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Old 06-03-2003, 03:01 PM   #1
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Post 2002 GT wagon review- comparison to WRX

If any of you have followed my story, you'd know it took me a long time to conclude the GT wagon was right for me. Then my husband bought the same car! Therefore we traded my GT wagon in for a 2003 WRX wagon a month ago today. I drove his GT wagon after driving my WRX wagon for the last 4 weeks, and I wanted to write about the differences between them:

I have to say after driving the GT wagon for the first time in 4 weeks since driving my new WRX wagon exclusively, they are amazing similar in feel. I am surprised since the GT wagon has a longer wheelbase and no turbo engine. The steering feel is even better in the GT then the WRX and the only difference I feel is during turn-in where the GT wagon does roll more, but not too much. Both cars have a 20mm rear sway bar, Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires in stock size, and a sports alignment of -.9 front camber, zero toe front and back and -.6 rear camber on the GT and -1.3 on the WRX ( I will fix this as soon as my camber bolts come in), tire pressure set to 35 front and 30 rear. Both seats feel equally comfortable, supportive and firm. The GT does have less under the wheel clearance and less headroom then the WRX due to the lower steering wheel angle and the moon roof. The WRX feels roomier in the front, but my daughter does have approximately 2 inches less rear legroom.

So I conclude the GT wagon is almost as sporty as the WRX and the 2.5 engine feels almost as powerful. It does tend to buck in first gear (both cars a 5 speed manual) whereas the WRX does not. My perception was that the WRX was a true sports car and the GT is more of a touring family wagon, but this is not the case. Both can be tuned to the track and both make me smile and are fun to drive. The WRX has many more after market and STI parts then the Legacy though (unfortunately) and that makes it easy to tune when extra money can be spared.

It is nice to have the variety of a WRX and a GT wagon and they are both very worthy cars for the person who cares about exceptional handling, road feel and performance.

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Old 06-03-2003, 03:37 PM   #2
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That's what my idea pretty much was. I test drove a Legacy GT with sportshift and WRX back to back. The Legacy was definitely more sloppy back and forth, and had worse braking, but I didn't see that big of a difference otherwise. Honestly, I would have gone with the WRX, I love the turbo, even if you give up low-end a bit, and I did not like the sportshift whatsoever...it just seemed like a gimmick more then a feature.

Saying that, I love my 98 GT, and the extra hauling space is definitely nice!
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