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    Hey guys, i currently own a 2006 scion tC, but im looking for something that isnt going to get me killed in the winter. I had a few questions that I was hoping actual owners could answer for me. Since i can't drive manual, Im stuck with the a normal wrx, though I would love an sti. I understand that they stopped making auto wrx in 2008? So I will be looking for a 2008 wrx. Now for my main question

    1. If I decide to get one that is factory turboed, how is the turbos reliability? any expensive maintenance issues that go along with choosing a turbo version?

    2. Hows the cost of owning them?

    3. anything you hate?

    thanks guys, I appreciate the feedback.
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    Are you in the USA? Then yes the 08 was the last year for an automatic wrx.
    Is there an objection to learning manual? I think for safety reasons everyone should know how to drive manual anyway lol

    1) they are very reliable if properly maintained

    2) aside from aftermarket parts and cost of the car, here are the ONLY expenses I've had the past 4.5 years:
    - 2 sets of tires $800
    - oil change $80 per year
    - insurance $110 a month
    - gas (not going to add this up lol)

    3) rattles, my impreza seats, oem stereo (easily swaps out though)

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    All WRXs have a turbo, so you can't choose a "non-turbo WRX". There is the 2.5RS, which has most of the body and interior stylings of a WRX, but has a 2.5 liter NA engine. I know people who have chosen one over a WRX since they're cheaper, but later regretted it since they don't have much "get up and go".

    I wouldn't confine yourself to automatics only. The WRX 5-speed isn't the easiest stick to learn, but give it a few weeks of daily driving, and you'll be natural. They're all lots of threads on here with helpful tips for mastering a manual.

    Also, an automatic WRX isn't very easy to find. They aren't very common, although the wagons seem to have them more often than the sedans. When I was buying a WRX, out of the 50 or so I saw ads for, only 2 or 3 were automatics. If you find a great condition, well-maintained car, I wouldn't let a manual transmission be a deal killer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sciontC View Post
    Hey guys, i currently own a 2006 scion tC, but im looking for something that isnt going to get me killed in the winter. I had a few questions that I was hoping actual owners could answer for me. Since i can't drive manual, Im stuck with the a normal wrx, though I would love an sti. I understand that they stopped making auto wrx in 2008? So I will be looking for a 2008 wrx. Now for my main question

    1. If I decide to get one that is factory turboed, how is the turbos reliability? any expensive maintenance issues that go along with choosing a turbo version?

    2. Hows the cost of owning them?

    3. anything you hate?

    thanks guys, I appreciate the feedback.
    To answer your questions, though:

    1. Very reliable, as long as regular maintenance is carefully attended to. My car has 90k, and the only significant repair work was a weak radiator hose that had a slow leak. Everything else was just regular maintenance.

    2. Well, if you're under 25 and single, insurance will be pretty high. You can only use Premium gas (no exceptions!), and gas mileage isn't stellar (18 or so around town). Its not a economy car, but that's not why you buy one either, so for me, its a non-issue.

    3. The stock stereo sucks no matter what year you buy (easily remedied, though). The build quality isn't as good as a Honda or Toyota, so yeah, you'll probably here some rattles on the highway, but it's not loud enough to be annoying, and I'm pretty anal about that kind of thing. What you have to realize is that subaru is selling a powerful engine, relatively simple, but highly effective AWD drive system, and a fairly well-setup suspension package for ~$25k new. That's Toyota Camry money, so they had to cut costs elsewhere in the car. That cost cutting might be a detractor for some.

    Just my $.02...
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    why a 08? if milage is a issue these cars last.
    1. it is reliable butt like any care if u mod az nd dont maintain and do things right then it will fail.
    2. fuel is pricey + turbo car= a lot of bucks. also insurance can be high.
    3. the location of sparkplugs lol. and it can be a head ache to diy maintance.
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    learning how to drive manual was half the reason I got the car

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrxtreme06 View Post
    Is there an objection to learning manual? I think for safety reasons everyone should know how to drive manual anyway lol
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    Don't feel bad I am struggling between a 2008 Sedan with Automatic Transmission (4EAT) and a Wagon with 5 speed (5MT). The sedan is unmodded the Wagon is stage 2 modded with Perrin Sway Bars (25m front and 22mm rear). 2008 is the sweetspot year for me since you can buy a WRX for under 18k with reasonable miles 50-57k for the two cars I am looking at. It is a tough decision both have clean CarFaxes. So I understand your struggle for the perfect one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sciontC View Post
    Hey guys, i currently own a 2006 scion tC, but im looking for something that isnt going to get me killed in the winter. I had a few questions that I was hoping actual owners could answer for me. Since i can't drive manual, Im stuck with the a normal wrx, though I would love an sti. I understand that they stopped making auto wrx in 2008? So I will be looking for a 2008 wrx. Now for my main question

    1. If I decide to get one that is factory turboed, how is the turbos reliability? any expensive maintenance issues that go along with choosing a turbo version?

    2. Hows the cost of owning them?

    3. anything you hate?

    thanks guys, I appreciate the feedback.
    Im not sure about the older ones but I think from 2008 they are calling it Impreza GT not wrx. If you want automatic maybe look for other cars, with 6 speed and better interiors, impreza gt came with 4-speed only if im not mistaken. Maybe get a ralliart. My selling point for the wrx is because it's manual tranny.

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    2008 was the last year for the automatic transmission in the WRX. The 2009 GT (with the option of a 4EAT) and is basically a 2008 WRX and the 2009 WRX is a faster and better handling car but doesn't have the automatic (4eat) option any longer. I have the 2008 brochure for the WRX and it was an option in 2008.

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