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Old 04-24-2011, 07:17 PM   #1
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Default Best years for WRX?

-02
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-06

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Narrow it down to 2 and explain please!
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Old 04-24-2011, 07:24 PM   #2
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For what?

Overall, if we are just talking about WRX, and not WRX STI, I am going with 06. Did have a nasty lean problem, but that could be tuned out. Came with 4 pots (good for rallyX) and had much better stock injectors and overhead. Lots of parts that would fit from all other Imprezas, and it wasn't a GR.

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Old 05-06-2011, 12:12 PM   #3
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I would suggest stayin away from 02 if your gonna be tough on it. Just rebuilt glass tranny again, luckly it was just a broken tooth on main shaft. Id say 05 06 are best bet. But I still love the bugeye look
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Old 05-06-2011, 12:23 PM   #4
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Please note: That of any you specified above, only the 06 has the 2.5L. All the rest are the EJ205, and they have much bigger holes in the power band. They do get better milage... but that is about it.

All the transmissions are equally as bad.

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Old 10-28-2011, 02:25 AM   #5
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That's why I gotta 02 with a 06 transmission
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Old 11-05-2011, 04:39 PM   #6
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For what?

Overall, if we are just talking about WRX, and not WRX STI, I am going with 06. Did have a nasty lean problem, but that could be tuned out. Came with 4 pots (good for rallyX) and had much better stock injectors and overhead. Lots of parts that would fit from all other Imprezas, and it wasn't a GR.

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I'm not all that knowledgeable about all the intricate nuances of these cars but when I bought mine I looked at all the other wrx models and I bought an 06 I don't know how the trannyies hold up as I'm pretty much all stock but mine shfts smooth though
it looks the best IMO it came with the 2.5L, the 4 pots, and the 17in wheels as compared to the 02-05 which all came with 15s the 2.0 and smaller brakes.
I think the only major downside is the drive by wire

I think money to performance your best bet would be the 09 with the 265hp motor with an AP and exhaust you're in STI territory for 10k less than an STI.

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Old 11-14-2011, 02:41 AM   #7
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All the transmissions are equally as bad.

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Bad as opposed to what? Interested in an opinion on what are the specific downsides to the '02-'06 trannys.
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Old 11-15-2011, 12:50 AM   #8
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Well my favorite years are 2004-2007. At 2002 the Subaru impreza RS/WRX/STi undertook major changes. I'd generally stay away from the first 1-2 years a vehicle is either redesigned or introduced into the market. 04 vs 05 no major changes except the 05 has an upgraded sound system, both years rank well from consumer automotive reports. I just picked up a 2005 WRX a few days ago, the car is phenomenal. 2006 has a slight front end conversion, other than that the were really no major changes that I'm aware of. I would personally choose a 2005 or 2006 model.
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Old 11-15-2011, 12:58 AM   #9
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06/07 is a 2.5 so it cant be compared to an 02-05
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:07 AM   #10
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02-05 which all came with 15s
Those had 16s
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:49 PM   #11
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When I was a senior in high school the bug-eye debuted in America and it was (and is) a sweet car. In '02 an all wheel drive 227 hp throaty sounding bug-eye was something to be reckoned with. These days its not as impressive anymore, but I'd have to say my wagon still scoots and halls a bunch of stuff too...
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Old 11-28-2011, 04:31 PM   #12
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i have a 2004 and i haven't had any problems with it the 02 i heard had bad gaskets
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Old 12-06-2011, 05:36 PM   #13
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O6! I hate the 04-05 cause of the 100x5 bolt pattern haha
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:05 PM   #14
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O6! I hate the 04-05 cause of the 100x5 bolt pattern haha
All wrx come with a 5x100 bolt pattern.
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Old 12-18-2011, 02:20 AM   #15
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O6! I hate the 04-05 cause of the 100x5 bolt pattern haha
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i think 05 because I heard the added torque makes it easier to blow the tranny in 06-07 and supposedly the 4 pots aren't actually that great
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Old 12-26-2011, 05:41 PM   #16
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2004s of course

Never had a single issue with mine, brakes are sufficient for spirited driving, very good construction/toughness, relatively good gas mileage & power, IMO.
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Old 01-08-2012, 03:05 PM   #17
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06-07. Stock has 2.5L, 4/2pots, and best looking out of that line in my opinion. The lean problem has been mentioned before, but just spend time looking for someone who is selling and was aware of that problem. (and fixed it with an ap or a protune)
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:39 PM   #18
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'05 Without a doubt, although I am partial since I drive one...
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:07 PM   #19
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Definitely the 06-07. They just look mean as hell and are extremely reliable to to mention the 2.5L
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:55 PM   #20
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2004s of course

Never had a single issue with mine, brakes are sufficient for spirited driving, very good construction/toughness, relatively good gas mileage & power, IMO.
x2 and drive by cable (last year I think)
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Old 06-24-2017, 10:47 AM   #21
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03 JDM EJ205 Seems to be an excellent first time owner engine. Especially since mine is stock and Tumbler valves don't come on the JDM engine One less thing to do I guess!
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Dat 5 year old thread bump doe

Well now I have a 2002 wrx, it's definitely the best year.
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Old 06-24-2017, 11:57 AM   #23
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I'm partial to the O6 since that is what I've driven for the last 5 years however been told by others that it is the best performer and stiffest frame. Unfortunately I'm selling it now - time to move on.
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Old 06-26-2017, 06:55 AM   #24
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-02
-03
-04
-05
-06

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Narrow it down to 2 and explain please!
All WRX are pretty much equal the 06 is the only one with a 2.5 but other than that. They're identical for the most part
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Old 07-08-2017, 03:55 PM   #25
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-02
-03
-04
-05
-06

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Narrow it down to 2 and explain please!
I'd go with the Hawkeye generation (06-07). appearance alone was enough for me to lean towards buying one, even if it was more expensive than the older models. It was the first really aggressive looking generation if you ask me.
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