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Old 09-09-2017, 12:42 AM   #1
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Default Subaru's constant knocks for beong underpowered

New to this and considering buying first Subaru. It seems that EVERY review complains of slow acceleration. Just wondering how seasoned owners feel about this.

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Old 09-09-2017, 01:22 AM   #2
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This is entirely subjective. I have a friend that went from an old 4-cylinder truck to a newer-than-his-truck Chevy Cobalt. He was bragging a little about how much pickup his new car has. Now, we know that in actuality his car is SLOW compared with an STi or any of the new model American V8's out there, but that's ok. He's happy.
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Old 09-09-2017, 02:27 AM   #3
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Default Subaru's constant knocks for beong underpowered

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New to this and considering buying first Subaru. It seems that EVERY review complains of slow acceleration. Just wondering how seasoned owners feel about this.



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What model?
What year?
What options (engine, transmission)?

Some are slow.
Some are not.

Oh and edit your title to correct the spelling.
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Old 09-09-2017, 06:46 AM   #4
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Its a great car to be had for under 30k. Go test drive one
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Old 09-09-2017, 07:19 AM   #5
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for $25000 my 2018 wrx is faster than MOST other automobiles i encounter. i live in middle america where camrys and tahoes are most of what i worry about. from a $ per hp perspective you cant beat it if you have to have a new car. if i were worried about hp or being REALLY fast id have bought an evo. its a more reliable platform with a stronger motor and much better awd.

but with that said i wanted a new car and i love my choice. the wrx/sti are niche cars without much in the way of direct competition. pretty much if you want a quick turbo 4 theres like 4-5 options of which the elderly EVOX would eat alive including the coveted FOrs.

as was previously stated its really all relative to what you think fast is. i think fast enough is 300hp. i would consider really fast 450+hp. my evo was ~420 on a mustang dyno. my wrx is stock. ive found equal amounts of joy from owning both and my wrx gets 25+ mpg while being somewhat quick in stock form.

bottom line if you like the wrx or sti go test drive one and see if its fast enough for you. if i lived in a climate that didnt require awd id probably be talking about camaros and mustangs.
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Old 09-09-2017, 09:03 AM   #6
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Sure....people whine about not having enough power. I'm old enough to remember when V8 Camaros topped out at 160 hp and 4 cyl cars almost never broke out of double digits. I'm amazed at the amount of power coming out of small displacement cars now.

Also, remember that not everyone cares about power. Maybe you're used to heated arguments with friends about Evo vs STi or whatever. If I were shopping for a new car with my wife and the choice was between one engine choice at 100 hp or another for $1000 more that had 500 hp, she'd choose the 100 hp car every time.

Also, always remember when you think you have a fast car......there's always someone faster.
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Old 09-09-2017, 10:54 AM   #7
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Depends what car you buy. A bone stock automatic outback/legacy is going to accelerate like your grandma's car. A tuned blobeye STI will accelerate a little faster than that. You can't say subarus in general don't accelerate quickly, you have to look at the specific car.
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Old 09-09-2017, 12:43 PM   #8
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Also, always remember when you think you have a fast car......there's always someone on a bike.
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Old 09-09-2017, 02:13 PM   #9
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And when you think you have a fast bike someone blows by on a 'Busa.
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Old 09-09-2017, 02:57 PM   #10
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New to this and considering buying first Subaru. It seems that EVERY review complains of slow acceleration. Just wondering how seasoned owners feel about this.

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How about some links and specific models instead of just general referencing.
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Old 09-09-2017, 03:18 PM   #11
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And when you think you have a fast bike someone blows by on a 'Busa.
And when you think your Busa's fast cause it a "Busa", someone blows by you on any current liter bike 🤗
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Old 09-12-2017, 09:33 AM   #12
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I'll parrot the "It's all subjective" thing.

My friends 2013 Impreza base CVT feels slow compared to my 1995 Legacy even though it is the same weight (almost) and the new 2.0 engine has 155 hp and my 95 has 135. Part of that is because the transmission, the other part is how the power is delivered.

Gearing, tire size, how much crap you are carrying all play a role in how the car feels.

With that being said, I have never felt unsafe while merging into traffic in my friends car and it is still plenty of fun when the road gets twisty (even though I would prefer a car with a clutch).

So, basically go out and drive one. If you can, find a dealer that will let you take something out for a half day.

Or better yet, find a rental company that has something and see if you can live with it for a couple of days. I convinced my sister-in-law to do this when she was looking at a Nissan Rogue. Needless to say she ended up not buying one.
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Old 09-12-2017, 11:22 AM   #13
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Just remember these cars have all the power down low not up top and you wont be disappointed. Stock turbos tapper off, and tuners would tapper boost off too for safety.


For the price its a great car. Add E85 and a downpipe and youll have some nasty power for the cheap.
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Just remember these cars have all the power down low not up top and you wont be disappointed. Stock turbos tapper off, and tuners would tapper boost off too for safety.


For the price its a great car. Add E85 and a downpipe and youll have some nasty power for the cheap.
taper...
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Old 09-13-2017, 12:50 AM   #15
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Lightbulb There are lots of different types of Subarus...

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New to this and considering buying first Subaru. It seems that EVERY review complains of slow acceleration.
I recently acquired my first Subaru... a '98 JDM Impreza STi wagon.

This car definitely does NOT suffer from "slow acceleration".
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