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I was reading through the 'Welcome to the Club!' forum and in a thread I saw that the WRX is not a good daily driver/around town type of deal. Is this true? When I get a WRX, it will be my daily driver, and though I wont stomp the turbo at every light, I know I will be hitting it at least a few times a drive. I will also take it on the 1/4 mile track every so often. Will this be ok. The post said something like it is not good for the WRX to be used a daily driver and not use the turbo alot. Do you think my driving style will be ok? Ive driven some fast cars before, and believe me, im no Grandma, but I dont want to risk a ticket too much! Thanks.

Here is the thread: http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=66961

8th post down, posted by Shifty.
 

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I would estimate that >90% of the people on this site use their wrx as a daily driver. I work 5 days a week in the city, and drive my rex everyday (winter and summer).

I think it is a great daily driver. Of course this is no cadillac, and stop/go traffic is always a PITA with a manual tranny car, but dont worry. It is a well made, well designed car that performs well on the track, in the street, even in the snow or dirt. IMO it is also plenty comfortable for roadtrips and daily drives.

My advice: If you are worried about it being a poor daily driver etc, take one for a test drive through some crowded streets or a city... get in some stop/go traffic and see what you think. I dont think you will be disappointed.


~Hipswnger2 gives his .02~

Edit: I think that they were saying that in ciry driving you are not able to take advantage of the rex's capabilities, becuase obviously the power comes on with hig RPMs. I do not see how driving at lower RPM's (ie below the turbo kick) would be bad on the car/motor :confused:
 

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thanks. i was worried about it being bad on the motor (just from reading that post). I have test driven a few during rush hour and its alot better then my
1993 5-spd 89HP Saturn (my daily driver and ive taken it on a few 2hour trips). Im used to stop-and-go in a manual. I know that the WRX will be a huge upgrade as an all around driver from my Saturn Thanks. Hopefully ill be a WRX owner come Christmas time.
 

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To say that a WRX is a poor daily driver is just ridiculous. I've commuted to work in it day in and day out for over 2 years and 40,000 miles.
 

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My saturn's cluth isnt THAT easy! Anyways - again I have driven some sports cars, mostly my aunts 350Z that she lets me borrow for a week at a time. I dont have a good enough memory to remember how the WRX clutch compares to the 350Z, but I didnt get tired in the Z :D

Thanks guys, and remember, I wasnt saying that its a bad daily driver, thats just what I was getting from that post and it scared me :eek:

Anyways - things may be looking up in the money area sooner then I thought :wiggles:
 

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trainrex said:
WIMP!!!


j/k:tongue:
When I test drove my rex it was the first time I'd driven a manual tranny in 9 years. The last manual I drove was a ragged out, fully manual 82 Escort with a 4 speed. That POS had no power assist on anything! Needless to say, when I got in the rex and used the clutch for the first time it was like a dream. Plus the power steering and factory short throw shifter made for a much more pleasant experience.
 

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anyone ever driven a M35 deuce and a half, or a M800 series 5 ton? THAT is a heavy clutch.
I used to drive my rex across the state all the time until i got my bad motorscooter. the rex was perfectly comfortable. besides that, it is perfectly capable of going faster and getting there quicker if my butt falls asleep.
 

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Hey, merlot...

How is your WRX standing up to those miles? Any "major" problems? Did you get an extended warranty?

I calculated that I drive about the same miles per month as you (about 2500-2700)

I didn't get the extended warranty thinking that I'd buy one from WarrantyDirect.com.

Let me know.

Thanks a bunch!

I have an '04 I got new in April. I did a lot of driving the first month (road trips) and now have almost 11K on it.
 

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I got my rex to be a daily driver and its great. The first few days were not so fun and i thought i made a mistake getting a manual. But man am i happy now!!! :) I love driving it even in heavy traffic, the only thing that bothers me if the fact that my clutch might wear out faster but as far as shifting there is no problem and i enjoy it more then automatic becasue it gives me that controll. I rememeber that someone has complained that its a cow in heavy traffic and like i said for a while it seemed to me as well but now that i got the shifting down, no one has the balls to get in my way. And what so funny now is that i scare people out of my way i cought several people switching lanes in front of me and change their mind becasue they didn't expect me to be on their tail so fast its so funny:D :D :D when they dart out of the way. So yeah its a great commuter car, its got my vote as well.
 

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hey, not to hijack the thread, but, i'm probably about to buy a wrx myself, and if you sent ketchup a pm about any issues you've had i would really appreciate it if you could send it this way as well, thanks, in advance.

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Here's the PM I sent to Ketchup:

She's holding up just fine. Did a few autocrosses this year as well, with more to come. My only problem was the boost gauge wasn't working correctly. Fixed under warranty.

Speaking of warranty, just to be safe I bought an extended warranty. I went with a 5 year / 100,000 mile one (I got it about 200 miles before 36K). I believe I have the link at work... it was from a Subaru dealer in Chicago.

Back to the car. No rattles so far. Paint chips in the bumper most likely caused by winter driving and salt rocks kicking up. I used regular dino oil till about 7.5K miles then switched to Mobil 1 SuperSyn. I burn less than a quart (if any) between changes. Called SOA to ask of their opinion on when to switch; they said either 7.5K oil change or at 10K. Reason being the engine would be fully broken in within that mileage range. Most miles are highway (work and a few long trips) so I follow the normal 7.5K oil change schedule and do the work myself, along with tire rotations. Car has only been to the dealer twice for the boost gauge problem and 30K service.

Tires lasted till about 36K miles. Brake pads and rotors have yet to be changed; they were inspected as part of the 30k service. Only other items I have changed (aside from oil/filter) were the wipers and the air cabin filter.

I'm hoping to get a very long life out the car. Thus far I see no reason why she won't hold up <knocks on wood>.

Good luck with your new '04! Sounds like you'll be pileing the miles on as well. Let me know how she holds up!

Hope this long-winded and jambled message helps!

Mike
 
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