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Posted on 2006.03.01 at 21:20
Mood: enviousenvious
Music: fort minor - where'd you go
test-drove a wrx with a chp officer last night.
finally asked him to slow down at 120.
he gets to do that whenever he wants, no repercussions.
i'm tempted to say "what a bastard", but would i do the same? probably.

did a windows rebuild on one of the sales manager's home computers today.
not how i care to spend my spare time anymore, but never a bad idea to have one of the HNIC's owe you a favor.


attention crazy bastards who built mercedes' smart cars with liter-bike mills:
please deliver crossbreed of smart roadster and suzuki hayabusa to my house immediately, kthx.


usually by this point i'm trying to throw in something resembling "current events", but... anyone else just entirely sick of the news? i'm going to go finish watching season 4 of the shield now, because entertainment loosely based on reality is somehow much more gratifying than reading about how yale students are pitching the right of religious extremists to not be offended as more important than freedom of the press. you fuckers are supposed to be the SMART ONES. /rant


betternewthings at 2006-03-02 06:26 (UTC) (Link)
1: rich kids at a fancy school being assholes? i'm ... SHOCKED.

2: why is it i can buy a used 2.5l legacy for the same price as a 2.5rs?
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2006-03-02 07:00 (UTC) (Link)
why is it i can buy a used 2.5l legacy for the same price as a 2.5rs?

the legacy is not a popular car compared to its outback version- i sell them on about a 10:1 ratio. that exaggerates when you're talking about used cars- the last loaded (turbo, leather, power everything, 6-disc, etc) '05 legacy sedan we sold went for $25k. we're asking $22k for base-model no-frills '05 outbacks with similar mileage.

IMO, that makes it very attractive for enthusiasts looking for a used subaru- the engineers pay more attention to NVH with that chassis, because they want it to seem more expensive/refined, and it has to handle off-road usage when it's done as outback-

so even though the curb weight is usually about 5% higher for a same year apples-apples comparison, they usually handle better because they're stiffer- and that definitely goes for new '06 models. legacies also usually have shorter final drives to compensate for the extra weight... 4.11:1 vs 3.7:1 for new legacy GT vs impreza WRX.

so yeah, if you're thinking of snagging one, they get my recommend.
betternewthings at 2006-03-02 18:40 (UTC) (Link)
the new generation is way, way too expensive for me. i'm thinking of a 98 or 99 because the new body style is also on the heavy side.

it seems that $6k will either get me the impreza 2.5RS or a 2.5l legacy, either in the late 90's. the legacy seems to be about 200lbs heavier, but also a nicer car.

how's the handling of that generation 2.5L legacy? if it's bad, can it be easily fixed?

i was looking at the 2.5rs but now i think i want the legacy. do they blow up?
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2006-03-02 23:19 (UTC) (Link)
the 2.5 legacy got the twin-cam 2.5 from 1996 through 1999 (after which there was the body-style change).

the 2.5 impreza got the twin-cam in '98 only, for all later years it got the single-cam.

the two engines have the power profiles you might expect- more midrange in the SOHC, more top end in the twin.

nobody seems to like the MAF metering used in the '99 2.5 imprezas, but you could use a piggyback fuel computer to switch to something else. haven't been able to find out what years of legacy got what type of metering system yet, but i suspect they used the same setup as the '98 impreza (MAP).

i haven't been able to drive an older stick-shift legacy yet, i only ever see them in for service, people seem to be hanging on to them around here. the slushbox 2.2l wagon i drove was about as exciting as you imagine- but i still hedge bets that it handles better than a same-year impreza.

i haven't heard anything about the dual-cam motors being better/worse for reliability, but i bet they usually get beaten on harder.
betternewthings at 2006-03-03 07:44 (UTC) (Link)
the 2.5 has a reputation for blowing head gaskets. it's scaring me. maybe i should just get a 2.2l impreza and suck it up. it'll be the beater car when i decide to get a hot bike.

how are the 2.2l imprezas? 2.5 imprezas are really expensive.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2006-03-04 04:49 (UTC) (Link)
d'you mean under boost, or just regular usage? i haven't heard anything like that from local owners (but admittedly, most of the guys @ the meets also have older 2-liter WRXs).

the 2.2l imprezas are pretty much the same thing, except with 20 less hp & slightly taller gearing (3.9 vs 4.1 in the RS).
Got Habits
wetnun at 2006-03-02 07:41 (UTC) (Link)
Heh. A CHP Officer's car is exempt from getting tickets. Not the Officer. It's only the buddy system that keeps his ass out of trouble. That and normally only a dumb rookie will ticket another cop. Since thanks to the buddy system the rest of their possibly short career will be spend getting ridiculed. :)
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2006-03-03 00:21 (UTC) (Link)
hmm- well whatever the reason, he wasn't too shy about it. i have a photocopy of his license too :>
Colonel Angus
scosol at 2006-03-03 01:46 (UTC) (Link)

look at everything else on that site too...
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2006-03-03 03:11 (UTC) (Link)

"fuck the g-rides, i want the machines that are makin' 'em"

i have a hs friend who's an engineer at NUMMI and would probably consult for us if i asked him. ready to start branded swap-shop when you are :P impreza w/ mazda 3-rotor. let's do it.
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