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Old 09-09-2014, 01:11 PM   #1
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Hey all -

Lonnngg time no talk. Anyone I knew still around? Either way I need some opinions!


I've decided to get a new car before winter sets in, and move on from my 03 A4. I was going to get a used S4, or maybe a new S3, but I don't necessarily want half beaten to death S4 and the Haldex-based AWD on the S3 doesn't do it for me.

That and cost. I plan on buying a new house soon so I don't want a 30k loan on me. I was browsing cars, trying to find one that would offer up decent performance and awd, when I finally took a look at the 2015 WRX.

Wow, the thing looks just aggressive enough to be pleasing, but is otherwise kinda...boring, and dare I say a bit grown up? The specs sound great, and the interior -looks- improved. I'm out of the mod game, and it sounds plenty fast for daily driving.

So does anyone here own one? And if so how are you liking it? The interior sounds better, but how much better is it than the old one? I last had an 02 WRX and 07 STi for reference.

What's the wind and road noise like?

Better yet, if anyone has one broken in and minds giving me some spirited shotgun time I'll buy you a beer or three
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Old 09-09-2014, 02:25 PM   #2
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Im not good at writing reviews so Ill make this:

Ride - 07 < 15
Interior - 07 < 15 by a lot!
Road noise - 07 < 15 its a little bit quieter with a lot less rattles.
Quality - 07 < 15
Fun electronic gadgets - 07 < 15 just enough to have fun and not to where its useless.


This is based off my ownership of an 07 STi and my current 15 STI. I cannot say the same thing but I'm sure the WRX is making a lot of people just as happy.
We have a thread on '15 WRX/STI, scroll through that and I'm sure you'll find more information/answers.
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Old 09-09-2014, 02:45 PM   #3
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My 2015 WRX just came in last week. It's not a balls-to-the-wall fast car but is plenty peppy and fun to drive. Unfortunately i am still in the break-in period but the car is pretty cool. Can't wait for winter...


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Old 09-09-2014, 05:13 PM   #4
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I enjoy the 2015 WRX in concept because it has power that comes on earlier than the previous EJ motor, but the top end is less, which is fine for most people. Nicer to have the power kick in sooner than later.

As an overall design package, I think it's hideous, but when specific traits are pointed out, it's kind of endearing. The interior for these cars since MY2012 Impreza have been VERY nice.

Overall I think the current WRX really is the best bang-for-the-buck vehicle on the market right now (base model price). Truly exciting times!
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Old 09-09-2014, 06:37 PM   #5
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Yeah overall I don't think the exterior quite nails it, cohesively speaking, but I still like it. Plus it wouldn't be a WRX if it didn't look at least a bit objectionable.

The powertrain definitely seems improved from the 'ol Bugeyes, but I don't quite want to return to the hard(er) edge of the STi. Plus the new one has the FA series motor, which is sounding pretty nice - even if I worry about longevity with Direct Injection motors.

I really miss having something punchy and fun. The Audi is nice to be sure, but just a porky pig in terms of output. The R1 is a blast, but between the kid, work and the rest of life I almost never ride it.

I'm -almost- tempted by the CVT even. But...I just...It's a CVT!

Anyone have the new WRX with CVT?
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Old 09-09-2014, 08:03 PM   #6
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I'm just hoping the transmission is better than previous years. It's shared with the Forester, so I dunno.

I enjoy the CVT in other models.
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Old 09-09-2014, 08:35 PM   #7
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Yeah overall I don't think the exterior quite nails it, cohesively speaking, but I still like it. Plus it wouldn't be a WRX if it didn't look at least a bit objectionable.

The powertrain definitely seems improved from the 'ol Bugeyes, but I don't quite want to return to the hard(er) edge of the STi. Plus the new one has the FA series motor, which is sounding pretty nice - even if I worry about longevity with Direct Injection motors.

I really miss having something punchy and fun. The Audi is nice to be sure, but just a porky pig in terms of output. The R1 is a blast, but between the kid, work and the rest of life I almost never ride it.

I'm -almost- tempted by the CVT even. But...I just...It's a CVT!

Anyone have the new WRX with CVT?
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I'm just hoping the transmission is better than previous years. It's shared with the Forester, so I dunno.

I enjoy the CVT in other models.
The CVT isn't bad ('14 FXT). I enjoy driving my wife's FXT, which Chano points out has the similar engine/trans as the WRX. I think the Forester has a slightly "toned down" tune (if you get what I'm trying to say) compared to WRX. I'm willing to let you see either car, esp. if it develops into a mini meet.
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Old 09-09-2014, 08:56 PM   #8
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Haha a mini meet could be fun Be nice to see everyone again.

Yeah, I've read good things about the CVT, and that it doesn't detract from the experience -too- much.

I've been kinda lazy and wanting a good auto with paddles, and the CVT purportedly does a decent job. However knowing that six speed is there, and that it is definitely good, makes it hard to want to jump on a CVT that I know would probably still have some moments of lag or annoyance.

But then I think of traffic...I work downtown now, so I have to fight my way in and out every day ><
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Old 09-09-2014, 09:29 PM   #9
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HOLE LEE CRAP!! welcome back .. definitely a loooong time of no see or hear. How the heck you been man?

I'm still around, lurking here and there occasionally. LOL.

In regards to your German car woes .. the same thing you are finding out about the S4's is why I chose to pull mine form the states. I know another Subie owner made the jump to a B6 S4, then recently sold it (possibly traded) it in for a BMW. His was pretty dang nice car, from AZ if I recall. That is always a possibility for you, get a nicer car for less, and a road trip. AS for the new S3, I wouldn't mind owning one. I have heard grumbling about it might only be a DSG, as well as the Haldex. However I have read some reports that the newer haldex's are so much better now and don't affect the dynamics as much. I might reserve judgement till I actually drive one, however should be similar to a Golf R in AWD feel.

DSG/CVT/etc all have seemed to progress quite a bit the past few years. Many on some forums I hang out on were "never a CVT/DSG", but the current crop of transmissions are so smooth and quick shifting, it is almost now becoming "preferred" to some. I still like rowing through the gear myself, but see the paddle shifters being more and more responsive and "better" for spirited driving. After all, many exotics have them.

I think the 2015 STi's look decent. However to me personally they don't have the same appeal/feel/draw as previous generations had ... at least not yet. I think performance wise it is better than previous generations, and as mentioned above many people are extremely happy with them coming from earlier models.
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Old 09-10-2014, 06:28 PM   #10
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Come by SADC Brian. Mr.Rich owns a white 1 with a set of BBS's. looks amazing

(this is Jeff E btw)
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:35 PM   #11
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Heyyy dudes.

Yeah I really was eyeballing the current S4's and some used last gen 335's, they are all around the 30-40g mark with about as many miles on them. But I just don't want to deal with their escalating maintenance right now. Financially I'm good, but I'm putting money away even with the cost of a new Suby, but that wouldn't be the case if I had any issues with the S4, or the payments on a new one especially.

The S3 looks super tempting, but I just really dislike front-wheel biased AWD. I hear they do drive phenomenal, but if I'm going to have an AWD be in one mode most of the time I'd prefer it to be rear

I agree about the lack of rawness the old ones have - but ironically that's why I'm willing to consider the new one haha. Getting old, I want my creature comforts. Interior dimension wise the new one meets or beats my current A4, so I know it will be roomy enough.

Tech wise even a Scooby is well ahead of an eleven year old Audi too >.>

Jeff - when does he/you work? I'd love to swing by and see it and BS for a bit. Been too long man.

Edit: And yeah, the new generation of autos are really impressing me. And I'm totally okay with not rowing my own anymore - as long as the performance is there. I've heard good things about the WRX's CVT - but only in the "It's great...for a CVT." Or "You'd almost forget it's a CVT...almost" haha. If it was a nice dual clutch or a ZF auto I'd do it in a heartbeat - but a CVT is still a CVT it seems.
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Old 09-11-2014, 01:34 AM   #12
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I work m/t/r/f 11-10pm.

I am thinking about a 335 next as well. Tho I'm get the first gen with the n54 twin turbo motor. they seem to be pretty damn tough, esp the autos. Very mod friendly also.
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Old 09-11-2014, 12:37 PM   #13
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Yeah but they look so much better after the facelift and single turbo motor came in. More boost and power potential too, if I read the changes right.
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Old 09-12-2014, 03:26 AM   #14
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n54 stronger block, better internals and the automatics are pretty strong too. if you want to really mod it theres alot of single turbo kits coming out 500hp+. P3 has tuned quite a few and could answer alot of the questions you may have. COBB supported too.
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Old 09-12-2014, 12:19 PM   #15
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Nah, not going with a used Bimmer. I'll look at what's new in a few years. Figure I'll keep the WRX for four years, pass it on to the kid if she's mature at the wheel and then get me a new german at that point.
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Old 09-13-2014, 11:32 PM   #16
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Hey Brian hows it been going

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Old 09-14-2014, 01:48 PM   #17
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Hey Brian good to see you back on here man! I've got a little over 5000 miles on my 2015 wrx now and I absolutely love it. Coming from the old bugeye... it was a serious upgrade in every way. Come down to my shop on 4th avenue "AK Boardroom" and shoot the **** man. We can have a beer and go on a joyride.
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Old 09-14-2014, 05:59 PM   #18
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That's a cool shop man.


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Old 09-15-2014, 12:54 PM   #19
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You're on 4th? Right on, I'm on 5th lol.
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Is that what used to be Zaks Boardroom? Or is there a new shop on 4th?
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Old 09-15-2014, 08:25 PM   #21
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Doing good man, just busy busy. Such is life yeah?

As you can see I decided not to go with another German car - the new WRX is just too tempting!

How are you?
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Hey Brian good to see you back on here man! I've got a little over 5000 miles on my 2015 wrx now and I absolutely love it. Coming from the old bugeye... it was a serious upgrade in every way. Come down to my shop on 4th avenue "AK Boardroom" and shoot the **** man. We can have a beer and go on a joyride.
You gonna be there tomorrow? I'll swing by and visit if so.
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You gonna be there tomorrow? I'll swing by and visit if so.
Thanks Guys, yeah we are right on 4th avenue and yes we were Zaks Boardroom for many years but went through a change of ownership earlier this year which forced us to change our name. I worked closely with Zaks family for many years after he passed away and they finally gave me the opportunity to buy the business this year so I partnered up with a good friend of mine and we took the reigns in early February of last year.

Brian I'll be here tomorrow for a short while, I'm doing some photo shoots for product all over town but I'll be in and out of the shop all day. I'm here almost all the time though so stop in whenever man, it would be great to see you.

And no intention to high-jack this thread but i'll throw out a little plug we are in the middle of our pre-season winter clearance sale so if anyone needs any snowboard gear for the coming season, now is the time to buy with all gear from previous years 40-70% off. Check it out and help fuel my Subaru addiction while getting yourself some sweet gear!
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Old 09-16-2014, 08:54 PM   #24
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Long time no hear! They always come back to a Subie. The '15 WRX is also on my shortlist if I need to get a bigger car.
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Old 09-18-2014, 03:01 AM   #25
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Good to see you on here again Brian. Was nice seeing you at the fair and the short time we had to catch up. Good luck on your next car option. I would definitely test everything out and not jump into anything too quick. Make sure it is what you want.

One of these days I'll be in a Subie again.
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