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Old 01-12-2013, 03:00 PM   #51
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two things for me: one, how awesome the DIY seat bolster mod is. much better.

TWO, hill assist ... ?? and no button to disable it?? The STI however has the button.

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Old 01-12-2013, 03:25 PM   #52
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two things for me: one, how awesome the DIY seat bolster mod is. much better.
It really makes that big of a difference? If I recall correctly it involves undoing some fasteners in the back of the seat, but doesn't that put more strain on the fabric itself? How does it hold up? Any back pain?

Sorry for the questions, I'm just interested
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:31 PM   #53
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Stereo
I'm pretty pleased with the stereo once I found the thread that shows you how turn off the OEM equalizer, loudness, and specific chassis setting (wagon or sedan). The stereo sounds much better once you turn all this stuff off and lower the mid range. It's not luxury quality sound, but still far better and entirely acceptable to me.

Rattles
I've got a hatchback and my car did have it's share of rattles, pops, creaks, especially from the panels of the hatch. I pulled all the plastic panels from the hatch area and was really suprised how really none of the wires were secured and allowed to rattle around, touching the panels and metal frame. The nearly all panels themselves didn't have any soft materials to keep them from rattling on metal frame work. With about an hour of time, I addressed all the hatch rattles with foam tapes, foam, felt, etc. It's like a vault in the back. The only other rattles I get now are from the front pillars and that's very minor. That will be easily addressed soon.

I had a creaking drivers seat which apparently is common and techs and SOA can't seem to figure out how to fix. I found the source of the creak, loosened a bolt, and applied some lubricating oil. Issue fixed and that was 4 months ago.

I had a popping/creaking dead pedal. Fixed that by popping out the plastic rivet and installing some foam tape between the back of the pedal/carpet and metal chassis.

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I found the seats to be decent, but I wanted to sit deeper in them. I fixed that by adding some firm material between the seat cushion and metal tub of the lower seat. I then undid two seat springs from the upper back support of the seat. Now I sit deep in the seat and it secures me nicely. Visually, the seat looks the same as stock.
Care to link the thread showing how to disable the equalizer? I looked into it but couldn't find anything. BTW, what settings did you change it to?

edit: found it

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...2317060&page=2

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Old 01-12-2013, 03:49 PM   #54
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Question regarding the wiper heaters. Didn't the 08+ WRXs have heated coil areas where the wipers used to sit on the wind shield? I could of sworn I saw that when I was looking to buy a couple years ago. Did they go away from this and basically make the actual wiper heated?
No it's still just the defroster coils that they sit on.
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:04 PM   #55
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No it's still just the defroster coils that they sit on.
This is how 95% of modern cars offer it. Making the wiper heated would be expensive, when they can warm it up by a simple defroster circuit.
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:09 PM   #56
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To be fair, my shoes and those dots don't get along that well when wet. They're kind of too big and too spaced out.
Put metal spikes into the pedal in between the rubber dots.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:04 PM   #57
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It really makes that big of a difference? If I recall correctly it involves undoing some fasteners in the back of the seat, but doesn't that put more strain on the fabric itself? How does it hold up? Any back pain?

Sorry for the questions, I'm just interested
less back pain for me, the long term health of the fabric and safety of the seat in a collision are up for debate, though I can't imagine how those wires would really do much. It feels a hell of a lot better. It's easy to put back if you don't like it, so go try it. If you google for it it's there's a nice discussion
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:19 PM   #58
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I got the hatchback so I'll have the leather/alcantra(?). How does that fabric hold up. I currently have full leather and if I didn't condition it, I know it would look like hell.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:34 PM   #59
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The leather/alcantara has held up just fine so far for me. I live in a mild climate, but my car's my DD so the seats do receive some abuse. I haven't done anything more than clean the leather and vacuum the alcantara, so far.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:34 PM   #60
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i don't know .. i'm not a fabric specialist. perhaps you could ask your home ec teacher about the tensile strength of various fabrics under load.

I think as long as you are not fat and don't PLOP down into the seat (which you shouldn't do anyway), it'd be fine.
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:12 AM   #61
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Coming from an older various models of WRXs/Stis I have to say the number one thing that surprised me in my 2013 is the Sport dial !

I thought at first , here is something useless i will never use.

This past week i find myself changing between "I", "S" and "S#" at least once everywhere i go. LMAO. Kinda a lil extra fun IMO.
I only use I and S#. Having the S on there seems sort of a waste. But you're right that I do use it quite often as well.

I have a rattle on the left side where the seatbelt attaches. It's either in the panel or it's the seatbelt height adjuster I think. Otherwise nothing else really rattles....yet.

How's yours holding up sound wise?
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:28 AM   #62
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How well the automatic climate control actually worked. Set a temp and it was perfect, my lexus rx330 was never even close to maintaining the same temperature all around the car like my 11 sti.
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:37 AM   #63
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That Booty!! :-)
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:10 AM   #64
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It's just a camera angle.
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:30 PM   #65
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I only use I and S#. Having the S on there seems sort of a waste. But you're right that I do use it quite often as well.

I have a rattle on the left side where the seatbelt attaches. It's either in the panel or it's the seatbelt height adjuster I think. Otherwise nothing else really rattles....yet.

How's yours holding up sound wise?
Soundwise I get no rattles yet.. but the factory speakers give a weird crackling pop from time to time? Kinda annoying but livable.
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:03 PM   #66
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How well the automatic climate control actually worked. Set a temp and it was perfect, my lexus rx330 was never even close to maintaining the same temperature all around the car like my 11 sti.
I have NEVER used this feature on any of my cars because it never holds the temperature I want. Glad to see that this will work in my car to be.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:31 PM   #67
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Soundwise I get no rattles yet.. but the factory speakers give a weird crackling pop from time to time? Kinda annoying but livable.
I've got just the one. On occasion I'll hear a slight pop here and there but that's to be expected when plastic gets cold. I still can't figure out what's likely to be making the noise near my left ear. I think it's the lift switch for the seatbelt height, or maybe the retractor itself inside the B-pillar. Whatever it is it's ANNOYING but I'm trying to ignore it.

I do get the speaker pop on some songs...heard it on the right front. I've also at the understanding that the radio in this car isn't exactly great. But it does the job and I'm not necessarily an audiofile. If I was I would have bought a quiet more luxury type of built car.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:43 PM   #68
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I've got just the one. On occasion I'll hear a slight pop here and there but that's to be expected when plastic gets cold. I still can't figure out what's likely to be making the noise near my left ear. I think it's the lift switch for the seatbelt height, or maybe the retractor itself inside the B-pillar. Whatever it is it's ANNOYING but I'm trying to ignore it.

I do get the speaker pop on some songs...heard it on the right front. I've also at the understanding that the radio in this car isn't exactly great. But it does the job and I'm not necessarily an audiofile. If I was I would have bought a quiet more luxury type of built car.
I have that annoying rattle too! I'm almost positive it's the seatbelt height adjuster.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:56 AM   #69
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The rattles. I know it's an economy car dressed in a suit but ffs, if you're going to call it a limited and charge over $30k for it put an extra 20 minutes build time into the production line. I know, the costs would be insane, I guess I'm just sad that a 2012 with 4000 miles rattles like an 88 corolla.

On a good note, it is a very nice balance of comfort and fun overall.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:15 AM   #70
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Actually, my 90 corolla 5sp DD (at 203,000mi) doesn't have half the odd noises that my '12 WRX seems to make. And I'd notice if it did, since the radio died a year ago! :-P
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:23 AM   #71
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Comming from an 04 STi to a 13 STi.

In general...

I was surprised by the difference between the three SI drive modes. I didn't epect it be so noticable. I enjoy choosing the right mode for different drives. Around town I like the Sport (S) for medium response/power. On long highway trips I choose (I) for MPG mello response and it goes great with cruise control on. Sport sharp (S#) for back roads.

Compared specifically to the 04...

I swear the '13 transmission makes more noise. Tires make more road noise aswell, and I had star specs on the 04. Go figure.

Interior quality is much better and theres ALOT fewer rattles then the old STI. Not really surprising because its a brand new car...but I am surprised by how many people here the DO compain about rattles, like thier driving some 80's corrolla? Sure its going to develope more over time...but honestly some people need a reality check. Go find and old GC body and take that for a ride...then try and say that your 08+ has bad rattles.

FM quality is "okay", but CD's and Ipods sound as good if not better then most cars of equal class. I can't believe the difference in sound quality from FM mode to another, its shocking.

Shifter feels 100% better. Its sharper and feels solid, no slop. The 04 shifter wiggled around like a dead fish.

The power steering feels over powered. The wheel isn't heavy enough for my taste, but still manages to give you great road feel. I'll get used to it.


Those are the main things that stick out to me... and none of it is really bad, its just different and I'm not bitter about any changes from moving on. I have an uncountable amount of positive reasons why I left the 04 for a 13 that make any bad or good surprise look trivial.

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Old 01-15-2013, 11:37 AM   #72
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I am surprised that no one mentioned that "my ringlands dont last"
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:12 PM   #73
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I am surprised that no one mentioned that "my ringlands dont last"
That's because the problem is far rarer than people make it out to be.
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:37 PM   #74
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I personnaly know 3 people that have popped rings. 1 wrx, 2010 sti, 2012 sti
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:56 PM   #75
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I personnaly know 3 people that have popped rings. 1 wrx, 2010 sti, 2012 sti
Did they have any performance modifications at all?


And on topic, I think my biggest surprise was discovering that the WRX was widebody. I spent 2 years shopping for a new car but between A3/A4/Civic SI/IS250/TSX/Jetta/GTI etc etc etc, nothing tickled me like 'discovering' the new gen WRX. I've never seen one driving around and never even thought to look Subaru since my image of the company was basically old, beatup bugeyes and STis.

And I think my biggest surprise when I actually got the car was that the base model came standard with heated mirrors. Missed that part in the specs
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