#891 of 11554 Adding more frosting to an already delicious cake...
Mar 18, 2001 (10:50 am)
OK, OK,... I know, here the vehicle has been on sale less than a week, and already I'm complaining. Well, not really... The WRX, as it currently stands is a monumental achievement for Subaru, and for American enthusisists. However, as good as it is, it could be just a "bit" better. Here are some suggestions for MY 2003 to make an already great product even greater:
• Make the 17"x7" rims from the home market WRX standard. I think Subaru made a huge blunder by making the BBS such an expensive option. I just saw one at a dealer yesterday, and it was a $4200.00 option. Who's going to buy this option? The 17" wheels on the Japanese-spec WRX look just like our 16" rims, only they're 17" and .5" wider. This 17" rim is standard on every other WRX sold world-wide, except here in North America.
I have also heard complaints, both here on Edmunds and on the dealer's lots, that they wished for a bit more visual distinction from the RS model. This would do the trick.
• Offer the 6-speed manual from the STi as an option. The 5-speed works great, but the 6-speed would just add that much more to the entertainment factor. Price it the same as the automatic option, at $1000. Also, there are going to be many 6-speeds cropping up shortly in other brands that may be cross-shopped with the WRX. The new Acura RS (Integra replacement) for one.
• Offer the All-Weather-Package (heated mirrors, heated seats, windshield deicer) as an option across the entire Impreza lineup.
• Offer the ambient temperature gauge, either as an option, or standard across the entire Impreza lineup. Currently it is standard on the OBS, and not available on any other model.
• Offer adjustable pedals (see my above post) on manual models.
• Offer a fold-down center armrest on the wagon, so that all Imprezas would now have a rear center fold-down armrest, and include cupholders in this armrest.
• Offer a moon roof as an option.
• I'd like to see map pockets added to the backs of the front seats.
Note: Much of what I've suggested, is mentioned as an "option," therefore trying to keep the base price as low as possible. I'm really just trying to offer more "choices" to be available to customers.
Can anyone point me to the Subaru recommendations for break-in of the WRX? Maybe a happy new owner with a user's manual? I've looked around and couldn't find one...wasn't sure if they varied from other Subaru models.
I am one of those folks going out-of-state to pick up a no-dicker car in May, and it's a great opportunity for a road trip, but I expect I'll be driving pretty slow (side roads and stuff) from Rochester to my sister's place in Michigan. Just hope I'm OK to take advantage of Montana by the time I get there!
I thought about acquiring from a local Seattle dealer once the "Miata effect" subsided, and I read about Joe at Carter, but I had such a sleazy experience with the sales folks at Carter VW recently that I've crossed Carter in general off my list. I may have been lucky. If they had been straight with me I might be driving a Jetta today and never test driven a WRX!
Congratulations! That's a g*r*e*a*t looking car. I was really surprised because I thought the flared fenders were unique to the WRX. But there they are on your car. The folks who have been saying that the RS is the best deal for the money may very well be right!
Please give us driving impressions as you get them. Thanks!
Can anyone who has taken delivery (and has the relevant options) comment on:
1) Speaker upgrades: can you tell what brand/model these are?? Are you happy?
2) Subwoofer: I saw the picture, but couldn't tell: Is this powered or unpowered? Where is it installed? Are you happy???
3) Alarm option: Can you tell who the manufacturer is or the model? Trying to determine if there is a way to hook up a pager interface.
For good or ill, my plan is to pull out the factory double-DIN head unit to make way for a single DIN unit and my single-DIN MP3 player (Empeg, now called Rio Car), so I'm trying to strategize on stereo options (speakers, subwoofer) ahead of time to minimize additional replacement later.
1,000 miles can not come soon enough! I am having a hard time shifting below 4000 rpm. This puppy wants to go. Shifting is very crisp, no problems there. In fact, the only comment I have is on the ride. Mind you, I am just coming off a CRV whose ride was smooth compared to the RS's. I have gotten inquisitive looks from a gas station owner (the owner came out of the store to look at the car). The brakes are a little mushy. Hope they stop me when I need to . Only 60 miles on car so far. By the way, thanx for all your comments.