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    Hello and your input please on reliability

    Hey Everyone,

    First time user and poster here. I needed some input from fellow WRX owners out there. I have been looking to pick one of these up for awhile now and I had some concerns. A little background on me if this helps. I have always owned Honda's which I love but looking for something with more power that suits my outdoor lifestyle. I am a kayaker and also cart around 2 dogs on occasion, so I was looking into the wagon WRX for my needs. I don't know much at all about these except what I have read online. I keep coming across people stating that brakes, tires and general maintenance is a little pricey on these vehicles. I am not very handy and to be honest I don't want/have the time to spend working on my own vehicle. I basically want something I can drive (thats powerful) whihc won't break the bank in repair cost or take up my time working on. I have a good mechanic that I use now so that won't be an issue. I guess I have 2 questions.

    1) Are service/parts for these vehicles expensive compared to something like a Honda Accord?
    2) Is the WRX a vehicle that I can just drive for 100K and not do anything but change the oil and brakes as needed?

    I have heard Subaru's are good vehicles, but I am use to hardly ever having any problems with my Accord. Should I expect the same from the WRX?

    I really like the way these perform, I just want to have realistic expectations since I am not familiar with them. Many thanks to any that respond...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigwaterkayaker View Post
    I am a kayaker and also cart around 2 dogs on occasion
    We use a Honda Pilot for our dog carrying (and secondarily our people carrying) needs. Fits three crates with the two rear rows down, allows up to 45 kg on the roof plus can be fitted either for towing or with a tongue-mounted platform for up to 75 kg (check my numbers with Honda).

    1) Are service/parts for these vehicles expensive compared to something like a Honda Accord?
    Service varies according to what a dealer can charge. As for independents, there are more Honda specialists than Subaru. Parts are comparable but from my experience Subaru is a bit pricier. We're talking authentic parts. Not too much difference.

    2) Is the WRX a vehicle that I can just drive for 100K and not do anything but change the oil and brakes as needed?
    Ideally, yes. Our Honda has been much more reliable frankly.

    I have heard Subaru's are good vehicles, but I am use to hardly ever having any problems with my Accord. Should I expect the same from the WRX?
    Yes, you should, but as a matter of principle and philosophy. This is the 21st century. If we cannot get over 200K miles out of a modern automobile, could it be we are buying the wrong brands? Poor reliability should not be tolerated.

    If I wanted reliability at the expense of anything else I'd buy Honda. If I wanted a permanent AWD system, could tolerate poor fuel consumption compared to 2WD competitors, and could stand the possibility of a few extra trips to the dealer, I'd buy Subaru. For a happy medium I might look at Toyota. (In real life, I have all three).
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    Subaru overall has excellent reliability. Throwing a turbo into the mix adds complexity and potential issues. Little things like intake leaks can make them run really not right. Considering that Honda doesn't issue turbos I'd say that if you factor that out as you compare the figure below it is likely that naturally aspirated Subarus are on par with even Honda. Performance costs reliability in any line up. Maybe an extended warranty would be a consideration given your particular needs. I've had a 2003 since new and the only non-wear part that I have replaced that actually needed it was the radiator.



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    well I purchased my wrx within the past year and so far I love it. Although I drive a honda accord for my daily commute . My brother has an 07 sti bought it brand new and it runs like a champ. Besides the tires and brakes he hasn't had any repairs done to it. Please note though, his is completely stock with only SPT intake and exhuast. The moment you start "tweaking it" be aware if it's not done right you can't blame the reliability. If you want practical, go with Honda accord. If you want something fun and reliable but willing to spend more money on everything including gas, insurance along with tires and brakes then subaru it is. In the end, honestly the two automakers can't be compared but none the less you really can't go wrong with either one. I love my honda, but my subbie is my baby.
    I hope this helps. Good luck with your purchase!
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    I really don't think an accord is practical for dogs and gear and going to remote locations. Ultimately our Outback is much more practical than the WRX, both in terms of what can go in it and what it can go over.
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    I feel like subaru reliability is related to how much effort you put in - if you ignore it, a honda might be okay, but a subaru won't be happy. If you keep due dilligence (check the oil often, do other checks whenever you feel like it), the cars will last forever.
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    There is not one vehicle on this planet that you SHOULD drive 100,000 miles with only changing oil and brakes.

    A Subaru or any other brand has a routine scheduled maintenance program that you should check out before purchasing. A turbo Subaru requires oil changes every 3,500 miles and has differentials and transmission that also needs attention.


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    I took a leap of faith with Subaru when I bought my 2005 WRX. It was over 100k, but the maintenance was perfect. And stock parts had enough soot to prove it was stock most it's life.
    Now, it has replaced my mom's 2005 Camry, and sister's 2009 Corrolla as the "Dependable road trip vehicle" even though both their cars' mileage combined wouldn't add up to the WRX.

    Yes it requires more attention than my old Civic(Checking oil level at every fill-up). Lost about 4 miles per gallon overall, not bad considering power outage, size and AWD.

    Now... to teach my family to drive stick so I don't have to drive those LONG BORING interstates....
    And the WRX is about a million times more fun to drive compared to everything mentioned above. Much more of the "driver's car"
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    Hey Everyone, I just wanted to thank ya'll for the responses. I guess I should have stated that my wife and I have a Honda Accord and a 2000 Rav 4. The Rav 4 is the one I use for kayaking/dogs so I am hoping to replace it with a WRX wagon. I plan on keeping the Accord for now.

    My Rav 4 suits it purpose I guess, but it is a real snore to drive. I get sick of having city buses blow past me on the highway and never being able to pass anyone. If I throw 2 seakayaks on top of it the Rav gets even slower. Anyways...thanks for the input.

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    Kayak3r, I replaced my Honda element with a 2006 Rex wagon Maintenance on the Honda was minimal, but still a little pricey. Subaru seems a little more expensive, but the plus side being much higher(from purely a driving perspective).

    The biggest thing you will miss is the space. The crv is going to offer you much more overhead room and passenger comfort. Don't get me wrong though, I can fit a decent amount of cargo in my wrx too, just not as much.

    Camping I have been forced to downsize a little to lighter/less gear. A kayak will look slick atop a wrx. I plan to fit Italian road bikes atop my beast.

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    good answers up top. i own both and worked for both as a auto tech. honda was less maintenance. parts prices were almost the same depending on what it was.

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    OP must have grabbed the Honda instead.
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    General Subaru reliability is one of the main reasons why I bought my WRX. I came from mostly Hondas, and really you can run those very hard and be negligent and it will still treat you well. (even though my Civic SI burned a bit of oil and had a steering rack noise ...it was very reliable)

    Subarus from what I've researched (especially turbos) need a bit more minding and require some things later in life (timing belt, spark plug change can be a bit of a pain, keeping a eye on oil). But also most WRXs that post with big problems are owned by younger kids (and adults) who mod, mod wrongly and cause more problems than not.

    ...but a lot of that has already been said...

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