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    Quote Originally Posted by fishsniper
    Do you have to use the premium 93 gas, or can you get away with the mid grade 89?
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    Sorry for asking so many questions, but I'm trying to find out as much info as I can before I make any sort of decision. Is the Subaru community like the Honda community? By that I mean, everyone has a civic with x mods, and automatically wants to race as soon as they see another civic or something? What I am really trying to ask I guess, is: If I'm just driving somewhere, do people automatically want to race because I've got a WRX?

    Again, sorry for asking so many questions, but I just want to be informed before I spend this much money.

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    Idiots will want to race any performance car they see. It's just a fact of life. Don't let others prevent you getting the car you want. That would be silly.
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    I wouldn't let that prevent me from getting a WRX. I was just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishsniper View Post
    I wouldn't let that prevent me from getting a WRX. I was just curious.
    Good. :-) I personally believe the extent of visible/exterior mods encourages the schoolzone-racing idiots. I used to have a Z with 150psi NOS shot that ran 11s. But because you'd never know it from the outside of the car, "those guys" never (okay, very rarely) tried to get me to race.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lokey View Post
    Good. :-) I personally believe the extent of visible/exterior mods encourages the schoolzone-racing idiots. I used to have a Z with 150psi NOS shot that ran 11s. But because you'd never know it from the outside of the car, "those guys" never (okay, very rarely) tried to get me to race.
    That's pretty much what I want...a sleeper. Maybe some new wheels or something, but nothing obnoxious like every other "import/tuner" you see. I'd rather boost performance, no pun intended.
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    And another question, are the WRX's expensive to fix/maintain? Can most stuff be done in a driveway with a single floor jack and a decent set of tools, or does most stuff need done by a garage with a lift?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    A WRX is not really a "fuel efficient" car. It typically gets mid-20s on premium fuel.

    An 02/03 is almost ten years old, so expect typical wear and tear, as well as atypical wear since they aren't often babied. Many of them will be modified (or formerly modified).

    A car has less ground clearance than an SUV, but when driven properly and equipped with proper tires, as said, is very capable in inclement weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishsniper View Post
    And another question, are the WRX's expensive to fix/maintain? Can most stuff be done in a driveway with a single floor jack and a decent set of tools, or does most stuff need done by a garage with a lift?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GarrettKoonsman View Post
    I've done a large amount of work with ramps and basic tools.
    Thank goodness! I do everything myself on my jeep, and want to continue that on with anything else I own. I really like your WRX by the way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishsniper View Post
    Thank goodness! I do everything myself on my jeep, and want to continue that on with anything else I own. I really like your WRX by the way!
    One key difference from your Jeep is that EVERYTHING in a WRX is metric, so be sure to get a metric socket set and wrenches if you don't have them already. Most general maintenance like oil changes, etc. can be done with the car on a flat surface, you won't even need to raise it (as long as it's at the stock ride height).

    I get about 30 mpg on exceptionally long freeway drives, but mostly for my 20 minute highway commute, I average about 24-25 mpg. Don't buy a WRX if you want a fuel saver. You'll do better than your Jeep, but remember that Premium fuel is not optional for WRX's and STI's, so factor that in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
    One key difference from your Jeep is that EVERYTHING in a WRX is metric, so be sure to get a metric socket set and wrenches if you don't have them already. Most general maintenance like oil changes, etc. can be done with the car on a flat surface, you won't even need to raise it (as long as it's at the stock ride height).

    I get about 30 mpg on exceptionally long freeway drives, but mostly for my 20 minute highway commute, I average about 24-25 mpg. Don't buy a WRX if you want a fuel saver. You'll do better than your Jeep, but remember that Premium fuel is not optional for WRX's and STI's, so factor that in.

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    It seems like most things on my jeep are metric too. I'm just looking for something better on gas than my jeep that I can still have some fun in. By that, I mean pretty much take it to the racetrack an hour from my house or the drag strip an hour and a half from my house. I'm assuming that the WRX's probably have a 15 gallon tank? If so, according to my calculations, even with the premium gas, I'll go farther and pay about the same as my jeep on the cheap stuff.

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    Turbo cars chew through gas a lot faster than NA cars. Your buddy that's getting 30+ on the highway must not be driving the car very hard and using cruise a lot to get those figures. Once you mod it, your gas mileage is also going to drop. That's not because the mods make it drop, but because the added sound and power is going to make you drive it harder.

    If you want a drag car, then go for a cheap American RWD car. These cars aren't made for dragging. And any savings you have on gas versus the Jeep will be gone in one track day too, so you've already eliminated any savings versus the Jeep. That's not covering the brakes and tires you'll chew up on the track day too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teflon_jones View Post
    If you want a drag car, then go for a cheap American RWD car. These cars aren't made for dragging. And any savings you have on gas versus the Jeep will be gone in one track day too, so you've already eliminated any savings versus the Jeep. That's not covering the brakes and tires you'll chew up on the track day too.
    I didn't even think about the tires, brakes, and gas for a track day. That's a good point. That likely wouldn't be too often though. I'm pretty much looking for something that's better on gas than my Jeep, can handle highway speeds better, and is AWD because I'd have to sell my jeep, and I can't stand a FWD in the winter...they just suck.

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