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Old 11-05-2003, 08:35 PM   #1
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2004 Forester XT

Question WRX durability? how many miles have you put on your wagon or sedan 5M?

how many miles have you put on your scooby 5M before heavy maintenance or a rebuild of the gearbox/transmission is required?

75k, 100k, 150k?

my wagon will mainly be used for highway driving. lots of miles per year. how durable are the scoobies?


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Old 11-05-2003, 11:31 PM   #2
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1957 Taggart Comet


I've only have my WRX for a year but I have a 95 Legacy with 170,000 miles on it. Most of it is still original parts, including tranny, engine, clutch, battery, struts, muffler, cats, etc. Total repairs above routine maintainence: 2 sets of brake rotors, 1 rear axle bearing, 1 tie rod end, 1 minor exhaust leak repair. Various minor things are broken and the shifter and suspension are pretty much worn out but the car is still totally drivable.

If you do mainly hwy driving and don't abuse your tranny it should never need repairs. (Some people have had tranny problems with the WRX but many of those are abuse-related; a few seem to be bad manufacturing)
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Old 11-06-2003, 09:56 AM   #3
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The manual transmission in the WRX is a known weak point. Don't abuse it, and it should last you forever, with periodic clutch and fluid changes of course.
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Old 11-06-2003, 12:47 PM   #4
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2003 WRX-Cobb II


Sport Compact Car got over 60K on their project WRX. The car still has original motor and trans. The car has had a very very hard life and still held up.
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Old 11-06-2003, 12:53 PM   #5
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I just hit 12,000 miles on mine within 9 months of nicely spirited driving with a few mods. I'm enjoying it.
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Old 11-06-2003, 01:13 PM   #6
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I know a guy in the NW (Ferg) who has 100k miles on his '02 and IIRC, he's still on the stock clutch.

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Old 11-06-2003, 06:11 PM   #7
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well i have a 2003 wrx bought it on march ,got 30500 on it all ready drive it everyday i take it to the track every fri and drive like a only thing i had to change was the front rotors(going too fast tryng to stop too fast)
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Old 11-07-2003, 12:29 PM   #8
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Particularly with highway miles, you'll be fine. Just don't beat it like a red headed step child at the family picnic.
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Old 11-07-2003, 04:26 PM   #9
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Default 40k and lovin it,....

Afew TSD rallys (actully the whole mich season)

and shes happy as a clam...

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Old 11-08-2003, 11:49 AM   #10
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20k stock
10k stage 2.5

No tranny issues.
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Old 11-08-2003, 12:25 PM   #11
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2013 DR650, PW50 :P


32K so far........only problem was the timing belt tensioner coming apart, but that was replaced under warranty.
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Old 11-09-2003, 11:43 AM   #12
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I have 45k on mine.

I have had a stage 4 for 5k and before that a stage 2 for 25k and i havent had a problem besides my alternator going out.
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Old 11-09-2003, 12:35 PM   #13
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As Vostok stated I've got over 100,000 miles on my stock 5mt with no problems. I'm still on the original clutch as well. I get clutch shudder when it's cold and plenty of the infamous deceleration noise, but nothing that really bothers me. I did swap to STi transmission mounts and a Kartboy short shifter/bushing setup at about 30,000 miles to improve the feel, but other than that the engine and transmission are stock.
The car is not babied at all, I do regular autocrossing, track days, and it's used as a daily driver in Seattle stop and go traffic.

At this point it's almost become a science experiment to see how long it's going to last. If and when the gearbox does pack it in I'll look into stepping up to a 6mt.

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Old 11-10-2003, 03:28 AM   #14
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That's pretty impressive Ferg! Gives hope to all of us silently hoping that our trannies will hold out! I myself have about 38K on the stock clutch/tranny. Have had a turboback/upipe on the car for about 15K with no problems. Car has been to the 1/4-mile track quite often and road raced a couple times. Haven't had any problems, although I'm looking into upgrading to Redline Shock Proof Tranny fluid in the near future.
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Old 11-10-2003, 04:33 PM   #15
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I have 75,000 miles on my mine. TurboXS Stage 4 went on at about 72,000 or 73,000 miles. No problems yet. Stock clutch to boot, complete with clutch shudder.
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