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Old 09-29-2012, 11:11 AM   #1
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Hi everyone!

My name is Rachel and Im a senior in college. A week ago I ordered a 2013 5-door wrx in dark grey metallic. I am very excited about getting the car. It should come in around early December. Now, I don't know a whole lot about car. I actually have never driven a manual before besides my friends *evo 9 w an act race clutch one time. Is there anything that I can do up until I get my car to learn better? Am I going to wear down my clutch too much while learning?

Okay well you don't have to answer any of those questions. Anyways Ill try to read as many forums as possible and if everything goes well will probably upgrade to an STi after med school.

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Old 09-29-2012, 11:14 AM   #2
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I would not try learning stick on a brand new WRX, or any car for that matter. See if your friend will let you practice on their Evo again. Also, search "Unabomber's Manifesto". That should give you at least a month's worth of helpful reading Enjoy the car and welcome to the forum! If you know how to do basic wiring then you'll be fine with a sub. If not, I strongly recommend getting it done professionally.
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:21 AM   #3
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I can wire a house haha. Im in engineering so I have some background. I would probably mess it up tho so I should just leave upgrading the audio to a professional.

Yeah hopefully my friend will let me drive his car. He says though that it will be completely different but it should help anyways right?
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:36 AM   #4
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I've driven an Evo before and I didn't think it was dramatically different from my Sti, but idk how it will compare to a New Gen WRX. Either way it will definitely help! (btw your friend is crazy)
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:37 AM   #5
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I'm not sure how different the clutch feel etc on the WRX are vs the STi, but I've found my STi to be harder to drive than some other manual transmission cars. It's not impossible to learn on, but you may get frustrated more easily.

I suggest borrowing someone's old Volvo, a new C30, or perhaps a Mazda 3... they're all super easy to learn on, hahaha.

If you can't find a different car to get some of your initial practise in on, don't be afraid of your WRX. Within reason, the worst that's going to happen is you'll wear your clutch out faster than it would be by an experienced driver. They're not THAT expensive.

If you smell something nasty... push the clutch in. LOL.

As for the audio upgrade there are quite a few good threads on this forum about that stuff, I learned what I will need to do by reading around here for a few weeks off and on. I'll edit this post and add some good links in soon.

EDIT: here's the links.

Getting into the dash:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1399151 (note you DO NOT have to pull the trim off that runs above the glove box if you have some "trim tools", which are basically really soft pry tools that won't mark up your dash plastic)

Door speakers:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2180530
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2369362

Amp installs, under seat:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2354059
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2150039 (I bought this amp, haven't installed mine yet)

Big install with some custom fab:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2142134

My favourite, nice guide on a fairly hidden install:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2237756

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Old 09-29-2012, 11:59 AM   #6
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Okay great information and links too i will check those out. There's this large parking lot that hosts autocross events, Im going to learn there. I've been watching videos which helps with sequencing and I guess better to start learning manual now than never!
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Old 09-29-2012, 12:01 PM   #7
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Oh yeah after glancing at some of the post, aftermarket audio shouldn't be that bad at all! Would it be cheaper?
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Old 09-29-2012, 03:18 PM   #8
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Ya he is crazy and letting practice today woo! My other friend is letting drive his '12 mustang too so we will see how that one goes too.

I can't break their cars right?
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Old 09-29-2012, 03:27 PM   #9
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Ya he is crazy and letting practice today woo! My other friend is letting drive his '12 mustang too so we will see how that one goes too.

I can't break their cars right?
Haha as long as you aren't launching and dumping the clutch you won't
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:13 PM   #10
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Oh yeah after glancing at some of the post, aftermarket audio shouldn't be that bad at all! Would it be cheaper?
It's definitely cheaper, and you know that it's done the way you want it, instead of being thrown in by some $8/hour monkey at Best Buy that doesn't give a crap about your new car. Haha.
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:34 PM   #11
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Does this void any warranty?
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:36 PM   #12
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Does this void any warranty?
THAT QUESTION!!!!!!!!! (Prepare your flame suit)
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:49 PM   #13
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Im just trying to keep my newb status as completely newb as possible. I hope you understand...
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:42 PM   #14
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13 WRX clutch is actually pretty easy to drive. The clutch is fairly smooth and it is not sticky and short as some of the race clutch I have driven before.
Just remember to let the clutch go slow/smoothly and give steady gas.

There are also several posts I think is pretty helpful on how to learn a stick shifting on this forum.

and NO, warranty cannot be voided, but your warranty claim CAN be denied (which means they are not gonna pay for the repair if they think the problem is caused by your modification).
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:08 PM   #15
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Thats good to hear. Thank You!
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:17 PM   #16
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Oh hey, OSU med school?
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:22 AM   #17
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Im a finishing up a degree biological systems engineering/ premed (Ill be done in August) so Im still in the process of applying to med schools. OSU is up there though. I have jobs with a few biotech/pharm companies too. Not sure which route to take so Im going to do both. Are you osu med?
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:40 AM   #18
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Dent, 2nd year. Good luck making your choice though. And enjoy the new car when it gets here. I'm sure you will. Just go really easy on it and you'll be fine, I think.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:28 PM   #19
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If you have someone you know that has a WRX and wouldn't mind letting you drive it, that would be your best bet. All manual transmissions are different but any new car with a turbo would help. I just got my 2012 hatchback and its also dark grey and I love it!!! Its more practical than the sedan cuz it has so much trunk space. Moved everything out of my house except my bed with it! I'm sure you'll love it
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