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Old 02-19-2001, 11:40 AM   #1
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Went to the Pittsburgh Auto Show yesterday with my wife and family. I forgot my digital camera, but there was nothing new to post pics of here anyway. Like others have already said the car does look way better in person. The lights are fine as is. HIDs would be nice but aren't a necessity. The Impreza is still a small car. The Midnight Blue Pearl is a really cool color, but if you ordered it expecting black you're gonna be pissed. It's definitely blue. The interior looks great, but there is still room for improvement when it comes to feel. The new door pulls rock. I don't care for the stock wheels. The BBSs are OK but not worth $3K (why can't we get the Euro 17"s?). The wagon is still my favorite, but the sedan looks way better in person. If the wife decides to keep the OBS or get a Forester I might go for a sedan. The engine compartment is way more crowed with the turbo, ic, trumble valve thingy, sensors and intake plumbing. Gonna be much harder to work on. The intercooler is bigger then I expected, but the turbo is smaller. It seems like the stock sway bars are 18mm. I couldn't really tell if the end links were metal or plastic.

Two people were there representing SOA. One guy was a slick Rico Suave' type dude in gray suite from NJ and the other was a regional representative. Neither knew that much specifics about the car, ei what material the crankshaft was made of. They were still pretty cool though.

The Rico Suave dude said that it would be a couple years before Subaru would even consider bringing over an STi because it would be well over $30k and they are having a hard time getting the 285hp motors to pass US emitions. He said that a lot of tuners have WRXs already. We can also expect to see more STi goodies over here. He said not just appearance stuff either, maybe even engine, exhaust, and brake components. He feels that this car can be tuned to 250/260hp with relative ease.

The local rep said that WRX are coming with SCCA memberships and renewals for current members. Western PA dealers have been instructed to not to sell the car above MSRP and that it's OK to deal. He stuck to the March 14th delivery date on the 1st shipment. There are only about 2 dozen or so currently on order for the Western PA area. All the cars for the first allocation have [color=Blue]not[/color=Blue]been spoken for already and some dealers will have a couple "on the lot". Most dealers will not be willing to demo or test drive.

Other auto show stuff. Man the bright Yellow S4 wagon they had there was sweet! Audi has really stepped up their cars in the last couple years, but $41K ouch! The TTs have the coolest interiors going this year. The Lexus IS was nice too, much smaller then it looks in photos and on TV though. No plans for a manual yet either. BMW had a nice display (no M3 though ). Toyota makes way too many SUVs now. Pontiacs are getting uglier. Trucks and roadsters are what seems to hot. Lexus has another SUV and an ugly 300hp roadster on the way.

Sorry so long. Hope this is useful. Just observations and discussion no absolutes.
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Old 02-19-2001, 11:45 AM   #2
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Just to clarify, you said:

The Lexus IS was nice too, much smaller then it looks in photos and on TV though. No plans for a manual yet either.

Lexus had a manual IS300 on display at Detroit. They will be out this spring. Its a totally different model, though. IS300 Sport Chasis. It will have a sportier suspension and available 18 inch wheels.
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Old 02-19-2001, 11:50 AM   #3
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Cool. Just goes to show you what the car show goofballs know.
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Old 02-19-2001, 01:40 PM   #4
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lbk: You seem to imply that the manual will only be available on the IS300 wagon. It's going to be on the sedan, too. Going to be tough competition for BMW.
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