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#1251 of 1480 Re: MT or AT [spagball]
Jun 16, 2008 (2:46 pm)
I'm surprised with the poor sales on the AT WRX.
I am not surprised at all. Subaru deliberately crippled the AT version, with a 4-speed AT, when even $13K Honda Fits have been appearing for several years with a 5-speed AT.
On top of that, from the 2008 model year, they quietly removed the VTD Differentials (Center differential with planetary gears that split power 45/55 front/rear) of the AT, and slipped in the cheaper front-wheel biased AWD system of the lower-end Automatic Imprezas. In the new AWD system, you can make the 2008 AT WRX a full-time Front-wheel-drive vehicle, by pulling a simple fuse. The 2007 and prior years, you could not, since it had a real Center Differential.
I am not surprised that the AT Imprezas don't sell that well. The 2002-2005 model years were crippled with a 2.0L rubber-band engine (along with the 4AT), which the 2006-2007 model years solved with a 2.5L DOHC Turbo Boxer (but still with the 4AT).
Put in a 5-speed Transmission, with paddle shifters and the Rear-wheel-biased VTD AWD system from the pre-2008 years, and see the AT version fly off the lots. This is after all, the US market.
#1252 of 1480 Re: MT or AT [aaykay]
Jun 17, 2008 (6:49 am)
In the new AWD system, you can make the 2008 AT WRX a full-time Front-wheel-drive vehicle, by pulling a simple fuse.
For the mainstream market, the ability to avoid a flat bed tow could well be more important than VTD rear wheel bias. Not all areas have many flat bed tow trucks readily available.
Of course my 3.0R has VTD.
#1253 of 1480 Re: MT or AT [saedave]
Jun 20, 2008 (5:45 pm)
Really? Around here I rarely see the traditional Cooter Style Tow Truck at all. Heck I haven't seen one in years. Except for the NYC Parking Authority who uses that style to tow you when you park illegally.
Jun 24, 2008 (2:18 pm)
It appears as though Subaru is going to have to do a major overhaul on the WRX if it wants to be competitive. The Mitsubishi even comes with front and rear LSD. I sure hope Subaru gets their act together, and soon.
#1255 of 1480 Re: vs. '09 Ralliart? [merrycynic]
Jun 24, 2008 (3:18 pm)
There will be WRX upgrades for 2009. I've been told that they dramatically improve the performance.
#1256 of 1480 Re: vs. '09 Ralliart? [rsholland]
Jun 24, 2008 (5:25 pm)
Good news, but what are they?
#1257 of 1480 Re: vs. '09 Ralliart? [rsholland]
Jun 24, 2008 (5:57 pm)
HMM, my guess is a DSG of some sort, which would make me very very sad.
#1258 of 1480 Re: vs. '09 Ralliart? [merrycynic]
Jun 25, 2008 (5:13 am)
I don't know all the details, but what I do know I've been asked not to repeat. Let's just say most WRX fans will welcome the changes.
#1259 of 1480 Re: vs. '09 Ralliart? [rsholland]
Jun 25, 2008 (5:29 am)
If not what, then when?
#1260 of 1480 Re: vs. '09 Ralliart? [merrycynic]
Jun 25, 2008 (6:06 am)
Probably by the end of August, or shortly thereafter.