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Old 07-10-2009, 12:56 PM   #926
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You know it's funny to read the first couple posts of this thread where they said the sti was just a speculation haha.
It's funnier when you read through the 2006-07 posts about rumors of an STI hatch.

I'm sure in a couple years, we'll be laughing about the posts predicting the upcoming resurrected STI sedan.
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Old 07-10-2009, 09:01 PM   #927
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It's funny, there is an small but passionate group of enthusiast hatch lovers when it seems that the US market as a whole prefers a sedan. The hatch looks bloaty, not mean. To be fair, neither does the current sedan, but I'm guessing the new STI sedan will differ in appearance more than just a STI badge on the back.

It's even funnier when it is backed up with facts like "structural rigidity of the hatch style" that only hold true if are performance driving on the very, very edge like WRC (and even then engine position is more important).

I've also heard a salesman at my dealership that they'd be selling the old styles without issue. My dealership ended up selling their 3 '08 STI's to another dealership during the blowout last year after having them sit on the lot all year.

Speaking of which, that blowout should've been a sign that the platform wasn't popular outside aforementioned enthusiast group. They weren't undercutting other models like that (not even the universally reviled Legacy 3.0). And they didn't exactly pump out '09 STIs either...

Flame away...
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Old 07-10-2009, 09:06 PM   #928
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I don't believe anything the dealership tell's me but this is what they said today: "It's not the 07 wrx/sti that have map issues it's only 08/09 models" .
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Old 07-10-2009, 10:08 PM   #929
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It's funnier when you read through the 2006-07 posts about rumors of an STI hatch.

I'm sure in a couple years, we'll be laughing about the posts predicting the upcoming resurrected STI sedan.
Yeah, funny, right, laughter.
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Old 07-10-2009, 10:42 PM   #930
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Speaking of which, that blowout should've been a sign that the platform wasn't popular outside aforementioned enthusiast group. They weren't undercutting other models like that (not even the universally reviled Legacy 3.0). And they didn't exactly pump out '09 STIs either...
This just in, ugly Subaru hatch causes recession, foreclosures and billion dollar bailouts.....

get real dude
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Old 07-10-2009, 11:36 PM   #931
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This just in, ugly Subaru hatch causes recession, foreclosures and billion dollar bailouts.....

get real dude
You have poor reading comprehension, or are just knee-jerking the same response that every hatch defender whips out when the blow-out is brought up. The STI was the only model getting blown out like that. Not even the beyond-useless Legacy 3.0 got that type of deal.

The recession et al certainly didn't help anybody, but it affects everyone across the board - it didn't single out the poor '08 STI.

Subaru got bold and tried something new with the STI hatch. And it didn't work out nearly as well as they'd hoped.
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Old 07-11-2009, 12:52 AM   #932
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I like the hatch - I hope they keep it!
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:30 AM   #933
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Default Subaru testing CVT with their diesel

I heard yesterday from my sales guy (who is pretty clued in to Subie happenings) that Subaru is now testing their new CVT in their diesel. Makes sense if they're going to sell the diesel here. It's also a good indication as to how strong this CVT is, if it can handle the torque from that engine.

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Old 07-14-2009, 11:09 AM   #934
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Subaru got bold and tried something new with the STI hatch. And it didn't work out nearly as well as they'd hoped.
No... They got smart and listened to their rally drivers, who kept asking for a more aerodynamic and structurally sound hatchback design, as most of the cars performing so well in rallies were hatches and did so for those reasons. The five door was not an attempt to sell more cars, it was an attempt to become more in tune with actual performance and the STI's rally heritage. If anything, that deserves respect and admiration, seeing as Subaru probably knew that many of their 4D lovers would be turned away.

And concerning your previous post, if you don't care about how the car handles under performance conditions, then why did you buy a sports car in the first place???
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:29 PM   #935
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No... They got smart and listened to their rally drivers, who kept asking for a more aerodynamic and structurally sound hatchback design, as most of the cars performing so well in rallies were hatches and did so for those reasons. The five door was not an attempt to sell more cars, it was an attempt to become more in tune with actual performance and the STI's rally heritage. If anything, that deserves respect and admiration, seeing as Subaru probably knew that many of their 4D lovers would be turned away.

And concerning your previous post, if you don't care about how the car handles under performance conditions, then why did you buy a sports car in the first place???
+1

I was a huge hater when the GR came out...now look what I drive. Couldn't ever go back to a Sedan after owning this STI. Performance + Utility = Awesome.

To each their own.
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:01 PM   #936
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No... They got smart and listened to their rally drivers, who kept asking for a more aerodynamic and structurally sound hatchback design, as most of the cars performing so well in rallies were hatches and did so for those reasons. The five door was not an attempt to sell more cars, it was an attempt to become more in tune with actual performance and the STI's rally heritage. If anything, that deserves respect and admiration, seeing as Subaru probably knew that many of their 4D lovers would be turned away.

And concerning your previous post, if you don't care about how the car handles under performance conditions, then why did you buy a sports car in the first place???
Yep, agreed. I recall Solberg mentioning that he kinda insisted on the hatch (and then further that they should've put the engine further back).

That said, all other things being equal, you and I aren't going to notice the difference between a hatch and sedan - it's only going to make a difference at the limit. Unless you rally professionally, that is.

I stand by my statement that outside some dyed-in-the-wool enthusiasts, the market largely rejected the hatch.
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:18 PM   #937
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I see a ton of Hatches and Sedan Impreza's. The 08 was very popular in the Northeast.
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Old 07-17-2009, 01:29 PM   #938
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The guy who sold me my Impreza recovered from an embarassing situation pretty well IMHO.

He had me test one car and while I was out found out that another car with less miles and in better shape had come back out from a hold. He showed it to me and started it up, at which point the low-fuel light came on. He said "I like to demo the low-fuel light, it's kind of my niche as a salesman." Well, there was definitely low fuel in the car - 30 seconds later it coughed and stalled out (it was 20 degrees outside as well). He said "Ahh, you see! Low-fuel light works perfectly!"
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Old 07-28-2009, 08:17 PM   #939
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No... They got smart and listened to their rally drivers, who kept asking for a more aerodynamic and structurally sound hatchback design, as most of the cars performing so well in rallies were hatches and did so for those reasons. The five door was not an attempt to sell more cars, it was an attempt to become more in tune with actual performance and the STI's rally heritage. If anything, that deserves respect and admiration, seeing as Subaru probably knew that many of their 4D lovers would be turned away.
A hatch is stiffer in the WRC because they fill the whole backseat/trunkspace with the roll cage's cross bracing. So the increased stiffness in a 2009 Impreza WRX WRC shouldn't be fully attributed to the change from the sedan to the hatch, but the compounded effect of a redesigned roll cage that was enabled by the body style change. Yes, a hatch could create much less drag than a sedan, with the proper rear diffuser(s).

Still sucks that there's no more SWRT.
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Old 07-28-2009, 08:42 PM   #940
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I'm guessing the new STI sedan will differ in appearance more than just a STI badge on the back.
If I recall, somewhere on this board is a pic of a Japanese Impreza sedan that basically has the wheel flares of the US STi 5-door on the US Sedan body. I'm pretty sure that will be your STi sedan body.

I think going back to sedan would be a huge mistake as real sports cars aren't usually sedans. If anything, I'd rather them make it a three door and no, I don't mean the stupid RWD Toyota abomination...
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:13 AM   #941
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Default next sti is going to have a sedan option.

this is confirmed by a little birdie from a high high high member of s.o.a.


cant wait missed the 4 door


so stoked on living less then 3 miles from s.o.a
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:37 AM   #942
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hmmmm.......do I see me trading in my car in the near future
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:57 AM   #943
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Model year 2011?
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Old 07-30-2009, 02:04 AM   #944
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What model year???? the up-coming 2010?
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Old 07-30-2009, 02:41 AM   #945
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to tell you the truth im not sure the guy i get my info from is in japan right now doing buisness for subaru. when he returns ill post it up.
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Old 07-30-2009, 02:51 AM   #946
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^^^
I think you just blown the guy's cover. I bet they don't have that many guys on a business trip to Japan, especially high high ones
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Old 07-30-2009, 03:05 AM   #947
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Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7A341 Safari/528.16)

I'll believe it when I see it. Yeah I'm one of those guys
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Old 07-30-2009, 03:23 AM   #948
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I heard it was going to be a 2 seater convertible.
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Old 07-30-2009, 03:37 AM   #949
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^^^ which would ruin it.........ick
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Old 07-30-2009, 03:40 AM   #950
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is it just me or would it seem really weird seeing a rally based car as a convertible???
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