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Old 04-24-2003, 06:29 PM   #1
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Default Difference between Outback Sport Wagon and Impreza 2.5 Wagon?

I test drove a Impreza 2.5 RS Wagon, liked the car, but hated the ride. It didn' t take bumps very well, but did take turns well. I was wondering if I should expect the Outback sport wagon to be similar to this ride, or closer to a Legacy wagon? I really liked the power of the Impreza, but could not live with that ride! Thanks.
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Old 04-25-2003, 09:54 AM   #2
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It's likely that the Outback Sport will ride worse than the 2.5TS. CR noted that the OBS's ride wasn't very compliant, whereas the 2.5RS and WRX didn't have such a complaint. My guess is that the 2.5TS, with a "normal" ride height, is going to be closer to the 2.5RS in ride.

Our Outback Sport doesn't have a very cushy ride. But if you think that's bad, try a Protege - yikes! Actually, a Forester might be the way to go here - but is more $.

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Old 04-25-2003, 12:51 PM   #3
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StuBeck:

Actually, the 2.5 wagon is the TS, the 2.5 sedan the RS. I've driven both the OBS and the TS (which we have) and didn't notice much difference in the ride. Neither one is like the Legacy Outback (which I also have), but the TS and OBS are very similar, in my opinion. The Impreza platform is not as smooth over bumps, partly due to the wheelbase. I know the OBS supposedly has a different suspension from the TS, but honestly I couldn't tell much difference. There's only like .5" difference in height, IIRC.

The best advice I can give is to drive both, but if you can't live with the ride, don't buy one. I like the way the Imprezas and the Legacys handle and ride, but they are definitely different.
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Old 04-25-2003, 01:15 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice. I was initally going to go for a Legacy...but found out that if I wanted to get the semi-auto trans I'd have to spend an extra 4 grand...no thank you!

I didn't like the Impreza Wagon because it didn't take bumps well, my car was better, which is just scary btw, and it had less space in the car too. But now that I'm looking at the price, and the new body style of the Outback sport, I'm reconsidering it...prolly do a back to back to back test of an Impreza Wagon, Outback Sport and Outback when I get closer to buying it.

Thanks again guys
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Old 04-26-2003, 07:18 PM   #5
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I would suggest that you take along a tire gauge & make sure the tire pressures are correct before your test drive. Most if not all cars at dealers seam to have way over inflated tires. That will surely ruin the ride.

My 2 cents is to buy the OBS. It has 4 wheel disc brakes, limited slip & those beautiful 16 alloys.
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Old 04-27-2003, 07:36 AM   #6
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That does make sense on the tire pressure...the '04 Impreza I drove did have 5 miles on it and the check engine light was on (they needed to set something to turn it off.) My hope is that State Farm isn't smart enough to know the difference between the Outback and Outback sport so that I can get the discounts associated with the Outback
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