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outteekay@outnetidea.com 09-29-2003 03:57 PM

Are WRX model year differences significant?
 
I'm going to buy a WRX soon, either a low mileage used 2022, 2003,
2004 or a new 2004.

Are there *significant* differences between these model years
(including reliability), or can I just concentrate on best combination
of price and mileage?

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David & Caroline 09-29-2003 10:11 PM

Re: Are WRX model year differences significant?
 
Early 2002's had some minor issues with the clutch (early ones have a black
cover on the coolant tank, while newer ones are silver) - other than that,
there really aren't any functional differences between 2002 and 2003. For
2004, there was a facelift, and the shocks were revalved (though car mag
reviews have mentioned there was no discernable difference in performance,
the new ones felt a little better, for whatever that's worth)

<outteekay@outnetidea.com> wrote in message
news:3f785570.5822893@news.netidea.com...
> I'm going to buy a WRX soon, either a low mileage used 2022, 2003,
> 2004 or a new 2004.
>
> Are there *significant* differences between these model years
> (including reliability), or can I just concentrate on best combination
> of price and mileage?
>
> (If you want to reply by e-mail, remove occurences of "out" in my address)




Orion 09-30-2003 01:22 AM

Re: Are WRX model year differences significant?
 
I think the minor issue with the clutch was the infamous "clutch shudder".
It's one of those things where it's noticable more often when the clutch is
cold and you can get it fixed through waranty, if it's enough of a problem.
I had a very minor problem with it and got it fixed (free clutch at 8000
miles). I got lucky because some people experience worse shudder with the
replacement. I did not. For the first week that sucker grabbed a bit
earlier than I was used to, but now that I've adjusted I really like it.

I think a more severe problem (although I don't know of it happening to
anyone I know) is the second gear problem in the '02's. I understand they
were more prone to breaking, although under what situations, I don't know.
They changed the gear in the '03's, I believe. There was a big arguement
over whether or not it was changed or if it mattered, but apparently the
03's had a different part number for 2nd gear indicating they had been
changed.

Remember buying used that the first 1000 miles can be pretty important and
you don't know how (or if) the car was broken-in. Buying used will save you
the money now, but may (not for sure, at all) cause you more problems in the
future.

But then again I'm not a fan of the '04 face/tail-lift so I'd suggest seeing
if the dealer still has any new '03's on the lot :)

A




<outteekay@outnetidea.com> wrote in message
news:3f785570.5822893@news.netidea.com...
> I'm going to buy a WRX soon, either a low mileage used 2022, 2003,
> 2004 or a new 2004.
>
> Are there *significant* differences between these model years
> (including reliability), or can I just concentrate on best combination
> of price and mileage?
>
> (If you want to reply by e-mail, remove occurences of "out" in my address)




CW 09-30-2003 02:36 AM

Re: Are WRX model year differences significant?
 
A significant but not well publicized benefit of the '04's is brake
force distribution.


John 09-30-2003 05:26 AM

Re: Are WRX model year differences significant?
 
Don't forget the seats!

"CW" <carlwu@wusite.com> wrote in message
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> A significant but not well publicized benefit of the '04's is brake
> force distribution.
>




David & Caroline 09-30-2003 10:24 PM

Re: Are WRX model year differences significant?
 

"John" <jdybwad@gra.midco.net> wrote in message
news:vni4vcrrbj1ca2@corp.supernews.com...
> Don't forget the seats!


the "goodness" of the new seats is subjective - sure, the new ones look
nice, but compared to the lateral support offered by the 02/03 seats, I
think the 04 seats suck (you slide all around in them, whereas the 02/03's
keep you in place).



Taino 10-05-2003 03:52 AM

Re: Are WRX model year differences significant?
 
I completely disagree on this one. I love those bucket seats and
although I've never sat in a 02 or 03, I've never slid around. You'll
probably slide around if your rail thin...

-Taino

David & Caroline wrote:
> "John" <jdybwad@gra.midco.net> wrote in message
> news:vni4vcrrbj1ca2@corp.supernews.com...
>
>>Don't forget the seats!

>
>
> the "goodness" of the new seats is subjective - sure, the new ones look
> nice, but compared to the lateral support offered by the 02/03 seats, I
> think the 04 seats suck (you slide all around in them, whereas the 02/03's
> keep you in place).
>
>



Jon 10-05-2003 06:09 PM

Re: Are WRX model year differences significant?
 

Center tach!!!

from edmunds.com

What's New for 2004
For 2004, all Imprezas sport revised front and rear fascias -- gone are the
oddball circular headlamps in favor of a more mainstream wedge-shaped
design. In addition, all models get upgraded suspension struts (to improve
ride quality and steering response), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, a
collapsible pedal system, revised gauges and a new stereo faceplate. The WRX
and Outback Sport receive projector beam foglights. Inside, WRX models have
new sport seats, a central tachometer and darker gray faux metal accents.
The TS wagon, Outback Sport and RS sedan add an in-glass antenna, active
front head restraints, central power door lock switch and multireflector
halogen headlights. Further, the TS now has four-wheel disc brakes. The RS
sedan's keyless entry system now has an audible confirmation feature, and
keyless entry is now standard on the TS. Finally, the WRX sedan is now
available with a Premium Package that includes a sunroof, trunk spoiler,
heated mirrors, heated front seats and a wiper de-icer.






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