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2008/09 Subaru Impreza STI

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  • josswjossw Posts: 9
    Here is Southern California dealers are offering $8,000 off all 2008 STIs. This CAN be combined with 0% APR for 63 months. Call Shaver Subaru and ask for the internet manager. Good luck.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Congrats. Great time for bargain hunting.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    There isn't a lot of traffic on this board...but I thought I would update any of the old faithful's listening...I got my new tires this week. Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus. I am getting them installed on the stock rims this week. I am going to wait until the spring to decide if I want to get the stock tires installed on new rims to use for summer time...or if I will just run these new ones year round.

    I really enjoy driving this car, but the summer tires have become very hard and not too grippy in the cold weather. They get me through...but if it is wet and cold I can get the wheels loose very easily. They would get me through the winter I think...I think they are better than some of the really cheap and worn tires you see on old beaters...but I want to continue to enjoy driving my STI all winter.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    Wow...I only have about 30 miles on the new michelins, but what a difference. I am seriously wondering if I will ever want to put the dunlops back on...maybe to only burn them up at a track.

    My initial impressions. The car seems lighter, there is less tire drag. I am not an expert and even sure I understand it completely, but the understeer seems to be completely gone. No more having to cut it too hard and then let off, back and forth around corners (ie constantly adjusting it through hard corners), it just goes where I am pointing it now.

    Of course I only have an brief afternoon on them and the Firestone place put 29 PSI in all the tires which set off the tire pressure warning light when the temp dropped another 10 degrees after dark. After pumping them up to 34 psi, the do seem stiffer and slightly harder, but the lightness feeling and cornering improvement is still there.

    Time will tell...but I am super psyched.

    I also had my first oil change at 3300 miles with synthetic.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    So the understeer is still there from what I can tell...but significantly improved. When I would correct with the Dunlop's the car would pull too far in and I would have to adjust back and forth under hard cornering. The Michelins I have had to correct for understeer a couple of times...but not it feels like it is just a turn a little bit more event vs. turn a little bit more, pull in to hard, go back out, etc.

    Still way psyched about the new rubber. This is all preliminary since I am still at under 100 miles. I figure if I post enough here, I might spur some action and I won't have to join IWSTI.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    Tried them out on a really windy uphill road yesterday, 39 degrees and wet. At the "slippery when when sign" around the tightest turn I really got on it. No slip. I am sure I could have broken it loose if I really tried hard, but the performance and grip was exactly why I bought these.

    Still trying to not to have to join iwsti.
  • tsytsy Posts: 1,551
    I just got an '08 STi and have the same issues with needing AS tires- am looking at Bridgestones RE960s- have heard some good things about them. I too may buy a set of wheels to mount the summer tires on and put the AS tires on the stock wheels since I wasn't able to get the BBS wheels.

    Any issues you've had so far with your car? I love mine! I don't think there's anything out there that's as practical and with the same performance. I'm guessing some mild suspension tuning can fix the understeer issues but to be honest I don't think it makes a difference in my daily commute.

    I would like to put it on a track for fun so maybe then I'll consider some suspension mods. :D

    tom
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    The cargo cover was rattling and popping which was really annoying. I heard on other boards it can't be fixed. I asked my dealer for a replacement, got it for free and have not heard any noises yet.

    I have noticed in the cold weather that the auto temperature isn't so great...it either blows too hot or too cold, it never seems to equalize. I need to put the fan on manual setting it to low to keep the cabin at the right temperature.

    No real issues. It runs great. I only have 3400 miles on it...got the oil changed with synthetic when I had the tires put on.

    With 200 miles on my new setup...The understeer is a lot better with the new tires. If I were you I would consider getting new tires on new rims and just selling the stock setup. I am somewhat apathetic on selling things and think I will be taking it to the track, so I think I will get affordable track rims for the stock tires and burn them up...but I don't think I need summer/winter tires with my new all seasons, other than track work.

    The stock rims are heavy and I wonder if I would see even better performance if my new tires were on lighter (and better) rims.

    Yes...I really enjoy it. Perhaps if I had an M3 to compare it to, I might be as critical as the things I read on the web...but I can drive it all day. It handles great, oodles of power and very practical from an everyday usage perspective.

    I got the stock radio...the radio really stinks...but I just listen to either my ipod or mp3 disks and I find the sound to actually be pretty good in that configuration. The radio sound though is miserable at best.
  • tsytsy Posts: 1,551
    Cool thanks for the input. I guess we'll see how the rattles do after some more miles!

    I'm going to put AS tires on the stock heavy rims and probably get a set of lighter rims for the summer tires. Maybe consider changing out the rear sway bar too.

    I agree with you, most of the time I'm sure AS tires will be fine for daily use, but the sticky summer rubber is nice too!

    tom
  • Does anyone know if Southern California Subaru dealers are still offering $8k off '08 STIs? From a quick search, I'm having trouble confirming that this offer is still valid. I don't live there, but for $8k off the price of an '08 STI, it may be worth trying to determine how to get a car from California to where I live if the dealers here aren't offering anything special other than 0% financing. Thanks.
  • tsytsy Posts: 1,551
    My dealer told me the deal was good through the end of December, the problem being that they were out of cars. Mine may have been one of the last ones sold in WA, and they had to get my car from OR.

    Don't know where you live but some of the bigger dealers like mine went and bought out STis from smaller dealers- I'd call around and see.

    Good luck!

    tom
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    May be joining you guys. Pontiac dealers are not being humble about the fact that they are on the chopping block on the G8GT, so looks like it's STi for me....

    -mike
    Subaru Guru and Track Instructor
  • tsytsy Posts: 1,551
    Great Mike! Hopefully you can get a great deal on one!

    It's freezing with snow to come here in Seattle so I just had some all weather tires installed yesterday. A little quieter and smoother than the summer tires, and for everyday driving I'm sure they'll be just fine.

    Mike, any ideas on reasonably priced lightweight wheels for the STi? I'm planning to get a new set for the summer tires.

    tom
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I haven't looked that far into things yet but I'm sure that over the next few months we'll be able to hone in on some good wheels for ourselves. :)

    You know me I have to tinker and fiddle with things to get them tweeked out so if this plan works out look for lots of little tidbits on the car.

    I just received my order from Turninconcepts with all my whiteline bushings sway bars, group N mounts and shifter bushings for the 05 LGT so I'm sure that some of those improvements will also be put on the STi when/if I get it.

    -mike
    Subaru Guru and Track Instructor
  • tsytsy Posts: 1,551
    You know me I have to tinker and fiddle with things to get them tweeked out so if this plan works out look for lots of little tidbits on the car.

    Looking forward to your thoughts Mike- the car is good but I'm sure with a little tweaking it can be better!

    tom
  • Has anyone purchased a NEW 2099 WRX (non STI) and can share what he paid for a standard or premium one? Thanks!
  • "Has anyone purchased a NEW 2099 WRX (non STI) and can share what he paid for a standard or premium one?"

    The 2099's are not out yet. Sorry, couldn't resist :)

    I too am mostly interested in the '09 WRX prices. Thanks for any input.
  • tsytsy Posts: 1,551
    Hi

    You might want to post in this thread:

    Subaru Impreza & Impreza WRX STI: Prices Paid & Buying Experience

    This thread is STi specific whereas the above thread is for all imprezas.

    Good luck- they're wonderful cars! I can't imagine what they'll be like in 2099! ;)

    tom
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'm hoping by then it makes 1000hp and runs on H2O by extracting the hydrogen and using the water to spray the intercooler to make even more power. :shades:

    Bad news? Inflation has brought the price up to $124,999.
  • tsytsy Posts: 1,551
    I'm guessing 1000hp is conservative considering how much hp cars had 100 years ago! You're probably right about pricing though.

    Aren't cars going to fly and have time travel capability? Mr. Fusion?

    I guess we'll just have to wait Juice! ;)
  • dino001dino001 Tampa, FLPosts: 3,498
    But many of the very reasons they hated it were exactly ones I like mine, so it very much is kind of eye of the beholder. One thing I have to admit - I would never pay anything close to the full price - and the car was a compromise to me due to their "No manual GT Wagon for you" policy. I got it with with VIP, 2500 cash AND 0% 60 mo financing.

    Without that no way I would get it. And mine doesn't have a fluff of the BBS wheels or Nav - just plain base one. At that time it was just a couple of grand or less from what I would have paid for '09 WRX Premium, even with VIP deal and not counting in financing discount.

    2012 BMW 328i wagon, manual and sports package. No. sold in the US: 1. Probably.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It's supposed to be a polarizing car. I don't think there's anything wrong with their hating it - Subaru did not make the compromises Edmunds editors' would have liked to see to make it a cushy daily driver.

    Owners are willing to make that sacrifice.

    Heck, 2008 base WRX owners complained it had lost its edge and was too refined.
  • dino001dino001 Tampa, FLPosts: 3,498
    Read it again, Juice ;) . Their complaints were exactly opposite, - too many compromises. They hated it because it wasn't hardcore enough for them, they kept repeating how much better Evo was as a rally-bred car. Read also their long-term article, it explains their mindset even better.

    2012 BMW 328i wagon, manual and sports package. No. sold in the US: 1. Probably.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I stopped reading the blogs when work got a lot busier for me. ;)
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    I love my STI. Edmunds has a lot of complaints about it that are valid...but other cars that might even be worse don't get the same scrutiny because there is no evo to compare against it. I got a great price at the time and after about 6K miles still enjoy taking it out everyday.

    The comments about it being a bad road trip vehicle are not accurate in my opinion. Sure, it is smaller than an SUV, but it still has plenty of room to pack away family gear, have the kids watch videos in the back and the highway ride is pretty good. I have done close to 5-6 hours in the seats and they are extremely comfortable. I did change out the summer tires for Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus, so perhaps that has made the ride even better for me.

    Perhaps my satisfaction comes from the fact that I don't have an evo to drive to compare...so I am left with nothing but the fun parts of the STI and cannot complain about how it handles, the cornering, etc.

    I have been reading a little bit about driving techniques on a competitor forum...and addressing the body roll before the corner by breaking hard and accelerating through makes a huge handling difference. Once the initial weight transfer is complete, it smokes through corners and even handles switch-backs easily.
  • tsytsy Posts: 1,551
    I stopped reading the blogs when I could see there was no changing the editor's sense of the car. It's an extremely capable car that you can drive comfortably everyday. You could do that in the Evo but where I live you'd need back surgery after a year! Some minor mods to the suspension tighten the car up significantly for those that want to feel like they're driving a skateboard.

    Oh well, it's good that the test is over. Send that poor STi to an owner that will appreciate it!

    tom
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I don't really fit in the Evo's Recaros, so I can't even test drive one.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,456
    I couldn't fit in the old STi, either... I didn't think my butt was that wide, but it's like I was perched on the bolsters...

    The new model, no problem.. :)

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  • stivt1962stivt1962 Posts: 1
    I have 10K on my '08 STi. I bought it for about the same price as a regular WRX. Have no regrets - car is amazing and still a great Daily Driver and family hauler.

    To get the performance and mileage you'd expect, buying a catted Downpipe and doing a Cobb Tune is critical, easy and not very expensive. With that, and sway bars, the car is still a great daily driver but incredibly rewarding to drive. It is tame around town, but a monster when you open it up. The low and midrange come to life. Complaints about it being soft on the track don't translate to the rough streets, especially with the sway bars, since some give keeps the car stable in rough terrain in corners. The car is designed to be stable in rough terrain, not to maximize G's on the track. Reviewers seem to miss that real world reality. Plus, we all tend to modify the car anyway.

    This car, with those 'light' mods is highly recommended. I liked the Mitsu a lot too, but not as a daily driver. The Subie is more versatile and has a nicer interior, the Mitsu is better on the track - especially when both are in stock form. The choice then is more about preference and what you're going to use the car for primarily. I don't think one is "better" than the other.

    The WRX (non STi) is a bargain though - were it not for the discount, I would have gone for that. My only disappointment with the car is that my previous WRX with mods got 30 MPG average much of the time - mileage with this is 6 MPG lower in same conditions. Subaru should consider direct injection to boost mileage, and perhaps work on aerodynamics.
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