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Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Wagon
Oct 27, 2003 (12:14 pm)
Hello, have a 2000 subaru impreza wagon L. Now that my warranty is almost over i'm looking to deck it out a little. First I want to figure out why it makes a clonk when I brake when stopping from going slowly. The dealer said it was a suspension thing that was normal to the car but I'm suspciousa nd I wonder if you know or can advise me as how to address the issue. I looked at the prodrive website following you previous threads but dont know if those suspension parts willwork on my older model.
Oct 27, 2003 (12:40 pm)
The sounds doent really moan its more of a dropping sound. And it doesnt matter which direction the car is moving. Do you still think it may be the bearings?
Oct 27, 2003 (1:25 pm)
Hmmm...prolly not. Bearings would be a speed-dependent whine, not dependent on the braking.
You might have some debris caught in the braking system, I'd check it out ASAP before you ruin the rotors.
#4638 of 5922 Hitches & Towing
Oct 27, 2003 (1:54 pm)
I called the dealer where I got my 2002 WRX wagon with the intention of ordering a hitch for it that I could have installed in a week or two.
The guy I talked to said there is no such hitch for the 2002 WRX Wagon, that there are ones for the Outback, for the Impreza Wagon non-WRX, and for the Impreza WRX car non-Wagon, but nothing for the WRX Wagon.
This puzzled me because I could swear that the day I left the lot with it, I got a price on it and remembered it was around $250.
So I called back and asked again, hoping I'd get a different guy, but I think it was the same one because he acted all pissy with me saying again that it doesn't exist.
I called two other dealers who said they could get one for $260 and $214 respectively, installation not included.
I've found some subaru parts websites that seem to have them for around $180-200. But some say max towing capacity 2000lbs and a couple do make it sound like "not for WRX" -- I can read English, but it's darned confusing.
Bottom line -- has anyone else out there done any TOWING with hitches, or is everyone else just using the hitch to hold bikes?
All I want to do is make a 1500 mile trip with a little U-Haul trailer on the back. I have no idea how heavy the trailer is to start, but 2000lbs doesn't sound like a heck of a lot.
Oct 27, 2003 (5:31 pm)
I'm not sure, but, I think I remember seeing a WRX wagon with a hitch parked at Subaru headquarters in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Oct 28, 2003 (6:32 am)
Do a search on nasioc.com, and you should be able to find pictures.
Oct 29, 2003 (8:28 am)
A place like Trick Trucks or Pep Boys will have universal hitches and can install them for you for less than $200 for a Class I, which is all you can tow anyway.
That guy is partially right - it's the Forester and Outback that come pre-wired for a hitch harness. So with a WRX some wire cutting might be required (at least there is no plug-and-play harness plug).
#4642 of 5922 K & N Air Filter
Nov 01, 2003 (7:59 pm)
I replaced my stock air filter at 17,500 miles with a K & N from Pep Boys. It replaces the stock unit but K & N recommends removing the air cleaner box to install it properly. My WRX runs the best it ever has.
Nov 02, 2003 (12:14 pm)
I just finished my favorite, best ever, mod. I disabled that goddamned "feature" that makes the AC compressor come on every time you try to run the defrost. Now I can experience the joy of clear windows w/out suffering the performance hit and exterior window condensation (read - reduced visibility) caused by the AC on-by-force policy that Subaru pushes. Had I known it was going to be so easy I would have done it in the dealer's lot:-)
Nov 02, 2003 (3:44 pm)
Please share details of what you did to disable the defrost AC 'feature'. Any impact on the way the regular AC works?