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Subaru Impreza, Sedan
Apr 04, 2002 (10:57 pm)
Hey, I noticed you have an automatic WRX. How is that? While I would probably get a manual for the WRX to save $1000, I just wanted to know how it feels in comparison to your Acura TL.
Well folks, despite all the pros and cons, I believe I will most likely be getting a WRX. What has influenced me so much? I went to the IIHS site and looked at the crash tests for the Jetta and the Impreza. The Impreza has the best crash tests for all small cars. The Jetta is pretty good too, and they have side curtain airbags, which have been shown to work very well to protect one's head, but the Impreza has the least cabin intrusions. The only bad thing about the Impreza is that it costs way more to fix the car in low speed crashes (5mph). The average cost to fix a low speed crash for the 1999 Jetta was $289 while the 2002 Impreza was $629. I wonder how the insurance will play out. It is a powerful car so the price should be higher, but then it is a safer car so the price should be lower, but then again, it is more expensive in a collision so the price would be higher.
All in all, I have come to conclude that Subaru does indeed make good cars. I can't believe I never considered Subaru to be a good car until the WRX came out. They need to advertise more on their merits rather than just having Crocodile Dundee talking. =oP
#5689 of 11554 Insurance
Apr 05, 2002 (3:59 am)
If you take theft into account the WRX should cost less since it's not as popular as the jetta and therefore there is less demand for used parts.
Apr 05, 2002 (8:15 am)
AH: at the NY show, I noticed the Legacy 2.5 GT gets a shiftronic and VTD. Since those are now coupled together, it bodes well for the future WRX - I bet it'll get shiftronic controls too.
#5691 of 11554 2003 wrx - Will it have more horsepower?
Apr 05, 2002 (8:30 am)
I heard it will have 276hp - is this true?
Apr 05, 2002 (8:36 am)
The STi will have ~280hp 1700units will be sold in the US in MY04
#5693 of 11554 Auto vs. Manual
Apr 05, 2002 (3:54 pm)
Hi guys. I just wanted to know what you guys thought about the WRX in auto or manual. Except for the difference between auto and manual in all other cars, are there any specific differences for the WRX? I know that the WRX in auto comes with a different (i think better) AWD than the manual. I'm wondering how the auto will shift, will it shift for turbo boost or for gas efficiency? Thanks.
Apr 05, 2002 (4:00 pm)
Why would the AWD be different, much less better in automatic than manual??
#5695 of 11554 Paisan, what scody might be talking about....
Apr 05, 2002 (4:00 pm)
is a big rumor on iClub that the 2003 "normal" WRX may well in fact get a bump in horsepower. I keep hearing 250'ish. Most doubt it, most claim they'll be pi$$ed if it's true, etc., etc. But, yes, Paisan is correct that the WRX STi will have something in that neighborhood.
#5696 of 11554 Auto vs. manual
Apr 05, 2002 (4:06 pm)
Yes, the AWD is different between the two. And yes, IMO, the auto has a better AWD, because it has a slightly rearward power bias (45/55 vs. 50/50). The manual's AWD is controlled by a viscous coupling, and the automatic's AWD is controlled by an electronic clutch pack. The automatic WRX also has VTD (Variable Torque Distribution), whereas the the manual doesn't.
Having said all that, I still would prefer the 5-speed manual to the 4-speed automatic.
Apr 05, 2002 (4:08 pm)
No idea that they were that different. That said, how does that translate into real world performance? Is there an appreciable difference in terms of AWD performance between the 2?