver hitch, the STi sedan may be able to do a few things you presently can't with the WRX wagon.

Now if the rumors of a Turbo Forester with a 2.5L turbo tuned for low end grunt are true, then it would be the clear winner in the versatility game. With the speculated 240-250 Hp it may even end up being faster than the WRX wagon. At the very least I would think it would have substantially more low end grunt, throttle response, and smoother power delivery. All important things for carrying loads up steeps and towing.
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Old 02-09-2003, 02:47 PM   #34
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Now if the rumors of a Turbo Forester with a 2.5L turbo tuned for low end grunt are true, then it would be the clear winner in the versatility game. With the speculated 240-250 Hp it may even end up being faster than the WRX wagon. At the very least I would think it would have substantially more low end grunt, throttle response, and smoother power delivery. All important things for carrying loads up steeps and towing.
You've hit on the related mystery:
Not only is Subaru not immediately going to offer an STi Impreza wagon, but the Impreza wagon is the ONLY Subaru platform that won't be coming even with a 2.5l turbo:

Sedan, yep with all the STi goodies
Legacy sedan and wagon, yep, and maybe a turbo 6
Forester, yep
Baja (fer jebus' sake!), yep
Impreza wagon, NO SOUP FOR YOU!

Why?
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Old 02-11-2003, 12:41 PM   #35
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Scottie you guy bring up some good points.

I too need a vehicle to tow my trailer. As it stands the WRX wagon and the STi sedan cant really handle that chore. My Jeep Grand Cherokee(190hp) does a fair job at towing 2000lbs+.(enclosed motorcycle trailer and 2 bikes) I'll keep the Jeep for now.

Does a WRX wagon have enough sportiness to be considered a sports car? Not really but it does come close. I'd like to do some track days at road course's with the wagon but some mods would be nessary for me to feel comfortable driving that hard.

So can we have one car that does it all? As it stands now, I dont think so. A turbo Forseter may be the do it all vehicle. In the meantime my WRX wagon and Jeep will serve as daily drivers and the jeep when I need to haul the bikes.

I was going to sell 3 veicles to buy the STi but it doesnt seem worth it anymore. In addition to all this the Ins. would be a continuing large expense.



SOA , just bring the US a STi wagon and well talk

nuff said...

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Old 02-11-2003, 01:12 PM   #36
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it's there... sti forester:

that is so badass man, oh my goodness. It looks just like a shrunken slammed Escalade or something - just the way I like it. Gas-Guzzling SUV's baaad - STI Forrester goooood.

I may eat my words later if I get to drive an STI and love it but for right now, I don't see myself giving up my 252 horsepower-on-the-road wagon for anything less than a STI Wagon.
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Old 02-11-2003, 05:49 PM   #37
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Aussie, that STi has me all tingly.

The WRX isn't getting the 2.5 turbo because it isn't that kind of a car for Subaru. It might eventually as Subaru moves toward reducing the number of engines that they offer, a la Nissan.

Now, an argument could be made for the WRX wagon having a 2.5T (with attendant braking/suspension tweaks) available on the option sheet, barring the absence of an STi wagon. I wouldn't put something like that past Subaru, eventually.

But the WRX sedan falls quite neatly between the RS and the STi, a very logical place for it to be. At present, the Legacy and the Forester still have the 2.5-liter, 165hp motors. As long as you're going to hot them up, why not put in the "upscale" motor into those cars, which are more important, sales volume-wise, than the Impreza is to Subaru.

It all makes sense if you look at the big picture, rather than focussing on the Impreza, as would, of course, be the expected behavior on the North American Subaru IMPREZA Owners Club.



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Old 02-11-2003, 06:51 PM   #38
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Hey Coati, Subaru's weight target for the Legacy is, from what I have read, lighter than that of the WRX. How they're going to do that I don't know, but that's the target.

Kevin
Is this for real? that would be an impressive feat. Any links to this info?
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Old 02-11-2003, 07:01 PM   #39
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That STi Forester does look sweet. I wonder if SOA thinks there is a big enough market here for it. Im assuming that subaru will slowly bring the good stuff here and see how they sell. I know they still remember how the SVX didnt sell that well here.
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