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Anyone driving a recent WRX as a winter machine?

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I am in the market for a new car and a WRX is high on the list - probably the 5 door version. My last two cars were Audis and I had very good luck with them - 150k miles on a '99 A4 and 225k miles on my current ride, an '01 S4. But it is getting long in the tooth. Recently replaced a rear CV and fuel pump, the cost of which was about 40% of the value of the car.

Am looking at an Audi replacement, but they are so damned expensive. Well more than $45k for a new S4. Used A5 in high 30's. Not really interested in the A4. I drove a friend's and it was pretty lackluster with the auto and 4 banger. I require a six speed both for fun and because I find it a better tool for the 100 mile rt commute I do every day here in Maine, especially in the winter. A3 looks nice, but you can not get a 6 speed in Quattro. Hard to believe since Audi built its rep on Quattro.

Lots of Subs in Maine. People seem to love them. The traction system is pretty good. Biggest concern I have, other than esthetics, is chassis clearance. That is the nemesis of my S4. Goes through anything (with Hak R tires). But the deeper snow gets the more she floats. Good in a pow ski. Not so much with a snow car.

So would appreciate any experiences with the WRX in snow country.

Obliged,

David

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I drive an '05 Saab 9-2x which is basically a WRX wagon with some different body parts.  Great snow car.  Clearance can be issue in deep snow as the WRX is a performance machine (like your S4).   The WRX has a fairly sophisticated AWD system with LS rear differential, etc.  Mine has the 2.0l engine while new ones have the 2.5l.  Both engines have plenty of power but a bit of turbo lag.  And not a lot of torque at low RPMs.  But a blast to drive.  Note the WRX has a 5-speed.  The STI has a 6-speed. 

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I'm driving a 2010 WRX. With 16" steels and Blizzak WS-60's it is a great snow car. I'm up in northern VT skiing @ Sugarbush. They just got 18-24 inches and the roads are "interesting". No problems at all driving around in this storm. As was mentioned, ground clearance could be the limiting factor but it hasn't stopped me yet. The 5 door has enough room in the back if you're only bringing one extra in the seat next to you...

 

 

 

 

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I don't know if it qualifies as "recent" or not but I have a 2007 WRX with Blizzak WS70's and it's never let me down on the way to/from the mountain.  The only time I've been worried that it wouldn't be adequate was when Mt. Hood had a 30" warm, wet, dump and I was concerned that we might get high-centered.  We ended up not making it due to a seven car pileup that shut the highways, so I'll never know if the Subaru would have made it through that deep of snow.  "Normal" 15-inch dumps are no problem though.

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Subys are great snow machines. My wife is on her third one. Her current Outback is a monster in the snow with the Hakka Rs on it. Bang for the buck great cars and way more reliable than Audis. I don't think you can go wrong with one...

 

I had one of the first STis in the country. Fun car even though the styling was a bit over the top.

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I had one of the first STis in the country. Fun car even though the styling was a bit over the top.


You mean that subtle "spoiler" mounted on the trunk? Gives new meaning to the word.

David
 

 

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You mean that subtle "spoiler" mounted on the trunk?
 

 

I thought that was a breakfast counter...
 

 

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Yeah, the rear wing was a bit much... and so was the scoop for the intercooler...

 

Of course the World Rally Blue and gold wheels didn't do much to make it look like a sleeper.

 

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Yeah, the rear wing was a bit much... and so was the scoop for the intercooler...

 

Of course the World Rally Blue and gold wheels didn't do much to make it look like a sleeper.

 

hrdp_0401_05_z+2004_subaru_impreza_WRX_STi+driver_side_view.jpg

 


Forgot about the gold trim - pimp my Sube.

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I don't have much to compare it to as I have been in Subies & deep snow since 1980.  My current is an 04' WRX, no complaints here.  I gotta say my first, a 1980 Hatchback with on the fly 4WD and meaty snows all around, was an unstoppable tank.

 

JF

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