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View Poll Results: Which car is better (WRX is not an option, sorry)
2000 Impreza RS 43 39.09%
2001 Impreza RS 46 41.82%
2002 Impreza RS 18 16.36%
damn, i dunno, get something else 3 2.73%
Voters: 110. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-15-2001, 03:55 AM   #1
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Default '00 vs. '01 vs. '02 ImprezaRS

Hi, thanks for all your help on the "WRX Alternative" thread. Im now looking at a Impreza RS. what year should i get though? I dont like the look of the newer ones (2002) so im thinking going with an 2001. But i hear the 2002's are better. i would get one but im not sure. Also, which one has the most options for upgrades? and, last but not least, where in the world can i find these? ebay and autotrader dont have any 2000 or 2001 RS's. like a good selection that is
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Old 08-15-2001, 09:48 AM   #2
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there really is no reason other than possibly finances or body style for you to choose any one but the 2001 RS. Here is why.

The 2001 RS is the only car of these three with a front and rear Limited Slip Differenceial, it was not offered on the 2000, and the 2002 RS has even less standard features. The 2002 is heavier, no sun roof, no fog lights, no spolier, no rear LSD, no hood scoop or vents. The the 2000RS has everything the 2001 has except rear LSD, and fake carbon fiber trim.


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Old 08-15-2001, 09:53 AM   #3
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Correction: the 2000 has the rear LSD. So unless fake carbon gets you excited, the 00 and 01 are effectively identical.
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Old 08-15-2001, 10:01 AM   #4
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Not acording to SOA, and I have read many times on this board the 2000 has no rear LSD, hmmm, now I am scratching my head..............gotta love that fake Carbon Fiber, haha.


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Old 08-15-2001, 10:12 AM   #5
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Your decision is going to be mainly decided upon taste and future plans. I decided on the MY02 RS because I am not so mechanically inclined and my modification plans aren't very intricate or difficult. I am talking about an exhaust...possibly an intake.
MY00 and MY01 can be modified extensively and the results, IMO, will be noticable and effective.
The question you should ask yourself is:

1. How soon would you like to buy this car?
2. What are you future mod plans?

MY00 and MY01 RS will take longer to find because you have to search through classifieds....

The looks of the car is pure opinion and you are the one to decide on that.

Hope that helps
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Old 08-15-2001, 10:16 AM   #6
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Very well put.
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Old 08-15-2001, 10:39 AM   #7
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No front LSDs, and my MY00 has a rear LSD.
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Old 08-15-2001, 10:47 AM   #8
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heh I was looking for a RS for a friend yesterday and found the exact car she was looking for. There has got to be over a 100 RS's for sale at www.autotrader.com. Excite classifieds had a lot of used RS's also.

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(2002 is better anyways )
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Old 08-15-2001, 10:55 AM   #9
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Angry stop the nonsense!

my 2000 has a rear lsd, too. If someone has a 2000 without an lsd, let us know. otherwise,
stop spredding nonsense ITR&RSGUY. 2001s have fake Carbon Fiber trim, and 2000s are approx. 1 year older.
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Old 08-15-2001, 11:17 AM   #10
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If it is just the engine that you are after, perhaps a TS would work.

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Old 08-15-2001, 12:15 PM   #11
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ITR&RS - the MY01's <b>do not</b> have front, centre, and rear LSD's. The front diff is open, and the centre and rears are LSD's.

If the MY01's came with a front LSD, it would understeer like a big rig! Trust me, you DON'T WANT a front LSD on an AWD street car that has as much power as the RS. Low speed turning would be horrible.

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Old 08-15-2001, 12:29 PM   #12
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Hey I wanna ski.

Dont be a jerk, I said in my earlier post, "I am now scratching my head" because that is what I had seen on this board and been told by a couple dealers, I am new to the Scooby scene and may not know everything like you, but I do know I don't need to be told to quit spreading nonsense, unless I am the only person to every post a mistake on this board, like I am sure you have never done. Drop the attitude and stick to what the post is about.
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Old 08-15-2001, 01:31 PM   #13
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forgive me but I want a front LSD on my RS 2000 to lose the understeer on the street and no US subaru came with it and my 2000 has rear LSD thats why I went with it what about all the front drives with LSD isn't that to help with push
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Old 08-15-2001, 01:55 PM   #14
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The FWD cars that have a LSD have more "neutral" handling, because the LSD limits the wheelspin on the "inside" wheel. If you've ever seen a FWD vehicle on an auto-x that doesn't have a LSD, sometimes you'll see the inside wheel spin because the weight transfer of the vehicle is towards the "outside" of the corner (i.e. on a hard left hand turn, most of the "weight" of the car is on the front right wheel) which causes the inside front wheel to unweigh and loose traction.

With an LSD equipped FWD, power is then distributed to the outside wheel which helps "pull" the car through the corner.

With AWD and the HP that the RS has, we don't have enough power to overcome the traction that a front LSD will have, and we'll just plow through "straight." Remember, we've got both the FRONT pulling and the REAR pushing at the same time. There's a fine balance between accelerating, braking, and turning. Youre tires can only do so much at once.

Try making a "solid axle" toy car (a toy that has both axles locked together left to right) turn. Notice how hard it is to steer the toy car with both wheels locked together? The wheels need to spin at different rates to turn smoothly -- a differential allows that to happen -- the ability for the drive wheels to turn at different rates.

Anywayz, if you want to overcome understeer, here's a few things you can do:
a) Enter the corner slower. If you're plowing through a corner, then you've probably entered it too fast.
b) Adjust your tire pressures -- you'll be surprized how much a pound or two affects how your car handles.
c) Get a stiffer rear sway bar (Whiteline is my weapon of choice) or a thinner front sway bar
d) Adjustable suspension, whether it'd be AGX's or coil-overs.

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Old 08-16-2001, 10:57 AM   #15
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Old 08-16-2001, 05:44 PM   #16
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Lucyinthe Skywith Diamonds
This is funny with the newbies spouting off truths in threads and then having to eat their words.

Get a 2000.
1. You said you don't like the looks of New Age Impreza. I personally think they look cool, but that's up to you.
2. It will be cheaper (mod$$) than a 2001 and doesn't have the goofey cf trim.
3. It has the rear LSD and more mod friendly MAP sensor that the 99s lack.
4. Good luck trying to find a nice 98.
5. There are plenty of them out there (my dealer has 2 and there is always 2 or 3 in the classifieds on this website). I think 2000 was the biggest year production # wise, but I could be wrong. Plus not to many people are going to sell their less than 1 year old 2001.
6. Chances are the crappy ass RE92s will be on there last leg. So you'll have a good trump card for negotiating and an excuse to get better tires. Everybody here will agree the tires are the 1st thing that has to go.
7. Millenium edition

Get a lone through a Credit Union. The rates are really good right now. I think nice MY2k RS go for around $15-16K.

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Old 08-16-2001, 07:02 PM   #17
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Don't even worry about the "Goofy" fake carbon-fiber trim. It comes off with a hairdryer. Unless you like the trim, which I don't mind at all. (Mines still on)

If it is looks your after, and you like the older body style, get the 2001. In my opinion, getting a 2001 gets you a better chance at retaining more of a factory warranty.

That would be one factor that I would consider.

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Old 10-16-2003, 11:49 PM   #18
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Get an 01. That is what I am going to go test drive tomorrow.
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Old 10-17-2003, 01:00 AM   #19
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Get the '00 or '01 you'll be happy with either model year. They are effectively the same car.
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Old 10-17-2003, 12:07 PM   #20
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IIMHO, you really cant go wrong with any of the 3

I had a 2002 RS (auto) and have now a 2000 RS (MT).

02 RS
Pro
- Nice Interior
- Better built?
- Stiffer chassis
Con
- Heavier
- No rear LSD

00 RS
Pro
- Lighter
- Does not have the SUV-like wheel gap
Con
- Quite a bit of interior rattle
- wheal bearings!

I personally do not care for the sun roof and I think both cars are very nicely styled. Both cars are/were stock.
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Old 10-17-2003, 12:23 PM   #21
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Either one. I've heard that the LSD was optional in 2000, but I don't know of one without it.

The CF trim comes out easy enough.

The '01 gets the CD player stock, while it was officially an option for '00.

The '02 is a much stiffer chassis, but for a street car I'd rank that far below appearance, weight, and sunroof.

Autotrader had about a dozen RSs within 200 miles of my house.

Heck, for the right price I'll go down and grab the title to mine for you.

01 RS sedan, silver, 5mt, ~57k mi
STi mounts - engine, tranny, strut
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Yakima rack (off)
2 bike attachments
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fairing (older big one, with stickers)

I think that's it. Hard to remember it all.
Full synthetic since ~9000 miles (motor, tranny, rear end)
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Old 10-17-2003, 12:25 PM   #22
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ps. Wheel bearings don't seem to be a problem with the 01's
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Old 10-17-2003, 10:37 PM   #23
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- Quite a bit of interior rattle

Oh man. Don't I know it. You learn to deal with it. Just tell yourself it gives it character, like the car is trying to make a conversation with you or something.
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Old 10-22-2003, 12:01 AM   #24
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Wow, for a second I thought someone had stole my screen name then I noticed that date. If this guy didn't buy an RS buy now he will never.

2 years later and I'm finally getting my front LSD.
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Old 10-22-2003, 10:35 AM   #25
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The rear lsd in 2000 was an option. Maybe most cars had it because the dealer ordered it or because Subaru wanted to up the price. Just check to make sure it's there and don't assume it.

My vote is for the 2000 or 2001. The newer ones are fugly, heavy, poorly equipped and more expensive - no contest.
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