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#9 of 44 Top three most reliable makers
Jan 25, 2007 (11:10 am)
Since the early 90s. Toyota, Honda, and Subaru have been rated the top three in regards to reliablility.
The Impreza model in particular, had the fewest customer complaints percentage-wise in various publications.
My March 2001 WRX has 36,000 miles on it, oil changes have been the only expense so far.
Car magazines and the press may deny it, but Japanese-assembled cars have always had better overall quality and longevity than U.S. assembled ones in my experience.
#10 of 44 Re: Turbo timer? [wayland1985]
Jan 27, 2007 (2:52 pm)
I too am considering the Honda Civic Si and the WRX as my next car. I had a 2003 WRX wagon that was totaled in an accident. That WRX had 40,000 trouble-free miles and I really enjoyed it. If Honda didn't offer the Civic Si in 4-door sedan form, I would buy another WRX in a heartbeat. However, I've always been a fan of high-revving Honda engines and the Si sedan package is very tempting. I've testdriven both cars and love each one's uniqueness. Reliability is not an issue with these two cars.
As for the turbo timer, you don't need one. Today's turbocharged engines do not need the extra cool-down period. Subaru published an article to its mechanics explaining how the turbo flat four's design negates the need for a turbo timer.
#11 of 44 Re: WRX Reliability? [wayland1985]
Jan 27, 2007 (10:52 pm)
I have a 2002 automatic WRX with 72000 miles (60 percent highway/40 percent city). Reliability has been outstanding. And it has only gotten better as the model year has advanced. No repairs. A couple of minor recalls in the first two years. Only routine maintenance done per the manual. As peppy as when I drove it out of the showroom the summer of 2001 (02 models came out in spring 2001). No wonder Subaru owners are fiercely loyal to the brand!
Jan 28, 2007 (8:34 am)
The 94 Legacy Turbo has been sitting in our garage since August, we've been gutting out the interior and preparing it for next years race season. Finally got it all back together last night, put on the alternator belt and put the battery back in.
Guess what? She fired right up and ran pretty good for a car that has been sitting for close to 6 months!
#13 of 44 Re: Turbo timer? [a10thunder]
Jan 31, 2007 (9:20 am)
I have booth a 2002 civic and a 2002 2.5 wagon. both with over 100,000 miles. stay with Subaru the maintenance on the civic will kill you and the Subaru in town is much better with its higher torque.
Feb 05, 2007 (8:22 am)
I was under the impression that the WRXs became better in terms of reliability the newer the models, with the '02 being the worst??
With that said, have an '02 WRX with about 100K miles. My clutch just gave way (1st manual car owned) and had an issue with turbo boost that corrected itself, but generally has been very reliable.
Had a few nits during the warrenty period, that once corrected, never resurfaced.
Considering that I also had a Camry V6 that went over 100K miles, and had to invest more money and take it to the shop more often with issues than my WRX, I would have to say the Subi has been reliable.
BTW, I considered the Camry to be reliable as well.
#15 of 44 Re: '02 WRX [kevin111]
Feb 05, 2007 (9:19 am)
The 02 was the first year model, plus it made performance affordable for a lot of young kids that abused the hardware a bit. A few transmissions bit the dust.
The next year, MY2003, Subaru added a force-limiting valve on the clutch, basically a mechanism to prevent full-throttle launches where you dump the clutch.
The fact that we stopped seeing transmission failures basically proves there was nothing wrong with the 02s, i.e. it was drivetrain abuse. Many of the cars were also modified.
An unmolested 02 should be very reliable. An abused one will not, but what abused car would?
#16 of 44 Re: WRX Reliability? [wayland1985]
Feb 06, 2007 (11:23 am)
I also have a 2002 WRX wagon with automatic. I've had absolutley no problems in 51,000 miles. Just changed the brake pads recently, and here in Florida, it is great in the heavy rains we get...don't know how the Civic would handle. The wagon is great in terms of practicality...lots of stuff can be carried. My wife has a 2001 Legacy with 61,000 miles and also has had no problems.
#17 of 44 Re: WRX Reliability? [wayland1985]
Feb 12, 2007 (5:26 pm)
I've a 2002 wrx wagon, 5mt, second shipment to North America.
This car has a factory flaw of a chattering cold clutch and Subaru discovered the problem only after my 36k warranty had expired so no free fix for me. I'm still on the original clutch at 123k miles with no real trouble.
- Replaced warped front rotors and pads at 30k miles under warranty
- Fixed cruise control under recall
- Speaker cut out on drivers-side rear door at 40,000 miles
- Started leaking fuel at cool temperatures (~40 degF) at 115,000 miles (a pain because the intake manifold has to be removed to access the line--This was fixed in 2003 models with longer rubber section to account for metal fuel line shrinkage in cool weather)
- Valve cover gaskets leak discovered at the 120,000 service
I replaced all rotors and pads again at 90,000 miles, and pads only at 120,000 miles as I'm being far gentler to the car in its old age.
I'm on my fifth set of rubber at 120,000. I consumed two sets of re92, one of yokohama avs-es100 which were awesome but I couldn't take them up to the mountains in winter. I'm now on my second set of sumitomo htr+ which are quiet and have long life.
#18 of 44 Re: WRX Reliability? [bazillionrpm]
Feb 12, 2007 (5:46 pm)
HTR+ how do you like em? I'm a BIG fan of them! The ES100s too as a street summer tire are great!