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Old 02-04-2014, 12:04 PM   #41
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Pretty sure legroom isn't much different from your hatch, maybe a tiny bit but not drastically. Headroom is quite significantly improved over the pre-08 cars though
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oh yeah, headroom is rediculously insane; there's like 2 feet of headroom.
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So far my lgt has been reliable except for one failed wheel bearing. Currently running "stage 2" bolt ons.
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yeah if the ground clearance is one of the pros, but then it handles like an suv, unless i lower it and it handles like a car, then it doesnt have better ground clearance anymore..so not really a pro anymore. I dont plan to do offroading in it, other than just making it up my sisters incline of rain eroded gravel and rocks they call a driveway up in boone, but ive made it in my IS250 and it doesnt have an insane amount of ground clearance, its just the AWD i want. And I think autox/track time would be more fun in a wagon vs an suv

another question I had pop up was how does the F/R weight distro compare between the sedan and wagon? If most people swap in STI springs, that would be fine for the sedan, but then since the wagon is heavier would that be noticable with different weight distro on the STI spring rates?

Basically, I'm asking would I regret getting a wagon since i would have to shop for wagon specific components, or is wagon aftermarket support just as strong as it is for the sedan, or are they effectively close enough the differences are negligible?
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You won't regret any choice. I've had an 02 WRX sedan, 08 WRX wagon and now have a 07 FXT. I enjoyed all of them. The 08 had nice pull, suspension sucked until modded. The 02 felt more ALIVE, visceral. I've only had the FXT for a month now (thanks Vlad). It's bone stock, dips and dives, jiggles and jives like a tug boat. STI struts, rear sway are payed for and in transit. I'll update once their installed.

We need a Subaru sub forum here. I'm tired of trying to sift through boatloads of crap, while trying to find performance oriented info on the other sites.
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lol true that. that's why I have my "other car" subaru thread

sti suspension does wonders to cure the dives and jives you've experienced. good call there
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You won't regret any choice. I've had an 02 WRX sedan, 08 WRX wagon and now have a 07 FXT. I enjoyed all of them. The 08 had nice pull, suspension sucked until modded. The 02 felt more ALIVE, visceral. I've only had the FXT for a month now (thanks Vlad). It's bone stock, dips and dives, jiggles and jives like a tug boat. STI struts, rear sway are payed for and in transit. I'll update once their installed.

We need a Subaru sub forum here. I'm tired of trying to sift through boatloads of crap, while trying to find performance oriented info on the other sites.
1000x this, Subaru forums are terrible. I'd love to visit my turbo Miata forum for all relevant car information.

Also, finding a manual FXT is difficult, I've been looking for over 3 months and have yet to find a decent one.
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I might try to look at that 06 WRX wagon after work, carfax is clean, and dealership claims no known issues, anybody have any common failures for me to keep an eye out for? I know the basic car stuff to look for in a used car, but anything specific to these?
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When building my subaru, i got 90% of my help on this forum - despite posting on 2 subaru forums and only 1 miata forum. miataturbo.net 4 lyfe.

Anyways, subaru love here. This car is so kick ***, that I'm halfway tempted to make it fast. Then I drive it in the snow or on the dirt and realize that really, it has plenty of power, and TONS of torque. It's powered by an ej253 (n/a) from a 07 2.5i.

Got about 500 miles on it since the swap now, it's taken me skiing about 8 times. Going again tomorrow . And it's snowing right now.. perfect subaru day.



Don't mind my dirty sun beaten cars. <3
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yeah if the ground clearance is one of the pros, but then it handles like an suv, unless i lower it and it handles like a car, then it doesnt have better ground clearance anymore..so not really a pro anymore. I dont plan to do offroading in it, other than just making it up my sisters incline of rain eroded gravel and rocks they call a driveway up in boone, but ive made it in my IS250 and it doesnt have an insane amount of ground clearance, its just the AWD i want. And I think autox/track time would be more fun in a wagon vs an suv

another question I had pop up was how does the F/R weight distro compare between the sedan and wagon? If most people swap in STI springs, that would be fine for the sedan, but then since the wagon is heavier would that be noticable with different weight distro on the STI spring rates?

Basically, I'm asking would I regret getting a wagon since i would have to shop for wagon specific components, or is wagon aftermarket support just as strong as it is for the sedan, or are they effectively close enough the differences are negligible?
I went with 04 STI springs in front on 07 standard wrx front struts (04+ springs wouldn't work for me). I went with wrx WAGON rear springs and wrx rear struts. Aesthetically it looks great, and the ground clearance is fine. It works well and looks great, however I would advise on better front shocks and upgraded rear sway if you can afford it. Front springs are bit stiff in low speed applications for normal wrx shocks and you will get a bit of body roll combined with a little understeer.
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1000x this, Subaru forums are terrible.
first time I asked a subaru form about tuning, they told me just to pay for one.

I stopped accessing it.
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So far my lgt has been reliable except for one failed wheel bearing. Currently running "stage 2" bolt ons.
Ahh yeah that's right, the rear wheel bearings suck. I've changed driver's side twice, passenger side 3 times. The last time I was able to change it during my 1 hr lunch break, that's including driving to my dad's store and back, about 10-15 min each way. It's nice when nothing is rusted together.

Coincidentally I got my first CEL since my cracked exhaust valve yesterday. TGV sensor going flakey. I unplugged it and plugged it back in, cleared the code and it's been off since, but this may be the time to remove the TGV's. Or replace the $35 sensor, that'd be easier.
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first time I asked a subaru form about tuning, they told me just to pay for one.

I stopped accessing it.
Well let's get a sub forum going then.

I'm not their yet, but someday I'll be trying to find your thread on fixing the terrible DBW. It would be cool if we had all the Subaru content centrally located.

You can do it!
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I too have an FXT. '07, 5 speed, 116K, one owner, bone stock daily driver.

Transmission was replaced under warranty at 14K and I have rust starting in the rear fenders, but beyond that it's required nothing but routine maintenance.

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first time I asked a subaru form about tuning, they told me just to pay for one.

I stopped accessing it.
Yeah except check out the flip side to this scenario and look at all the massive failures that resulted from stupid n00bs thinking they know what the crap they're doing and "tuning" their cars themselves.

It happens here all day every day, except our motors handle people's mistakes much much better, and are super cheap to replace should they not.

Pop an EJ2xx and you're looking at 2-3 grand just to get the car running again, and that's best case scenario
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Well let's get a sub forum going then.

I'm not their yet, but someday I'll be trying to find your thread on fixing the terrible DBW. It would be cool if we had all the Subaru content centrally located.

You can do it!
we can just leave it here. or start a new fourm.

i do need to go back in and work on my tune. got lazy once my tuning laptop failed. I did get a new HDD and reinstalled the OS, but havent touched it since...that was Sept.
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All the high exalted things must have a fallacy. Fkn' WHEEL BEARINGS! I'm pretty sure the word Forester pops up under google under that query... alas. The stage boss' weak point.

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I love my FXT:

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Yeah except check out the flip side to this scenario and look at all the massive failures that resulted from stupid n00bs thinking they know what the crap they're doing and "tuning" their cars themselves.

It happens here all day every day, except our motors handle people's mistakes much much better, and are super cheap to replace should they not.

Pop an EJ2xx and you're looking at 2-3 grand just to get the car running again, and that's best case scenario

Not everyone can hold your hand, there's only room for braineack's fat fingers.
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