RE: Subaru Impreza WRX | Shed of the Week

RE: Subaru Impreza WRX | Shed of the Week

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AndrewGP

1,477 posts

120 months

Friday 14th February
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mooseracer said:
I'm probably being blind/stupid but is there actually a link to the car in the article?
No link in the article that I could find but the car in question is here.

Cambs_Stuart

939 posts

42 months

Friday 14th February
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TEKNOPUG said:
Good luck fitting 16" tyres on 17" wheels....

I have a similar mileage 2002 WRX wagon, albeit with PPP and a few other mods, that I am just prepping to sell. Won't be asking anything like as much as this one, so will be interested to see what it goes for. Further proof that they are capable of big miles though.
So have you still got two WRX wagons? I still think of my black blob with affection.

grumpy52

4,469 posts

124 months

Friday 14th February
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A good inspections and a history and sympathetic ownership is a must on any Subaru.
If abused and not serviced they don't last .
I used to move cars for that well known car buying site . All the drivers would get excited about driving their first Subarus , unfortunately all that we came across were at the bottom end of condition and not one finished the journey to the auction yards under their own power .
To survive to this sort of miles must have involved some care and a fair amount of money .
Would you buy it just for the noise and dreams of Macrae , Burns and Scandinavian heroes ?

pSyCoSiS

2,734 posts

163 months

Friday 14th February
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The Subaru is still an itch I wish to scratch. They are reasonably priced at the moment, so I might take a punt within the next couple of months.

Not bad value if this one has been properly looked after.

Krikkit

19,494 posts

139 months

Friday 14th February
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MarJay said:
I understand that the STis don't understeer the same way, but it really put me off Subarus if I'm honest. Tinny, cheap feeling, not even that quick, understeery and definitely not pretty. It felt more Korean than something like a Toyota or Nissan.

Good shed, I do approve of this one. A hundred times better than last week's blandmobile but as they say on the Tellybox, Ahm oot.
Apparently the understeer is cured by fitting a stiffer/STI rear ARB - neutralises the handling and away you go.

I know what you mean about the interiors - they don't exude quality, but the engineering underneath is pretty good in my experience.

teleostbat

18 posts

80 months

Friday 14th February
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Brilliant shed, surely ideal for anyone wanting to tick off the list.

Great to drive, but bargain basement interiors (been spoiled by german car build quality).

I do miss that burbled and the mental cornering ability though, and that hot smell once you'd driven it hard somewhere. The same smell as a hot 911 with an oil leak...


Baileyk

86 posts

22 months

Friday 14th February
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The 'Bug eye' scooby was much derided for its looks when it was released - but the look has grown on me over the years and think
they're prettier than most of the modern stuff out there.

Krikkit

19,494 posts

139 months

Friday 14th February
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teleostbat said:
Great to drive, but bargain basement interiors (been spoiled by german car build quality interior touchy feely plastics).
FTFY wink

oilit

1,277 posts

136 months

Friday 14th February
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The wagon is probably the only Impreza I would have - and much to the scourn of most - if it was an auto even better as it may not have been screamed quite as much (yes I know - caveat emptor)

LOL ref chimp comment - must remember that also

Edited by oilit on Friday 14th February 10:41

Augustus Windsock

2,243 posts

113 months

Friday 14th February
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Blob eye. Not for me.
Estate blob eye. Definitely not for me.
I’ve owned a mint low-miles classic and a mint low miles WR1 both of which I loved and both of which I would choose over a blob eye car.
One of things I loved about the WR1, apart from the extra power, was the DCCD which allowed a bit of fun when it snowed..

sgtBerbatov

2,299 posts

39 months

Friday 14th February
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As the owner of another bug eye'd WRC champ (Corolla - stop laughing) I adore these Impreza's. I didn't at the time, but the older I get and the more I look at these the more I think they look contemporary compared to the generation before. Those Impreza's look old. These ones look modern enough.

I would buy it in a heartbeat, but the taxman took all my dough.

Jay Kay 225

19 posts

130 months

Friday 14th February
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Augustus Windsock said:
Blob eye. Not for me.
Estate blob eye. Definitely not for me.
I’ve owned a mint low-miles classic and a mint low miles WR1 both of which I loved and both of which I would choose over a blob eye car.
One of things I loved about the WR1, apart from the extra power, was the DCCD which allowed a bit of fun when it snowed..
Erm, a WR1 is a blob eye

ingrowtn

224 posts

211 months

Friday 14th February
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oilit said:
The wagon is probably the only Impreza I would have - and much to the scourn of most - if it was an auto even better as it may not have been screamed quite as much (yes I know - caveat emptor)

Edited by oilit on Friday 14th February 10:41
I wouldn't worry about that, the harder you drive them the more they like it. Mine did and was still happy to go to the red line at similar mileage to this one at the time I sold it 5 years ago. Something I still regret to this day.

marshall100

1,117 posts

159 months

Friday 14th February
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Cannot underestimate how much these rust. I've got a subaru forester of similar vintage, biggest mistake I made was making it sorn for a couple of years. While the body is sound, the rest of it has been reducing itself to the finest of flaky puff pastry for the past 24 months.

I dare say this one might be ok with continued use, but if in doubt, slam the bonnet and see how much of the car ends up on the floor.

R12many

142 posts

50 months

Friday 14th February
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Augustus Windsock said:
Blob eye. Not for me.
Estate blob eye. Definitely not for me.
I’ve owned a mint low-miles classic and a mint low miles WR1 both of which I loved and both of which I would choose over a blob eye car.
One of things I loved about the WR1, apart from the extra power, was the DCCD which allowed a bit of fun when it snowed..
Do you mean WR Sport?

vtecyo

2,110 posts

87 months

Friday 14th February
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Errr... isn't this a bug eye?

Blob eye is this:


NGK210

1,188 posts

103 months

Friday 14th February
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Pleasingly unpretentious and, in turn, cool.
Cabins are a tad bleak and feel brittle but are actually well built and hard-wearing.
As mentioned, understeer can be cured by a stiffer rear ARB. (WhIch is a recipe also adopted by the new F-type.)
I’ve heard that because it was an inherently ‘dirty’ engine, EU-spec cars had a different map/ECU to improve emissions, so if a JDM-spec map/ECU is fitted it improves performance and MPG? True?
The car in the ad has only one former keeper, a FSH and, I assume, it’s unmodified, which is a rare combo - used-car nirvana.
party

nickfrog

12,594 posts

175 months

Friday 14th February
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Where is Eric? When the thread has nothing to do with Subaru he is all over it with Subaru comments but when it's about Subaru he is nowhere to be seen. Disapointing.

r159

725 posts

32 months

Friday 14th February
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God I miss my buyeye saloon... I wish they put the boxy arches on the estate...

I think the sti version was one of the best looking new age Imprezas, especially the S202.

Drive Blind

3,649 posts

135 months

Friday 14th February
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rossub said:
I must get me one of them there ‘peanut’ WRXs laugh
was confusing enough with blobeye, bugeye, hawkeye, popeye hehe

now there's a peanut ? scratchchin