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Old 12-10-2006, 12:44 AM   #1
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Default Newest 2007 Satin Pearl White STI owner in SoCal

Finally came back to the motherland and bought another Subaru. Had a WRX in 2002, but sold it in May 2005. Biggest car mistake I've ever made.

To make up for it, I went up to Irvine Subaru, traded in my wife's 2002 Acura TL-S, and picked up a nice 2007 STI with 4 miles on it.

Glad to be back home.
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Old 12-10-2006, 12:55 AM   #2
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Congrats and welcome back. Since you traded in the wifey's car does that make the STI her's or your's?
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Old 12-10-2006, 12:57 AM   #3
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Thanks and good question. Wife's expecting in late March, so we got her a new 2006 Honda Pilot baby mobile. STI IS ALL MINE!!!

Pics being added... Seems like there aren't many SWP owners out there yet. Had a hard time finding good pix. Hopefully, this helps people deciding on a white STI...I give it two thumbs up!
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Old 12-10-2006, 12:58 AM   #4
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First pics at the dealer after signing all the paperwork.





You can see the 2002 Acura TL-S we traded-in on the right. Good car, just make sure you get one that's had the transmission replaced under warranty!


On the freeway going home, notice the low mileage.

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Old 12-10-2006, 01:04 AM   #5
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A stop along the 5 south freeway between Orange and San Diego counties. Yes, there's a reason why it's so expensive to live here. It was about 68 degrees at 4:30PM.






Resting at home next to the baby mobile.


A few close-ups of the car showing the pearly paint.


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Old 12-10-2006, 01:26 AM   #6
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Thanks and good question. Wife's expecting in late March, so we got her a new 2006 Honda Pilot baby mobile. STI IS ALL MINE!!!

Pics being added... Seems like there aren't many SWP owners out there yet. Had a hard time finding good pix. Hopefully, this helps people deciding on a white STI...I give it two thumbs up!
Looks good. SWP is a new for 07 color the previous white was a different shade. Just remember that the break in won't last forever, soon you'll be able to open her up to her full potential.
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Old 12-10-2006, 01:33 AM   #7
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Im sorry guys but AW> SWP all day long,
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Old 12-10-2006, 01:41 AM   #8
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Haha, it's gonna be another AW vs. SWP now?? I'm a fan of white cars (this being my third in 5 years) and especially pearl whites (second in 6 months), so I guess all the planets just happened to line up right. I'm a fan of both.

I remember the break-in my WRX being very painful and slow. With the STI, it seems easier. Maybe it's because I've done it before, but I'll be realy good this time!

I was able to take a few quick turns to "break-in" the suspension. Very nice.
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Old 12-10-2006, 01:43 AM   #9
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I remember the break-in my WRX being very painful and slow. With the STI, it seems easier. Maybe it's because I've done it before, but I'll be realy good this time!
Your engine has quite a bit more pep in the lower RPM ranges than a 2.0L WRX, that probably makes it easier.
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Old 12-10-2006, 01:51 AM   #10
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EXACTLY what I was thinking too. The Rex never seemed to really hit it until 3500RPMs. 500RPM of fun was hard to endure.

A few more engine pix. We've all seen it, but I have nothing to do but this and Counterstrike tonight.
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Old 12-10-2006, 01:54 AM   #11
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Old 12-10-2006, 02:00 AM   #12
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I saw you today at the dealer....I was the guy that ask you for what you were buying; you were at Dessi's office! Nice car color. I'm still deciding between the black and this one!!
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Old 12-10-2006, 02:04 AM   #13
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Interior pix.




Wish I could take a picture of that new car scent.
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Old 12-10-2006, 02:07 AM   #14
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Heya--you're on of the sales guys, right? Was I still eating Dessi's chinese food when you came by? There were actually a few people asking about the car...nice atmosphere.

People in SoCal--you gotta buy from Irvine Subaru. Second car from them and it's always a pleasure. How many salespeople invite you to have some of their Chinese food lunch with them? This place is great!

I also highly recommend the orange chicken or whatever she gave me...very good...right next to the Enterprise Car Rental by the Hat.

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Old 12-10-2006, 02:11 AM   #15
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Old 12-10-2006, 02:56 AM   #16
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Sweet! Looks like you got a good deal...you got an STI and your wife got a baby mobile so she won't get mad when you take the STI. I'm guessing you're quite eager to get past the break in period
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Old 12-10-2006, 04:13 AM   #17
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Old 12-10-2006, 06:47 AM   #18
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Watch out for those seagulls!
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Old 12-10-2006, 10:58 AM   #19
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What are these things called Seagulls?

Nice car Mate.

I drove an STi today and an Evo and I still can't decide yet.
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Old 12-10-2006, 11:49 AM   #20
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Thanks guys. Definitely watching out for them 'gulls! And if you're jealous, go get one from Irvine Subaru!

As for Evo vs. STI, it'll never end. Some people will like one over the other for every reason in the book. From all the research I've done, the Evo is a "faster" car. However, the difference is small enough to be attributed to driver experience. For looks, I'm a Subaru fan, but I have grown to like the Evo's lines. What sells me each and every time on the Subaru is:

1. Subaru reliability vs. Mitsu
--I have no doubt that an STI will last longer than an Evo

2. Boxer sound
--what more can you say? Car sound is amazing

3. Re-sale value compared to the Evo
--not that you'll ever sell it...

4. Experience with Subaru
--I've owned a Subaru, so I know what to expect (good and bad). Anyone with a 2002 WRX NOT have their clutch and flywheel replaced under warranty??

My advice would be to go out, drive them up and then make a decision. With either car, you'll be happy.

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Thanks John for sharing your thoughts. I agree about the boxer sound.
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Old 12-10-2006, 12:30 PM   #22
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Welcome...

2 days ago I was at the dealership getting an oil change, and I talked them into taking an sti out for a spin....seriously, I can't even go above 5k rpms on the streets, I catch up to the car in front of me too quick..

And no matter how much I mod, my wrx pulling at 4.5 rpm is the same as the sti pulling at 2.5k rpm.

congradulations, I will probably make the swap sometime this summer, when the 08 models arrive and I can get a deal on the 07s.

You're gonna love the car, just drive safe, esp. with your new baby on board.

Just...don't post those signs on your car saying "baby on board" dunno why those bug me.

My friend has one that says "psycho on board"...
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Old 12-10-2006, 12:34 PM   #23
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Agree with you on the WRX vs. STI pull. The difference is very noticeable.

HA! I won't post the baby-on-board signs, but it will be funny seeing a baby seat in an STI. I'll definitely put a pix for that!
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Old 12-10-2006, 02:53 PM   #24
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Welcome to the socal swp club. Hope to see you around sometime.
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Old 12-10-2006, 02:55 PM   #25
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Thanks. For anyone in the San Diego area, I'm the white 2007 going up and down the 15 during the week.
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