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Old 01-13-2004, 07:12 PM   #1
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Cool Want Impreza:Which one?

I have always loved subys and I think I am ready to get one but, I am going to start with a 'project' car. I want one with potential but, I don't expect to get 500hp either (300 will be good enough )

Is a '98 2.2 worth looking at or do I need the RS 2.5? What do you think? I found a 2.2 for pretty cheap but, I suspect that it's performance ops are pretty limited.

BTW I am in Utah so, if there are any suby owners around these parts I would like to hook up and some some pointers.

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Old 01-14-2004, 09:13 AM   #2
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If you are aiming for 300, just get a L and do a WRX swap. Getting that much out of a RSwithout turboing it is going to be expensive and turboing a 2.5L is great but not something many people attempt.
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Old 01-14-2004, 09:17 AM   #3
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So, when you say 'L'. Is that just an plain jane Impreza?

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Old 01-14-2004, 11:56 AM   #4
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Depends on the year but for the most part yes.

If you are interested in the different trim options' link
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Old 01-14-2004, 12:13 PM   #5
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Thanks. Very helpful. What's involved with a WRX swap? motor, tranny and drive train?

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Old 01-14-2004, 01:06 PM   #6
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Go over to the coversions forum. All will be revealed like how to swap, what to buy, what it costs, etc.
You can easily buy an L and swap and still be way under the price of a new WRX. Resale value will be no good, but you have a lighter cooler car.
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Old 01-15-2004, 12:26 AM   #7
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What an L. I hope that you upgrade the brakes if you put a WRX motor in her.
Better to get a RS, front and rear disks vs the L's front disks and rear drums (yes I know there are some/very very few L's with disk brakes).
Much easier to upgrade. Also you already have the hood, and hood scoop for the top mount. Rather than buying a hood and painting it.
Thats just me though
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Old 01-15-2004, 12:34 AM   #8
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Good points, it all going to depend on how much the L will cost compared to an RS. I know that RS's tend to go from $1500-2000 more than an L so it's a toss up.
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Old 01-15-2004, 04:40 AM   #9
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Arg I just typed out a long arguement, but I lost it.

Anyway basically.

Did all RS come with 16" alloys? I'm yet to see one without. You could use them on your swaped car with WRX brakes. About $800 to buy used RS rims and some half decent tires?
RS's come with rear disks...L's don't...so $400 just to convert the rear L's brakes to disks not including time spent seaching for a donor car. Or time spend doing it.
RS hood, lets say $200 for the hood (good deal with vents and scoop). $400 for the paint.

So thats $1800 there. Also with an L you get blah seats, the RS ones are much better. You get the nicer (in my mind as a WRC fan) front bumper.
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Old 01-15-2004, 12:11 PM   #10
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An L costs a lot less than an RS. More like $5000 less, even more if you go for a 96 or 97. The RS comes with a so so suspension that you are likely going to swap anyway. So the RS gets $1000 hood, $600 rear discs, $800 wheels, a sunroof and a somewhat nicer interior. You can recover some money on the engine for an RS over the L too, say $800. You also get a rear LSD with 00-01s, but again you will pay more for a later model RS than a 97L.

Biggest consideration - NO RS WAGON.
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Old 01-15-2004, 09:54 PM   #11
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Speaking of wagons...Is there any reason to avoid them for this purpose? If I were to buy a WRX right now it would be a wagon.

An picts of modified wagons?

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Old 01-17-2004, 01:23 PM   #12
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There is a thread in Members Car Gallery with a bunch of old skool wagons.
There is no reason to avoid the wagon. The differences are a hatch that weighs about 80lbs more, a rear wiper, folding seats, cargo cover, roof rack on some models, rear tail lights and rear spring rates/length. It gives better weight distribution and rotates more easily. The wagon can use sedan springs without any issues. Drops about 1/4" more in the rear. Pretty much everything else is the same.
There are more differences between trim levels than between sedans and wagons.
Rear spoilers are harder to find and cost more.
Blue wagons are invisible to police.
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Old 01-17-2004, 02:23 PM   #13
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Thanks. I found that thread. I have always liked the wagons for somereason....more stealthy I guess.

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