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#3357 of 11554 New owner of a Subaru Impreza !
Oct 21, 2001 (4:13 pm)
Hello everyone, I just purchased the new 2002 Impreza. There is an interesting story behind my purchase, so while I'm here at work, I might as well tell it.
My roommate and I were checking out car prices on Friday morning, noticing how unbelievable prices were. He told me about the Subaru Impreza, which I remember looking at at the LA Autoshow. So on Friday night after work I ended up spending 4 hours on the internet researching and drooling over this car. So yesterday on Saturday we decided to check out the Subaru. We went to a few dealers and I was able to find a deal that was hard to refuse, so I bought the car.
Now check this out, I did not know how to drive a stick. I know many of you would consider me an idiot for jumping on this car and buying it and not even knowing how to drive it. My roommate drove it home and I was then under the torture of learning to drive a manual. I was pretty discouraged last night, but when I woke up this morning everything seemed to fall together. My starts are a bit rusty, but I know practice is all I need.
Don't worry about the Impreza, I used a different car to learn, but it was pretty embarassing this morning when I choked at a light, but I able to catch myself and accelerate out.
Gone is my 99 Toyota Corolla. Now I can have a lot more fun on the road, and I can actually use the car to go snowboarding. This is a great forum, I'll make sure to ask any questions about the car here.
#3358 of 11554 New Owner
Oct 21, 2001 (4:35 pm)
Sounds like you like a sense of adventure! congradulations on your purchase.
My wrx is just 760 miles old and keeping it under the 4000 rpm mark is what the doctor ordered!
Have fun! as i know you will;)
#3359 of 11554 VTD v. MT AWD
Oct 21, 2001 (4:53 pm)
The VTD is a better system with a wider operating range than the MT simple viscous coupling. The VTD gives you a RWD bias and can vary the power before you actually lose control rather than the reactive system of the MT.
Oct 21, 2001 (4:54 pm)
Cool, you work near the seaport? I'm in 1 NY Plaza. Have you checked out the Tri-state forum on the I-club? We have meets regularly in Woodbridge, Queens, etc. Of course you are probably on there under a different name and I'm gonna look like a total idiot!
Oct 21, 2001 (5:52 pm)
Mike, short memory? We've met a couple of times at i-club meets. And no, I don't work near the Seaport, my relationship to it is more personal. Remember before the attack we were talking about drinks at the Seaport and I refused to go to Jeremy's or Radio Mexico? Heh heh.... I'm "bedabi" there too.
On to more relevant topics -- I was stuck all day in crawling traffic today due to security checks on all bridges and tunnels, not to mention all the out-of-towners who came into NYC for a peep at ground zero, and I did notice that my WRX does NOT have a problem crawling along at snail's pace in first gear, in particular, 3-5 mph. The engine was nicely warmed up before I started to drive.
#3362 of 11554 Too many things going
Oct 21, 2001 (6:23 pm)
I need a calender to keep track of all the events and stuff. Silver WRX, no wing?
I was up at the Palisades Auto-x today, taking 2nd in G-stock and putting a beating to the modded and stock WRXs (all the subies actually) But got beat by the Tegs and the WRX on sat E-town. I figured out that anytime there is a tight circuit, the XT6 beats the WRXs, open circuit where they can stay in the rev-band, they beat me.
#3363 of 11554 Whaddya expect?
Oct 21, 2001 (6:54 pm)
Mike, you've got a tight little car. N/A H-6, AWD and AT: there's no question that, drivers being equal, you'd take out WRXs on those twisty pylon'd courses. How much toe-heel shifts do you think we can manage in a 60 sec course in our manual trannied WRXs? All the same, I'm very eager to go to an autocross when I get back from my trip, especially as a way of improving my driving skills safely.
I'll gladly do a little stoplight racing with you in the meantime, though. ;-} [Yup, silver sedan, no wing. I truly believe that if it doesn't fly, it doesn't need a wing.]
#3364 of 11554 VTD on AT vs AWD in MT
Oct 21, 2001 (7:07 pm)
Ive yet to hear how this increases the handling capabilities of the car. Were tests done, or is this just anecdotal?
For the power this car produces, it seems to me that its unlikely there could be much benefit from a 5% difference in power distribution.
Oct 21, 2001 (7:08 pm)
So long as the stoplight race is only <100feet I'm good to go Definitely come out to an auto-x, it's good fun. I'm actually going to chart my tight circuit v. open circuit times v. tegs and WRXs just to see if there is any trend I see. -mike
#3366 of 11554 VTD v. MT elaboration
Oct 21, 2001 (7:13 pm)
I should have elaborated. The VTD system uses sensors to detect slippage, weight distribution, etc. Itwill put power to the wheels with the most grip power at any given time, whereas the std. MT viscous coupling will always try to maintain a 50/50 split in power. For instance on a hard launch, the weight being thrown back to the rear of the car will cause an MT to spin the front wheels, in the VTD system, more power will be sent to the rear axle.