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Old 03-31-2004, 04:39 AM   #1
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Have a Nice Day? Subaru WRX - Insurance costs? Gas guzzler?

Just wondering how much ICBC is charging for the WRX.
I have this feeling that it's probably in the 3000/year range?


And I've read about 24mpg if you drive like a granny in the city. Sound about right?

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Old 03-31-2004, 05:27 AM   #2
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do a search
both topics have been discussed many times
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Old 03-31-2004, 09:32 PM   #3
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Old 03-31-2004, 09:39 PM   #4
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Thanks... I tried using the search button but got no results.

Reason I'm asking is cuz I'm thinking about a used WRX possibly.
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Old 03-31-2004, 10:48 PM   #5
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no problem~^^

yeah the search botton sometimes give u other things than wut u're searching for...

anyways, u should be prepared for high insurance cost and probably minivan fuel economy from WRX, but none of those can beat the beauty of the subaru's four wheel drive~!!!!!!

if u want a bit lower insurance cost and better milage, u might want to considerate 2.5RS too.

i just got one myself, it's fast enough for everyday driving, have the same good 4WD system, and the fuel economy is reasonable for a 2.5L 4WD car

anyhow, good luck on ur purchase of a new car~^^

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Old 03-31-2004, 11:07 PM   #6
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anyways, u should be prepared for high insurance cost and probably minivan fuel economy from WRX, but none of those can beat the beauty of the subaru's four wheel drive~!!!!!!

if u want a bit lower insurance cost and better milage, u might want to considerate 2.5RS too.

i just got one myself, it's fast enough for everyday driving, have the same good 4WD system, and the fuel economy is reasonable for a 2.5L 4WD car
Yeah, I kinda figured the WRX would be pretty heavy on insurance and gas. But there's NOTHING like the feeling of a turbo spooling up to redline... it's soooooo niiiiice

that's half the reason I was interested in one. Some used WRX's are at the price of new 2.5RS's (26k). But I guess, with money being an issue for me, I should probably go for a used car.

Looking at your profile, you got a used 2000 Impreza RS?
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Old 04-01-2004, 12:19 AM   #7
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The cost of operating a WRX is just higher than an RS. Premium fuel, the feeling like you should probably be running synthetic oil, higher costs for brake pads, going through tires faster due to increased weight, etc. Insurance is just one part of the picture.

One thing I learned is that the cost of *liability* insurance doesn't seem to depend on the car in BC -- rather, the driver. I could buy a Ferrari and with my 40% discount pay the same as my RS. One accident and I'm history, but that's beside the point ...
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Old 04-01-2004, 12:49 AM   #8
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I find myself in the same situation as you dugrant. I'm looking to buy a new car sometime soon and money is an issue. I really had my hopes up to buy a 2002-2003 wrx, but i can't justify paying almost 1 dolloar per litre for gas at the amount that i drive. I was gonna get a gc 2.5 rs, but that doesn't seem to be very good on gas either (compared to my integra). I'm planning to get a echo hatch and turbo vitz the crap out of it.
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Old 04-01-2004, 01:55 AM   #9
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yup, gas prices, insurance, and the fact that I don't really drive all that fast lead me down the path to my RS. AWD is all I really wanted (well...that and a hot lookin car )
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Old 04-01-2004, 02:13 AM   #10
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I have this love for Subarucuz I really like WRC (watching it and playing CMR), and I ALWAYS enjoy driving the S.T.i. Type RA in Gran Turismo, Battle Gear, etc... it's "MY" car.

But it seems like only the Corolla TS (1999 or so) is within my price range... that's if tuition fees don't destroy me first.

I'm getting about 10L/100km on my Old Rusty Corolla. I've heard of the Corolla getting from 11L/100km to 13L100km (2.5RS and what not)... surprisingly, grandma driving the n00b will get ya 11L/100km also.

So yeah... if I had the funds to enter the car market, I'd be looking at an old EJ22 Corolla... a n00b once I get a full time job.
Cuz if insurance doesn't destroy me, then gas prices (or whatever else Necromancer mentioned) will.
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Old 04-01-2004, 03:17 AM   #11
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Yeah, I kinda figured the n00b would be pretty heavy on insurance and gas. But there's NOTHING like the feeling of a turbo spooling up to redline... it's soooooo niiiiice

that's half the reason I was interested in one. Some used n00b's are at the price of new 2.5RS's (26k). But I guess, with money being an issue for me, I should probably go for a used car.

Looking at your profile, you got a used 2000 Corolla RS?
yeah i got an used 2.5RS sedan (stick)
the car has abt 39000 when i got it
the previous owner added a JVC MP3 deck and a really really loud muffler to the car alone w/ some other cosmetic mods (decals and stuff)

i got it for $15000~^^which i think it's a good deal

it's hard too drive the RS like a gramma, especially w/ the muffler~><~
but i think i'm still geting reasonable gas milage
i'll let u know when i finish my first tank

and yes, the insurance is a bit high...especially when compared w/ my 96 caravan~...
my mom gone crazy when she heard abt the insurance price....^^""

in overall i'm very satisfied w/ the car~^^
i think you will too~

P.S...what the heck is wrong w/ the site....@@
i'm not driving a corolla....i'm driving an I.M.P.R.E.Z.A~~!!!
o well...^^""
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Old 04-01-2004, 03:38 AM   #12
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15,000 CDN?!
Wow... that's really reasonable! and only 38k on the odo too!
Dealership? Private?
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Old 04-01-2004, 03:53 AM   #13
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private
he used to rent a room from my aunt~^^
that's how i get to know that he's selling his car...
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yeah, insurance is definately higher with a WRX, I was paying ~3.7k for my RS and now I'm paying 4k or so with my WRX... and gas is more too...
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Old 04-02-2004, 12:15 AM   #15
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Looking at a few threads, it seems like the WRX gets the same mileage as the 2.5RS and 2.5TS, which is about average of 24mpg or roughly 12-13L/100km.

Is it that people with WRX's are always redlining for that turbo feel?

and with 227hp vs 165hp, that's gotta make insurance go way higher.
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Old 04-02-2004, 02:45 AM   #16
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When are u looking to buy? The 05's should be out soon..?

You should just call up your insurance place and ask them to give you a quote straight from the source based on what u want on your policy.
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I'm looking at a year and a half from now. It's quite a whiles away, but I figure that I would need a car to get around (I'm planning on graduating around then). So I'm doing all my research now and just planning ahead. Just looking at my options and seeing what I can afford (possibly)

I was looking at used WRX's cuz a few of them were 23k-27k. However, I was wondering how much MORE premium gas, less mpg and higher insurance would cost me annually... and then there's parts and maintenance too. But with a used car, you don't pay PDI, freight, and that extra 7% of tax.

I kinda figured the WRX isn't a good student car. But maybe once I figure out where to find full-time work it'll be easier... or if I get a big down payment going...
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I'm looking at a year and a half from now. It's quite a whiles away, but I figure that I would need a car to get around (I'm planning on graduating around then). So I'm doing all my research now and just planning ahead. Just looking at my options and seeing what I can afford (possibly)

I was looking at used WRX's cuz a few of them were 23k-27k. However, I was wondering how much MORE premium gas, less mpg and higher insurance would cost me annually... and then there's parts and maintenance too. But with a used car, you don't pay PDI, freight, and that extra 7% of tax.

I kinda figured the WRX isn't a good student car. But maybe once I figure out where to find full-time work it'll be easier... or if I get a big down payment going...

It all depends how you drive though, I rarely push my car so I get almost the same mileage as my old RS but if I do push it couple times to redline, it will go down quite a bit.
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Old 04-03-2004, 03:16 AM   #19
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RS mileage is about... 11L/100km? or more like 12L/100km if granny driving?
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Old 04-04-2004, 12:46 AM   #20
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Update. I checked out ICBC for some autoplan rates.
Keep in mind these are yearly payments (not monthly). I will be posting the BASE price, so you may take off the appropriate discount for yourself

Anyways... the numbers that came up were interesting. Note:
a) 2 million liability included
b) Collision included
c) Comprehensive included

Alrighty. Here we go!

2002 Impreza 2.5TS Wagon: $3090
2002 Impreza 2.5RS Sedan: $4521
2002 Impreza WRX Wagon: $3524
2002 Impreza WRX Sedan: $4363

Can you "OUCH!" for the 2.5RS and the WRX sedan?
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Old 04-05-2004, 03:00 AM   #21
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I'm actually thinking of that, but probably gonna get a Subaru for long term (try to keep it for 5-10 years). And then the *cough*STi*cough* a bit later when I got more experience under my belt.

But yeah... just really surprised that even the 2.5RS cost more to insure than the WRX wagon. That says a bit about the collision statistics regarding the Impreza line.
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