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Old 03-15-2003, 07:46 PM   #1
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hey all, i just spent 30 good minutes with the STi at the Atlanta auto show. it was every bit as cool as it appears in the pictures. a couple of first impressions:
this car is not for the shy driver...the hood scoop is large (and i mean LARGE). it was sitting next to the rally car and there was a standard rex nearby...the scoop on the STi dwarfed them both. also, the wing looks even bigger in person than it does in the pictures. its a little different than the rally one, which has the top level sloped slightly (the STi's top shelf is nearly horizontal). and the pink STI lettering on the fog light covers and rear badging really stand out, more so than in the pictures. the repr. spouted off the same rhetoric, namely "low to mid 30's", "comes wired for speakers", and "0-60 in 4 and a half seconds." we weren't able to sit in the car (roped off), but from what i could see (the driver's side door was open) the seats and dash look great and the blue and black interior wasn't too gaudy. the car was the rally blue one with gold wheels, so the interior may come off different if you have a white car with gold wheels and then a black and blue interior. i asked about being able to swap out or replace the wing and the repr. said that there were no plans in place at this time to do that through subaru. also, the guy said that the intercooler bottle in the trunk takes regular water...doesn't need de-mineralized or an anti-freeze mix. when i asked about it freezing he seemed sort of confused...maybe they figure you shouldn't be running the car hard during the first 10-15 minutes after startup anyway, so any freezing that occurs in the line will be thawed by the time you need the extra juice. overall, the fit and finish and engine (omfg, that thing looked sweet) were very impressive, the styling is just a little more audacious/boy racer than i gleened from the many pitcures i have seen on these boards. i am #1 on the list at 2 dealerships in SC and am about 90% certain that i'll be riding away in one this june (he said the first release will be late may to early june, 300 cars a month initially), but the styling left me a little unsure of the STi as a practical buy for the mature car owner. the rx-8 (very nice by the way, a lot smaller/nimbler looking in person) and evolution were both there too, so i spent a little time saying hello to them before heading off to check out the lexus is300 and audi's to appease my girlfriend. hope these insights are helpful. if you've seen the STi too, please share your comments/opinions...
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Old 03-15-2003, 10:04 PM   #2
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when it was here in portland back in feb. I didn't realize how small the car acutally was. For some reason I was thinking it was a little bit bigger than that. I don't own a WRX and never even ridden in one let alone drive one, so I guess I didn't have much for comparison. Also, I had just got finished looking at the bigger sedans from other manufacturers so that had a little to do with it. Other than that, it was pretty cool, to say the least. It will be interesting to see it next to my step dads 350Z for a comparison. That car is small on the inside but it seems to weigh about 1-2 hundered pounds more that the est. weight of the STi.

But it will be no comparison to it on accel. I have a SE-R spec V and I raced him in a stoplight gran prix and he only had a car lead after 3 gears. when I drove it the Z had massive amounts of pull in the higher speeds. I was doing 90mph in no time from 30 in 3rd, so I imagine that the lead would increase rapidly at higher speeds due to the 3.8L V6. The 2.5L turbo might not have the high speed accel, but 0-60 and 1/4 mile will definitly be quicker. (AWD baby!!)

I hope I won't get own3d on the highway doing 70 by some modded 350Z. I guess I will just have to do some modding myself.
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Old 03-15-2003, 11:23 PM   #3
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Lucky you two got to see the STi, it hadn't come out when our car "shows" were around. Oh, and the Z is 3.5L.
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Old 03-16-2003, 12:09 AM   #4
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I told the rep at the autoshow that I placed a deposit down on one and he said that he would do anything he could to get me in the car. So tomorrow I will be sitting in the drivers seat. One of very few.
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Old 03-16-2003, 06:51 AM   #5
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Oh, and the Z is 3.5L
You know...I knew that...I have no idea why I put 3.8
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Old 03-16-2003, 10:49 AM   #6
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I wish the people who have already driven it could post their impressions!
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Old 03-16-2003, 11:53 AM   #7
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Originally posted by jmoriarty22
also, the guy said that the intercooler bottle in the trunk takes regular water...doesn't need de-mineralized or an anti-freeze mix. when i asked about it freezing he seemed sort of confused...maybe they figure you shouldn't be running the car hard during the first 10-15 minutes after startup anyway, so any freezing that occurs in the line will be thawed by the time you need the extra juice.
I'd be concerned about the mineral in the reagular water, but why would you need water in the tank during the winter? The air is already cold, and you will probably using snow tires by then. Even though you race on snow, again, the air will be already too cold and densed.

The concern regarding using regular water in the car is related to the damages caused by the water expansion when it freezes, not whether or not you won't be able to use the spray due to frozen water. Just like you said, you won't be needing to spray when the car is cold is another good reason I think.

Just a thought.
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