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2008/09 Subaru Impreza STI

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  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    I agree about the fit. I have test drove these over the years and I would sit in the older models and be shoulder to shoulder with the passenger. This was true for every subaru actually, we were very close to getting a LL Bean Edition wagon in 2001 but I rubbed shoulders with the salesguy sitting next to me.

    I actually test drove the 2008 for fun on a vacation day with a friend...while I needed a new car, the STI wasn't really on the list (the GX35 was the leading contender)...I sat in the car with my friend and my immediate thought was...Hey, I actually fit in this thing.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    I was able to fit 2 adults, 2 kids, 2 scooters, 2 helmets, 2 baseball gloves, a ball, 4 clothing bags, camera bag, CB radio, flashlight, dvd player, laptop and a ton of personal crap easily.

    While the car is loud, it is a pleasure to drive. I can drive the STI all day long. I drive an '02 MDX on most road trips and I found this more comfortable to drive. The MDX is absolutely fabulous, don't get me wrong...it might be the best road trip vehicle I have ever driven in...but as a driver, the STI is super comfortable, powerful and fun to drive.

    Instant passing by dropping it to 5 is nice. Edmunds mentioned how they missed a gear in the hill race course...the car naturally downshifts 5 to 4. So 5 to 6 you need to remember to push the shifter out. The downshifting is great when coming off a highway from 70 to 25 around a corner. I find the downshift so great that I don't mind having to remember to push out while shifting up.

    It is quite fun driving a racecar packed up for a road trip. I was thinking about how a 911 would look with the same amount of stuff in it plus 4 people. In addition to how fast and cool the STI is...Its overall practicality is what makes it work for me.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    The only real complaint I can make about my STI is that when it is raining...the side mirrors aren't the greatest. I don't mind the lack of power seats, but heated/defrosting mirrors would help.
  • tsytsy Posts: 1,551
    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!

    tom
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    Everyone who rides in the car likes the interior a lot. I agree though, I think it is cheap. I find it scratches easily.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Well, yes, but...the STI even has summer tires. It's not the best Subaru for winter.
  • davekatzdavekatz Posts: 4
    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.
  • tsytsy Posts: 1,551
    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!
  • dino001dino001 Tampa, FLPosts: 3,510
    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 :cry: . The car rattles, creaks and knocks! I identified some four or five distinct sounds coming from the trim :sick: Of course all are intermittent so good luck getting them fixed :cry: . 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". :cry:

    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...

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

  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    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.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It really feels like the engineers designed it specifically for these conditions

    I think they actually did. ;)
  • robm2robm2 Posts: 53
    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.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,692
    Got it on good authority that this is a done deal.

    Bob
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I prefer the 5 door anyway, but isn't the EVO going to be available in both forms? So it's a good idea.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,692
    No, not the EVO; you're thinking of the Ralliart.

    Bob
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    So...I find that almost every review has the STI ranked behind the EVO. Why is it then that every knuckle head in a EVO tries to race me.

    I really enjoy driving my STI...Sunday Mornings I take it for nice 2-3 hour drives before the kids get up. Almost everytime I am out on the highway, some idiot speeds up around me, slows down, rips between cars, etc.

    I love my car and feel just fine with its abilities and compromises...if the EVO is better, why do all the owners feel obligated to prove it? (For the record...I do like to go fast...but I do not race on public roads)

    For you EVO owners...I realize it isn't all owners and this is a broad generalization, but nonetheless it happens all the time.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,692
    They're out to prove their *shortcomings.*

    Bob
  • tsytsy Posts: 1,551
    Actually in stock form the Evo is better only on the racetrack, which is where I do most of my driving. . . right. ;)

    In a straight line the STi will take the Evo every time, so on the road it seems like a dumb place for them to challenge you. Of course, racing should ONLY be on a track.

    This being said, with some minor suspension mods an STi will easily keep up with the Evo on the track as well. :D

    I'm looking in to replacing my springs and sways and dial out all the understeer Subaru put in this car.

    tom
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,692
    Tom, do you ever experiment with the DCCD? As you know, that shifts the f/r power bias, and will affect handling. Not sure about understeer, however?

    Bob
  • tsytsy Posts: 1,551
    Hi Bob

    It does help some, but not enough to overcome the inherent understeer of the design. I'm sure if I were driving dirt roads though the car's handling would be more neutral. Not so great on Tarmac though. I suppose the understeer would also help hapless drivers from killing themselves too. ;)

    tom
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    New tires helped with the understeer a lot. I put michelin pilot sport a/s plus tires on to replace the stockers. They may not have as stiff of sidewalls for extremely hard cornering, but for reasonably hard cornering on normal roads I don't notice a difference. I did notice an immediate difference in the amount of understeer with the new tires though...it was a worthwhile upgrade.

    I am not sure what I should upgrade next. Wheels, suspension or power? I think I will go for sway bars before power. The car is fast enough for me and I want to keep my warranty...I am not sure.

    The understeer is well managed with better tires...and I do like the comfortable ride...changes to the suspension will probably make it stiffer over bumps and rutted new england roads. For me...the "compromised" ride that that car has is perfect. I have kids and use the car as a daily driver. It handles great and I love the ride...I am not sure if tightening it up will change that.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Didn't realize they didn't give the 5 door the full EVO treatment. Maybe now they will respond? This rivalry seems to improve the breed, though an unfortunate side effect is the street racing types...
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,692
    In order to do so, they'd have to move the battery and some other (heavy) stuff. Right now all that is placed at the rear bulkhead over the rear axle, in order to achieve a 50/50 weight distribution; not so with the Ralliart or other Lancers. That's why the EVO, when compared to other Lancers, has a such a tiny trunk.

    Bob
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