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Old 04-26-2006, 11:49 PM   #1
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Greets all,

It's time for me to get into a new car and, being an ardent rally fan and impressed by the Subaru for a long time in any case, I'm looking towards a WRX. I'm sorry if this belongs in the newbie section or elsewhere, but some of my questions are kind of Calgary-centric, so I thought I'd post here.

I've gone through some posts here and found that people seem to like Subaru of Calgary much more than Centaur, so I figured I'd go with them - besides, they're close to where I work, which will make for convenience if future visits are required. Anything I should know about dealing with them?

I'm a total newbie when it comes to dealing with dealerships - my last vehicle I bought almost 10 years ago and had considerable help with, and the vehicle before that was inherited from a relative - so any advice on handling myself and/or anticipating what might come would be appreciated. In addition, if I'm looking for a WR blue WRX sedan, with a number of accessories from the website's pick-list, and I going to have to wait for a car to be built/shipped from elsewhere, or is there a good chance I'll be lucky?

If I like the looks of the 05's nose a lot more than the 06's, is there any point in trying to get an '05? The few times I've been able to get the pre-owned vehicle search to work, I haven't found any cars that I want. Are there any significant improvements in the '06 that I'd be losing if I went with the '05?

I'm not looking to race or get out of hand with this car, and at the outset, don't intend to do much modifying. I could see myself picking a good number of the accessories in the list on the website - is there anything that's not worth the cost or time to get it put in?

Are the tires that come stock good for Calgary-caliber snowfalls?

I realize a lot of things are largely relative and depend on one's opinion or what they intend to do with the car. Having said that, if there's any pointers anyone can drop my way, I'd be much appreciative.

Thanks!
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Old 04-27-2006, 12:10 AM   #2
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I bought with Subaru of Calgary and delt with Terry very smooth transaction and very helpful loaner car when we got into to town, had the car ready in a few days (We moved from vancouver) it was great we did most of the deal over the phone then we went in picked up the car signed the papers and drove away.

With the 2006 you get the new seats, 2.5l vs 2l, more torque and Hp, 17" rims stock vs 16" rims, better brakes, better suspension, better front end (im bias) also you get a stronger transmission in the 06. with the brakes, engine and tranny alone the 06 is a better car IMHO

web site accesories try to get them thrown in on the deal the dealership generally is a rip off as i have found out. most things arnt worth it. the only thing i wish i had gotten mabye was the roof racks but then agian i might not have liked them tough choice, i have the factory subwoofer hardly worth it but adds a bit and doesnt take up any space (under seat) the other thing was i got the tint thrown in on the deal it was a good idea i think

you may have to wait depending on color, options etc. WRB is fairly easy to find sunroof vs no sunroof might make a wee bit difference

the stock tires lick for snow they will be fine for summer but you will want to buy winter rims and tires and what tires is a matter of opinion i personally like donlop graphic ds2 or m3 but other may say this or that but regardless the stock tires suck in snow.

get the 06 better overall

good luck Kris
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Old 04-27-2006, 01:15 AM   #3
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+1 to what 06WRX said. I would not use the stock tires for winter. Get some Nokian RSI or something if you like to play in the snow, or I've heard good things about the M3.
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Old 04-27-2006, 10:16 AM   #4
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About the only Subaru accessory I'd go with is the arm rest extension. The only other factory style accessory I'd go with are Mud Flaps, but Rally Armour or eBay brands will give you better coverage at a lower cost.

For service I'd the car to Centaur.

If you're looking for an '05 ask the dealership if they can transfer one in for you. There may still be some old stock sitting around.

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Old 04-27-2006, 10:46 AM   #5
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+2 on whar 06wrx said on the differences. I went from an stage 2 02WRX to an 06 WRX and the differences are amazing...the 2.5 l engine is worth it alone
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Old 04-27-2006, 11:20 AM   #6
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I drove all winter with my stock tires up here in Fort McMurray. They aren't as bad as everyone makes them out to be. Aslong as you don't drive like a total idiot, and know how to control your car. I also did some fun in the snow, and went through muddy/icy/snowy trails.

But to your question I think the 2.5l engine and brakes are enough to justify getting it.
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Old 04-27-2006, 11:46 AM   #7
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If you want 05, buy a used one and save yourself some coin. You'll pay as much for a decently modified (read: faster) 05 than for a new 06.

But I have to agree, I heard the 06 engine is much better than previous years and tons more potential. No longer are the SRT-4's teh fastar! lol
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Old 04-27-2006, 12:50 PM   #8
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If you want 05, buy a used one and save yourself some coin. You'll pay as much for a decently modified (read: faster) 05 than for a new 06.
it would have to be pretty decently modified.......my 06 stock feels like it has as much power as my 02 with Cobb stage2 did.

The cobb stage 2 on the 06 pulls like a mofo....I cant wait til they bring a tuner in now that we have an AWD dyno.
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Old 04-27-2006, 01:03 PM   #9
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it would have to be pretty decently modified.......my 06 stock feels like it has as much power as my 02 with Cobb stage2 did.

The cobb stage 2 on the 06 pulls like a mofo....I cant wait til they bring a tuner in now that we have an AWD dyno.
Don't tell me these things! I just went stg 2 on my car. aggghhh! At least I have something to look forward to then.
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Old 04-27-2006, 01:53 PM   #10
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Don't tell me these things! I just went stg 2 on my car. aggghhh! At least I have something to look forward to then.

I'm going satge 2 tomorrow night and can't wait, the 06 is sweeet
I had one on order and found and sti at a price I couldn't resist.

Hey Jay911 we should swap tail lights the 06's are nasty

See you tomorrrow night lance

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Old 04-27-2006, 03:31 PM   #11
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The Cobb dyno plots of the '06 Stg 2 are WAY different than the 2.0L They seem to only squeak out 10hp more, but 60 ft-lbs or torque or something crazy like that (maybe it was more like 70 ft-lbs).

You just can't do that on the 2.0L without a lot more work.

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Old 04-27-2006, 04:14 PM   #12
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Ok, I've had it. You all have to shut up now. I can't take anymore of this kinda crazy talk.

But if its true then it means you should get an 06. Might mean that 05's will be really cheap though due to lower demand...
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But if its true then it means you should get an 06. Might mean that 05's will be really cheap though due to lower demand...
Ah, but there are more OTS mods available for the 2.0L.

A small point, but the '06 has a tiny crosspipe, which begs to be replaced by any other subaru crosspipe, the injen pipe or a header.

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