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Old 10-03-2012, 07:52 PM   #26
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I ordered a dark gray limited

And yes we get a TON of snow in pennsylvania. Last winter, I had to abandon my cobalt in a foot of snow and had to get a ride from a friend with a 4WD truck.

My major reasons for buying the new impreza are
1) driving in nasty winter weather (i have a 2 hour commute every day)
2) good gas mileage
3) good price for a ton of features and top safety ratings

Now, I have also read that the stock all seasons on the new impreza are the worst all seasons in the market, so I will definitely be buyin new tires after I get it. I don't really know much about tires, but I think that it may be better to just get a set of winters for the bad months and switch back to the stock ones for summer rather than get a new pair of all seasons.
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I actually went looking for an Imprezza 2.5 manual hatch only to find that for 2012, the 2.5 was replaced with a 2.0L. Anyway, one test drive and yea, the current Imprezza is about as sporty as mashed potatoes. No power, mushy soft suspension, not a fun car at all. Why offer AWD in a car that could not spin one wheel?

Anyway, ended up with my WRX. Other then the barge on the back, the WRX and Imprezza have nothing in common when it comes to the driving experience. Either step up to the WRX, or go look at the Mazda 3 that still comes with a 2.5L engine (The Sky 2 L is also a dog)
Perhaps you misunderstood my post. I'm not trying to win any races, I just wanted to make sure that it had enough power to pull out into traffic quick enough that I won't get t-boned by some idiot not paying attention.

I too took one test drive, and saw that it definitely did have plenty of power and had no problem getting going.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:56 PM   #27
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Glad to hear you ordered something you wanted! I hope it works out for you!

I don't know what kind of tires come on the new Imprezas, but my co-worker bought a 2010 Forester in 2009, and the all-seasons on that car have served him more than well. A couple winters ago, we had more than 2 feet of snow one night, and he was able to drive on the main streets, after fighting his way out of his unplowed street with the Forester.

I wouldn't write off the tires so quickly. See how they work, and then decide. You might be surprised. If I get my Impreza before you do and there's snow on the ground, I'll let you know how it drives with the stock wheels.
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:15 AM   #28
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So yes, if you nail the brakes around a turn in snow, its going to turn into a sled and just slide. Makes no difference if its fwd or awd. Now if you drive the car through the turn while managing a little gas, AWD can pull you through it while the FWD car slides off to the side. It takes some experience and play time in a parking lot, but the gas peddle isn't always the enemy in slippery roads.

And an AWD car can often stop slightly shorter than a FWD. You are fighting the transmission trying to keep the wheels turning with a FWD car, while it isn't a issue in AWD.
I don't think that the advantage of AWD for on-throttle recovery of a sliding car is even worth considering. The vast majority of people will never ever touch the gas when the car is sliding, and it's only prudent/possible under specific circumstances. It also seems to me that a front wheel drive car could do the same thing...provided the driver knows how to do it.

I do not understand why you think that an all-wheel drive car can stop shorter than a front wheel drive car. You're reasoning that a FWD transmission TRIES to keep the car moving while braking, while an AWD driveline does not??? I don't get it. I certainly wouldn't buy an AWD car under the impression that it inherently brakes quicker. I'd have to look at the 60-0 braking distances.
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:00 PM   #29
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I see you live in Florida. Up here we have an interesting phenomenon called "snow". It's like water but it's actually frozen.

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Yea, if it ever snowed in Florida, schools would not open, in fact the president would declare us a disaster zone. Homes, buildings, hotels, there is no heat. No one has clothing for sub 45 weather, life would just stop. Way worse them a hurricane, where we just slow down a little in case we need to dodge a palm fron or a blow over newspaper dispenser
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:22 PM   #30
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Most any car has enough power to merge on the highway if you are in the correct gear. I used to drive a VW rabbit which had about 30 hp and I just use to gun it for merging.
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:27 PM   #31
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Most any car has enough power to merge on the highway if you are in the correct gear. I used to drive a VW rabbit which had about 30 hp and I just use to gun it for merging.
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:12 PM   #32
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Most any car has enough power to merge on the highway if you are in the correct gear. I used to drive a VW rabbit which had about 30 hp and I just use to gun it for merging.
i had a rabbit deisel that had about that many...just googled and 52 flywheel so thats jes about 42 at the wheels
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:33 AM   #33
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I'm pretty excited....but I just hope that I don't get stuck waiting for 3+ months to get mine delivered like some of the other unfortunate people here
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:59 PM   #34
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Nice choice! 4dr dgm limited pzev. i think im the only other person on this forum with that combo (that i know of).

i love the color, i dont like the constant detailing/fear of scratches

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Old 10-05-2012, 07:30 PM   #35
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Nice choice! 4dr dgm limited pzev. i think im the only other person on this forum with that combo (that i know of).

i love the color, i dont like the constant detailing/fear of scratches
lol, Dreamy Gray Mistress...
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