I agree the turbo lag can be annoying, but only in certain situations like starting out on steep hills and such. I don't tend to get into it too hard very often and I really wanted this car more for highway cruising. It is an awesome highway car and it has plenty of power for passing, without downshifting, at highway speeds. I also agree on the body side mouldings. I wish the sides were a little more parking lot friendly. I search for end spots a lot! The 2006 WRX and 92X will now have the 2.5 boxer with more torque that will eliminate a lot of the lag. If you have driven a Forester XT with the 2.5 litre boxer the lag is less on that engine. Unfortunately the GM deal will be a thing of the past by then which is my main reason for buying mine now. I wasn't even really looking at the time, but who can walk away from $8,300 off!!
I have been driving a 9-2x for over six months. No trouble so far.
My wife loves it and feels safe in all road conditions.
I sometimes wish the cars interior and the rear end would reflect a bit more Saab and less Subaru.
The seats are a problem - they're comfortable - but the fabric gets dirty quite fast.
The 9-2x is a bargain since Saab lowered the sticker price.
Still going strong at 8,500 miles. Bad news is that it is likely this will be a one off car and there will be no 2006 92X. Gm has supposedly sold off it's share of Subaru to Toyota which may be a good thing for Subaru, but not for Saab. I guess they are planning a 9-1 car for release as an entry level Saab in a year or two. The good news is that it keeps these nicer looking "WRX's" extremely rare and due to the unbelievably huge amount of WRX's on the road, the parts bin will never be empty for these cars. The only sad part is I won't be able to get a second one in three years...
I love mine also. I have 22,000 km and its perect so far. the deal was to sweat and now it's a rare if not impossible car to find a stick in canada.
Heated seats come standard on the limited edition WRXs and STIs I believe. But the model is being revamped come fall, so who knows what will be standard.
Hello! New poster here and proud owner of a '05 92X Linear. Bought a new car 6mth ahead of schedule because of the great combo of Subaru and Saab and the sshhmokin' deals GM was giving away. Mine is a man.trans.,leather int./ loaded edition that came from the dealer with Aero wheels and tires! (Theres a story to it) 54,000 miles and no problems worth mentioning, I drive over a mountain on my work commute and I've replaced the front brakes once, I'm running '04WRX wheels with Michelin X-Ice tires in the winter and this thing goes! I've a bit of experience w/Subaru-owned three previous to this-the 2000 Outback has issues, the rest were absolutely great cars. My mpg runs from 27.5 in winter to 29.5 in summer, can't beat it for FWD! Are there any clubs for the 92X crowd? Thanks, JZ.
Original poster here... and still driving the 92X with just over 45,000 miles on it. No problems so far, other than normal wear items. The original tires still look good and perform well in the snow, which is a surprise. I put a K&N filter on it, and it made quite a difference, especially in the low end; I guess because the turbo is so reliant on airflow.
To the previous poster... go to Saab92x.com if you want a good forum site.
I wish they still made these cars, but the new WRX is pretty nice, and supposedly has most of the extra features these cars have... even the improved sound insulation.
You like the new WRX? The saab 92X is much nicer, id keep that. I have a 2004 WRX and would never consider the 2008, I don't know what they were thinking when they designed it!
Yeah, I like the '08 WRX better. The interior is way nicer, the seats are much more comfortable and it is larger inside and out. Yes the 92X is awesome but I think the new WRX is an all around better car. I like the looks of the hatch version although it took awhile to get used to. It is nice looking to me now... as long as it has the scoop!! My 92X is hopefully selling soon and I am moving on to a bigger car. I am the original poster here and I have crossed 51K with virtually no problems. It has been a really great car but it is a little small for family duty.