I planned on keeping my '00 Protege
until it died but for a WRX I traded my
reliable economy car for more power.
Generally not rash to buy a vehicle,
when I found a WRX wagon on sale for a
great price I bought it the day I test
drove it. For anyone into spirited
driving on gravel roads, a WRX has no
rivals for the cost. Compared to the
sedan version, the wagon is sluggish but
the utility of extra interior space has
been worth it. Everyone I know who has
considered a wagon and bought a sedan
has since regretted the lack of room.
Fuel economy: 22 mpg day-to-day, 29
highway, 9 when running wide open.
Rough road speed combined with
poor-weather handling to provide
performance unlike any other vehicle in
its price range. Sleeper appearance --
unless someone knows what the WRX
badging means they generally mistake it
for just another Subaru wagon.
Everyone dislikes the dash cupholder,
fog light & cruise engage button would
be better off on stalks instead of the
dash, stereo tuner "dial" should either
be a normal dial or just two buttons.
I have been a VW fan for the last 15 years, at one time saying I would never buy anything else. That was until my '96 Jetta GLS. To say I was disappointed with it is an understatement. While looking for a replacement for that car, something fun like VW's without the problems, I started looking at the WRX wagon. I needed a wagon and 4 doors, otherwise I may have ended up with a GTi. I took the WRX for a test drive, and that is all it took. This car is pure joy to drive! I had to get one, and I did. I have been driving it now for six months, and I still love it. I still look for reasons to take it out and I am still volunteering to drive my friends to and from the airport. I love it!
Steering, awd, turbo, the look of it, racing steering wheel & pedals.
Better placement of drink holders. Dampeners for the doors (close hard). Make 17 & 18 inch rims an option.
This has got to be one of the most underrated cars out there, It's practicality is useful for almost situation a driver wants(except racing) unless turbo'd. It was my best friend in 20cm of snow and its AWD never let me down.
I bought this car brand new. It has been a rocket of a car despite the turbo lag at low rpms. Very responsive and nimble for a wagon. This was the 2nd gen WRX. Reliable except for some problems. There is strut knocking in the rear, disc/brakes problems (numerous brake replacements) not braking hard. Clutch smells when driving it hard. A bit cramped for tall people. No rear room for adults great space with seats folded down. Comparable to an SUV. Excessive wind noise and engine noise. Fogs up easy on the windows. Lots of fan noise when on high but not much output to help defog.
Great power, reliable, good handling with awd. Sharp looks, great visibility all around. Solid shifting gearbox.
Bigger brakes and clutch to handle the bigger (turbocharged) engine! I believe they are stock. I think it's corrected in later models. Better interior quality. Heated mirrors and seats standard. Reduce cabin noise from wind and engine. More options.
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