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Old 02-16-2003, 08:53 PM   #1
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Default Rear seat pass-through?

I think it's been determined, although I don't think I have seen anything official, that the US STi will not get the rear seat pass-through like the current US WRX has.

Now, I have noticed on the Canadian website that it says theirs will get a rear seat pass-through.

Question: Why not the US car?

This is not a rant, or a jealousy thing, it's simply a question of why a *very* useful feature (to my mind) is missing from one NA car but not another...

I realize, they are a different market, thus the heated seats. I can understand that. I don't have a problem with it. I don't have a problem with the standard stereo in the Canadien car either. But I'd really like to see someone make a case for the trunk pass-thru deletion on the US car. Also, if you think it's a weight related thing (I personally can't see it), then make your case, don't just say it's weight-related.
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Old 02-16-2003, 09:37 PM   #2
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Its simple actually if someone at the Toronto Show can confirm.

The Canadian STI uses the washer bottle for both the windshield and the intercooler. 2 pumps. This now allows pass thru seat.

Reason
Those of us in Canada would forget that we have straight water in the trunk mounted intercooler bottle/tank causing frozen water to break tank.

As we have to use windshield washer anti freeze during winter this removes the above problem.

Now in northern parts of US you are just smarter I guess and would change out the water before winter.

Did I make a case
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Old 02-16-2003, 11:17 PM   #3
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Now in northern parts of US you are just smarter I guess and would change out the water before winter.

Did I make a case

Doesn't seem like a real strong one to me (too much of the US would have the same problem), but nice try...

Again, why wouldn't all of NA get the same thing regarding location of the IC tank?

As to the trunk mount tank, why would its location prevent the pass-thru, anyway? I couldn't tell from any of the trunk pics where exactly the tank would reside, but from one of the pics it looked like the filler cap was in a recessed area of the trunk floor...

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Old 02-16-2003, 11:21 PM   #4
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I think in the pics from Detroit there are some of the IC water tank behind the rear seats...blocking the way for any rear seat pass through
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Old 02-16-2003, 11:45 PM   #5
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I think in the pics from Detroit there are some of the IC water tank behind the rear seats...blocking the way for any rear seat pass through
The link below is the only pic I have seen of the IC tank, and it does appear to be in the trunk. It looks to be either the floor or the side-wall of the trunk to me, however... Has anyone seen a better pic?

http://www.digitalpose.com/mbr/1/129...4846756_vl.jpg

Assuming it is blocking the pass-through area, there is still the question of why the US and Canada wouldn't have the same arrangement for the IC spray tank.
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Old 02-17-2003, 01:12 AM   #6
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I've seen that same pic (or similar) at a little wider view. It's in the trunk near the passenger fender.

I think the pass-thru was deleted for weight purposes. The back of the rear seat on the WRX is not very heavy. It may be only 20 pounds, but half of that is due to the pass-thru. A simpler back will allow for lighter back.
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Old 02-17-2003, 08:42 AM   #7
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If it doesn't get in the way of the water spray, I'm sure there will be plenty of demand for the "CDM" rear seat and plenty of autocrossers and drag strip guys in Canada willing to swap to save a couple of pounds.
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Old 02-17-2003, 10:56 AM   #8
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Just a thought, but according to the Mitsubishi website, the Evo 8 doesn't have a pass-through due to cross-bracing behind the rear seat.

Maybe the STI has a similar setup??
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Old 02-17-2003, 06:27 PM   #9
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Just a thought, but according to the Mitsubishi website, the Evo 8 doesn't have a pass-through due to cross-bracing behind the rear seat.

Maybe the STI has a similar setup??
in the us, but not in canada?
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Old 06-26-2003, 03:13 PM   #10
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When I removed my rear seat the other day, there was a plastic sheet covering the opening with two vertical black tubes in the middle. It looked like the only thing you needed to do is cut a hole in the plastic sheet. The back of the seat had the cutouts for the pass through in it.
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