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Old 06-16-2010, 05:31 AM   #1
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Default How would a WRX fare in a drive across the country?

So I'm looking to possibly purchase a used WRX, lowish mileage (<80k), well maintained, etc in the next week or so.

I was wondering though, how reliable is this vehicle really? I'm moving back to Canada in July, so I would be driving across the country in it from Southern California to Toronto, Ontario.

Do you think it'd be ok doing that drive? I'd probably be driving between 8-10 hours a day, within the speed limit, etc.

Last thing I'd want on the road is a blown radiator or turbo seal or head gasket or some other kind of catastrophic failure....
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Old 06-16-2010, 09:42 AM   #2
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You should be fine as long as everythings in good working order and youve done your maintenance.
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Old 06-16-2010, 11:58 AM   #3
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Impreza WRX Relax - you'll be fine

The car will be a good traveling companion.

I did a 6200 mile road trip on a seven year old WRX with no trouble at all. Except maybe my butt got a little sore - the stock seat's not that good. But Chicago to L.A. via Route 66 and then on to Portland was easily done. Desert and mountains no problem in a car with 127K on the odometer.

Have fun!
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Old 06-16-2010, 11:58 AM   #4
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Last year, I finished rebuilding my motor around February. In april, I drove from ohio to texas and back, 5000+ miles, driving about 13-16 hour days. Motor had about 5k miles, body, trans, and everything else had around 130k. Ran beautifully and not one problem.

In my opinion, if the car has been regularly maintained, you should have no problems.
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Old 06-19-2010, 04:10 PM   #5
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It's not like a "big 3" vehicle where if ignition coil dies, the local Autozone has one in stock. Look it up.
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Old 06-19-2010, 07:59 PM   #6
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i made 5 trips across the country in WRXs, twice in a 2004 with more than 100k on it, and three times in a new 2009.

never had any problems other than finding gas stations with atleast 91 through the midwest. I would reccomend refilling your tank before you get below 1/2 to be safe.

there is one spot on the 70 entering nevada where there is NOTHING for like 100 miles.

try to get your hands on a CB radio, it will keep you entertained and informed about upcoming road and traffic conditions (they will tell you where the cops are hiding)
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Old 06-19-2010, 09:59 PM   #7
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You've been reading to many "my engine is making this noise threads" lol As long as you know the vehicle was taken care of and no existing problems you could drive to yellowknife,NWT
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Old 06-24-2010, 02:18 PM   #8
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I drove my 04 from San Diego, CA to Savannah, GA then back to San Diego a few years later. About 2350miles one way, no trouble at all and drove it non-stop almost. Just stopped for gas and more Full Throttle's. Be advised, dont drink more than 2 of those in a 4hr period. Take care of the car and make sure all the regular maint is done before you roll out. Subies can take a beating. If you dont trust the car, dont buy it.
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Old 06-30-2010, 10:52 AM   #9
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I drove from Milwaukee to Nashville and back with 145,xxx miles on my WRX wagon at the start, and there wasn't a hiccup the whole time. And I got ~28/29 mpg on the highway. Sweet.
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:23 PM   #10
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How about for comfort? Any qualms putting in long hours in the seat?
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:47 PM   #11
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Recently travelled from Ohio to Bremerton WA in my '07 stg2 wrx...no problems at all. Had 700# of stuff in the car and a bike on back...about ran out of gas a couple times in Montana, etc due to a really strong headwind (think they said it was 60mph), but other than that, it ran strong and was reasonably comfortable.
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