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Old 02-18-2001, 03:12 PM   #1
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Question used RS, or Legacy GT???

well, i just turned 16 today, and I am going to get a subaru, the only problem is, i cant decide which one. when i first drove my friend's rs, i was immediately turned onto subaru, but once i began to learn about subaru, the legacy gt became a viable option for a first car. they are both safe, fast, attractive, and well built. they both have the same engine. and i am going to get a manual trans.
what do you guys think i should get? i also plan on modifying, both cosmetic, and performance.
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Old 02-18-2001, 03:14 PM   #2
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well i love the looks of the RS but subie gal made her GT look nice too. i guess it depends on what you plan on using it for. i have a RS coupe myself.
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Old 02-18-2001, 03:17 PM   #3
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Ive owned a 2.2 litre impreza, that POS was a lemon. I'm driving now the 2000 GT, awesome car, nice and broad looking, comfy as hell. but i mean it is a like a family car big enough anyway...but heavier...now i put the payment down on my wrx, and im 19 yrs old, im no rich boy either, i LOVE my subarus
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Old 02-18-2001, 05:33 PM   #4
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The Impreza has a borader aftermarket and is more performance oriented than the GT. Why don't you get a WRX?
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Old 02-18-2001, 05:40 PM   #5
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Well, Jimp, he said he's 16. I don't know many 16 year olds who can afford a brand new WRX. I'm 23, been working for years, and just now bought my first car. Been using the "extra" car in the family up until now(not including the $500 chevette). Granted, some kids are given cars, but I think(hope) that is rare. Where I come from, if you can't pay for it, you can't have it!

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Old 02-18-2001, 05:57 PM   #6
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The RS is certainly a cooler car among teenagers. At least in my group (I'm 17 BTW). It is also faster, better handling, and more tossable. I had a Legacy and liked it, but the RS is more fun. You might not want a car like that though, you may want something more comfortable and roomy. If so get the Legacy. I know of my best friends has a '90 Audi V8Q because he wanted something luxurious, and he is gonna trade it for a Cadillac Eldorado (he's 17 too). So it just depends on what you want from your car, you'll end up with a great car either way.
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Old 02-18-2001, 06:20 PM   #7
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Here's what I've experienced with Subies. My mom had a '96 Legacy L, 2.2L, 5 spd. That car was a BLAST to drive. Felt as tossable as my '96 Impreza coupe. Had dreams of getting that car once done with college and turboing it, until I totalled it last May. Loved that car. Lov emy Impreza, too, just wish it had a bigger engine!! Even with the 1.8L, though, it's a blast to drive. My mom now has an '00 Legacy GT. That car is fast compared to her '96, but it handles like a BOAT!! It's a much bigger car than it's predesessor. I'd still like to have a pre '00 Legacy GT. Fantastic looking car. Not that the RS doesn't rule, too, I just like 4 doors that kick ass. And it's not quite as in your face as the RS, which I like. Sleepers rule!!
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Old 02-18-2001, 10:35 PM   #8
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It depends on if you want stealth or not. The Legacy vs. RS quandary didn't even exist for me. I think the RS looks great, but the Legacy GT, especially in pre-2000 trim, looks better, sporting the square-shouldered aggressiveness of the late, great BMW M3.

The car is also eminently moddable. Anything that can be done to an RS engine can be done to a GT engine. Ditto for suspension. The KYB AGX, for instance, uses the same part number for both cars.

I have a '98 GT wagon, and it has responded beautifully to tuning. I have done/will do Stromung exhaust and midpipe, someone's intake (deciding soon...), DMS coilovers, P1 wheels with Dunlop 9000s, front strut bar, 19mm rear sway bar, Kartboy shift kit, KVR CD rotors and pads with stainless lines.

Tossability is high for my wagon. Keep in mind that pre-2K sedans will be cheap, but the rear seats don't fold down, if that's a consideration for you. Of course, they don't on the RS, either.

Don't let people tell you that the Legacy is a luxo-boat compared to the RS, either. It weighs about 500 lbs more as I recall, but I was hard-pressed to feel the difference. It is still a refreshingly direct car. Mind you, I think that the 2K Legacy GTs have gotten a little numb, and they've also gained weight. Still a very cool car, but I prefer my '98.

Stealthy, but fiendish. Oh, the insurance will be cheaper for the Legacy, too, something worth considering.

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Old 02-18-2001, 10:47 PM   #9
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JC,
BTW I'm 17 too. I was first given the family station wagon, a very old Ford Taurus to drive when I turned sixteen. The tranny blew ( ) and my parents decided to get a new car. We researched a great deal, but we couldn't decide on what to get. After riding in my friends Impreza L, I looked into Subarus. I instantly fell in love with the 2.5 RS, and I convinced my parents to buy the car. I had to help pay for the car, but I don't get to keep it until I go to college. Now I get to drive the RS on the weekends, but I have decided to trade it in for a variety of reasons. I still love the car, but it doesn't fit my needs. If only I were rich and could afford many cars. *sigh*

Word of advice, be exactly sure what you want from your car before buying it.

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Old 02-18-2001, 10:58 PM   #10
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didnt read the other replys cuz i didnt have time.

but if ur looking for preformance DONT get the legacy, its MUCH slower than the RS - becuz it weighs consiterably more, and it doesnt handle as well also becuz of the weight facter. u said that they are both fast cars, ur wrong the legacy GT is not. it weighs 3000+lbs (2000 models weigh over 3, 400lbs!!!!) 0 to 60 is between 9 and ten seconds depending on the year. the GT's are slick looking car (nicer than the RS IMO), but their to slow and heavy.
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Old 02-19-2001, 02:18 AM   #11
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Hey, dont rag on the 2000+ GT's! Ours was mistaken for a 3-series not to long ago. I'd like to see an RS or even an older GT do that! Plus, the chasis on the 2000+ are super-stiff, and its super-safe. The 0-60 times are nothing to brag about, but check those 1/4 mile times. Plus, on the Twisties, its just as fun to drive as a RS!
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Old 02-19-2001, 02:37 AM   #12
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Kosta -
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Ours was mistaken for a 3-series not to long ago
All it takes is somebody dumb enough. (ok, I'll clarify... I don't REALLY mean dumb, just not car-literate.)

Subyracer - The '99 GT weighs roughly 3100lbs. The '01 RS weighs about 2700lbs, plus load. That's only 400 lbs, not "consiterably" more, in my book. With that 400lbs you get about 1.5" more rear legroom for one. I currently own an '01 RS sedan, used to own a '98 L sedan, a '92 Legacy L wagon, and I've driven a '96 and '99 Legacy L wagon. The suspension in the '92 was REALLY mushy. It was an awesome smooth freeway cruiser. It was really tossable, but kinda scary. The '97 L had a lot firmer ride, and it drove a lot like my '98. I felt the extra size/weight and I wouldn't have bought the Legacy, but that's just me.

Also to be noted... I read a review (and I agree) of the Legacy/Impreza, and the author felt the materials in the Impreza were of better caliber. I completely agreed after comparing my dash to my grandpa's Legacy wagon. His dash looked like somebody went wild with Armor All, even though nobody did. Again, just a personal preference. To sum it all up, get what you want. When I bought my '98 I decided against the RS because of the shifter and lack of 4 doors. When I quit my job and decided to downsize I decided to get the RS because the shifter feel was much improved and there was a sedan. Had I waited 2 months longer I would have put myself on a waiting list for a WRX wagon. Oh well.
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Old 02-19-2001, 06:46 AM   #13
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Horatio, you need to ad 100lbs on both the GT and the RS. I believe the RS is 2850lbs and the GT is about 3300lbs. Yup, all those cars are porkers. heheheheh
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Old 02-19-2001, 07:07 AM   #14
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ok... my turn...

i have owned both... modified both...

depends on what u want to do with the car?
is this just a steet/show car?
or are you going to autox?

this past weekend was my first race in my new RS... hehehehe... definate giggle factor! what a light little sucker!

the GT however is a cruise mobile! a bad arse car and looks great! it is also suited to race, as i have proven.... well...

damn!! i guess i need to know more about your intentions w/the car... but both are reliable, safe and stylish...

i recommend them both... you have to make a personal decision...

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Old 02-19-2001, 07:48 AM   #15
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what would be the price difference between a '98 RS, and a '97 or '98 Legacy GT. the legacy may be a heavy car, but the handling it still pretty impressive. i guess i will get whichever one is available to me, and that i can afford. thanks for all of your help.
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Old 02-19-2001, 08:23 AM   #16
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GT's are more expensive than the RS'....

even used....

hell... i got 20K for my 99GT when i totaled it... not a cheap car!!!

if there's a $ issue, then i would definately start shopping for a nice, clean, used RS...

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Old 02-19-2001, 03:29 PM   #17
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I was refering to new GT models not the older boxy ones. Both are nice in their own way btw. I just find the new Legacys to be much more classy.
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Old 02-19-2001, 03:45 PM   #18
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RS's are more ticket prone...
He said he's 16... If I was 16, (and not 6'2") i've gotten the RS too. But I drive a lot to see friends and family, so I wanted the more room and 'creature compforts' found in the GT.

Yes, my car HAS been mistaken for a BMW many times. Its nice, but it can be annoying explaining why its NOT a BMW ("Look... it doesnt EVEN say BMW on the CAR..." or "no... not hyundai, S-U-B-A-R-U." or "AWD is not the same as BMW... all wheel drive vs. bavarian motor works... sheesh.").

Yes, the car is more portly, but I'm not worried about the 0.0032 seconds removing the weight in the glove box will save me, and it still out handles most cars its size/weight on the road today.

You really don't comprimise all THAT much quickness in the GT than in the RS.

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Old 02-19-2001, 04:12 PM   #19
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If you're going for all out speed and performance, then the RS is going to be your choice. Personally, I need 4 doors and more room so the Legacy was my choice. The more mods I do, the more I like my car. I used to have a VW GTi, and I'm very pleased with the handling and performance of the GT. Also you may want to consider that pre MY00 Legacy's are quite a bit lighter. RS's beware.
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Old 02-19-2001, 04:16 PM   #20
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I had a 95 Impreza 2.2 L and now own a 91 Legacy. I haven't even touch the Legacy with mods and it's way quicker then the Impreza and to think it's 4 years older then it. I've driven an RS and it kicks the shh out of both cars I've own. It's a tough decision, but like everyone else said... "It depends on what you like." Personally, I'd go with the RS, cuz not too many people have it, it's lighter, and there are so many GB's for specific Impreza Mods. Good luck. BTW: It's gonna be hard to find a used RS. People seem either to keep em or wreck em.
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Old 02-19-2001, 06:07 PM   #21
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Well I'm kinda in the same boat... Wife had a '95 Impreza Outback until last year when we traded it for a '99 Toyota Tacoma, and then traded the truck for a '00 Maxima SE 3 months later (got tired of listening to my wife complain about the truck). I LOVED that car... Really fun to drift in the snow! =) I thought of getting a Impreza 2.5 RS previously, as well as a Legacy GT, and at the time I ended up getting a '97 Honda Prelude. It was just quicker and sportier looking to me at the time. Anyway, I have since sold the Prelude (had it for a year, hehe) and now own a '91 300ZX Twin Turbo... (my dream car). Well I have no intention of getting rid of my Z, but I need a more dependable car for bad weather, since my Z sucks in the rain, and especially in snow... hehe. I just test drove a '99 RS and a '00 GT today. Both were ok... But the RS was definitely quicker, and CHEAPER! I'm leaning towards the RS at the moment, but haven't decided. I really don't need the car now, as summer is coming, and I won't need the car until winter, but if I can get the RS for the price I want it would almost be a steal, so I may just get it now... But I haven't decided. We'll see. My $0.02 would be the RS for price. But I've seen '98 GT Limited going for $13k around here! That would be a GREAT first car!! =)

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Old 02-19-2001, 06:52 PM   #22
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Hey nitrousjunkie, check your PM!

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Old 02-19-2001, 07:54 PM   #23
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Have you checked on what the insurance rates would be for both cars?
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Old 02-19-2001, 08:52 PM   #24
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Hey Nitrousjunkie I just noticed that you are from Ga. You should keep an eye on the Southeastern forum, and look for our meets.
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You're young have some fun, get an RS. I've owned both too.
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