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Old 08-14-2001, 07:22 AM   #1
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Angry (rant) is it just me or.......

is the MY98-MY01 being fazed out? every day i see more and more WRX questions and comments. In the forsale forum, less and less RS stuff ! ! !
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Old 08-14-2001, 07:43 AM   #2
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This YEAR Subaru is planning on selling more WRX's than ALL the RS's ever sold. It's not really that surprising...
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Old 08-14-2001, 08:45 AM   #3
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Things are slowly changing, this club had a majority of RS owners when it first started out, with a few Legacy's and Forester's thrown in. Then, once the WRX came out and it's popularity started to grow, the club grew with that. Hence the new logo and the new forums, all the new products are geared towards the WRX. It's business, if you dont stay on the cutting edge and up to date on new products, you wont be succesful. Most of the vendors who have been involved with the RS would be stupid to let an opportunity like this to pass by.

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Old 08-14-2001, 10:11 AM   #4
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That's why I'm buying a turbo kit for my 01 while I can get one... Besides, given the numbers involved I'd rather have the faster, more attractive and rarer car.
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Old 08-14-2001, 11:14 AM   #5
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as long as i have money i will keep hooking up my 98 RS coupe. the older styles are better.
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Old 08-14-2001, 12:20 PM   #6
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It's really not all that suprising, only thing is is that now with the WRX here everyone wants in. The RS started it all and is still a great car, just less performance so people will go for the WRX instead. The WRX has jumped to almost supercar status becuase of it's new found success here in North America. No, not like Ferrari and that but for popularity. Everybody wants in on that "I can go anywhere, anytime" attitude that Subaru is advertising in the commercials. The RS will be completely forgotten about in a year or two. Advantage of owning one? Because of their lack of performance, not many bought them and are going to buy them now with thw WRX out. This means you already have a car that stands out, without even having to modify it. Now a modified first gen. Impreza in North America, THAT'S A RARE SIGHT ON THE ROAD making it a real head turner. I will never buy a new WRX, because now everyone has them. I want to have something different and exciting on the road... and that's the 2.5RS.

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Old 08-14-2001, 01:15 PM   #7
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The RS will still be an ethusiasts car, it will just become a lot more difficult to get a hold of one in the coming years. I am holding onto mine for a while
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Old 08-14-2001, 01:21 PM   #8
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enough said....
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Old 08-14-2001, 02:53 PM   #9
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Execuse me, but 1st generation Imprezas are 1993-1995/some 1996 and the 2nd generation was from 1996-2001

The true 1st generation owners are die hards

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Old 08-14-2001, 03:05 PM   #10
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I also love my baby Yes, the WRX is more powerful, however, the older RS is more attractive plus rarer and that's what I prefer.

Overall, I have to say ALL subies are cool, and we are in one awesome family

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Old 08-14-2001, 05:32 PM   #11
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Oh yes, first generation Brats and Wagons in the 80's are the shiit, and I would have one if I could. However, lack of money and my personaly safety are important factors in my life at this moment.

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Old 08-14-2001, 06:43 PM   #12
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Accurit - he, he
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Old 08-14-2001, 07:19 PM   #13
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I see the need for YAF (Yet Another Forum), the Non-Technical 2.5 RS forum. It would have the charter "Non-Technical discussion SPECIFICALLY about the 2.5 RS and how rare they are and how their non-functional hood scoops, bigger spoilers and blasť headlights make them superior in every non-technical respect to the WRX."
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Old 08-14-2001, 07:27 PM   #14
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typical WRX driver

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Old 08-14-2001, 07:41 PM   #15
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edit: Doh..
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Old 08-14-2001, 07:46 PM   #16
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I'd rather have a '32 Ford Roadster, with a 300hp, 327 Chev, a four speed transmission and 3.55 rear end gears.
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Old 08-14-2001, 08:05 PM   #17
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Phil let's see a pic! I love 32s! What do you think of Troy's Mitsu awd beast. Is yours a fenderless low-boy? Hi-tech g machine, tubbed drag, retro classical or good old street cruiser? Some day I'll do one of those.
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Old 08-14-2001, 08:31 PM   #18
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I think this is just typical of what happens when newer models of any particular car arrive on the scene. The newer models are always improved, in either performance, price, looks, etc....otherwise they wouldn't really be improved would they? Many suppliers of parts to the previous model are quick to jump on the new one, especially when the newer model is much more popular as that is just good business sense as is the case with the WRX. Larger potential sales is hard to shy away from just for loyalty reasons. Sure, the older generation guy will feel somewhat neglected, but you had all of the prior attention so it sort of balances out in the end.

Once it was announced the WRX would arrive on U.S. shores, I started a thread indicating that I feared much aftermarket support for the RS would fade away to favor the WRX. Many people practically flamed me for saying such "blasphemy", but what has happened today? The exact thing I was talking about. But, it was to be expected, as it has happened many times in the past with all kinds of makes/models.
Take Nissan for example.
The Nissan (Datsun) 240Z-280Z-280ZX-300ZX(Z31)-300ZX(Z32)-350Z?
Older generation Nissan (more correctly stated as Datsun to us purists) owners are quite seperate from the modern 300ZX crowd. The cars are very different and many companies that catered to the original 240Z have gone the way of the DODO (BRE for example) while new companies cropped up to exclusively support the 300ZX (i.e. Stillen). Even with these differences though, we manage to get along, as one group can appreciate the other. And, there is still enough aftermarket support for both to make them fun.

I don't think all is lost though, as there is still enough support for the older generations, it's just slowed down considerably. If that support grows is another question altogether, and one I doubt will have a good answer, as in all likelihood, the RS will slowly fade away as the WRX takes the stage.

Of course, I plan on solving this exact dilemma by swapping in a used US spec EJ20T, once I have the cash and time to swap it into my GC8. Plenty of support for the heart transplant, while retaining the good (and I'd argue more aggressive) looks of my neglected generation.

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Old 08-14-2001, 08:53 PM   #19
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Funny,

When I had an Outback Sport I was totally neglected and ignored by the RS folks. Now that I have a WRX I'm the bad guy?

This subject has been beaten th DEATH!

move on and get over it.
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Old 08-14-2001, 08:56 PM   #20
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Well said Catfish...
I plan on keeping my 00 RS Sedan: First year RS offered in a sedan, sweet BRP color and classic styling will make it quite the rarebird indeed.
And all in all, how fast is fast enough for a daily driver anyway?
And food for thought - do you think a year or so from now all of the current WRX owners will feel the same way when people start talking up their STi WRX's? Think they'll feel left out? Hmmm...
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Old 08-14-2001, 08:57 PM   #21
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Everyone.. be civil in here.
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Old 08-14-2001, 08:59 PM   #22
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Thumbs down Beaten to death....

Please behave.... Subie's are Subies...
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Old 08-14-2001, 09:07 PM   #23
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got that right ProgWRX. My brother just picked up two XT6's that he plans on making one good one from. Subies are Subies! I say just enjoy...
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Old 08-14-2001, 10:20 PM   #24
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Just be glad that you have a unique car produced in low #s. You have the good looks too! Remember, the RS is the OG and there is no way of getting around that! The WRX is fast and drives really well, but I love my RS!
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Old 08-14-2001, 11:26 PM   #25
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Everybody, just enjoy your car for what it is

Its the nature of the beast that parts for RS's will become rarer. Im sure with the rabidness (in a good way!) of the RS community will ensure that there are a decent amount of parts out there for at least a few more years.
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