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Old 04-02-2003, 11:46 PM   #1
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Default First impressions of MY04 WRX

I took delivery of a MY04 San Remo Red WRX this morning. Just about 100km of driving around town in rush hour but here's my first impressions. This is not a review of the WRX or the car overall.

The new seats are a reasonable fit. Nothing like full race seats but nice fabric, firm bolsters and good overall shape and size. I still need to find a truely comfortable combination of height, rake and lean. I was found wanting a tilt at one point. Just raising or lowering does not help on its own but I'm sure I will find a good fit. I'm almost there.

The centre tach takes a bit of getting used to but I prefer it already. I have found that a quick check of the speed to be confusing until I realized where the speedo was. That's just habit.

The new lights are much better than the RS. It's worth saying again. The new lights are great, and finally... acceptable. I have to wonder why the all knowing people at Subaru chose not to have HID as an option. It's a safety issue. If you can see where you are going, you can avoid an accident. Never mind, with projector lights I can manage that through the after market.

The seat pass through has already been tested as I picked up Owen after school and he had a hockey stick to stow. A nice feature and very worthwhile. Shame that it does not have a bag for the days when he's stowing a snow board.

Now the new colour for this model... I love it. Thank you Subaru and please take it off the order forms. I would be happy to never see another one (unlike all those blue ones).

Finally, I have bought a lot of cars during my many years, but only 2 cars from Specialty Subaru in North Van. As previously, all departments made the whole process thoroughly enjoyable. Thank you guys, I'm sure this will lead to another 4 great years of driving memories.
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Old 04-03-2003, 12:37 AM   #2
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Congrats Petrie dish! You've got yourself a beautiful car there!
I expect to see it at the foot of my drive tomorrow morning with a bow on it. Now good night sir.

I said good night!
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Old 04-03-2003, 12:44 AM   #3
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Jamie, wake up Jamie, you're dreaming again.
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Old 04-03-2003, 12:57 AM   #4
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Old 04-03-2003, 03:47 AM   #5
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I had to have a peek at it down at specialty, its sweet, the color
is viberant ,the lights are space age and the seats are very cool i like the fabric.... very nice
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Old 04-03-2003, 04:40 AM   #6
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went to the car show today and found the majority of the changes were exterior. the interior is relatively the same vs 02-03
The front seats r different - different but i think better fabric and head support. However, the side hip and waist support is less - possibly a change for NA. I think the 04 seats r definitely sportier looking and goes great with the car.
Overall i think it is just so puuurty!

oh anyone see the GTi 20th version - oh the ricaro(sp?) is so nice, after an hour of walking i wish i could sit in that car forever - but the sticker is 34,410 ... ouch for a golf? cant even think how much the R32 would be with 3.0 v6 4motion
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Old 04-03-2003, 10:43 AM   #7
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went to the car show today and found the majority of the changes were exterior. the interior is relatively the same vs 02-03
The front seats r different - different but i think better fabric and head support. However, the side hip and waist support is less - possibly a change for NA. I think the 04 seats r definitely sportier looking and goes great with the car.
Overall i think it is just so puuurty!

oh anyone see the GTi 20th version - oh the ricaro(sp?) is so nice, after an hour of walking i wish i could sit in that car forever - but the sticker is 34,410 ... ouch for a golf? cant even think how much the R32 would be with 3.0 v6 4motion
I heard rumours that the R32 would be going for about 30Gs USD this summer, which converts to about 47Gs CAD.

Oh, and it is a 3.2L off the Pheaton VW does not make 3.0s
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Old 04-03-2003, 08:56 PM   #8
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VW makes 3.0's, and IIRC, the 3.2 is not off the Phaeton

Ok, fine, Audi makes the 3.0 that VW uses
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Old 04-04-2003, 04:56 AM   #9
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nice review peter.. u had me scared a while back when u told me u were goin evo =)
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Old 04-04-2003, 09:33 AM   #10
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Old 04-04-2003, 09:38 AM   #11
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is the evo THAT bad?

i spent a little time at bavaria looking at their yellow evo and i thought it didn't look that bad (except for the tailights)... recaros, enkeis, brembos, decent back seat, rear wiper(!)... hm.
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Old 04-04-2003, 09:42 AM   #12
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It's a compliment to the evo. How'd you turn it around
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Old 04-04-2003, 09:59 AM   #13
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my bad... i was responding to another evo-bashing post and mixed it up with this one

i'm still hugely disappointed about the rear seat on the sedan. some of us packrats need more than just a pass thru... if the rear seat were able to fold down i wouldn't be driving a wagon

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Old 04-04-2003, 11:45 AM   #14
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The pass through is useful for some things. The kids have used it to access their bags in the trunk without us having to stop.

I'm not convinced that a snowboard will fit. The board would have to be turned on its side to go through and then the trunk lip and opening will probably get in the way. Just one more thing to test as I get used to the car.

Still not found a way to get comfortable in the seat. I find myself holding onto the steering wheel so that I don't slide about. Feels more like sitting on a perch than sitting in a seat.
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Old 04-04-2003, 12:04 PM   #15
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Petrie, perhaps you should get rid of those seats (TO ME) and get some tighter fitting seats. I also found them to be rather roomy, but with a harness would be ok for me. But someone of such small British stature as yourself would probably slide around a fair bit. I think they overcompensated for the tubby Americans that would be driving.
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Old 04-04-2003, 12:24 PM   #16
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Maybe I just need to put on a lot more weight so that the cushions compress.

At this stage, what I think it needs is a tilt mechanism. The rear of the seat is too high compared to the front.

I'm going to experiment with the height adjustment to see if that helps. At the moment, I have it at the lowest.

Jamie, if I swap them for Recaro Sports (like the EVO has standard and which I know fit like a glove) I'll remember that you have dibs.

They look good though.
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Old 04-04-2003, 12:28 PM   #17
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Sounds good. I'm definitely gunning for a pair of those.
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Old 04-04-2003, 01:02 PM   #18
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I'll remember that you have dibs.
If you find them rather roomy, why don't you let a real sized man have those seats then?
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Old 04-04-2003, 01:09 PM   #19
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The pass through is useful for some things. The kids have used it to access their bags in the trunk without us having to stop.

I'm not convinced that a snowboard will fit. The board would have to be turned on its side to go through and then the trunk lip and opening will probably get in the way. Just one more thing to test as I get used to the car.

Still not found a way to get comfortable in the seat. I find myself holding onto the steering wheel so that I don't slide about. Feels more like sitting on a perch than sitting in a seat.
I have fitted two snowboards, 155 and 160 cm, in the pass-through (plus a third 152 cm board upright on the back seat ). I'm sure yours is the same.

My driver's seat is cranked to it's lowest position. I sit pretty much upright and the steering wheel is at the lowest position. The top of the gauge cluster is cut off from view, but I find this to offer the best control, if somewhat uncomfortable at first...

-Jeff
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Old 04-04-2003, 01:36 PM   #20
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Still not found a way to get comfortable in the seat. I find myself holding onto the steering wheel so that I don't slide about. Feels more like sitting on a perch than sitting in a seat.
How did you find the '04 seats compared to the '02-'03 seats? The '02 seats fits me like a glove, although I really wished that they had more adjustments as well.
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Old 04-04-2003, 01:40 PM   #21
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JY, did you get an '04 as well??
Bruce, they were just slightly too roomy for racing,
but with a harness will do fine and WAY better than
my garbage Legacy seats.
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Old 04-04-2003, 03:12 PM   #22
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no. I was thinking the '04 seats are not that different from the '02s, except for bolstering maybe.

-Jeff
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Old 04-04-2003, 03:32 PM   #23
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How did you find the '04 seats compared to the '02-'03 seats? The '02 seats fits me like a glove, although I really wished that they had more adjustments as well.
I've not had enough time behind the wheel in an 02/03 car to judge.

I will be trying a more upright position to see if I can spread the load over more of the back (I sit fairly upright anyway).
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Old 04-04-2003, 06:06 PM   #24
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Hey peter congrats on the new purchase im sure you will have lots of fun with it. Just go easy on me at the rally x's eh
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Old 04-04-2003, 07:15 PM   #25
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I have fitted two snowboards, 155 and 160 cm, in the pass-through (plus a third 152 cm board upright on the back seat ). I'm sure yours is the same.

-Jeff
It's official... the snowboard does not fit in the pass through. The bindings are too large to go through the pass through hole, which makes the board too long.

The board does fit upright behind the front seats, so that's ok for when I have to do my taxi duties.
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