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Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Wagon
Feb 28, 2003 (8:37 am)
This came up a couple of weeks ago. My two cents:
I have two daughters, ages 9 (born in 1993)and 13 (born in 1989). They are growing up while riding in the backseat of Subarus:
My current car - Black WRX wagon (2002)
Ex's current car - Blue Impreza wagon (2000
My Last car - Blue Impreza Outback Sport (1997)
Car prior to that - Red Impreza Wagon (1993)
Car before that - Red Loyale Wagon (1991)
When we had the 2nd child, we bought the 1993 Impreza wagon. We purchased a topper for longer trips requiring more gear, but only needed it sporadically. We have had a dog that went along on a few occasions and sat in the rearend.
Maybe we pack light; maybe our children's needs for personal, physical space have been denied through the years; but we have stayed at the size and type of car we have had because of cost, efficiency of operation, and the ability to still have room enough to get the job done.
I'm not saying a larger car (Legacy, Forester) wouldn't be even more comfortable if we could have more comfortably afforded it in previous years, but even when I can afford them, we are accustomed to and grow to find that we fit fine in the WRX and other Impreza wagons.
Decide what you must have for room. Decide what you feel you must have for room. Decide to meet the "must" factor in your purchase. Decide how often the "feel you must" factor should be a part of our decision. The fun factor of the WRX and the fact that we had already done much childrearing using this size car made those decisions easy for me, but everyone must decide for themselves.
Thomas in Minneapolis
Feb 28, 2003 (9:02 am)
"Maybe we pack light" => understatement of the year.
I congratulate you on your phenomenal discipline when you pack.
We're about the opposite. The wife wants to take the bathtub with us when we travel with the infant. Double stroller, back pack carrier and snugly, port-a-crib, oh, and luggage.
I usually can stuff in a tiny backpack with all my stuff in it! LOL
Feb 28, 2003 (10:07 am)
Went from Wanna to Gottawrx. Got the car from Maita in Sacramento after they changed their mind about matching Albany's $800 under deal with 3.9 fincanceing. Mr. Maita called me after i left him a mess. telling of my experience. So the Sales Mgr. first said 400 under, i said no and then they called back saying how about 800. Due to convience i went with Maita. 250 smile induced miles down and more to go. This car is nice.
Feb 28, 2003 (10:50 am)
Thomas in Minneapolis- Bravo! Cars are just like closets or refrigerators, your needs tend to expand to fill all the available storage space. I think most people would be amazed at what they can really do without when limited to a certain amount of space.
Juice- I hate to tell you but your wife could easily fill an Excursion if you let her. On the other hand, if you owned a WRX wagon, I think you'd be surprised at how well you could still manage.
Feb 28, 2003 (12:01 pm)
She could fill a Semi if we could afford one and I could drive it!
"But honey, what if I want to wear your 1986 letterman's jacket", she says.
"Hon, uh, it's August"?
#3505 of 5922 Thanks, all
Feb 28, 2003 (12:08 pm)
For the encouragement. We currently drive an Accord and a full size, regular cab pickup. The Accord is obviously the kid-hauler, but I don't see it as much more useful for that as opposed to the WRX wagon. One of the reasons I love my wife is she will not even consider a mini van (no offense to those who have them). Getting her to give up her Integra for the Accord when the first kid arrived was difficult.
She's grudgingly considering the Forrester and might wait to drive the turbo. I think this could work. It's true that the junk expands to fit the available space. Plus these kids can't even talk yet so I don't see why we should let them dictate what kind of car to drive:) If we do get it, I'll never get to drive it either.
Feb 28, 2003 (12:19 pm)
Get a WRX for yourself and the kids, then if she can't pack light she can drive the pickup with all the gear and follow you!
Kidding. My guess is you'll end up using the wagon for trips, the Accord for day-to-day, mostly due to the bigger back seat.
Feb 28, 2003 (12:49 pm)
Maybe I do need to get the WRX wagon. I have tremendous difficulty packing light. Could I say my psychologist recommended the WRX to help me overcome my need to bring ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING when I travel? Hmmmm.... this could work. LOL!
Mark - Congrats on the new car and username! Keep us posted on your efforts to keep the revs down for the next couple of weeks!
Still wanting a WRX but waiting for a turbo Legacy wagon in Seattle.
#3508 of 5922 WRX wagon with 2 kids is OK
Mar 01, 2003 (10:46 am)
My girls are 6 and 9 and they love the back seat of the rex. They didn't like my 328i which was more cramped, and they hated a saab 9-3 I shopped. Their first choice was the WRX, even over a Forrester.
My wife and I are fairly short, so there is OK but not great leg room. I also carpool 3 6 year olds and they are tight but happy.
we use the van for trips and when we have to pack a lot of stuff, but I'm amazed at how much the rex can haul.
#3509 of 5922 WRX with the 2.5 turbo
Mar 02, 2003 (8:26 am)
Finally looked at some pics of the turbo 2.5 Forester that's coming for 2004. I have to admit, that big sunroof and added oomph from another .5 liters of displacement down low is appealing. Anybody know if the 2.5 turbo is coming to the regular WRX?