The Truth About Cars » WRX http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 05 May 2016 22:06:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Ask Bark: Hi, I’m A Millennial Who Likes Cars! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ask-bark-hi-im-millennial-likes-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ask-bark-hi-im-millennial-likes-cars/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2016 13:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1304073 Conner (Conner? Is that a real name?) writes: Hey Bark, Twenty-three-year-old car buying millennial here. I recently got my first big boy job that pays big boy money. But because I’m definitely not a big boy yet and have nearly no responsibilities other than making rent, I’m going to spend it on silly things like […]

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Conner (Conner? Is that a real name?) writes: Hey Bark, Twenty-three-year-old car buying millennial here. I recently got my first big boy job that pays big boy money. But because I’m definitely not a big boy yet and have nearly no responsibilities other than making rent, I’m going to spend it on silly things like […]

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Ask Bark: What Should I Buy For My First Whip? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ask-bark-buy-first-whip/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ask-bark-buy-first-whip/#comments Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1274017 Ask Bark? is picking up steam like a train on the island of Sodor, man! Thanks for all of your questions after last week’s installment, as well as the great advice you gave our friend, Josh. However, be warned — Bark will not be punked like the author of “Ask Amy” was this week. Don’t write […]

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Ask Bark? is picking up steam like a train on the island of Sodor, man! Thanks for all of your questions after last week’s installment, as well as the great advice you gave our friend, Josh. However, be warned — Bark will not be punked like the author of “Ask Amy” was this week. Don’t write […]

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Ask Bark: What Would You Drive If You Were Exactly Like You? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ask-bark-drive-exactly-like/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ask-bark-drive-exactly-like/#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2016 19:44:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1269345 In the latest installment of the worldwide internet sensation, Ask Bark?, we hear from Josh, who’s struggling with deciding what to buy for his family of four. Josh writes: I need advice. I’m looking for a new car. I’m 40 and married. I have a good job and two kids. I’ve owned old Volvos, Saabs, VWs (and paid […]

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In the latest installment of the worldwide internet sensation, Ask Bark?, we hear from Josh, who’s struggling with deciding what to buy for his family of four. Josh writes: I need advice. I’m looking for a new car. I’m 40 and married. I have a good job and two kids. I’ve owned old Volvos, Saabs, VWs (and paid […]

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Piston Slap: An Exedy-ous from Logical Clutching? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/piston-slap-exedy-ous-logical-clutching/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/piston-slap-exedy-ous-logical-clutching/#comments Thu, 17 Dec 2015 13:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1241617 James writes: Hi Sajeev, I’ve got a 2003 Impreza WRX (blob-eye) that’s covered 96,000 km now. I bought it two years ago from the original owner, who seemed to take very good care of the car (every receipt since new). The car has been almost faultless. About 4,000 km ago, at 92,000 km, the original clutch was […]

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James writes: Hi Sajeev, I’ve got a 2003 Impreza WRX (blob-eye) that’s covered 96,000 km now. I bought it two years ago from the original owner, who seemed to take very good care of the car (every receipt since new). The car has been almost faultless. About 4,000 km ago, at 92,000 km, the original clutch was […]

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Subaru, Lexus Retain KBB’s Top Resale Crown for 2016 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/subaru-lexus-retain-kbbs-top-resale-crown-2016/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/subaru-lexus-retain-kbbs-top-resale-crown-2016/#comments Tue, 15 Dec 2015 19:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1242345 Subaru and Lexus brands topped Kelley Blue Book’s annual resale list for the second year in a row, the auto industry group announced Tuesday. Subaru claimed four model winners for 2016 and Lexus nabbed six honors in the annual survey that measures projected retained value for five years of ownership. Toyota and General Motors each […]

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Subaru and Lexus brands topped Kelley Blue Book’s annual resale list for the second year in a row, the auto industry group announced Tuesday. Subaru claimed four model winners for 2016 and Lexus nabbed six honors in the annual survey that measures projected retained value for five years of ownership. Toyota and General Motors each […]

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Wards 10 Best Engines For 2016 is Equal Parts Performance, Parsimonious http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/wards-10-best-engines-2016-equal-parts-performance-parsimonious/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/wards-10-best-engines-2016-equal-parts-performance-parsimonious/#comments Mon, 14 Dec 2015 19:00:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1242009 Three hybrid powertrains and three performance powertrains bookended Wards Auto’s top 10 engines, which was released last week. The list included repeat winners such as the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel 3-liter six, Subaru’s turbo flat-four and Nissan’s veteran VQ 3.5-liter V-6. Appearing for the first time was BMW’s replacement for its N55 turbocharged, 3-liter straight six […]

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Three hybrid powertrains and three performance powertrains bookended Wards Auto’s top 10 engines, which was released last week. The list included repeat winners such as the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel 3-liter six, Subaru’s turbo flat-four and Nissan’s veteran VQ 3.5-liter V-6. Appearing for the first time was BMW’s replacement for its N55 turbocharged, 3-liter straight six […]

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Piston Slap: Saabaru Takata Airbag Recall Kerfuffle? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/piston-slap-saabaru-takata-airbag-recall-kerfuffle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/piston-slap-saabaru-takata-airbag-recall-kerfuffle/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1107521   Ron writes: Sajeev, I’ve what should be a straightforward question, but before I go down the rabbit hole with Subaru and GM, I thought I would get some advice. My girlfriend bought a ’05 Saab 9-2X recently. She loves the car and has been making plans for modifying the interior (she’s a lead electronics tech). Anyway, […]

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  Ron writes: Sajeev, I’ve what should be a straightforward question, but before I go down the rabbit hole with Subaru and GM, I thought I would get some advice. My girlfriend bought a ’05 Saab 9-2X recently. She loves the car and has been making plans for modifying the interior (she’s a lead electronics tech). Anyway, […]

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Subaru’s WRX/STi Is Outselling The BRZ and FR-S Twins Combined http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/subarus-wrxsti-outselling-brz-fr-s-twins-combined/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/subarus-wrxsti-outselling-brz-fr-s-twins-combined/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:54:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=950417 Through the first ten months of 2014, Subaru has sold 19,969 copies of their Impreza-based WRX and STi, 996 more than the number of Toyobaru sports cars sold in America this year. WRX/STi sales are up 35% through the end of October 2014, a 140% increase compared with the full 2010 calendar year, 45% compared […]

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Through the first ten months of 2014, Subaru has sold 19,969 copies of their Impreza-based WRX and STi, 996 more than the number of Toyobaru sports cars sold in America this year. WRX/STi sales are up 35% through the end of October 2014, a 140% increase compared with the full 2010 calendar year, 45% compared […]

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The Impreza Is Subaru’s Top Seller, Sort Of http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/impreza-subarus-top-seller-sort/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/impreza-subarus-top-seller-sort/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:39:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=930370 Subaru USA didn’t sell as many Imprezas in 2013 as they did in 2012. By Subaru’s reporting methods, Impreza sales have fallen this year, as well, sliding 0.3% through the first three-quarters of 2014. But Subaru narrowly defines the term, “Impreza.” That’s a good thing, as too many automakers don’t provide us with longed-for breakdowns […]

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Subaru USA didn’t sell as many Imprezas in 2013 as they did in 2012. By Subaru’s reporting methods, Impreza sales have fallen this year, as well, sliding 0.3% through the first three-quarters of 2014. But Subaru narrowly defines the term, “Impreza.” That’s a good thing, as too many automakers don’t provide us with longed-for breakdowns […]

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Capsule Review: 2015 Subaru WRX http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/capsule-review-2015-subaru-wrx/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/capsule-review-2015-subaru-wrx/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=811026 As the snow swirled in front of my headlamps, the radio crackled with a forecast of 18-22 inches for an early March Nor’Easter. Most people hate this weather. They huddle in their homes, presumably consuming the massive quantities of milk and bread they bought in a panic earlier that day. A public whipped into frenzy […]

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As the snow swirled in front of my headlamps, the radio crackled with a forecast of 18-22 inches for an early March Nor’Easter. Most people hate this weather. They huddle in their homes, presumably consuming the massive quantities of milk and bread they bought in a panic earlier that day. A public whipped into frenzy […]

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Capsule Review: 2015 Subaru WRX Premium http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/capsule-review-2015-subaru-wrx-premium/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/capsule-review-2015-subaru-wrx-premium/#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 12:30:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=828394 Please welcome Hooniverse editor Kamil Kaluski for his first review for TTAC. Like much of the Playstation Generation, I spent much of the 90’s ogling over the forbidden fruit from the Land of the Rising Sun: Type Rs, EVOs, WRXs  – fun, reasonably priced, reliable, econobox-based sports cars with great potential. Naturally, I bought a […]

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Please welcome Hooniverse editor Kamil Kaluski for his first review for TTAC. Like much of the Playstation Generation, I spent much of the 90’s ogling over the forbidden fruit from the Land of the Rising Sun: Type Rs, EVOs, WRXs  – fun, reasonably priced, reliable, econobox-based sports cars with great potential. Naturally, I bought a […]

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Subaru: No WRX Hatch For U.S. Market http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/subaru-no-wrx-hatch-for-u-s-market/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/subaru-no-wrx-hatch-for-u-s-market/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=808482 For those who want a Subaru WRX or WRX STi, but prefer the utility of the previous hatchback over the current sedan offerings, they should start breathing again, as Subaru will not be bringing such a beast to the United States after all. Motor Trend reports that last month, WRX project manager Masuo Takatsu informed […]

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For those who want a Subaru WRX or WRX STi, but prefer the utility of the previous hatchback over the current sedan offerings, they should start breathing again, as Subaru will not be bringing such a beast to the United States after all. Motor Trend reports that last month, WRX project manager Masuo Takatsu informed […]

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Shifting Becomes Variable For 2015 Subaru WRX http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/shifting-becomes-variable-for-2015-subaru-wrx/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/shifting-becomes-variable-for-2015-subaru-wrx/#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2013 13:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=651970 While those who opt for the upcoming 2015 Subaru WRX STi can still row their own, those who prefer to let the transmission do the work may (or may not) be disappointed to find a CVT in their new WRX. In a leaked dealer document, customers who opt for either the WRX Premium standard model […]

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While those who opt for the upcoming 2015 Subaru WRX STi can still row their own, those who prefer to let the transmission do the work may (or may not) be disappointed to find a CVT in their new WRX. In a leaked dealer document, customers who opt for either the WRX Premium standard model […]

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Piston Slap: I just heard…WHAT??? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/piston-slap-i-just-heard-what/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/piston-slap-i-just-heard-what/#comments Wed, 03 Apr 2013 11:24:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=482994 TTAC commentator Robstar writes: Hi Sajeev, I bought a new 2005 Subaru WRX STi in March of 2005, it currently has around 51k miles on it. Rotors have been replaced once, brake pads twice. The car still has it’s original clutch! It went from being an occasional commuting car in all city traffic to an […]

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TTAC commentator Robstar writes: Hi Sajeev, I bought a new 2005 Subaru WRX STi in March of 2005, it currently has around 51k miles on it. Rotors have been replaced once, brake pads twice. The car still has it’s original clutch! It went from being an occasional commuting car in all city traffic to an […]

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Subaru UK Kills Off Impreza, WRX, STI http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/subaru-uk-kills-off-impreza-wrx-sti/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/subaru-uk-kills-off-impreza-wrx-sti/#comments Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:35:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=470192 If you read British buff books like EVO, it would be easy to think that the hot versions of the Subaru Impreza are fixtures of the UK’s motoring landscape. Not only are they beloved by enthusiasts, but the WRX is even employed as a police car in certain municipalities. But starting in 2013, British car […]

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If you read British buff books like EVO, it would be easy to think that the hot versions of the Subaru Impreza are fixtures of the UK’s motoring landscape. Not only are they beloved by enthusiasts, but the WRX is even employed as a police car in certain municipalities. But starting in 2013, British car […]

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Piston Slap: An STI with A “C. diff”??? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/piston-slap-a-snapped-subie-sensor/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/piston-slap-a-snapped-subie-sensor/#comments Wed, 03 Oct 2012 12:33:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=462509 TTAC Commentator robstar writes: Hello Sajeev+Piston Slap Audience, A few weeks ago I saw something strange with my lightly-used-never-abused 2005 Subaru WRX STi — A “R. Diff Temp” started flickering on the dashboard. This particular day it was quite cold and it came on as I reversed out of the garage backward down a sloping […]

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TTAC Commentator robstar writes: Hello Sajeev+Piston Slap Audience, A few weeks ago I saw something strange with my lightly-used-never-abused 2005 Subaru WRX STi — A “R. Diff Temp” started flickering on the dashboard. This particular day it was quite cold and it came on as I reversed out of the garage backward down a sloping […]

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Piston Slap: The Re-Stocking Fee? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/piston-slap-the-re-stocking-fee-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/piston-slap-the-re-stocking-fee-2/#comments Mon, 20 Aug 2012 11:02:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457371 Aaron writes: Sajeev, I currently own a 2007 WRX Wagon with a little over 100,000 miles on it. I love this car, even enough to overlook getting merely 21mpg. Anyways. As is true with many import car owners who love too much, I started modifying the car almost as soon as I got it. It […]

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Aaron writes: Sajeev, I currently own a 2007 WRX Wagon with a little over 100,000 miles on it. I love this car, even enough to overlook getting merely 21mpg. Anyways. As is true with many import car owners who love too much, I started modifying the car almost as soon as I got it. It […]

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Piston Slap: Seeing the Forester for the Trees? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/piston-slap/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/piston-slap/#comments Wed, 07 Mar 2012 12:48:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=433620   Jim writes: Hi, I hope you are well. I have several questions regarding my 2011 Forester (5 speed): a) I drive 8 to 10K annually and change the 5w-20 every 6 months.  Is this sufficient? b) Subaru keeps sending me extended warranty offers.   This tells me that I likely don’t need it.  What […]

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  Jim writes: Hi, I hope you are well. I have several questions regarding my 2011 Forester (5 speed): a) I drive 8 to 10K annually and change the 5w-20 every 6 months.  Is this sufficient? b) Subaru keeps sending me extended warranty offers.   This tells me that I likely don’t need it.  What […]

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New or Used: Eliminate Debt, Eliminate Subie? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/new-or-used-eliminate-debt-eliminate-subie/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/new-or-used-eliminate-debt-eliminate-subie/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2011 16:46:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420809   Ryan writes: Sajeev and Steve, I find myself perplexed by a vehicular conundrum. A year ago I purchased my first new car, a 2010 Subaru WRX STI SE. It is a great car. Previously I daily drove a 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser. Another great car. I drive about 20,000 miles a year, mostly on […]

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  Ryan writes: Sajeev and Steve, I find myself perplexed by a vehicular conundrum. A year ago I purchased my first new car, a 2010 Subaru WRX STI SE. It is a great car. Previously I daily drove a 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser. Another great car. I drive about 20,000 miles a year, mostly on […]

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Piston Slap: Flammable Subies Up North, But Tennesseein’ is Believin’! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/piston-slap-flammable-subies-up-north-but-tennesseein%e2%80%99-is-believin%e2%80%99/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/piston-slap-flammable-subies-up-north-but-tennesseein%e2%80%99-is-believin%e2%80%99/#comments Wed, 24 Mar 2010 17:42:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=350222 Jon writes: Hi Sajeev, I own a 2002 Subaru WRX wagon, and live in Tennessee.  Last month, Subaru and the NHTSA issued a recall for certain 02-03 WRXs in northern states.  The recall states that in cold weather, there may be an underhood fuel leak.  Tennessee is not considered a cold-weather state, so my car […]

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Jon writes: Hi Sajeev, I own a 2002 Subaru WRX wagon, and live in Tennessee.  Last month, Subaru and the NHTSA issued a recall for certain 02-03 WRXs in northern states.  The recall states that in cold weather, there may be an underhood fuel leak.  Tennessee is not considered a cold-weather state, so my car […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: A Wrex’ Progress Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-a-wrex-progress-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-a-wrex-progress-edition/#comments Tue, 23 Mar 2010 14:14:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=350055 How can it be that Subaru is simultaneously so easy to love and so easy to hate? Under the sheetmetal, the company sells some of the most capable and characterful automotive technology in a market that’s otherwise flooded with bland homogeneity. But then there’s the damn sheetmetal. Subaru has “upgraded” the 2011 WRX with the […]

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How can it be that Subaru is simultaneously so easy to love and so easy to hate? Under the sheetmetal, the company sells some of the most capable and characterful automotive technology in a market that’s otherwise flooded with bland homogeneity. But then there’s the damn sheetmetal. Subaru has “upgraded” the 2011 WRX with the […]

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