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Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Sedan
#358 of 377 STi differentials-what are they?
Jun 28, 2006 (8:55 am)
I've been researching AWD cars lately and am drawn to the fact that the STi has front, center, and rear limited slip differentials. It seems unstoppable. It's also significantly safer than the Evo and has the elegance of a naturally balanced engine configuration-the flat four.
However, I'm curious as to how these differentials work. I know that the rear is a "Torsen" type-ok, that's familiar.
The front is a "helical" type-is this essentially a generic way of saying Torsen?
And the center combines "a mechanical with an electronically controlled" type-What does this mean? Is the "mechanical" part simply a Torsen/helical type? And how exactly does it work in conjunction with the electronic one?
These are very technical questions and I appreciate any help or a hint as to where I could read about the details of the STi drivetrain.
#361 of 377 Lots of questions.. Hopefully i can get some help here..
Sep 24, 2006 (9:23 pm)
Hi all, I'm in the market to look for an STi and have found most posts here really informative and interesting. I have some questions on your experience with STi before i consider if i should get one.
How has STi been been treating the owners on the road in terms comfort of ride and when there is bad traffic?
I have test drove a pre-owned STi from a Subaru dealer and it seems like i can't control the clutch too well due to the sports and short clutch. I have been driving stick for a while and never had problem controlling the clutch, but STi's seems to be foreign to me. I tried flooring the gas, but the jerks from the shifting of gears made my wife sick.. Am i not doing it right?
How do you get the hissing sound from the turbo when u change gear? I tried doing that but did not hear anything.
Also, is it advisable i go for a pre-owned STi if it's not too bad? Thanks a bunch in advance if you are assisting me with all these questions.
#363 of 377 Re: Lots of questions.. Hopefully i can get some help here.. [zhanwen7]
Sep 25, 2006 (5:00 am)
If you have a very hard commute every day this will not be probably the ideal car for you. It can be a daily driver but not when you experience bad traffic very often.
I cannot tell if is your driving or your wife just doesn't enjoy being in this type of car.
I'm guessing that you were a little slow in releasing the clutch (jerks from shifting, no hissing sound from turbo).
A pre-owned performance car is always a risk but if you think you can save enough to make up for that I guess it is okay.
Just drive a new one before you make a decision... to make sure you don't get a lot less by buying a used .
#364 of 377 Thanks FASTERTHANME
Sep 27, 2006 (6:52 pm)
Thanks for the information.
Releasing the clutch faster will give me the hissing sound from turbo and reduce jerking? Do i need to rev to a certain RPM to shift gear and hear that hissing sound?
I might need to try again. I tried a preowned one but did not ask to try a new one. I just don't want to run into situation that i pay 34k for a new STi and 1/2year later, evo X and newer STi comes out and forces the older generation's price so much lower.
#366 of 377 Re: Thanks FASTERTHANME [zhanwen7]
Sep 29, 2006 (7:40 am)
The more you rev the more you are going to hear the sound. Right now a brand new 2006 STI will cost about 31000. Try the new BMW 335 twin turbo. It is about 10000 more than the STI but is giving you everything you ever wanted in a car. Just brilliant. And that comes from an STI owner.
#367 of 377 BMW 335 Twin Turbo?
Sep 29, 2006 (9:22 pm)
Are you driving an STi now or the BMW335? How different do you find these 2 cars? What is the $10k difference? Twin Turbo sounds exciting. I have not considered another car other than an STi. Thanks for opening my options!