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Old 05-27-2014, 10:11 PM   #1
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After my '13 hatch sold I struggled with what seems like a very common question nowadays. WRX or STi? These were the only choices for me.

I've always wanted a Sti and kind of regretted not getting one from the start.So at first it was the clear choice,but as time went by it became pretty clear it wasn't the sti I really wanted or the right daily driver for me.

After a ton of calls and emails were exchanged,I came across a limited wrx.Fresh at the port unclaimed with almost everything I wanted. My options were to jump on it or wait a good 8-18 weeks for a car with everything I wanted. I decided to place a deposit and was told it would be at the dealer lot within 7-10 days. It arrived in 5 and here we are today.

Welcome to my new Daily Driver Build:

The First time I saw her:

Mmm FA20DIT:

I wonder what the first 7 were like:

That MpG do:

Love it:

A Very Nice Touch:

At the end of the first day:

Engine:
- Stock
- Cobb Accessport V3

Exterior:
- 35% Tinted Windows
- BlueBatmobile Reverse/Turn Signal Overlays-60% variant
- Oem Sti Front Lip *DIY Install Instructions*
- Subispeed "Flat Black" Fender Emblem Inlays

Wheels & Tires:
- Subaru Wheel Locks

Brakes:
- Stock

Suspension & Drivetrain:
- Sti Short Throw Shifter
- Perrin Brass Shifter Bushing

Interior:
- OEM Sti Shift Knob
- OEM All Weather Mats
- OEM Cargo Tray
- OEM Side Sill Plates *DIY Install Instructions*
- OEM Interior Illumination - RED*DIY Install Instructions*
- Overland Designs Black Alcantara Wrapped OEM Extended Armrest w/ Red stitching / Installed Pictures / *DIY Install Instructions*
- Overland Designs Black Alcantara Shifter Boot w/ Red Stitching
- Overland Designs Black Alcantara Wrapped E-Brake Boot w/ Red Stitching
- Subi Speed "Red" Shifter Bezel Inlay
- Perrin Drift / E-Brake Button

Lighting:
- Subi Speed OLM LED DRL Bulbs
- Subi Speed OLM LED 5K Foglight Bulbs / Subi Speed OLM LED 6K Foglight Bulbs
- Led Interior Conversion:
> Vanity Lights(2)- vLED 29mm 6k 2 LED Bulbs
> Map/Dome Lights(3)- Subi Speed Map/Dome LED Bulbs
> Trunk Light- SubiSpeed OLM 168 LED Bulb
- Subi Speed OLM License Plate LED Bulbs
- Subi Speed OLM Reverse LED Bulbs
- Subi Speed Front & Rear OLM LED Turn Signal Bulbs
- Fastwrx.com LED Turn Signal Blinker Module

Audio & Electronics:
- Pioneer AVH-X3600BHS
- Axxess ASWC-1 Sterring Wheel Control Interface
- Metra 95-8905B Double DIN Install Kit
- AE64.com Wire Harness
- AE64.com Factory USB Retaining Cable
- MicroBypass Automatic Video in Motion Interface
- SiriusXM SXV200V1 Satellite Radio Tuner Kit *DIY Instructions*

Near Future:
- Nameless Performance Cat Back Exhaust
- Winter Tires
- JDM/UK/Aussie Front Grill

Future Future:
- 18" Wheels & Tires

YouTube Videos:
-Subi Speed LED DRLS - Day time YouTube Video
-Subi SPeed LED DRLS - Night Time YouTube Video

Reviews & Results:
- Initial New Car Impressions
- Cobb Stage 1: Day 1 Dyno Results / Initial Impressions
- Cobb Stage 1: Day 3 Driving Impressions
- Cobb Stage 1: Day 7 - So Long Cobb Tune...
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Old 05-27-2014, 11:03 PM   #2
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Nice. Love the boost gauge.

Needs moar wheel
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Old 05-27-2014, 11:04 PM   #3
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Nice ride.
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Old 05-27-2014, 11:05 PM   #4
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I see you have a lot of things listed stock. What are you planning to do to it?

I'm picking up my WRB Sport 6MT on Saturday (Canada model) so exterior it will look the same. Planning on new wheels right away. You?

Congrats by the way. Looks so badass is WRB.
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Old 05-27-2014, 11:36 PM   #5
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Nice! cant wait to get my WRB which is a estimation of.....September!?
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Old 05-27-2014, 11:39 PM   #6
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Patrick subaru? Nice car. Did Phil sell this car to you? Haha it's where I got my car.. J/w
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Old 05-28-2014, 06:31 AM   #7
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Patrick subaru? Nice car. Did Phil sell this car to you? Haha it's where I got my car.. J/w
Patrick subaru indeed!

You could tell that by the rocks? Haha I worked with someone else, everybody there was super nice and easy going. Def one of the best car experiences I've ever had.
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Old 05-28-2014, 06:42 AM   #8
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Patrick subaru indeed!

You could tell that by the rocks? Haha I worked with someone else, everybody there was super nice and easy going. Def one of the best car experiences I've ever had.
If you don't mind me asking, How much did you get it? Pm me. Thanks!
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:13 AM   #9
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Date: 05/27/14

What's being discussed: Initial Car impression.

Mileage: 7 - 109

So I just wanted to give my initial impressions of my new '15 wrx limited. I'm in no way trying to bash previous generations or other cars. I'm simply just trying to be unbiased in comparing it to previous generations ( specifically my '13 hatch ) to give a honest comparison in the things I've noticed so far so future owners can get some form of idea of what the differences are in the new model.

Interior:

From the moment I sat in the '15 wrx it felt so familiar but yet so different. Different in a great way.Everything for the most part is located where they were in my '13 hatch, aside from some minor changes.

The side mirror control is now peg shaped and located on the door panel,the auto ac/heat controls are different and you get a nice digital display by the boost gauge/back up/info screen.

There's a lot of complaints about the seats but I actually find them to be pretty great. I'm 5'8" and 210 lbs so I'm not a small guy,hence the snugness they provide. I find them to be comfortable and I enjoy the new adjustable headrest that has 4 locking positions to suite whatever height you may be. Only thing I miss is that nice embroided WRX logo in the seat.

The armrests are way more comfortable to place an elbow on, the dash isn't anything too crazy but it's def a step forward. I also don't mind the fake cf trim, it just doesn't bother me as it seems to bother others.Actually a lot Of complaints I read online seem to be over exaggerated and blown out of perspective. I would suggest you check one out in person before you come to any conclusion.

And then there's the radio hahahahahah
... It sucks just like in every other subaru but atleast satellite radio is integrated in. I listen to a bunch of siriusXM radio so this was a welcomed addition without having to add or pay for a factory kit like in the past.

Exterior:

So I def have some thoughts about the exterior of the car. Pictures don't do this car any justice, I relentlessly bashed this car when it was revealed because of it's looks. I've never felt like a bigger hypocrit in my life. This car isn't beautiful or sexy but it's not hideous by any means. I'm particularly in love with the grill, & headlights.

Some things I love about the exterior is the trunk lip spoiler that comes on premium/Limited models. I really liked the Sti wing because of that completed look it gave to the car but I can appreciate the subtle lip wing and the look it provides. I like subtle.

Speaking of subtle, the wheels. My god the wheels haha. I prefer the stock wheels that were on my '13 but I must admit the '15 wheels are much better in person. I kind of don't mind them to my surprise. I planned on buying rims as my first purchase because of how bad they looked in pictures. Turns out I can live with them, for a little while anyway.

Another surprise was the trunk of this car, there's no longer any button in between the license plate lights that you can hit to open the trunk. Instead subaru placed a button inside that you push to open the trunk or you can hold the trunk open button on the key fob for a couple seconds and it will pop open. Something new, something kinda cool. The trunk is pretty huge, I wasn't expecting it to be this big, I don't know the numbers but it appears much larger then my '13 hatch was, maybe not height wise but width and depth seem pretty large.

Lastly, the ride height. I'm not sure if I'll ever lower it. I think the height is pretty nice, especially with some 18" wheels on there I think it will fill out nicely. It def seems lower then my '13 but again I'm not sure about the numbers.

Transmission:

I've never driven a 6 speed before but I am super impressed with this one. The car came with the sti short throw shifter so to be fair,I'm not sure how much of a difference it makes compared to the stock shifter. Every shift is direct and solid, I honestly don't think it's possible to miss a gear. I love it. Again compared to my 13 it's leaps and bounds better,the feeling of shifting through marbles is gone.

The clutch barely needs to be pressed to change gears. I kind of wish I had to press it down more to engage, right now it's a little soft but we'll see what happens as time goes on.

Suspension & Ride Quality:

One word:Phenomenal.

This car Handles better then any car I've ever driven aside from the '15 STI which is even more impressive.It just handles like it's on rails. My '13 had sways,strut bars,solid endlinks and the '15 feels like a much better all around solid car.I'm not trying to bash the previous generation but the new wrx in this department is a huge step forward.

The ride quality isn't any worst IMO then previous models. So far I've found it to be comfortable for daily driving and it's practically silent in the cockpit. There's a slight humm from the tires but other then that it's super quiet and nice.

& then there's

Power:

Is this thing turbocharged? It almost doesn't feel like it and to me I like it like that. There's no sudden burst of power,no engine noise strain as the rpms increase. It's just absolutely smooth with power from the moment your foot presses down on the gas til you shift. When I say smooth I mean buttery smooth. I can't think of a word to describe how smooth to be honest. It just goes. For a car that's a daily driver the power band is just perfect with this new engine/turbo set up.

The huge plus is the mpg. I drove about 60% highway/40% city yesterday and was averaging just under 32 mpg on the highway and about 25 in the city according to the display. I wasn't babying it by any means. I just drove it like I normally would while keeping it under 4000 rpms and the results were impressive. My '13 hatch would get about 25-29 on the highway and about 17-19 in the city depending on how long the trip I was taking. To be fair it also was stage 2+ with 100 more hp then this car but that's what a good tune can do. I bet when the '15+ Wrx's start getting tuned the mpg will only get better. The future is bright my friends,& I can't wait to see what the aftermarket brings.

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Old 05-28-2014, 10:39 AM   #10
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^ great review man. Thanks for the feedback.
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:41 AM   #11
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^ I second that. Was a good read. Even more excited now.

And I agree, I was really surprised how much I didn't mind the stock wheels when I saw them in person. I still don't like that they sit into the fenders though so I'm happy to change them out. And I like how the 18's on the STI fill out the fenders just right.
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:21 AM   #12
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I want your car soooooooo bad (well a base model actually). Damn subaru for not being able to stock dealer lots. It makes it incredibly hard to sell a car and buy a new one

And I cant trade mine into a dealer cause it has things done to it and it has 150K on it and they would give me like $2000 when if I did a private party sale I could at least get between $5000-$6000
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:27 AM   #13
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Great review, feel the same on just about everything.
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:38 AM   #14
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Coming from a previous gen WRX to the 2015, I agree with the majority of your thoughts.
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:42 AM   #15
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Great review, feel the same on just about everything.
im curious what your different feelings are since you have more seat time.
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:49 AM   #16
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im curious what your different feelings are since you have more seat time.
I agree with everything you said except for the seats, I didn't like the feel or the height at first but now that they have "broken in" I like them. Everything else about the car is just leagues above the previous gens.
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:35 PM   #17
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I want your car soooooooo bad (well a base model actually). Damn subaru for not being able to stock dealer lots. It makes it incredibly hard to sell a car and buy a new one And I cant trade mine into a dealer cause it has things done to it and it has 150K on it and they would give me like $2000 when if I did a private party sale I could at least get between $5000-$6000
Sell the car first like I did,then hunt one down through out your state. I literally emailed or called every dealer in New England (63 dealers) to find my car. Just got lucky with the timing of it hitting the port without anyone previously putting a deposit on it.
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Old 05-28-2014, 03:21 PM   #18
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Sell the car first like I did,then hunt one down through out your state. I literally emailed or called every dealer in New England (63 dealers) to find my car. Just got lucky with the timing of it hitting the port without anyone previously putting a deposit on it.
I would have to find a car to drive for a few days tho....its possible but ya timing is critical. Nice car man. And I want a wrb or dgm base.....those are hard to come by.
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Old 05-28-2014, 06:26 PM   #19
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Date: 05/28/14

What's being Installed: Tinted Windows

Mileage: 115

Day 2 began with the installation of the cars first mod, Tinted Windows. Massachusetts is pretty strict when it comes to tinted widows so I decided to remain within the legal limits so I went with 35% all around.It came out awesome,it’s not too light or dark.The Lady who did the job was in love with the car and mentioned how her husband was drooling over it,made me feel good haha. I made sure to check the mileage when I got back in the car to make sure no joy riding was done hahah all is well.

Slightly different angles to show how it looks against the paint with light shining through:




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Old 05-28-2014, 06:57 PM   #20
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Looks great. I'm a big fan of factory looking tint that isn't too dark. Plus your nighttime visibility won't be diminished very much.
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Old 05-28-2014, 09:22 PM   #21
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Looks a lot better with tint.
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:12 PM   #22
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I was planning on doing the same tint, 35% all around. Do you know if they would've been fine to do a sun-strip across the top of the windshield? I know there is trouble on some cars and was wondering if there were any issues.
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:36 PM   #23
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The tint looks great.
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Old 05-29-2014, 03:06 AM   #24
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After a ton of calls and emails were exchanged
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:11 AM   #25
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I was planning on doing the same tint, 35% all around. Do you know if they would've been fine to do a sun-strip across the top of the windshield? I know there is trouble on some cars and was wondering if there were any issues.
Yup. In Ma you can have up to a 6 inch strip. They asked if I wanted one but I declined. I'm re thinking it now looking at it, mite end up getting it done.
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