The DSM trannies were weak but then again anytime you increase the cars power double that of stock then its bound to come apart at some point. Just ask the turbo RS owners who are going to hardened gears. As far as another car over the Impreza, how about the Delfino Feroce? Its kind of a Subaru. Only much faster 0-60mph. It does a 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds. Still AWD, 2dr, and has a 280hp STI motor.