Archive for the ‘Subaru’ Category

In a followup to my complaint about MPG and how Hybrids don’t make financial sense, there’s an aspect to the argument that I didn’t cover which is environmental impact.

Of course our current “lineup” of vehicles is not great for the environment. Driving my Subaru 15k miles each year puts 9.3 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. The Jeep is worse at 12.4 tons, and the Lotus is even worse at 13.3 tons (I drive the Jeep only about 500 miles a year, so my actual impact is closer to 0.4 tons, and the Lotus doesn’t drive right now, but would have a similar impact). Cara’s Corolla puts a meager 6.5 tons into the air (find your own car at http://www.fueleconomy.gov/). I care about the environment, and I know that my 9.3 tons is nothing compared to most SUVs and larger vehicles, but I’ll admit that 9.3 is pretty high (even though a newer WRX shaves about half a ton off of that).

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The Wave

Posted: August 10, 2009 in Automotive, Jeep, Subaru

Simply buying a car can put you into a club with others owning the same car. I was thinking today, after getting a wave from a fellow WRX owner, what are the deciding factors that establish the need (or want) to wave to someone else. If you’ve bought a Corolla you’re not going to be waving to others that own Corollas.

So what makes a car “wavable”? I’ve driven three vehicles that were “wavable”:

  • 1996 Jeep Wrangler
  • 1997 Jeep Cherokee (normally not wavable, but mine is because it’s lifted)
  • 2005 Impreza WRX (although the base model Impreza is not wavable)

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Magic Hat

Posted: November 25, 2008 in Short, Subaru

In case you were wondering, I can fit a piece of trim 116 inches inside my WRX…

That’s a lot of wood.

Time to get my ass in gear

Posted: April 6, 2008 in Automotive, House, Subaru

This weekend was the first reasonably nice weekend of the year. After months of dragging my ass out of bed late on the weekends, I actually got motivated (well as motivated as I get) to do something.

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No luck with car parts

Posted: April 21, 2005 in Automotive, General, Subaru

I’m not having any luck with companies shipping car parts. First there was the Lotus shipping fiasco, now I found out that another package was delivered to someone else. This package was my $150 subwoofer for the Subaru.

My tracking number showed that UPS delivered my packaged “to the front door” two days ago. So yesterday I went on a short hunt-and-gather looking for the thing (not like it was a small package that was hiding in some obscure location). Unsuccessful I wrote back to the shipper explaining that the package never came and asked them to verify the address. They swore it was labeled correctly.

Of course this is one of the times that I’m starting to have a suspicion that I should insure things more often (I’m not much of a believer in insurance 9 times out of 10). I call up UPS, and after a short wait I’m told that their records show it being delivered to 235 School street (not 255).

I stopped by 235 today and there is my package (luckily) still sitting on their porch. The label did indeed say 235, so I’m 1 for 3 with shippers sending stuff to erroneous addresses (I did actually get my cargo net to my house properly). Let’s hope my missing skid plate parts get to my address properly.

Okay, “Modifications” may be making a mountain out of a molehill. Last night I removed both the dealer sticker and the gear pattern sticker* from the interior of the car. I realized (as I cleaned and rewaxed it), that the hood is plastic. I don’t know what to make of this (on one front I’m sure the hood is 1/2 the weight of a metal one, I just wonder if it will hold up will over time).

I’ve noodled a bit about my dilemma with the wheels, Justin has a set of 4 wheels from his brother’s WRX that he may want to get rid of. If that is the case I may take them, powder coat them white and mount my tires on the new wheels.

*The gear pattern sticker was this lame carbon fiber looking decal that the stick on because the titanium gear knob doesn’t have the “H” pattern on the top of the stick. Of course this was a factory installed “upgrade” that I had the dealership remove (and replace with a stock knob).

So I’ve now had the Impreza for a little less than a week now. I think I can safely comment on my impressions…

I just recently clocked mile 300 on the odometer, and I’m still taking it fairly easy on the car in general, but it’s tough. I’ve kind of forgotten how much fun driving can be and this car has given me a slap across the face and said “wake up man!” Don’t get me wrong, I have the 1983 Lotus that by all rights should be as quick (if not quicker) and handle better than the Impreza, but I’m still a number of months away from getting the Lotus running, and most likely a couple years from having it running the way *I* would like to have it running. That said, the Impreza is a great commuter vehicle and I couldn’t be happier with my choice

Pros:

  • AWD with lockable transfer case and limited slip rear (I’d have to be spinning 3 wheels to get stuck).
  • 227HP which I probably won’t realize until closer to the 5000 mile mark (due to break in). This car is quick.
  • Large front windshield, well the windshield is probably as big as most other cars, you can just see a lot more here
  • Fit and finish is excellent. I realize that we’re talking about a $27k MSRP compact car, but the interior fits the car nicely (it’s not a BMW, but it’s not a Kia either.)
  • Nicities that I wasn’t concerned with, but are still nice to have like the heated seats, climate control, nice leather wrapped steering wheel and six disc indash CD player.

Cons:

  • Radio controls for track changes are about 2 inches too far away from my fingers, and the track change is a dial not a button (which is annoying and confusing.)
  • The wheels are a “champaign” color which looks dirty even when clean.

So, I’m limiting the modifications to this car (I refuse to touch anything under the hood), but there are a couple of things I am considering:

  • Maybe next spring I’ll spend some cash on wheels and tires.
  • Sometime this summer I might replace the uppipe and downpipe (both exhaust components) which should provide a reasonable horsepower increase