This is a discussion on 2009 WRX reliability? within the Everyday Impreza Talk forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; Mine blew at about 3000 km. Since it was after the break in period, I'd been driving "assertively" and I ...
Mine blew at about 3000 km. Since it was after the break in period, I'd been driving "assertively" and I thought maybe I'd been too impatient. I'm actually kinda glad to hear it's a defect, bad as it sounds. I've never had a wrx/turbo/new car before.
I'm about 1500km into the new engine, (~1000 miles!) and I'm doing my best to be gentle. So, a smart shopper might be wary - but me, I still love my rex. The dealership was decent about it. and one imagines Subaru has made efforts to fix the issue.
edit: back after checking: Manufactured 08/08, VIN ending 804451. Just like that nasioc thread says. *shakes fist*
Last edited by ILikeToGoFast; 04-20-2009 at 03:09 PM.
I like my TSX, extremely reliable and comfy interior (the seats, however, are not comfy; I can never get sufficient lumbar support, and my wife hates the rear seat's comfort, where she sits alongside our baby). But just POOR performance in wet/snow/ice/slush. I too have lost grip in simple commuter traffic. Very frustrating, and scary.
I too have always favored Hondas/Acuras (had an old manual Integra I loved). Can a Scooby do us in?
With all that said, I think the Scooby really does offer a well balanced ride. I've never viewed a vehicle as just something to get me from point A to point B, so driving dynamics mean something to me. I picked the Acura because I thought it had a nice blend of performance with great in-car gadgetry... but I yearned for more power... and often. I like the added cargo space --- it'll fit my 2 dogs (95lbs. and 65lbs. boxers) --- and the back seats don't seem to be any worse then what we have in my TSX for when my wife and (hopefully soon) baby are along for the ride. I was considering an STI, but I'm slightly concerned that the noise *might* be a bit much for the fam in the back. If it were ever really an issue, we could also use my wife's MDX.
It's the beginning of the end, doc... you jumping first?
The WRX wagon (if that's what you are considering) has decent rear room like the TSX. I also like the hatchback design and being able to bring bikes in the back. I tried our baby seat in the WRX rear and it fits fine. Nothing like your MDX and our RX330, but it's sufficient. (Btw, I also looked at the IS250 AWD, but it's auto only and a rear seat in the back so cramped up there's absolutely no room for a car seat. So no IS250 for me). My wife also prefers the comfort of the WRX seats over the TSX. I agree with her, the TSX seats somehow just does not have sufficient lumbar support. Not that I mind the leather.
I'm still doing my final stages of research in the WRX. I just need sufficient evidence these engine issues are a thing of the past.
But I'm still getting that itch though
Even though I test drove the 2009 WRX Wagon Premium twice, there are some interior questions I have, if you don't mind:
1) When you open the center console, does it have "2" layered containers? Does it also have a "coin container?"
2) Does the WRX have a dome light in the front driver's area, and a 2nd dome light in the rear for the back seat passengers?
3) In the rear, does the middle of the back seat fold down to give the passengers a middle arm rest? Is the lighting delayed?
4) Does the interior of the front doors have pockets for papers and stuff?
5) Is there a sunglass holder on top of the roof?
Probably just best to keep your sunglasses inside the car with you.5) Is there a sunglass holder on top of the roof?
It's interesting hearing your questions. Perhaps it's a sign of the times. When the car first came to the U.S., the prospective buyers were all about how the car drove..the interior could have been two seats built out of plywood, and they would still have bought the car. It's good that the interior has been improved, of course.
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2. I think so...but I'm not sure
3. No middle fold down I don't think. It's just a 60/40.
4. Yes, both front doors have pockets and a round spot for a bottle (water, etc)
5. No sunglasses holder.
2009 DGM WRX 5-door w/ STI short shifter. Stock...for now.
Last edited by SeattleJeremy; 04-21-2009 at 11:52 AM.
I have an '09 wrx sedan, and there is an armrest for the passengers in the rear seat.
I have about 6,500 miles on mine and I'm quite sure I drive the car rougher than most--zero problems so far (aside from some paint defects which my dealership has agreed to fix for me--and by that I mean restore the hood and side fenders to brand new condition at no charge).
I should add that I ordered my car from the factory late enough that I believe all the engine problems people talk about were already ironed out.
As I've said many times before, I absolutely freakin' love this car.
The 09 WRX wagon does not have a front dome light, just the one in the rear. It does have two map lights up front.
It also has heated seats! keeps my butt nice and toasty on those -30C days.
Last edited by ILikeToGoFast; 04-22-2009 at 07:22 AM.