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August 14, 2013, 01:47:38 PM
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Hi
I playing around with the idea of buying an Impreza WRX as "platkar". (Read "jaagkar")

1.) I see that there are quite a few of the bug/crocodile/hawk eye models available. Also I see that the 5 door WRX that they brought out in 2006/2007 are quite well priced. Anybody have any experience with either of these?
2.) What shape would you recommend and why?
3.) I remember taking the hawk eye WRX for a test drive and was really put off by how heavy the clutch is. Does the new model have the same problem?
4.) What is the fuel consumption on both these models like?

I intend on keeping the Forester and selling my mx5. So, I do not really need the space (if I do, I'll simply take the Forester), so a smallish car for driving in and around town will do.
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August 14, 2013, 02:42:04 PM
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Fuel consumption is high just like XT
Friend owns 2006 WRX and it is brilliant and it handles like a dream
He has had no issues with it
The WRX is not really a small car though
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August 14, 2013, 02:43:08 PM
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i have driven WRX where the clutch was extremely light and other were extremely hard - pretty much all depends on previous owners - but comparing the clutch of a WRX to a Forester N/A - they are much harder.
 
more power etc etc.
 
personally i would rather get a 06 or 07 (actually if budget allows, the current wide body WRX) before i would consider a Hatch WRX, the suspention is very soft and body roll is on the extreme side!
 
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August 14, 2013, 04:07:33 PM
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I saw this one which got me thinking:
http://www.autotrader.co.za/used-cars/subaru/impreza/2008-subaru-impreza-wrx-2-5-bryanston-fpa-8abef27a4064491b014077b2e31e7f31
Against this one:
http://www.gumtree.co.za/cp-cars-in-harbour/subaru-wrx-sportwagon-498286554

I think the 5 door hatch (07 model) goes through as a "smallisssschhh" car? Looking for something that is comfortable, but more POWER than the mx5. The wife already complains about the stiffness of the mx5...
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August 14, 2013, 08:48:18 PM
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Quote from: F;13510
Looking for something that is comfortable, but more POWER than the mx5. The wife already complains about the stiffness of the mx5...


Doesn't your XS meet these requirements already? :p

I'm a sucker for any of the pre-hatch shape Imprezas.  As long as it is blue with gold wheels.  Sorry, I'm not much help...
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August 14, 2013, 09:33:36 PM
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Must say that blue hatch looks very nice!
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August 14, 2013, 10:33:50 PM
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My preference would be for the Sportwagon. I had a 2005 model N/A one which I really loved. It had quite a spacious boot despite the AWD. When Subaru designed the newer hatch later on they apparently forgot about the boot. Must say I did find the Sportwagon's clutch a bit heavy, even though it was not the turbocharged version.
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September 23, 2013, 03:13:15 PM
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ttp://www.gumtree.co.za/cp-cars-in-...agon-498286554

This car I know - what a beauty - completely re- worked motor and beautifully done - it was dyno'd pushing 250kw at the wheels if I remember correctly.

Total hooligan car, and it went to the first guy who arrived with the cash!
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September 23, 2013, 04:22:26 PM
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On the hatch subject. Surely a set of bc coil over would sort it out.
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October 15, 2013, 03:50:56 PM
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Quote from: Steve;14233
On the hatch subject. Surely a set of bc coil over would sort it out.

Hey Steve.
 
A set of Arb's would sort it out , thus still soaking up the bumps but reducing body roll. That thing is a boat..You should see it on the pan..

October 15, 2013, 05:35:56 PM
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Great to know that our choice for a Hawkeye was a good one!
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