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    Default Good buy or not: Subaru WRX

    I went for a test drive today in a 2015 Subaru WRX. It has 104 000km on the clock going for R289 000 and I can't stop thinking about it.
    Its always been a dream to own one.
    It would be a nice upgrade from my Fiesta 1.0 which will become swambo's daily drive. I would need to trade in her Daihatsu Terios though.

    Does anyone have experience on the WRX perhaps?
    Am I crazy buying a 2015 WRX?
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    Default Re: Good buy or not: Subaru WRX

    That is on my wanted list. I would look for a manual.

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    Default Re: Good buy or not: Subaru WRX

    If it has a full service history and is in good condition, you only live once?

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    Default Re: Good buy or not: Subaru WRX

    I agree with Greenhorn and Big Ray. I recently drove a WRX STi manual, very sedately, through rush hour traffic and it was one of my most memorable motoring moments. Yes you do get cheaper and faster cars like the GTi etc. but the WRX is just so special (that was how I felt even though I spent the day driving a GTi around Zwartkops raceway which is pretty much a bucket list event on its own).

    If it has a full service history at Subaru and it is well looked after, why not? I would also prefer a manual one.
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    FSH as well as Cambelt Service (Me is trying to remeber if it is part of the 100K service?) then go for it! I had the Subaru WRX STI and I still lie awake at night missing her...


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    Quote Originally Posted by JeeperCreepers View Post
    FSH as well as Cambelt Service (Me is trying to remeber if it is part of the 100K service?) then go for it! I had the Subaru WRX STI and I still lie awake at night missing her...
    Haven’t they replaced the cambelts with chains on all (newer model) Surabu’s?
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    Default Re: Good buy or not: Subaru WRX

    The reason I said manual as some owners of CVT had problems with their CVT boxes, and we know that could cost $$$. Plus if you planning add a few more ponies the manual box will handle them better too

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    Default Re: Good buy or not: Subaru WRX

    One of those cars that has always been on my radar....

    From what I've talked to owners, make sure cambelt service has been done....many, many Subaru's out of service warrantyfor sale, just over 100k or 200k for this reason. Owners sell before having to replace the cambelt.

    Also, of all the people I've talked to a large number of the ones with CVt/auto boxes have had expensive issues....so I would also rather go manual.

    Just my own opinion.

    Still want one though...
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    Default Re: Good buy or not: Subaru WRX

    Why is everyone making such a scene about the CVT box? Do you even get the WRX in auto?
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    Default Re: Good buy or not: Subaru WRX

    Quote Originally Posted by Francois Theron View Post
    Why is everyone making such a scene about the CVT box? Do you even get the WRX in auto?
    WRX - Yes, manual and CVT
    WRX STi - No, only manual

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    Default Re: Good buy or not: Subaru WRX

    Yes the one I'm looking at is the 6 speed manual. I don't like the CVT gearboxes in any car.

    I didn't know about the cambelt service, hopefully I can get the records of its services tomorrow.
    One of my buddies also mentioned that some experience bearings / ring failures between 60k and 100k.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jice View Post
    Yes the one I'm looking at is the 6 speed manual. I don't like the CVT gearboxes in any car.

    I didn't know about the cambelt service, hopefully I can get the records of its services tomorrow.
    One of my buddies also mentioned that some experience bearings / ring failures between 60k and 100k.
    Iím pretty sure the 2015 model no longer run a cambelt

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    Default Re: Good buy or not: Subaru WRX

    The newer engines are much more reliable. They do have a tendency to leak oil at the valve covers, which is not a major thing, but is a PITA to fix

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    Default Re: Good buy or not: Subaru WRX

    It's an amazing brand and cars, as some said they let you have fun driving them.

    I'm on my 2nd and 3rd suby and what i've learnt is the WRX will be fun as long as you look after it:

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    Default Re: Good buy or not: Subaru WRX

    Quote Originally Posted by avk View Post
    One of those cars that has always been on my radar....

    From what I've talked to owners, make sure cambelt service has been done....many, many Subaru's out of service warrantyfor sale, just over 100k or 200k for this reason. Owners sell before having to replace the cambelt.

    Also, of all the people I've talked to a large number of the ones with CVt/auto boxes have had expensive issues....so I would also rather go manual.

    Just my own opinion.

    Still want one though...
    If i'm not mistaken the 2.5 cambelt is around R6k from the agents, is that too expensive? 2.0WRX is direct Injection with timing chain
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    Default Re: Good buy or not: Subaru WRX

    WRX STi has an EJ motor with a timing belt.

    The normal (non STi) 2015 WRX has the newer FA motor with a timing chain.

    No need to worry about the timing chains on these motors

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    Default Re: Good buy or not: Subaru WRX

    Quote Originally Posted by subarujo View Post
    If i'm not mistaken the 2.5 cambelt is around R6k from the agents, is that too expensive? 2.0WRX is direct Injection with timing chain
    Last time I checked they wanted R8k+ (but they may be bringing prices down) without water pump
    But you can get gates kit for about R6k with pump

    Issues to check on those is head gaskets and radiator top and bottoms
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    Default Re: Good buy or not: Subaru WRX

    Thanks for the feedback all but I'm walking away from it. :-(

    I got a full print out of the service history and the last two services was not completed in full, only oil was done.

    There are some other issues as well which I don't think makes it a worthwhile buy.
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    Default Re: Good buy or not: Subaru WRX

    pity, but yes if it doesnt feel right then best to walk away...

    but eish now you have made me long back to my jap import days....one day I will have to get something again
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    Default Re: Good buy or not: Subaru WRX

    This morning I drove to the boeremark in the WRX. And I took the long way around. Not many cars make you do that.

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