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Subaru Impreza, Car Buying, Sedan, Wagon
#178 of 321 Re: looking to buy 2009 impreza 2.5i w/ premium [plainane129]
Aug 17, 2009 (9:44 am)
Rattles on the interior of a new Subaru is pretty typical, but by 4500 miles they probably will not get much, if any, worse. If you can isolate the origin of the rattle, I might be able to give you more feedback as to what is causing it. The car still has quite a bit of factory warranty left on it (3 year / 36,000 miles), so you can likely get this addressed if it bothers you. Paint chipping is par for the course anymore. Today's paints are "safer," but they sure don't tolerate rocks. You can have a clear bra (3M) applied to it to reduce future chipping in the most rock-prone areas.
Subaru AWD is fantastic. Put decent tires on it, and an Impreza will take yu anywhere you need to go!
#179 of 321 Re: looking to buy 2009 impreza 2.5i w/ premium [plainane129]
Aug 17, 2009 (10:46 am)
No rattling or noise.. the Impreza is a pleasure to drive.. very surefooted in all road conditions. I had a few close calls at high speed.. the Impreza just gripped the road and kept the car from spinning out.
I prefer a new car and the dealer being on the hook. I recommend you shop a little harder and stick with a new car.
#180 of 321 Re: looking to buy 2009 impreza 2.5i w/ premium [plainane129]
Aug 17, 2009 (12:26 pm)
My sister compared her Forester to a Camry, test drove both on the same day.
It was raining.
Guess which one she's driving now? 03 Forester and still loving it.
#181 of 321 Re: looking to buy 2009 impreza 2.5i w/ premium [xwesx]
Aug 18, 2009 (7:02 am)
Do you have to put snow tires on an AWD impreza for it to work reliably in the snow? I think it comes with Bridgestone Potenza tires.
#182 of 321 Re: looking to buy 2009 impreza 2.5i w/ premium [plainane129]
Aug 18, 2009 (7:09 am)
The tires that came with the car are all season tires. They were rotated every second oil change by my Subaru dealer. No need to add snows or chains unless you live in severe winter weather area. I live in CT.
#183 of 321 Re: looking to buy 2009 impreza 2.5i w/ premium [plainane129]
Aug 18, 2009 (7:36 am)
Nope! As a Minnesotan who has has 2 Jeep Wranglers, 1 jeep Grand Cherokee, 1 Pathfinder... the Impreza is the best in the snow of any vehicle I have owned! Even WITH the stock Potenzas. If you don't need to go off road, the Subaru is the best thing out there in the snow.
#184 of 321 Re: looking to buy 2009 impreza 2.5i w/ premium [plainane129]
Aug 18, 2009 (12:56 pm)
No, it will work okay with the stock tires. But, if you want phenomenal performance, put winter tires (Nokians, Blizzaks... good studless winter tires) on it. If you live in an area with a lot of ice (like mine, where we drive on ice for six months), winter tires make a huge difference. There are places the car will not like (or simply will not) to go with the stock tires, but those places are very difficult to find with winter tires.
For occasional winter conditions, dedicated winter tires are difficult to justify.
That said, I have never owned a Subaru with winter tires. I always had all-season (four different types, including the Potenzas) tires and did just fine with them. However, the Potenzas were the worst of the bunch. The best? Goodyear Assurance Tripletred. Those tires were fantastic.
#185 of 321 Re: looking to buy 2009 impreza 2.5i w/ premium [plainane129]
Aug 18, 2009 (1:39 pm)
No you don't. I use the Potenza tires in winter. If you live in a state that puts gravel out for traction in winter as I do, a winter tread throws the gravel and will chip your paint off the bottom part of front doors and rear panel.In summer I have a set of Legacy GT wheels that has Cooper Zeon 2XS on them.
Aug 18, 2009 (3:47 pm)
Mine suck... Do I need snow tires? No.. I grew up driving rear-wheel drive cars with crappy tires...anything better is just a bonus. Do I wish I had snow tires? YOU BET!
Really, it's criminal to put these crappy tires on an AWD car.. and, to top it off, they are lousy in the rain, as well.. It takes all the fun out of it..
Okay... rant over..
#187 of 321 Re: Potenzas [kyfdx]
Aug 19, 2009 (8:34 am)
I need to get to where I can say so much with so little. Well done.