I am getting fed up with my current car- a 2000 Pontiac Firebird. The thing is going to start costing me a lot of money. The headlights do odd things now (the drivers side one makes some very strange noises and i think it has some electrical issues), the power window motors area burned out and wont go down, the AC doesn't work, and the car is very, very loud. All in all, it's been a great car with the only repair costing me a lot of money was a fuel pump that had to be replaced. i have clocked 145,000 miles on it and it still has the original engine, tranny, clutch and it all works well. I do want to get a subaru WRX 5-door in the near future as i love the AWD, the looks of it, and the fact that its very practical. I do have some concerns about this car as i have been checking out the forums. Please help me with some answers if you can.
I have noticed a thread titled "09 WRX engine failure." Has this been a common occurrence on the 2010 models or has Subaru fixed it? Also, how have the transmissions/clutches held up for those of you who have bought this auto? How many cylinders are in the boxer engine (noob question... haha)?
I have not yet been to the dealer to test drive the car so I don't know how the comfort level is. I am 6'2" and have a wide athletic build. Will my shoulders be resting on the door while i sit in the seat or do i have some wiggle room? I noticed that there doesn't appear to be a lot of room in there, but i guess i can just go sit in the thing to figure it out.
KBB had a review on the 2009 WRX and said that the suspension was "soft" and not too sporty. I believe that i read somewhere that the 2010s now have a lot of the suspension parts of the STi and wanted to know if that's true. Would putting bigger bars or a STB on the car for a stiffer ride and less body roll void a warranty?
Any idea on the current Subaru financing rates?
Thanks for any answers and hopefully I'll be riding around in a new WRX within a week or so!