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Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Wagon
#3066 of 5922 2004 WRX Wagon
Dec 03, 2002 (9:19 pm)
From all the posts I've read and links I've seen, yes, this is what the new (2004) Impreza's will look like. I don't think they even offer the STi Wagon in Japan anymore and they've never offered it in any other market.
I, too, am hoping they offer heated seats and mirrors here in the U.S. (SOA are you listening! Stephen don't get started. ) as I will likely get my WRX Wagon next year. Rumor has it that the 2004 models will be hitting the States in March. I read a post on a different site that stated Canada would be getting the optional moon roof (they already get the heated seats and mirrors as standard equipment). So hopefully Subaru will bring that option to the U.S. as well. Not sure about the Nav system.
Dec 04, 2002 (4:12 am)
Almost all vehicles in Japan have available GPS/NAV systems. Even the el-cheapo models have these as deal options. Unfortunately here that isn't the case. Let's hope for the moonroof though.
Dec 04, 2002 (6:34 am)
If you are getting lost in parking structures and while going under bridges and through tunnels, you are relying too much on your nav system and not enough on common sense. Turn you nav system off and look outside the cockpit. You'll probably get lost less.
#3069 of 5922 Unlikely we'd get the nav system even as a option
Dec 04, 2002 (7:05 am)
People in Japan are gadget crazy, most of that kind of stuff doesn't make it over here (at least on a WRX-class car).
Dec 04, 2002 (8:46 am)
My recent trip to CT was the first time I truly longed for a Nav system. I would have looked for alternate routes several times, it would probably have saved me hours in traffic.
Though so would a plain map. We were in my wife's car and I didn't take them with me (big mistake).
#3071 of 5922 Wow Japan is Subie Heaven!
Dec 04, 2002 (10:23 am)
Nice link Jon, the Japanese have some nice features, I was really impressed with their Sti, I don't think we'll see any Sti's in the states until after 2004's come out in a very limited capacity, I was talking to a dealer and he said they are only allowed to receive about 2 or 3 cars, which I'm sure there is a trove of people already laying claims. And he also said no STI sport wagons. I would love to see an Sti sport wagon! I loved the headlights on the Japanese car. I'm sure our WRX's will easily be upgradeable. I actually kind of like the unique features of the "bug eye" But not as bright as I would expect from a performance vehicle.
Dec 04, 2002 (5:39 pm)
I was not "lost" in the underground parking lot. The el-cheapo Hertz rental NAV system was lost, since it could not obtain any satellite signals there. High-end systems use dead-reckoning technology to enable them to plot the route even in the complete absence of satellite signals. They do this by storing the last recorded physical location through the last obtained satellite signal, calculating the direction/altitude in which the car travelled (since the receipt of the last signal) and the speed at which the car travelled (since the last signal) and estimates your position (latitude/longitude/street location) precisely. The el-cheapo systems do not do that. They need satellite signals all the time and even while driving in the midst of tall buildings, they get "lost". If the NAV system is lost, then what is the point in having one, other than as a "toy" with no real utility ??
#3073 of 5922 Dead Reckoning....
Dec 04, 2002 (7:46 pm)
AH... I did not know that his technology was employed in the NAV system of the Acura. VERY CLEVER. Once you use a NAV system you wonder how you lived without it. I find it's very helpful when travelling somewhere you're unfamiliar with. It allows the driver to focus on the road and allow the unit to guide him/her precisely to the destination. Definitely safer than trying to read a paper map or written directions while driving.
Dec 05, 2002 (4:34 am)
As was stated before, why would you need to plot a route in a parking garage? Seems like you just want to toute your equipment as being better than everyone else's guess you have a small equipment problem
#3075 of 5922 I hope they will have a M mode GPS receiver
Dec 05, 2002 (5:52 am)
in the future for civilian cars so when the Bin laden nuts jam GPS and attack the parking garage you can find your way away from the rubble!