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    Review gives thumbs-down to Saab-aru

    USA Today was at the very least unimpressed with the saab-fronted WRX. Full review is here...

    http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/...ive-saab_x.htm


    It says the base price for the WRX-equivalent is over 27K. Why anyone would pay that for a few strips of leather rather than pay 4k less and get the subaru badging is beyond me. I've always thought saabs are sort of for frustrated about to be middle aged punks anyhow - or else rich college kids who go to Bennington cause it's close to the ski slopes.

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    The turbocharged Aero responded to a throttle prod with a turbo-lag pause, then a jolting burst.
    Thats my favorite part about the rex...

    Also very like a Subaru, the so-called boxer four-cylinder engines cackle and chuckle instead of whirring or growling, which would be more pleasant
    ...cackle and chuckle? My car sometimes chuckles, mostly giggles, and very rarely nyuk nyuk's... but never cackles... these guys are crazy.
    2003 Sedona Red WRX

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    Typical car reviewer language. The desperate quest for new nonsensical descriptions.

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    2 things.

    1) look at that assclown who did the review, he looks like he wouldn't know a boxer rumble from a bowling pin upside the head

    2) It's USA today....they are catering to the "ooh that's a nice ford escort!" crowd, and in so doing can't fully appreciate the Japanese engineering mated with swedish syling. Additionally, he states that the Linear had "enough power for most drivers."


    Please raise your hand if ANYONE here considers themself to be "most drivers"

    USA Today is an old person newsmagazine, and they don't want grandpa to break a hip when his turbo comes on boost.

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    Yeah, I wouldn't take anything there too seriously. The guy is obviously a newbie with turbocharged vehicles, based on his commentary about the engine and it's power. Hey, they do take some getting used to, if you're used to large NA engines.
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    I always thought of USA Today more as a freebie given away at Holiday Inns and Embassy Suites. Now I know it's also a paper where journalists make up many stories and don't really like cars that sound like they're chuckling.

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    What an idiot.
    Never stop learning.

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    Engine-wise, 9-2X is very Saab-like, though the 9-2X's engines are Subarus. The high-performance engine is high-strung, quirky and less-desirable than the base engine, as in 9-3 and 9-5 real Saabs.

    bahahahahahahah!!!


    OK, sure thing nimrod... that just leaves more turbos for the rest of us

    I'm guessing this guy is used to reviewing full size family sedans and minivans?

    the 12-volt outlet for it is just forward of the gearshift, raising the risk of whacking the plug while shifting.
    How the hell is he grabbing the shifter?

    Though I must say.. I think the nose job Saab did looks damn good. I'll be waiting for the 'Saab replica' body kit
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    I'm laughing even harder now....

    Here's what the SAME GUY had to say about the 2002 WRX he reviewed....

    You can't really call it turbo lag, but the engine didn't come fully awake until about 3,000 revolutions per minute. It was eager below that, but not ferocious. Blessedly, it got smoothly to its yowzah zone, instead of laboring, then exploding out of control in the fashion of some high-strung turbo engines.
    A slight contridiction? So is it high-strung and quirky or not?

    You can find the WRX review here... http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/...23-impreza.htm

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    What is it about this guy that makes me want to do this?

    New Av anyone?
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    Honestly, this guy isn't a good writer. All he uses are catchphrases and pseudo-intellectual babble. Maybe that's why he works for USA Today, or "McPaper" as it's called sometimes.

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    Originally posted by Racenut3.0
    What is it about this guy that makes me want to do this?

    New Av anyone?
    ASSHAT! i am calling everyone asshat this weekend.

    That's excellent.

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    its obvious that a rex is the TOP auto in its class. when you think about OVERALLNESS, if thats a word. The rex has everything....performance, looks, awd, superb handling, and ok gas mileage and Price!!!! It hones the best parts of various cars built into One!!

    i read many reviews on the rex online and cant really fine one negative comment from the "experts". Only on one of the reviews, when asked what the negative stuff is about the rex and it said "ummmm, not enough room in the back seat?? just to come up with something.

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    "base engine" ? wtf is he talking about a "base engine" 9-2 IS a base model.... that guy is a moron...

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    Originally posted by EvilCerealBoX
    "base engine" ? wtf is he talking about a "base engine" 9-2 IS a base model.... that guy is a moron...
    I think he's talking about the fact that it comes in two versions - like the impreza. The lower priced one is the 2.5 in the RS. Or at least I think that's what he's saying.

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