My husband and I took our '97 Legacy Outback to our dealership to have the alternator replaced. To pass the time while we were waiting, we asked our regular salesperson if we could drive the WRX - just to check out the rumors. Anyway, we ended up using our home equity loan to buy the only available WRX at the dealership. I'm still breaking it in, so haven't pushed the limits, but even at "normal" driving speeds, it is great.
I would appreciate any tips about the specifics of the intercooled turbo. Anything to help me differentiate the normal quirks from red flag signals. I have a good knowledge of German cars, but we have only owned Japanese cars (Mitsubishi and Subaru) since 1994.
Thanks in advance for any feedback.
Also, check out the Impreza WRX website. They have an option for ordering the WRX. I didn't get a chance to try it, but it might help decrease the severity of price gouging. Our dealership (Stohlman VW/Subaru in Arlington, VA) actually took $500 off the sticker price - but we also settled for an automatic.
An earlier post recommended B/S RE730's. I checked out these tires at the Tire Rack. They look very good but it occured to me that the Tire Rack may be pushing them because Discount Tire Direct doesn't sell Bridgestone tires.
Does anyone have a recommendation for an alternative to the RE730's? I currently run Dunlop SP8000's on my Nissan NX2000. I've been very happy with them, and from the comments at the Tire Rack site the RE730's are even better.
BTW, have you checked out www.i-club.com the official North American Subaru Owners web site?
Check the forums there, theres alot more subie-related info and you might find out more than you wanted to know there
so i have always been into vws..but i am really giving the wrx a look..although i cant find one in the seattle area to test drive yet..alot of performance for 24k..nice 0-60 times although i was hoping for low 14 second 1/4 miles..but 14.6-14.7 is still good..right on par with a type r..but alot of the posts of new owners of the wrx are about the check engine lights that wont seem to go away..im a little unsure if subaru has this car sorted out..as its so new over here in the us..with our different safety/emissions requirments..i was waiting for the 2002 gti 1.8t..but not sure about the wrx..but would like to test drive one..
i like the look of the larger rally wing..it kinda completes the back-end and makes it look better..or at least as far as just the factory style wing..i still need to drive one..i know its not going to be nice like an a4..but should be fast..although i dont want a turbo headache that subaru cant figure out..well see..i just might stick to the gti for 2002..with chip about 200hp and 30 more lbs of torque than the wrx..hmmm