how reliable is wrx i drive 60 miles a day start and stop the car 15 times a day how long will it run for if it already has 100,000 miles on it thanks

Asked by Jul 12, 2011 at 09:48 PM about the 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon

Question type: General

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WRX's are very reliable. The only thing to remember is they need regular servicing. Do that, and adjust the cam every 100,000 klm ( 60,000 mls) and it should last yoy forever. Cheers bob Rona

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also in hope to save parts that get hot, example turbo, let the car cool by idling for about 20-30 seconds before shutting it down. that give the turbo time to "rest" and will considerably help with the life span of said turbo.

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The WRX's turbo will continue to be cooled by circulating coolant for about a minute or so after shutdown. So unless you've just driven it really hard, a cooldown is not necessary. To the OP, Subarus tend to be very durable if maintained and not abused.

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The engine can collect moisture inside the block if the engine is not reaching operating temperature for a sustained period of time. This can cause a milky yellow substance in there and it also causes oil to break down quicker. At operating temperature most of the moisture will be taken care of with the heat.

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hey i got my 06 back in 08, i drive almost 80 miles a day, with regular maintance and tuning, the car still runs like a dream with 110k on it

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Mine was a tank, always heard bad things about the tranny, never had an issue. Except for that one time when the car got stolen, but aside from that it was great.

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While my 2005 WRX was practically bulletproof, my 2012 WRX was nothing but trouble. I can't remember everything that went wrong with it, but it was always something. Last straw was that the Turbo simply quit working on the way back to Virginia from the 2015 Dayton Hamvention in Dayton, Ohio, so I took it up to CarMax and got $13K for the car with 121,000 miles on the odometer. They at least do hold their value pretty decently. Current 2015 WRX has been towed twice, once when the MAF sensor went belly-up, other from a maintenance error - you have to take lotsa stuff apart to change the plugs, and the mechanic apparently didn't reinstall a bolt, or tighten the hose clamp at the inlet of the intercooler, and it all came apart on I-20 about 90 miles from Midland, Tx. Towed (flatbed) 90 miles to Midland, Basin Subaru got it back together in about 45 minutes with parts from a cannibalized car, and I continued. I suggest not buying a WRX without a 5 year, 100K extended warranty. That's REALLY been worth it. This car has also had the center diff fail, and had to have that replaced - free via the extended warranty, but it was 75K miles, my previous car had the clutch go at 85K, so I had that replaced "just because" the tranny was out anyway which saved me $500 on the overall clutch replace. Still $1800. It has 90K miles on it right now, and I will probably sell it within a couple weeks and get a new WRX with a 100K mi / 5yr warranty. Love Subies, but damn.... just wish I could get back to the "bulletproof" 2005 WRX.

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