Hi everyone, new to Subie's and this forum. Currently I have a 95 Lexus SC400 and a 93 Integra GS (5spd) thats my daily driver. Being a married guy now, I'm considering replacing my 200K+ perfectly running Integra with a 02-03 WRX. My wife has a civic coupe, making us a family of coupes, and I admit that there are times a 4 door would be very convenient.
I really like the newer Legacy GT's, but I being newly married, I definitely don't want to put any possible undue financial strain upon us. From my research an 02-03 WRX can be had for approx 50-65% of a nice 04-05 Legacy GT w/ manual tranny. I may be a married man w/ a bit more practicality in mind, but I'm still an enthusiast at heart and want something fun to drive.
I am a loyal Honda/Toyota fan. Mainly because of their reliability and high residual values. Subaru has been getting much improved reviews in that past several years, giving them my consideration.
I've been trolling around for a few days on a number of sites gathering info. I have heard that the 02 WRX's have a weaker trans, reading on wikipedia i noticed 03's recieved stronger gearing which may add some truth to that claim. I will be looking for more info on that as well as what the capabilities of the 02 tranny are, at what point does reliability become an issue.
Also will be looking in general as to the overall reliability of the vehicle and what common problems to look for specific to 02-03 WRX.
I'll be searching and trolling, any comments, suggestions, or info is certainly welcome.