Last post on Jun 24, 2009 at 10:51 AM
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Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Hatchback, Sedan
#398 of 417 Re: Heated Mirrors [sbcooke]
Jun 12, 2009 (5:02 pm)
Actually, I hate the plastic dash as well- I wish they would have spent $50 more and put in a soft touch dash, but oh well.
I wish I had heated mirrors- you'd think that would be standard on a Subaru!
#399 of 417 Re: Heated Mirrors [tsy]
Jun 13, 2009 (6:00 am)
Everyone who rides in the car likes the interior a lot. I agree though, I think it is cheap. I find it scratches easily.
#400 of 417 Re: Heated Mirrors [tsy]
Jun 17, 2009 (8:06 am)
Well, yes, but...the STI even has summer tires. It's not the best Subaru for winter.
#401 of 417 STI 08 in snow
Jun 17, 2009 (12:56 pm)
The 08 STI in snow is a dream and my snow wheels stare longingly at me everytime I walk into the garage. Roar of the engine and all that becomes audible . . . I played all winter with a set of aggressive wheels (Nokian Hakkapeliitta) and locked differential. The windy roads varied from hard packed powder to about 6-8 inches deep powder and always on a slope. Average speed varied from 35 to 65 mph. I still remember thinking after the first run through the backcountry "Damn this is more fun than snowboarding through backcountry powder!" Half a tank later I reluctantly started up the trail head.
I don't necessarily recommend sliding on all fours around snowy corners between 3500-6000 rpm but the car almost drives itself. It really feels like the engineers designed it specifically for these conditions.
#402 of 417 Re: STI 08 in snow [davekatz]
Jun 17, 2009 (8:16 pm)
I switched to all seasons for the winter for the 4 days the whole winter it snows here in Seattle. It did great with all seasons so it must be a lot of fun with snow tires! It is an amazing AWD system in this car!
#403 of 417 8-month report
Jun 18, 2009 (4:59 am)
Car drives great. Gas mileage sucks, but nobody buys this car to get a good gas mileage. Unfortunately, hard plastic dash and trim are showing their uggly side . The car rattles, creaks and knocks! I identified some four or five distinct sounds coming from the trim Of course all are intermittent so good luck getting them fixed . So far dealer fixed one. Today another one became semi-permanent: about 16 out of 19 miles of my morning commute I had the privilidge to listen my dashboard "ticking".
It is definitely worse than my previous then-called "cheap" WRX from '03. Wasn't this generation supposed to be "refined"? Refined my foot. Cheap hard plastic...
#404 of 417 Re: STI 08 in snow [davekatz]
Jun 18, 2009 (9:54 am)
I upgraded the stock tires to Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus. The car performed very well in the snow witrh these. I read about how bad it was with the stock dunlop summer tires.
I was considering a second set of rims for the dunlops to have a summer set...however the Michelins seem great so far. I haven't seen any HOT weather, but on normal dry days, they stick on the road more than I drive.
I am not sure what to do with the dunlops. I have about 1000 miles on the stock tires...I don't think I could even get $400 for them.
#405 of 417 Re: STI 08 in snow [davekatz]
Jun 18, 2009 (11:09 am)
It really feels like the engineers designed it specifically for these conditions
I think they actually did.
#406 of 417 Re: STI 08 in snow [sbcooke]
Jun 20, 2009 (12:14 pm)
Advertise the tires at your local race track, (if you have one). Anyone that tracks their car is always looking for a good deal on tires.
The Dunlops are a fantastic summer tire. Great grip. I have a second set of rims + tires for winter.
#407 of 417 STI sedan returns for 2011
Jun 20, 2009 (8:51 pm)
Got it on good authority that this is a done deal.