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Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Wagon
#4356 of 5922 Bug Eyes
Jul 24, 2003 (6:22 pm)
Being the owner of a 2002 WRX:
1. I never understood how the headlights were ugly to car journalists but it was OK for Benzs to have nearly identical headlight styles.
2. I like the new lights. The styling is very sleek. The car fits in with the the whole Subaru line with the change.
3. Having said that maybe Subarus are too generic. After all Outback, Legacy and Baja are all the same from the front. Now the Impreza looks quite a bit more like the Legacy. In fact the new Legacy coming next year looks much like the Impreza.
4. Subarus are supposed to look different (think BRAT, think XT). The 02-03 Impreza was different. Now it would have been really distinctive if they had the monster scoop on the front like the 04's. So I guess you can't say that an 04 WRX is exactly tamely styled in front.
Conclusion: Given the choice, having never seen either before I'm not sure which I'd choose. Having lived with "bug eyes" for two years I'd probably stay with bug eyes given the choice.
#4357 of 5922 Radar Detector
Jul 24, 2003 (7:02 pm)
Which is the best Radar detector around? Seems like I get a lead foot everytime I get into my WRX...
Jul 24, 2003 (7:05 pm)
Hear that it's worth the money.
To date, since owning a WRX [Dec '02], I got 3 run ins with the Police but with some stroke of luck I haven't been pulled over yet.
Jul 24, 2003 (7:18 pm)
I've said this many times before: There's nothing inherently wrong with the "bugeyes." The new MB E-Class has them. The Mini has them. The new Beetle has them, etc., and they all look great.
The problem with the '02-03 Impreza front end is that good ideas were ruined by clumsy execution. The designers were heavy -handed, and lacked any and all grace when it came to executing the details. To use an artistic analogy: Instead of painting with an airbrush, they painted with a mop...
The 04 Impreza's frontend would, IMO, look better, if if kept a revised version of the bugeyes along with the new hood, grille and bumper.
Jul 24, 2003 (7:20 pm)
Best detector depends on where you live. Even the cheap ones will detect X and K band for quite a distance. Here in Indiana, State Police seem to only use oldest frequency, X. I've never gotten alerts on other frequencies. Local police use K. For that reason I use a $40 Whistler 911. If your state uses fancier radar and laser (the 911 supposedly detects laser and Ka bands) then spend more.
Jul 25, 2003 (4:40 am)
I got busted big time! I live in Northern va.
I was coming home on I66 and accidentally merged into the Dulles Airport road instead of the toll road. It was late and I hadn't seen 1 vehicle using the road. Noone goes to the airport at 2.30 am. So I decided to "turn it up a notch." I was cruising around 110 mph and was pulled over and the Metro cop said if I hadn't slowed down, he might not have caught up to me. I said I was just putting the Subie thru her paces and she was performing just fine. Now I'm facing jail time and loss of liscense. It is so easy to go fast in this car. But I guess it doesn't pay to do so. I love the car and still am a very happy 2002 Subie WRX wagon owner. I need a good radar detector, any suggestions?
Jul 25, 2003 (6:10 am)
Get a Valentine One.
I've used mine for the last seven years and havn't been pulled over once in half a million miles.
Then again, there's a big difference between driving fast and driving stupid, which tends to get you noticed much more quickly.
Jul 25, 2003 (7:58 am)
If you live in Virginia, my suggestion is that you not get a radar detector at all. They are illegal in your state.
Jul 25, 2003 (9:01 am)
I like to cruise at around 90 on the Merritt (double R, double T! ) here in CT when possible -- haven't gotten any tickets yet, probably a combination of dumb luck and the station wagon appearance confuses the cops (plus everyone else is doing 80 anyhow). I think 110 is really asking for trouble though.. especially at night on a dead road, aside from the possibility of smashing into a deer in the middle of the road at 110 (which would quite possibly kill you) the cops are just waiting for someone like you to bust on.
That said, I have had it up to 110 on very minor occasions (in broad daylight), the car is indeed quite smooth (with better tires than RE92 anyhow)! It's really amazing, I'd be way scared to do that speed in any lesser car.
Well just be careful out there everyone. Nothing sucks more than hearing about a smashed Subie. PS: What kenoka said -- radar detectors are illegal in VA.
Jul 25, 2003 (9:02 am)
Easy Keith, the Toll Road is *full* of cops, every time I see one. It's long and straight, and the speed limit is borderline absurd, but they use it to generate revenues in two ways (tolls, tickets).
Even worse, radar detectors are illegal in VA (commies!), so you probably would have been arrested on the spot, because that would have peeved off the officer.