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    I'm thinking about buying a Wrx 02

    I'm thinking about trading in my Acura 3.2 CL Non Type-S for A 2002 Wrx because I like wrx a lot. There's one problem though. It is going to be real hard to switch from v6 to Inline 4? Am i gonna feel the same powers between the two? Thanx.

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    I'm not too sure what the numbers are for the 3.2CL. However, I don't think power is going to be an issue. The stock WRX is good for 227 HP & 217 ft/lb of torque. There are also a host of modifcations to bump that number skyward. A great place to start is a Cobb stage 1 reflash. IIRC, that's good for a little over 250 HP and you don't even get your hands greasy.
    After that, an uppipe/downpipe & another reflash (stage II) should be good for a nice, reliable 280HP. From there, things start getting more expensive.

    Also, before adding any more power, I would upgrade the brakes (SS lines, fluid, more aggressive pads), tires and swaybars.

    In short, a WRX is MUCH quicker than a CL. I would think your primary concern would be fit & finish with the interior. The Acuras have a much more 'upscale' feel than a WRX.

    Good luck with your purchase.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dizzy
    I'm not too sure what the numbers are for the 3.2CL. However, I don't think power is going to be an issue. The stock WRX is good for 227 HP & 217 ft/lb of torque. There are also a host of modifcations to bump that number skyward. A great place to start is a Cobb stage 1 reflash. IIRC, that's good for a little over 250 HP and you don't even get your hands greasy.
    After that, an uppipe/downpipe & another reflash (stage II) should be good for a nice, reliable 280HP. From there, things start getting more expensive.

    Also, before adding any more power, I would upgrade the brakes (SS lines, fluid, more aggressive pads), tires and swaybars.

    In short, a WRX is MUCH quicker than a CL. I would think your primary concern would be fit & finish with the interior. The Acuras have a much more 'upscale' feel than a WRX.

    Good luck with your purchase.

    What do you mean by acuras have much more of an upscale feel than a wrx? Is the wrx still comfortable?

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    I know what he means. Yeah the wrx is still somewhat comfortable but has no where near the comfort or luxury of an acura. The wrx interior has much more of a plastic shakey feel to it, especially when you have no music and and hear all the rattles. I'm not trying to say it's a POS or something, but it just won't feel as solid.
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    can i make it solid?

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    The best thing to do is go for an extended test drive. Leave the radio off & drive around a while to see if you can see yourself driving the car on a daily basis.

    The WRX interior is by no means cheap, but it's not as nice as an Acura, Audi, BMW, etc.
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    I'm trying to get me a 02 or an 03 WRX too
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    Can anyone tell me the pros and cons from buying it at the dealer and the pros and cons from a private seller thanks.

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    you would probably want to go through a dealer because 90% of the people with these cars launch at every stop sign. I'm not saying all the dealers are better, but it would probably be easier to find a more trustworthy buy there. Not to mention if you wanted warranty or not
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    i wonder if it's possible for a dealer to sell me a wrx for 15 or 16 since my trade-in value is $13,600 and and my finance i owe is $8000 so if i get it 15 all i need to do is finance 10. Unless i could get it to drop even more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UURX02
    90% of the people with these cars launch at every stop sign.

    that's the most BS statement I've ever heard

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    you must not go out much
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    Quote Originally Posted by Racersky
    Inline 4?
    nope, try again

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    hahaha I didn't even notice that
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    Now, now, lets not scare off a potential convert. I'm all about giving props to Subaru over any Honda built car.

    It has a horizontally opposed boxer engine, not an inline-4.

    One thing I learned very quickly when I purchased the car was that it is a loud MFer. I don't mean loud engine (at least on the stock end of the spectrum), I mean road noise. It didn't change my mind that it is still a bada$$ ride, it just kind of caught me off guard. This after I purchased the vehicle. I think I was so enamored with buying the car, I didn't notice a few of the fine details.

    Aside from the roadnoise, not a thing I would change.

    I just did a quickie search in the Seattle, WA area. I think the lowest one I saw was over $17k.
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