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Old 08-19-2013, 07:34 PM   #1
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Default Black 2013 WRX Limited - First MT!

I've been eyeing a WRX for the last year, and now that I finally graduated I decided it's time. I was looking for a base, but I was able to snag this Limited for a good price so I couldn't say no. This is the first car I've bought outside of my parents, and I couldn't be happier! First stick too, a lot to learn, taking it one shift at a time.

Been so busy I haven't had time for some "quality" pics, but here she is!



I've been a lurker for a while, can't wait be a part of NASIOC!
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:45 PM   #2
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Welcome. I jist joined the forum following the pirchase of 2013 WRX hatch in Plasma Blue. The car is rather easy to drive so you should do fine. I sold my RX8 to a young man and his father neither could manage the manual well.

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Old 08-19-2013, 07:46 PM   #3
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Very nice, congrats! Do the limiteds come with all the options, short shifter, spt exhaust? It's a good thing you're learning on a new car, because at least you have a warranty and if you want to keep it, I wouldn't modify it. Learning to drive manual on an AWD is going to be tricky and can really frustrate many WRX/STI owners. There are many threads on tips you can try, but nothing beats practice.

Went in for a base and left with a limited!

Welcome and good luck!
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:57 PM   #4
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I was in the same situation. I bought my 13' PBP WRX back in June. It was my first standard car as well. I'd been practicing manual on an old outback for about a week prior. I did find that (for me atleast) the WRX's 5speed is much less forgiving than any other manual I have driven since. It doesn't hesitate to stall. But after about 3 months with it so far I'm pretty proficient. Congrats on your purchase and I hope you end up loving manual as much I as I do!
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:31 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forum and congrats!
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:42 AM   #6
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Very nice, congrats! Do the limiteds come with all the options, short shifter, spt exhaust?

It's a good thing you're learning on a new car, because at least you have a warranty and if you want to keep it, I wouldn't modify it. Learning to drive manual on an AWD is going to be tricky and can really frustrate many WRX/STI owners. There are many threads on tips you can try, but nothing beats practice.
No, it's mostly cosmetic. I've never had (or felt the need for) a "loaded" car, but it sure is cool. Heated seats, leather, sunroof, spoiler, fog lights, all things I wasn't expecting.

I have a few friends with stick, so I've driven it plenty. But the AWD and newness of the clutch is giving me a harder time than I've ever had. Last night I looked through a couple in depth Welcome to AWD MT kind of guides, well see how it goes. One week and 400 miles in I'm starting to learn where it likes to be in certain gears and how it likes to get there.
To what extent do people rev match/is it necessary for day to day driving? It feels clunky and jerky if I don't rev match my 4 to 3 and 3 to 2 downshifts. Thanks guys!
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:06 AM   #7
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Welcome to the site and congrats on the new car. I love the new sedans and the fact that you snagged a limited just makes it that much better. Good luck with it.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:09 AM   #8
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Congrats on the new ride.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:29 AM   #9
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Congrats man! I was also in a similar situation. This is my first "real" car I bought out of school. I bought a '96 jeep grand cherokee but only for snowboarding since I was driving a Toyota Matrix. Totaled the Matrix and bought my 12WRX Limited PBP. Absolutley in love with it still. Not my first stick though, every car I've DD has been a manual.
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:53 AM   #10
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Limited sedan is the way to go! Love it
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:37 PM   #11
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Did same thing when I bought my '06 STI. Told dealer I wanted this car and drive it off lot with driving MT only once before. Lol. Didn't stall it at all. :-)
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Old 08-20-2013, 04:54 PM   #12
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No, it's mostly cosmetic. I've never had (or felt the need for) a "loaded" car, but it sure is cool. Heated seats, leather, sunroof, spoiler, fog lights, all things I wasn't expecting.

I have a few friends with stick, so I've driven it plenty. But the AWD and newness of the clutch is giving me a harder time than I've ever had. Last night I looked through a couple in depth Welcome to AWD MT kind of guides, well see how it goes. One week and 400 miles in I'm starting to learn where it likes to be in certain gears and how it likes to get there.
To what extent do people rev match/is it necessary for day to day driving? It feels clunky and jerky if I don't rev match my 4 to 3 and 3 to 2 downshifts. Thanks guys!
I hate downshifting. Depends on the scenario, but I either give it a little gas before engaging, like if you downshift to accelerate (some what rev matching), or if I'm slowing down I go out really slow on the clutch so the engine has time to catch up.
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:18 PM   #13
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No, it's mostly cosmetic. I've never had (or felt the need for) a "loaded" car, but it sure is cool. Heated seats, leather, sunroof, spoiler, fog lights, all things I wasn't expecting.

I have a few friends with stick, so I've driven it plenty. But the AWD and newness of the clutch is giving me a harder time than I've ever had. Last night I looked through a couple in depth Welcome to AWD MT kind of guides, well see how it goes. One week and 400 miles in I'm starting to learn where it likes to be in certain gears and how it likes to get there.
To what extent do people rev match/is it necessary for day to day driving? It feels clunky and jerky if I don't rev match my 4 to 3 and 3 to 2 downshifts. Thanks guys!
I rev match every time. Learn to love it.
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:35 PM   #14
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^this. Congrats fellow Limited owner!
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:44 AM   #15
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I rev match every time. Learn to love it.
What's the best way to do it? you just gas it before you downshift? I dont wanna slip the clutch either...
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:57 AM   #16
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What's the best way to do it? you just gas it before you downshift? I dont wanna slip the clutch either...
Clutch in, blip throttle/downshift, clutch out. Once you learn to do this correctly - you will downshift with no noticeable jerking of the car.

Downshift and blip at same time then let clutch out. Once learned the whole process should take half a second or so.

Please keep in mind 3rd to 2nd often takes a longer blip depending on speed. 5th to 4th will be a relatively shorter blip.

Thanks so much
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:00 AM   #17
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Welcome! Nice choice! Don't forget to practice heel toe!
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:45 AM   #18
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Congrats on the car and might I make a suggestion. Don't launch the car. Good luck!
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:27 AM   #19
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Welcome to the community! Driving MT for me at first was a but rough and I got the hang of it after a week. after a month youll be a pro...its too much fun to drive!
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:03 PM   #20
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Welcome,
I had a 2002 WRX Wagon 4eat, for 11 years, 206,000 miles on it before being rear ended by a cab. Went to the dealer looking for a new sedan. The only WRX on the lot was a Limited Edition TOP. I sent a picture to my gf and she said go for it. I last drove a stick when I had a Fiat 124 Spyder in the seventy's. It was about a week before I got the hang of it. the low end torque is s**t so feeding in throttle smoothly is muy importante. Looks good hope you have a ball.
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:35 PM   #21
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:48 PM   #22
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Stick shift driving is fun all around and you have all encompassing control on the whole drivetrain. Shift the mofo up and down and side to side and hopefully you get snow because manual trans AWD cars are the tits when it comes to that.
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:55 PM   #23
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Stick shift driving is fun all around and you have all encompassing control on the whole drivetrain. Shift the mofo up and down and side to side and hopefully you get snow because manual trans AWD cars are the tits when it comes to that.
Eloquently put.

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Old 08-28-2013, 02:52 PM   #24
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Clutch in, blip throttle/downshift, clutch out. Once you learn to do this correctly - you will downshift with no noticeable jerking of the car.

Downshift and blip at same time then let clutch out. Once learned the whole process should take half a second or so.

Please keep in mind 3rd to 2nd often takes a longer blip depending on speed. 5th to 4th will be a relatively shorter blip.

Thanks so much
I've been driving a stick for 30 years. I always just put the clutch in, revved it, then slipped the clutch out after down shifting. After reading this I tried just blinking the gas then engaging (down shift). HOLY Cow, can't believe I didn't do this earlier, it just slides right in with no noticeable jerk or hesitating. Thanks
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Old 08-28-2013, 02:53 PM   #25
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You steer an automatic, you drive a manual.
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