Hi all, new to the forums, been searching (google/duckduckgo) for a bit, but haven't found my answers.
I'm looking into the 2004-2007 WRX.
I plan to tow a snowmobile & trailer in the winter.
My price range is up to ~$15-16k, I'm near the West coast.
Just wondering what the big differences are on these years. I know they mostly share the same body style/appearance by what I can tell.
What about HP/TRQ numbers? [see below Update] Will a wagon be better for me (for towing) with the extra weight? [Yes, wagon is only body style Subaru reccomends for towing.] Can I get a mountain bike into the back of a hatch? [Yes, removing front wheel will allow this.]
I'm still concerned about clearance on 'snow days'. Are lifts available or practical for these situations? [Subtle Solutions, Kings Springs]
Really I'm looking for a fun car to drive (gravel road blasts, mountain roads, snow covered roads) that will still allow me to get up the mountain to the snow while towing a trailer and sled.
I love the sound of the Boxer engine. I've owned a boosted snowmobile, and I've really been wanting to try a turbo car.
Update: Just some number crunching, maybe will be useful if others happen upon this thread.
weight (sed/wag): 3,085 lbs / 3,165 lbs (difference of 80 lbs)
227 HP @6600 RPM, 217 TRQ @4000 RPM
8.0:1 compression, 13.5 PSI max boost
20/27 MPG (city/hwy)
0-30 1.9-2.0s, 0-60 5.6-5.8s, 0-100 16.8-17.5s
1/4 14.1-14.7s @93-95.4 MPH
70-0 188-173 ft, 60-0 138-123 ft
New larger 2.5L engine with 230hp and Active Valves (AVCS (Active Valve Control System): variable valve timing optimizes engine volumetric efficiency through the rev band), 17" 7-spoke alloys, engine immobilizer key, 4 piston front, 2 piston rear brakes with red painted calipers.
New dual front 'Advanced Airbags' detect driver's seat position and passenger weight and seat position to control airbag deployment. Airbags: Dual Side head and chest airbags.
175.8" long, 2" longer than the 04-05 @ 173.8"
weight (non-Prem sed/wag): 3,192 lbs [+107 lbs] / 3,252 lbs [+87 lbs] (difference of 60 lbs)
230 HP [+3 HP] @5600 RPM [-1000 RPM], 235 TRQ [+18 TRQ] @3600 RPM [-400 RPM]
8.4:1 [+.4] compression, 11.6 [-1.9] PSI max boost
20/26 [-1 hwy] MPG (city/hwy)
0-60 5.6s [0-.2s faster], 0-100 15.0-15.8s [1.8-1.7s faster]
1/4 14.21-14.3s [.1s slower to .4s faster] @96-97.42 MPH [3-2.02 mph faster]
80-0 216 ft