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Old 12-07-2005, 07:54 PM   #1
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Impreza GC8 GC body styles -- coupe vs. sedan

What are the advantages/disadvatages of the sedan besides it haveing 4 doors and more space; weight, handleing, etc.
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Old 12-07-2005, 08:16 PM   #2
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they are the exact same car... one has 2 longer doors, one has shorter 4 doors.
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Old 12-07-2005, 08:18 PM   #3
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the weight diff is like 20 lbs or something. and that is the power window motors for the rear 2 windows IIRC. also, the 4 door is supposedly slightly stiffer because of the extra pillar thingy.

verdict: doesnt matter
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Old 12-07-2005, 08:24 PM   #4
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The good thing about the coupe is visibility when you look to you left to pass.
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Old 12-07-2005, 08:34 PM   #5
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I thought I once read that because of its smaller door openings, the sedan may be a little more rigid than the coupe.
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Old 12-08-2005, 09:41 AM   #6
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I thought I once read that because of its smaller door openings, the sedan may be a little more rigid than the coupe.

ahaha... no.
b.s.

they're literally the same car

just that the coupe is cooler



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Old 12-08-2005, 09:43 AM   #7
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ahaha... no.
b.s.

they're literally the same car

just that the coupe is cooler



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Agreed, the coupe is the bomb
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Old 12-08-2005, 10:22 AM   #8
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No, not BS. The larger door opening in the coupe is weaker than the two smaller openings on the sedan... basic physics. Essentially, you've got your thin A pillar and it's curve up to the B pillar which is set a few inches further rearward. The B pillar is going to take more stress because of the extra leverage those few inches provide.

Will it matter to 99.9% of the people who drive them? No. Can you even feel it? No.

The only problems with the coupe vs the sedan:
The long door makes ingress and egress more difficult in tight parking spaces as you can't open the door as wide.
Insurance is usually higher.
Nobody wants to crawl into the back seats, and of course, you can't just open up the back door and throw your groceries in.. you have to swing them around the front seats.. you know, normal coupe vs. sedan issues.

I would have preferred a sedan, but my coupe showed up at just the right time.

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Old 12-08-2005, 10:31 AM   #9
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sedan makes it easier to replace the rear suspension by yourself.

sedan also looks better.
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Old 12-08-2005, 10:33 AM   #10
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oh, yeah - insurance, as stated above. I had both the 2001 sedan and the 2000 coupe at the same time, and the sedan was about $200 cheaper/ year.
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Old 12-08-2005, 10:38 AM   #11
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First off, I'm not going to cross Jamie . I was merely reitterating what I've read before. But regarding the physics aspect, the coupe does have a longer span of steel between the A and B pillars, so one would tend to believe that if the rockers, pillars, and respective parts of the unibody are all equal, the sedan would resist flex better in this area. But, considering the beefy design in the Impreza of said components, I'm sure there is essentially no discernable difference between the coupe and the sedan. I don't recall Colin and Nicky complaining of a lack of rigidity:


When all is said and done about the coupe vs. sedan, I prefer the coupe, despite the higher insurance and 2-door related hassles. I very, very much miss my 2000 Blue Ridge Pearl 2.5 RS coupe. It was hands down the most beautiful car I have owned.

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Old 12-08-2005, 11:47 AM   #12
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just that the coupe is cooler
true, but not as cool as the wagon
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Old 12-08-2005, 12:00 PM   #13
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true, but not as cool as the wagon
depends on which wagon you're talking about




oh and on the 'insurance thing' that is so not true

my Coupe is listed as a Sedan...
they do not consider it a sports car
coz it seats 4 comfortably....

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Old 12-08-2005, 12:27 PM   #14
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  • Insurance is usually higher.
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Most insurance companies keep separate statistics on the number of doors. There's probably also a different index used for the less than 25 year old male character which has an added bonus of '+2 Insurance Premiums'


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Old 12-08-2005, 02:04 PM   #15
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I thought the sedan was lighter by 20kgs or something. The 4 door may be more rigid as the B pillar has to be strong enough to hold the door hinges for the rear doors. Having said that it looks like this car was originally drawn as a coupe then modified to a sedan.
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Old 12-08-2005, 02:09 PM   #16
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from the 2001 2.5 RS shop manual

Curb Weight 5MT RS

coupe: 2,795

sedan: 2,800

biiiig difference there

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Old 12-08-2005, 02:46 PM   #17
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Another thing is if the four door was so much better, why did subaru make the 22b two door and not the 4 door???

Everyone knows the 22b is the greatest subaru ever!!
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Old 12-08-2005, 03:25 PM   #18
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I've always been partial to this one:



no offense to the 22B lovers!

and I love my Impreza sedan!!
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Old 12-08-2005, 03:42 PM   #19
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well rally cars have cages anyway so the stiffness issue is not as big of a deal, and on the street you don't really push your car hard enough for it to make a difference. Thanks for all the info
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Old 12-08-2005, 03:45 PM   #20
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Having said that it looks like this car was originally drawn as a coupe then modified to a sedan.
Like most platform cars, you can bet it was designed as a wagon first.
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Old 12-08-2005, 03:51 PM   #21
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Don't listen to the coupe people. STi's are a sedan car, so sedan wins!
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Old 12-08-2005, 04:00 PM   #22
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Don't listen to the coupe people. STi's are a sedan car, so sedan wins!
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Old 12-08-2005, 04:01 PM   #23
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JDM STis weren't 4 doors before so BLAH!
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Old 12-08-2005, 04:36 PM   #24
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Sorry, I'm a sedan guy. I love the coupe too, but when I was buying the car, I looked at both and thought that the side profile of the RS coupe was just....


....weird.

A chasm that was filled with two extra doors.



Also, it's a heck of a lot easier getting people, and stuff, into the back seat with those back doors attached.

So the only regret I have is not buying the L wagon instead.

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Old 12-08-2005, 04:38 PM   #25
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Wagon > Sedan > Coupe!
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