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Old 02-28-2014, 10:00 AM   #1
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What's your daily driver, a Subaru? How many miles do you drive and how's the comfort? Wish you had a better mpg car than the STi? Anyone driving in crazy traffic with manual?
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Old 02-28-2014, 10:11 AM   #2
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Yep, WRX is my daily. I only drive 5-6k a year and comfort is LOADS better than my '98 OBS. That's all I have to compare it to. That thing was a tin can. Everything rattled, seats were uncomfortable after 20 minutes, stiff suspension, etc.

MPG wise... I get 15mpg now, 20 in the summer months.. all city. 15-16 now is due to the cold being down in the single digits and teens for highs many days. The warm up period is longer.. even when driving, dumping more fuel in.. less MPGs. I calculate at the same pump, same station, tripometer reset method.

4EAT for me too. Yes, I know how to drive manuals, but I enjoy automatic Subarus for some reason. Mainly because I use them for commuting... not so much autocross, and racing around on streets much. Don't get me wrong, I love driving manuals and you do get a full feel and driving experience. I also drive in a heavy traffic area to work to and from every day too.. so that was part of my decision. 4EATs are robust.

... plus my WRX has a sunroof, heat seats, and all the gadgets being a 'premium' version... only came with a 4EAT.

Sounds like you're in the market for one. I've driven my girlfriends Sentra a bit, mom's Camry, some other cars here and there and none match up to Subaru in terms of a daily driver that excels and most areas (obviously not the best in all areas).

Not too many cars you can go in snow well with, have gobs of power, and have 4 doors. It's an ideal daily driver in my eyes... except for the premium fuel and gas mileage. Again, I only drive 5k a year, so it's not a biggie for me.
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Old 02-28-2014, 10:12 AM   #3
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Just realized how long my post was. Typical Subaru fanboy. Meh. Sue me.
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Old 02-28-2014, 10:26 AM   #4
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yes its my DD, about 20k miles/year. Comfort...not good on drives over 3 hours. Seats really wear on you after a while. I'm tall/thin so its not a "fitting" issue, but rather the support is just kinda low. They feel great for short drives though.

Lots of rattles. Seat latches in the back, dashboard when you hit a bump, trunk wiring (hatch). ugh, endless frustration, but I did move from a luxury car to a subaru for the sport feel. Comes with the sport rattles.

Real stop and go traffic is awful. Having spent hours in stop and go in jersey traffic I can tell you my next car will be an auto. I love having a manual, but its just plain awful to drive in traffic....as a second car for me great. As a DD in traffic...never again.

Fun car, but has its major drawbacks.
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Old 02-28-2014, 10:28 AM   #5
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My 2014 WRX is my DD, that's what I bough it for, A fun DD that is good in the snow. Sure I had to get snow tires right away since I got it on Black Friday of 2013, but it's a beast in the snow. I'm getting about 21 MPG of mixed highway and city and I get on it, but not all the time. Before this car I had not had a manual car for about 4 years and so far I don't mind it-in fact I would not want my car in an auto. Last DD I had was a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport S 2-door and my WRX has a ton more room and is a much better DD IMO. I wish my car was holding up as well as the Jeep did, but I guess you can't have everything.
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Old 02-28-2014, 11:13 AM   #6
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125 miles a day, mostly highway.
Super comfortable.
Just wish it had better MPGs.
27mpg Avg. in summer. 23mpg Avg. in winter.
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Old 02-28-2014, 11:26 AM   #7
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12 limited wrx as dd. The 11 5.0 wouldn't work in the snow. Got firestone winterforce snows on it now. Avg mpg is 22.5, bout 23.5 in warm temps. 70miles /day about 50 of it highway ,rest is Jersey suburbs.
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:18 PM   #8
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Real stop and go traffic is awful. Having spent hours in stop and go in jersey traffic I can tell you my next car will be an auto. I love having a manual, but its just plain awful to drive in traffic....as a second car for me great. As a DD in traffic...never again.
Totally agree. My 5spd was wonderful when I lived in VT, not so much here in AZ. Too much traffic, not to mention I have a bad left knee so it really starts to ache after a while. I drive 40 miles/day all city and gave up on monitoring my mpgs because I know its in the toilet.

Reliability and comfort are on par with my previous cars (mostly Hondas) and I really cannot complain about anything except my kids won't shut up in the back seat.
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:52 PM   #9
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What's your daily driver, a Subaru? How many miles do you drive and how's the comfort? Wish you had a better mpg car than the STi? Anyone driving in crazy traffic with manual?
I DD my Forester turbo, it's at around 105K now and hasn't given me a single issue since I've owned it. The ride comfort is pretty decent right now but I'm planning on coilovers in the Spring so that may be compromised a bit. My gas mileage is pretty atrocious at the moment, the combination of 10-15 minutes warm-ups in the morning and a few hours of snow play on the weekends does me no favors.
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:05 PM   #10
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I dd my bugeye. I drove a 97 civic beforehand and the driveability and comfort is might and day. The wrx is hands down nicer and much more comfortable to drive in pretty much all aspects. The only thing I miss was getting 35-40mpg in the civic versus 20ish in the wrx. On average I put around 15k on my car each year, though it may be more with the wrx since I find myself randomly driving around just for the sake of driving a lot since I've had the Subaru. The traffic isn't too crazy around here but manual is all I've ever driven so even when I'm in tougher stuff it's still fine. I'm one of those guys that hates driving automatics, though, so I may be a bit skewed.
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:07 PM   #11
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I dd my 05 STI right now. Could get better gas mileage but I love driving it around too much. Bought it with 110k miles so its no low mileage baby or anything. Its comfortable enough I can't say I've had any complaints beyond the lower mpg
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:26 PM   #12
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Mine is my DD, 17-18k mile per year with about 20-30 minutes of traffic jams per weekday. It is has been the most difficult manual car I have ever owned in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Breakdown of my manual transmission vehicles
1987 Toyota 4x4 pickup - drove it ~200k miles in ~14 years before trading it in for a ...
1997 Honda Prelude - drove it ~165k miles in ~10 years before selling it for a ...
2006 Subaru Impreza 2.5i

The Prelude was my most enjoyable of the 3 in all aspects except winter driving.

I will probably get another Subaru Impreza when this one gives up but it will most likely be a CVT.
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:28 PM   #13
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My 2014 WRX is my DD, that's what I bough it for, A fun DD that is good in the snow. Sure I had to get snow tires right away since I got it on Black Friday of 2013, but it's a beast in the snow. I'm getting about 21 MPG of mixed highway and city and I get on it, but not all the time. Before this car I had not had a manual car for about 4 years and so far I don't mind it-in fact I would not want my car in an auto. Last DD I had was a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport S 2-door and my WRX has a ton more room and is a much better DD IMO. I wish my car was holding up as well as the Jeep did, but I guess you can't have everything.
When you say not holding up as well as the Jeep, what are you referring to? Paint, interior trim, mechanical parts...?

I also have a 2014 WRX, it's a WRB limited hatch.. The mileage is pretty bad, when I first bought it I was horrified having used more than half a tank to get it home from the dealer 90 mins away, but after break in it improved, I got used to it and I don't use it for commuting so mpg doesn't bother me much. The rattles suck, got a chip in paint that seams really weak to me. Sometimes in deep snow or spirited driving, I get a bad smell.. Burnt clutch? Burning differential? Not sure. also coming from my 6MT maxima, the gravel box shifter was a pretty spot on description of the shifter for me. Sometimes it won't go into reverse and I have to put it in first or second, then go back to reverse. Would like a tad more ground clearance and the body roll is pretty bad. Despite being so low

Now for the good.
We've been getting dumped on all winter, I live on 'upper mountain ave'. And I have not had any trouble in snow whatsoever. Also slid out on a turn while driving hard on icy road and was impressively able to gun it into the turn and avoid going into the trees.. When that happened, the car went up several notches in my book. I'm getting used to the shifter (came with short throw) and despite the gravel feel I love the short throws. The whine sound the gears make, makes me chreme my pants. I put a hitch on it for my bike rack and cross bars for a cargo box. I regularly fold down the seats and haul small furniture, luggage, etc in the back.

I can't afford a luxury sport car and wouldn't want to cringe every time I go Ina gravel road (actually I do a little bit with the wrx). Also couldn't settle for anything slower. He heated seats already paid themselves off this winter.

Can't think of anything else is rather have for the money, except a 2015 hatch which doesn't exist
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:32 PM   #14
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I drive my 06 WRX about 30 miles one way to work. Love it.
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:34 PM   #15
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In the summer it is. Too much salt here in the winter it would get ruined fast.

32 highway 20's city. Drops into the 20's highway if you drive 80 or more.

What's traffic?
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:45 PM   #16
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Sounds like you're in the market for one. I've driven my girlfriends Sentra a bit, mom's Camry, some other cars here and there and none match up to Subaru in terms of a daily driver that excels and most areas (obviously not the best in all areas).

Not too many cars you can go in snow well with, have gobs of power, and have 4 doors. It's an ideal daily driver in my eyes... except for the premium fuel and gas mileage. Again, I only drive 5k a year, so it's not a biggie for me.
Yup I'm in the market for the 2015 WRX. I have a 2012 Impreza right now that I wanted to trade in. Love Subaru's AWD. Thing is, I drive about 100miles a day round trip. So I want something "fun" and not outrageous on gas. My 2012 Impreza is only giving me 26mpg. I would hope WRX is maybe 25mpg lol, here's hoping. Comfort wise, I hope the WRX is comfortable too cuz the Impreza ain't that bad!
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:51 PM   #17
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Yep, WRX is my daily. I only drive 5-6k a year and comfort is LOADS better than my '98 OBS. That's all I have to compare it to. That thing was a tin can. Everything rattled, seats were uncomfortable after 20 minutes, stiff suspension, etc.

MPG wise... I get 15mpg now, 20 in the summer months.. all city. 15-16 now is due to the cold being down in the single digits and teens for highs many days. The warm up period is longer.. even when driving, dumping more fuel in.. less MPGs. I calculate at the same pump, same station, tripometer reset method.

4EAT for me too. Yes, I know how to drive manuals, but I enjoy automatic Subarus for some reason. Mainly because I use them for commuting... not so much autocross, and racing around on streets much. Don't get me wrong, I love driving manuals and you do get a full feel and driving experience. I also drive in a heavy traffic area to work to and from every day too.. so that was part of my decision. 4EATs are robust.

... plus my WRX has a sunroof, heat seats, and all the gadgets being a 'premium' version... only came with a 4EAT.

Sounds like you're in the market for one. I've driven my girlfriends Sentra a bit, mom's Camry, some other cars here and there and none match up to Subaru in terms of a daily driver that excels and most areas (obviously not the best in all areas).

Not too many cars you can go in snow well with, have gobs of power, and have 4 doors. It's an ideal daily driver in my eyes... except for the premium fuel and gas mileage. Again, I only drive 5k a year, so it's not a biggie for me.
I have a 2004 as well 5 speed MT. Pretty sure the "Premium package" also came with manuals. I have the sunroof, heated seats, auto-dimming-compass mirror, heated mirrors, windshield wiper defrosters and factory short throw shifter.

As to the thread, this is my daily driver for everything.
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:59 PM   #18
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I have a 2004 as well 5 speed MT. Pretty sure the "Premium package" also came with manuals. I have the sunroof, heated seats, auto-dimming-compass mirror, heated mirrors, windshield wiper defrosters and factory short throw shifter.

As to the thread, this is my daily driver for everything.
they still do.

'14 DGM 5-door.

all weather package
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DD my 'rex. 22 around town in cold weather. I'lll bump 24 hwy around 75 in the same cold weather.
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Old 02-28-2014, 02:27 PM   #19
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I DD my WRX. VF34 w/ supporting mods sitting on STi suspension lowered on swift sports. A little rough at times also loud and plenty of nvh but I love her no matter what. If it bothers me I just turn the radio up and it's gone. I commute 32 miles a day for work. Weekends I usually drive to the mountains which is 200 + miles. Don't know how many mpg's I get but I didn't buy this car for gas mileage. That is what hondas are for
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Old 02-28-2014, 04:01 PM   #20
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yes, Its my DD.

56 miles/day
was comfortable, till the suspension mods came lol

22.5 mpg spring/summer 20-21mpg winter. mixed city/ highway, boost often.
I love it.... except for the rattles. I dont love that.
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Old 02-28-2014, 06:27 PM   #21
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Sorta. When I bought it I lived in Taxachusetts and drove it every day. Put about 19K/year on it for 2 years. Now I live in SF and drive it maybe twice a week. Driving in the city sucks. Gas is expensive here and the car needs a ton of it. Of course the distances here are much longer so every trip tends to add like 100 miles. Current mileage is at almost 42K and it ain't even 2.5 years old yet!
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:07 PM   #22
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Yup, 50 miles per day. Cut my gas bill more than in half from when I drove my jeep. Still getting used to sitting low though.
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:17 PM   #23
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Put over 300 miles on the sti a week. 14k and climbing. Avg about 22mpg-24mpg with mixed city and Highway driving
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:22 PM   #24
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i put about 300 miles a week on my wrx, I use to get 26 on highways and about 21 in the city.. but with the new tune and a spoiler.. I'm getting about 21 all around.
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Old 03-01-2014, 02:58 AM   #25
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I daily a 03 Forester XS. It's lowered and has a crank pulley. Gets almost double the mpg of my STi which now sits in my garage. I drive about 30-40 miles a day.
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