Are WRX model year differences significant?

Discussion in 'Subaru Impreza' started by outteekay@outnetidea.com, Sep 29, 2003.

  1. Guest

    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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    , Sep 29, 2003
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  2. 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)

    <> wrote in message
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    > 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)
     
    David & Caroline, Sep 29, 2003
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  3. Orion Guest

    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




    <> wrote in message
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    > 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, Sep 30, 2003
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  4. CW Guest

    A significant but not well publicized benefit of the '04's is brake
    force distribution.
     
    CW, Sep 30, 2003
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  5. John Guest

    Don't forget the seats!

    "CW" <> wrote in message
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    > A significant but not well publicized benefit of the '04's is brake
    > force distribution.
    >
     
    John, Sep 30, 2003
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  6. "John" <> wrote in message
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    > 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).
     
    David & Caroline, Sep 30, 2003
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  7. Taino Guest

    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" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >
    >>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, Oct 5, 2003
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  8. Jon Guest

    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.
     
    Jon, Oct 5, 2003
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