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#1039 of 11554 H6 has lower low end torque
Mar 23, 2001 (10:23 am)
Well, maybe not at the very lowest low end, but unless you're towing things with your sports car it might not make much difference.
Subaru quotes 210 ft-lb at 4400rpm for the H6
Subaru quotes 217 ft-lb at 4000rpm for the 2L turbo.
(Not to mention 212Hp 6000rpm for the H6 is lower than the 2276000 for the 2 Litre turbo:)
I haven't found the torque curve for the H6, but the curve in the wrx glossy brochure that none of the dealers seem to have (you can request on Subaru's website that one be mailed to you) shows a pretty wide, flat torque curve... Mmmmaybe only about ~110 ft-lbs at 1000rpm,
~150 2000, ~2003000
And if what happened to the Mitsu Eclipse is any indication, when they went from the 2L 210Hp turbo to the 205Hp V6, you wouldn't think it would change much but it transformed it from a six and a half second 0-60 machine into a low 7's. That big, flat turbo torque curve really makes a big acceleration difference.
Just some random thoughts.
P.S. I forgot to mention in my earlier post that I saw Steven's Creek Subaru last weekend had some WRX's in and the last two of six they had received had a $3000 over MSRP markup.
At least I got to kick the tires and sit in the car if not drive it. I'm 6'2" and have found some cars difficult to sit in, but the impreza was nice and roomy (at least in the driver's seat, anyway The crank handle to raise and lower the seat was kind of cool, too. The seat bolsters are fairly narrow which I thought was supportive, but wider people might have issues with them.
#1040 of 11554 17" Tire Upgrade
Mar 23, 2001 (10:27 am)
Wouldn't it be a problem if you change the original 16" tire with 17" in terms of reading on the speedometer (might give you a diff. speed)?
#1041 of 11554 Security System...
Mar 23, 2001 (10:30 am)
Does this immobilize the engine if a different key, other than the key that came with the car, is used (just like the ones in Australia)?
Mar 23, 2001 (10:56 am)
Scott, I haven't seen the heads on a WRX but the block is the same... the solution is closing the deck or o-ringing the block (2 different solutions). That's for hardcore, heavily modified applications. Normal end-users just replace the head gaskets when they fail.
I wouldn't try stronger fasteners-- cylinder head bolts-- on the EJ series because it's all aluminum and already has stupendously high torque specs. I doubt more is safe without warping the head or block... if it was I bet the FHI engineers would spec more!
#1043 of 11554 JBREEZE1...Florida Dealers
Mar 23, 2001 (1:31 pm)
I'm guessing the response you got from Winter Park is the same Bill Bryan Subaru where I was fortunate enough to get a brief test drive (of ~9 cars initially delivered, they had 2 sedans unsold, but neither of them was silver, otherwise I might have driven one home!). I spoke with a sales guy named Sam and said I'd give him $500 over invoice for a car delivered in May -- he said he'd "float it with his manager". I was visiting from out of town, had to go.... e-mailed him, but didn't hear back so I ordered from Van Bortel in Rochester (Road Trip!!). So, not sure how much they'd deal, but worth working on it.
FYI, anyone considering Van Bortel should take a look at her bio on the www.vanbortelsubaru.com Web site. (Fired from her job by the local Mercedes shop, Kitty triumphs over adversity, kicks ass, takes names, et cetera. Vengeance is Kitty's!) What a hoot.
#1044 of 11554 Impreza Reliability
Mar 23, 2001 (3:24 pm)
I've had my MY97 Impreza Outback Sport for 4.5 yrs. I put 101,000 miles on it and the only thing that I had problem with was the spark plug cable. Haven't noticed any overheating problem, yet. But then again, I've only rev'ed it above 4000 rpm a handful of times. Oh ... still on it's original set of brakes due to mostly freeway driving. Thumbs up on Subie reliability!
#1045 of 11554 A fix for this overheating?
Mar 23, 2001 (6:31 pm)
I don't want to replace my head gasket occassionally. Unless it is an easy job (it sounds hard since the cylinders are not facing up).
But I'd be willing to do some minor (easy) engine work if there is a good fix for this that will eliminate the need to fix it ever again.
Should I still buy the WRX? I really hope Subaru has uprated the gaskets so this doesn't happen in the new car. I'd like to make a reliable 260HP or so.
#1046 of 11554 Engine mods
Mar 23, 2001 (6:51 pm)
Anybody have any idea as to who will be the first supplier of chips, exhaust mod etc. for our WRX's ? Finding only Euro sources during searches is disappointing.
Mar 24, 2001 (1:50 am)
the wrx has three cats right. it is also a ulev. would you still be able to pass emisions if you removed one of those cats. it seems that it could still pass with two, maybe just not as a ulev