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Old 12-26-2006, 05:05 PM   #1
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I have an 04 STi and plan on packing it away for the winter months. i have another car that i couldnt really care about so i want to keep the STi nice. what all do you recommend doing? i have heard just put it up on jack stands or drain all the fluids or dont do anything. what should be done?

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Old 12-26-2006, 05:11 PM   #2
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I apologize for this, but I want to be the guy who points out that the Impreza is an all-season performance vehicle and it seems so silly to treat it like a three-seasons car, that's what Elises are for.
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Old 12-26-2006, 05:20 PM   #3
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just add a fuel stabilizer... you can place it on jackstands if you like... it'll keep flat spots from developing as well as keeping the rubber from statining the garage... but yeah, like the guy above said... it's a scooby, drive it everywhere!
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Old 12-26-2006, 05:21 PM   #4
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agree. however i do not have snow tires for the STi. only the factory summer tires. since i have another car, im going to park it for the winter. dont want to risk it. i plan on still getting the car out every once and a while, but it may sit for a few weeks if it snows too much.
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Old 12-26-2006, 05:56 PM   #5
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Where's Fredericksburg? Here in SW PA we have snow, then nothing, then rain, then nothing, then sleet, etc. I don't think in PA (exception: Erie area, buried for three months) that you have to do storage procedures. You'll be able to get it out at least once every couple of weeks.
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Old 12-26-2006, 06:02 PM   #6
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fredericksburg is about 30min or so east of harrisburg. small town. i can see the I78-I81 split from my house. im hoping that it doesnt snow much this year that i can keep driving it around and have fun with the mods that i do. but just in case i didnt know what other drivers where doing if anything to keep the car machanicly and looks wise nice. i hope that it doesnt come to me not driving it but i do want to know just in case. the other reason is that around here they do not plow much and when they do ppl drive like morons. i know that i will be fine driving it but it is the other guy that im worried about. last year my WRX almost got hit about 20 times by ppl not paying attention to what they are doing or driving like morons. if they hit my saturn im not going to care, if they hit my STi i will have someones head for lunch. lol.
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Old 12-26-2006, 10:53 PM   #7
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if they hit my saturn im not going to care
you are parking an STI and driving a saturn instead? are you insane??? there is no way no how i could drive around a front wheel drive saturn when i've got the most capable AWD vehicle sitting in my garage.

cars are not like wine, they do not improve with age.
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Old 12-26-2006, 11:14 PM   #8
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If we actually had 4 seasons out here in CA id do the same thing. I pretty much baby my STi, I have a F150 to tool around on for everyday driving. I think I have about 2400 miles on mine.
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Old 12-26-2006, 11:55 PM   #9
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jeez its an STi not a lambo or sumthing honestly i have a beeter too, i use it for work and thats about it, otherwise its the wrx baby!
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Old 12-27-2006, 12:34 AM   #10
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you are parking an STI and driving a saturn instead? are you insane??? there is no way no how i could drive around a front wheel drive saturn when i've got the most capable AWD vehicle sitting in my garage.

cars are not like wine, they do not improve with age.
In the saturn you can drive like you're in a tupperware container--into snowbanks and plowed ice rolls... You can also push shopping carts out of your parking space. . That's what I used to do....until the timing chain ate through the valve cover..
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Old 12-27-2006, 12:37 AM   #11
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In the saturn you can drive like you're in a tupperware container--into snowbanks and plowed ice rolls... You can also push shopping carts out of your parking space. . That's what I used to do....until the timing chain ate through the valve cover..
Ha, just keep in mind that Saturn's have dent resistant panels - they aren't shatter proof. I've seen large holes in Saturns caused from golf balls.
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Old 12-27-2006, 01:26 AM   #12
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yeah the saturns are dent resistant... but not crack resistant. i have a huge crack in my fender and quater pannel from demistrating it and it was too cold. plastic+cold=cracks. i got the car cheap and runs awsome. i drive about 100 miles a day to work and take the saturn on the weekends to the bar. the STi does not go out when we go out. i come from a lower class family and never owned a nice car untill i got my WRX 2 years ago. that was my baby. then i found out that i could afford an STi and it is really my baby. i know it is no italian sports car but is my sports car and i have alot of sweat and blood into the car to have it. i dont need some idiot on the road to take that car from me. i know that the impreza is a 4 season car, and my WRX was awsome in the snow but i dont think that the STi will be on summer tires. so please dont bash me for wanting to keep the car nice like it is. i want the car to last and want to make sure some kid being a moron in the snow to hit the car and take my baby from me.
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Old 12-27-2006, 01:34 AM   #13
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Make sure you top off the gas tank so that condensation won't build up in your tank. If you have a trickle charger you can always throw that on but it sounds like you'll be getting your STi out every once in a while, which also negates placing your car on jack stands to prevent flat spots and dry rot.
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Old 12-27-2006, 02:38 AM   #14
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whats winter without AWD donuts?

i like to call em Snownuts
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