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Old 02-17-2019, 05:08 PM   #1
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Greetings everyone, new here. I'm shopping for a new WRX, and was wondering if there are any "older" WRX owners here, and if there are, would greatly appreciate your experiences with the car.

I'm 60(ish), have been a gearhead my entire life. I've owned 105 cars over 45 years of driving, almost all being sports/sporty cars of some kind with manual transmissions. Until recently the only Subaru I've had was a 1976 DL Coupe I had back in the early 1980's in grad school. We recently bought a new Crosstrek for my wife. I was so impressed with the engineering, design, and quality of construction of the car that it inspired me to consider a WRX for my next car.

Having recently moved to New England, I need a 'practical' car that will go in the snow, which means AWD or FWD. I'm drawn to the WRX, which I think (hope?) will be both usable in inclement weather, but (of course) is a blast to drive. Being on the wrong side of 60, I'm a little concerned what the car will be like to live with on a daily basis. It feels great on a 15 minute test drive, but how comfortable will it be on multi-hour highway trips?

Any experiences and comments from "older" drivers would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-17-2019, 05:34 PM   #2
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A little younger thank you I will turn 49 in May , the car should drive great
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Old 02-17-2019, 05:43 PM   #3
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Hey Analogman, are you an AK member as well? Seem to remember seeing that name elsewhere...

Anyway, I'm on wrong side of 50 and have owned Subarus for almost four decades, currently I have a 2007 WRX and 2010 Sti. I thought they were both tolerably comfortable until my girlfriend got a 2018 Outback. The 07 is now almost unbearable on long drives, the seat is really uncomfortable and the driving position is awkward. The Sti is better, the seats are more comfortable, but the suspension mods make it kind of brutal after a few hours.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to discourage you. I work in the ski industry and live in the mountains and the 07 is legendary in the snow and an absolute blast to drive. It does great for all forms of practical driving but can also be drifted at speed around long sweepers and offers stellar control on the twisty bits, wet or dry.

But we no longer take it on long drives, it wrecks my back and wreaks havoc on my girlfriends sciatic. Others may chime in with better experiences and your millage may vary but those are my driving impressions.
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Old 02-17-2019, 08:24 PM   #4
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Just turned 54, and bought my 2015 WRX base new 3 years ago. Absolutely love it and regret nothing. The harsh ride doesn't bother me at all, and I love how it plows through the snow with the Blizzak WS80s. Still stock performance-wise, but I did add some suspension mods as I rallycross with it. The 6MT is a little burdensome in stop-n-go traffic due to short first gear and stock tune, but that's my only negative.
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Old 02-17-2019, 10:57 PM   #5
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I'm assuming you are looking at a new 2018/2019 WRX.

While I'm half your age, I have lived with consistent back issues my whole life after being in an accident as a child - I feel that my body wants to believe I am in my 50s.

My wife has a 2018 Crosstrek and I was considering a WRX this coming year; however I have decided against it. The primary reason is due to the Crosstrek, really. Don't get me wrong, I love the car and so does my wife; however, on long trips I feel that it gets uncomfortable. The seats are fine but I feel that the pedal placement puts your right leg at a weird angle and starts to wear on you after 100+ miles in the car. The WRX I test drove felt the same way.

Now, I thought it was just me until my wife said the same thing without me mentioning it to her and then my coworker traded his WRX in for a H6 Legacy for the same reason. As a note I drove an 07 Impreza on WRX take-offs and Groupn trans/engine mounts for 180k without feeling any kind of driving fatigue like I do with the Crosstrek.

The short answer is, if you can deal with driving the Crosstrek for long distances, I don't think the WRX will be too big of an issue, especially because they are much softer than what they used to be. If you have any kind of lower back or hip issues like I do, you may want to take that right leg placement into consideration.
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:20 AM   #6
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I have the same background/age and many many cars like you. Bought wrx last year and I do not use as often as I have other car too. one year and 5K, on the verge of trading for a 911 (owned them before) . I like the wrx and have an outback for the wife. I don t mind keeping it if it makes sense dollar wise. I live in the northeast too and have another set of all season wheels/tires which is a must because of the summer tire on the new ones. I m not that big and think the car is comfortable. You know that one car can never do everything well. LOL.
PS. I have found the leather (limiteds) are more comfortable with the seats.
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:59 AM   #7
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I'm not quite 60, but I too agree with the others. The WRX is a very comfortable car and yet very capable. However, the ECU map is not the best and recommend getting the Cobb Accessport Stage1 as a first mod, along with the Perrin shifter stop to rid the shifter's side to side wobble. Besides those two, nothing really to complain about.

The exhaust is quiet so that could be a good thing if you like it quiet. GL with your purchase.
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Old 02-18-2019, 11:40 AM   #8
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Thank you very much for your comments everyone, I appreciate it!

lpxltt, interesting that you mention the Crosstrek. We just took my wife's Crosstrek on a 1500 mile trip, and it felt totally comfortable (though I did have to move my leg around after a while due to the angle you mentioned).

You're right, one car can't do everything well. I'm lucky in being able to have a few more. My wife's Crosstrek is the usual go-to car for trips, and I also have a 2015 Mustang GT that's a blast to drive but impossible in snow. I also plan to buy a 4th car that will be purely a fun sports car. So the WRX would fit the role of the 'practical' car, an alternative to always having to use my wife's Crosstrek for long trips and in the winter.

I guess I need to spend some more time test-driving it to see if it can play that role.

Thanks again!
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Old 02-18-2019, 11:44 PM   #9
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I’m 65 and have had 13 Subaru’s through the years. A WRX will serve you well and is fine as a daily driver or for taking a trip. Good luck!
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:12 AM   #10
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Iím 65 and have had 13 Subaruís through the years. A WRX will serve you well and is fine as a daily driver or for taking a trip. Good luck!
There you go, what else do you need to hear!
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:24 AM   #11
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Well, I remember my reaction when all the teachers were freaking out when President Kennedy was shot. Does that qualify me?
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:26 AM   #12
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Well, I remember my reaction when all the teachers were freaking out when President Kennedy was shot. Does that qualify me?

That probably went over most heads here,
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:38 AM   #13
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Jack, that certainly does 'qualify' you as an 'older' driver (not that there's anything to envy about that). I'm right there with you, and also remember my teachers freaking out when the news about Kennedy being shot came out.

AZ-GT, thank you! It's reassuring to see that I wouldn't be the only >60 WRX owner in the world (though sometimes it seems like it).

cerbomark, I'm also originally from upstate NY and went back there for grad school, though it's been decades since I've lived there. Interesting that you're thinking about a 911. I've owned a few Porsches in my life, but just can't warm up to the water-cooled ones. I just can't bring myself to own a car without a dipstick, and not being able to directly check the level and condition of the oil myself (had an incident with a 2006 Boxster S that was the turning point for me).

Thanks again!!
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:20 AM   #14
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Probably dont meet your 'older' requirement (I am 38), but here is my opinion. I have the 2018 WRX Limited with the lumbar support. I have taken it on numerous long trips, and the seat/suspension makes the ride a bit on the rougher side. For me, the fun aspect of driving it definitely compensates for the less than optimal comfort level. Subispeed sells lumbar support and neck support pillows that fit like a glove and are well made products that help a lot. If you plan on taking long trips and are concerned about comfort, I would definitely recommend getting at least the lumbar support pillow. Also, the factory lumbar support on my car is pretty meh in my opinion.
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:40 AM   #15
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That probably went over most heads here,
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Old 02-19-2019, 11:52 AM   #16
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Well, I remember my reaction when all the teachers were freaking out when President Kennedy was shot. Does that qualify me?
I'm only 35 and that didn't go over my head at all. My mother told me stories about that day (she was in high school when it happened), so I know exactly what you mean.

As to the OP, my wife has knee, leg, and back issues stemming from foot problems (thank you Uncle Sam's Misguided Children), and some scoliosis that was not helped by military service. She didn't complain once on our 8 hour road trip from northern PA to visit my folks in southwestern VA.

The Limited WRX with lumbar support is a huge huge huge comfort improvement. I spent the time necessary to get my seat positioned just so, as I simply dropped it to the floor when driving it back from the dealership and my back hated me for the next several days because of it. But after spending the time to properly adjust it using all the available controls (10-way is hardly too complex) my back thanks me greatly.

As you've said that you weathered a 150mi trip in an XV just fine, I think you'll be just fine with the WRX Limited. The leather seating does take some breaking in, but a few multi-hour road trips and it'll be just fine.

Also, heated seat at max is great for soothing tired leg muscles. You'll feel it in the butt mostly, but it radiates outward quite well.
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Old 02-19-2019, 01:02 PM   #17
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Just turned 44 last week and have owned my '18 STi (limited) since end of last march. As someone who also has some back issues, I was a little concerned about a stiff ride, but I find the stock suspension rides quite nice! I only hate driving into store driveways that have the high apron lip for water flow. And other than watching out for potholes, I have had zero issues.
Have taken some multi-hour trips to the ocean and to New Jersey Motorsports park, and have enjoyed ride without issue. I have the factory sport exhaust, which I love. Not too loud but also allows for that subie rumble to come through.

Unless the extra cost and gas mileage are issues, I recommend you test the STi just so you have a comparison to the WRX.

I have never had a nice HP car before this, but I do ride a 2001 Yamaha R1. This car to me is like riding my bike with the added safety of 4 wheels and without having to deal with the elements!

Cheers!
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Old 02-19-2019, 01:35 PM   #18
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I'm 50. Just bought a'19 WRX in December and love it!
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Old 02-19-2019, 01:42 PM   #19
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Just turned 58 and I picked up a '19 WRX last month. I've only managed a few hundred miles but I'm loving it. If you're an enthusiast (which you clearly are) you'll enjoy the performance, and the drawbacks (stiff ride and wind noise) will be well worth it.

I'm getting back down to one car and I can't think of a better choice, especially at this price.
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Old 02-21-2019, 01:07 PM   #20
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43 here and Just got a 2019 WRX Pear Blue. Loving it!!!!!!
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Old 02-24-2019, 02:42 PM   #21
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I'm 63 years old and I've had my '15 WRX (base) since new. It's got 89.5K miles on it now and I love it. Absolutely stock, except for wheels and Pirelli Sottozero 3s from TireRack that I put on for winter driving (I live in South Central PA, between York and Baltimore), then back to stock wheels and OEM tires in the summertime. It's my daily driver for my 56 mile round trip back road commute, and frequent longer trips on the weekends (including a couple trips to South Carolina and back each year). I find it plenty comfortable, except that the driver's seat feels like it's shifted just an inch or so too far to the right - I always feel like my left butt/hip/leg is riding a little more on the seat bolster than on the right. A minor annoyance. Haven't had THAT many occasions (yet) to deal with seriously bad snow/ice/slush etc., but when I have it's always been fun and confidence inspiring - I love the notion of a performance car that's still enjoyable to drive when the weather gets really crappy. The sag in the powerband up around 4500 rpms and rev hang in the lower gears keep me from really stepping on it all that much pulling away from a stop, and I'm considering the Cobb Accessport and Stage 1 tune option for when I hit 100K miles. And the car has been absolutely reliable so far. I have heard the (throw out bearing?) clutch squeal from time to time since 13.5K miles, but not all that often and not lately. Had to replace the battery at about 2.5 years. Other than that just usual maintenance (mostly just oil changes). I highly recommend this car.
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Old 02-25-2019, 10:07 AM   #22
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Welcome to the group! I'm a new here too and at 55 finally got my first Subaru! I've had other sports cars along the way but I find myself really loving my new car. Solidly built, you're one with the road and fast out of the gate. There's been a lot of advice I've read above and they ALL would work for you BUT at the end of the day when you drive them, you will know which one is right for you. Good luck!
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Old 02-27-2019, 09:06 AM   #23
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I've been around long enough to remember John F. Kennedy's funeral etc. being the ONLY thing on TV for days. Picked up a WRX premium last November and still loving it, even though my only mods are LED interior lights and mud flaps.
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Old 02-27-2019, 09:10 AM   #24
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I've been around long enough to remember John F. Kennedy's funeral etc. being the ONLY thing on TV for days. Picked up a WRX premium last November and still loving it, even though my only mods are LED interior lights and mud flaps.
Those LEDs ought to have been factory standard considering how cheap they are and how much of a simple quality of life improvement they provide.
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Old 03-01-2019, 06:49 AM   #25
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Mid 30's here. I have a 19 limited wrx on order. I opted for limited over the premium w/ performance recaros simply due to adjustable lumbar support.

I have a 16 Crosstrek that just hit 34k yesterday, and will be getting traded on for the WRX. I think the WRX is more comfortable than the Crosstrek. The Crosstrek has been my wife's car, but I've been driving it since I sold my outback xt. No adjustable lumbar support in the Crosstrek means an otherwise comfortable car can become uncomfortable on road trips.
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