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Old 07-13-2000, 09:27 AM   #1
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Question Thinking of buying an RS

Hey guys, I know this type of message must have been posted before, but I'd still appreciate any help :-). I'm reluctant to ask this sort of stuff to dealers because I'm sure they'll go on about what a wonderful car it is.
I've test drove a 2000 2.5 RS, and I like the way it drove (though I plan on driving it around a bit more and putting it through the motions again). I've heard so many opinions I don't know which ones are in majority anymore. Is the RS a 'good' car? Is it reliable? I plan on using this car for 'normal' driving most of the time, and speeding around when I have the time. Normal driving for me is fast corners, fast acceleration, and kinda nutty, and from what I've heard, the out-of-the-box RS is quite capable of handling such. Is that true? Would you guys in all honesty recommend an RS to someone? Are there any major problems with the RS? Do any of you know the difference between a 2000 RS and the 2001? Is the RS worth what you pay for it (not like it's too much to begin with, but still)? I'm sure I'm forgetting some of my questions, so any other information would be appreciated, too. Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-13-2000, 09:29 AM   #2
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Check out my thread below titled "Anyone have any Complaints ..." I'm in the same boat you are.

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Old 07-13-2000, 10:23 AM   #3
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Just another question, can anyone explain the 'Scooby' term to me? hehe...I'm just a Scooby Newbie afterall :P
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Old 07-13-2000, 11:00 AM   #4
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Scooby Doo sounds like "subaru" and from there, scooby.
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Old 07-13-2000, 11:07 AM   #5
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changes in the MY01:
cd player and floormats standard
maybe changes:
cup holder
taillights
and guage pack standard

price difference from the MY00: anywhere from $200-$1000 is the range.

the car is great I gave back my MY00 for a MY01 on order, nothing wrong with the car just a LONG story.

the car is perfect out the box except for the tires

porblems: cheap paint, clutch chatter when cold, and cheap tires
and BRAs SUCK!
For my MY00 automatic. i got everything except: the gauge packs for 20,000K even not bad
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Old 07-13-2000, 04:30 PM   #6
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Thanks guys! Heh, I guess I'll just wait for a MY01 cause it sounds a little better. No biggie to wait a little while longer and pay a little more. From what I've heard they're getting the first shipments of the MY01 in August, so we're nearly there!
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Old 07-13-2000, 04:45 PM   #7
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Hey BryanW, you got the navigational gauge pack? I what does it do? I kind of wanted those. Yeah Bryan, I was talking about the performance package.
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Old 07-13-2000, 05:14 PM   #8
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I'm planning on getting that Gauge Pack, too. I think it's not only useful (well, mostly :P) but good looking.
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Old 07-13-2000, 06:39 PM   #9
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Go out and buy one!

It's a great car, no other car looks even remotely like it, and for the price you get alot of stuff...

I love mine

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Old 07-13-2000, 08:12 PM   #10
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The gauge pack has the digital rotating-display compass, thermometer, barometer, and altimeter. Both the barometer and altimeter are based on air pressure. The barometer will always give an accurate reading, but it won't match what the weather people tell you because they adjust theirs to the equivalent at sea level. The altimeter must be set at a known altitude and will give the correct altitude as long as the barometric pressure stays the same (obviously for a short time). It's basically just for traveling in the mountains. I love it. I couldn't ask for anything more. The thermometer you have to get used to though. The sensor is up front behind the grill and gets very hot when the car is sitting still. If the outside temp is above 75, it will always show 99 (the max) as the temp after it's been parked for a while. A mile or so down the road though, it will level off at the actual temperature.

You can order one from a Subaru dealer or buy it a little cheaper here:

https://ssl.autocenter.net/subaruparts/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Utility_and_Convenience_274.html

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Old 07-13-2000, 08:31 PM   #11
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Hrm...Then in reality I'd only want the Gauge Pack for the compass...The thermometer is really that sucky? And why bother with the Altitude if it's only good for 5 minutes? At least the Barometric pressure will work...
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Old 07-13-2000, 08:37 PM   #12
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I liked my MY00 RS stock, but at 6,000 feet above sea-level it was a little low on power, and the exhaust note was too tame.

When you get your new RS, first mod you should do is a larger rear sway bar and cold air intake. Exhaust will add nice sound, but not a huge increase in power like a cold air intake will add. I didn't believe what a bigger sway bar would do till I got mine from JC Sports - massive improvement. You can see my cold air intake at www.ImprezaRS.com if you feel like it.

I also have over 400 links for you to visit and learn more about the RS.

Also, if you live where there is no snow, then go out and wear out the lousy stock tires FAST and get nice ones like Bridgestone RE730's for under $100 each. If you live where it snows, take off the stock tires and save them for the winter since mine did great on snow, and get your new tires now.

I compaired my RS to the GTI VR6 with traction control, Jetta VR6, the Accord (no Si to drive anywhere in Colorado in Feb), the Contour SVT, and Gran Prix GT with traction control. The RS won by features and price.

The problem with the cheap carpet is true, but the carpeted floor mats are actually nice and plush. I bought a carpet/mat for my trunk, with Impreza embroidered in it, since the trunk carpet is really cheesy.

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Old 07-13-2000, 08:56 PM   #13
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I don't wanna do any mods that will void the warranty, will putting in a cold-air intake do such? I plan on leaving all those types of mods for a few years down the road. However, I plan on getting a bigger rear sway bar (18mm is what I hear is good), and tires nearly off the bat.
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Old 07-13-2000, 09:01 PM   #14
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I find the temp reading to be very accurate. Mayve I got lucky and got a good one. I'd say +/- 1F I've compared it to some traceable devices. It's meant to accurately read when you are moving. It takes a few miles for it to settle down from being heated by the radiator if the car was running. Also the other day I had a reading of 104F so it will go over 99F All the way home it read between 100 and 99 it was hot out. I got mine mostly for the Compass; I have a poor sense of direction. It's also nice to know when it's getting close to freezing in bad weather. The install was pretty easy. The manual is scanned in at the AZScoobie site along with some pics while I was doing it. Although I like the look of the Performance pack more, I didn't think the info given was worth the up charge.
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Old 07-13-2000, 09:09 PM   #15
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Well, good, I'd think a thermo that can only read up to 99 is kinda stupid. I want the Gauge pack for the Thermo and the compass, but I thought the alt and barometer would be cool.
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Old 07-14-2000, 12:05 AM   #16
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Yea, the car is quite good out of the box except for the tires. They are barely adequate. If you've driven the auto, you need to drive the stick to get a feel of the power available. Also, the car gets MUCH faster after 5000 miles or so. New ones don't do it justice. Make sure you've seen both the coupe and sedan before you make up your mind. And make sure you've seen all 4 colors first too (red, blue, silver, white).

One thing I want to point out that's rarely brought up is the cheap carpet. It wears down very fast. The driver's side carpet was completely worn away under the clutch foot at 3000 miles. That's pathetic. Get both the carpeted and rubber mats. I know that sounds crazy, but I have found that the combination (rubber on top of carpet) works wonderfully for the driver's side as it adds the rubber protection but the carpet mat helps protect the foot area (where the rubber doesn't extend). Try to get them to throw those into the deal at no cost. They're not expensive, so it shouldn't be a big deal.
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Old 07-14-2000, 12:15 AM   #17
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You should be able to get a pretty good deal for an RS 2.5 with the eminent arrival of the new model. Of course, there is the new model, which will probably be awesome . I have a MY00. I love it. It was cheaper than other alternatives I was looking at and I got AWD, which I wanted so I can go boarding. If you carefully look at it, it's a very good deal and the new model will probably be a few thousand more expensive. Probably in the mid to high 20K. The 2.5 has got a lot of low end torque, could use some more top end hp but for launching out of corners, I found it quite acceptable. The understeer is quite noticeable if you have been driving a sports car before and the springs are a little softer. Of course, these are easily fixed with aftermarket goodies . Skip the upgrade stereo and guage packages, I think you can buy better ones for cheaper, aftermarket. Hope this helps. Good Luck!
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Old 07-14-2000, 12:19 AM   #18
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I kind of like my gauge pack (NOT the performance). I haven't seen anything equivalent aftermarket.
http://www.maitreg.com/cars/impreza/..._gaugepack.jpg http://www.maitreg.com/cars/impreza/...ingtowork2.jpg
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