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Old 04-04-2003, 04:39 AM   #1
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Default Confessions of an ex-Honda owner (aka '04 WRX impressions)

I've only put in ~140 km of mainly city driving, but here are my initial impressions of moving from a '99 Civic SiR to an '04 WRX Wagon.

Likes:

1. This thing really pulls after 2500 rpm. I wonder what it'll be like after the car's broken in and I can try the upper reaches of the tach. The Civic didn't really pull unless you were over 5k RPM. The WRX is definitely more fun around town.

2. More positive steering feel than my SiR. I feel I have more control.

3. Car feels more solid.

4. No more torque steer!

5. The clutch has a much more progressive take up and easier to modulate.

Dislikes:

1. The WRX just doesn't feel as tossable as the Civic. That is, the car feels heavy, but going from 2600 lb to 3200 lbs will do that . Hopefully, I'll get used it over time. A GC body WRX (2700 lbs) would have been ideal, but everyone knew that already .

Things to get used to

1. The WRX shifter in not as smooth as the Civic's. I've read the excessive notchiness (IMO) goes away as the transmission wears in, so I'm not worried.

The throws on the shifter are about 1/2 of what the Civic's were. In fact, I can't imagine wanting a short throw shifter. As the transmission wears in and gets smoother, I'm sure I'll enjoy it much more.

2. The boxer rumble is definitely louder at idle when compared to a whisper quiet Honda inline 4. However, once the revs build, it's nice to hear a real car engine as opposed to a lawnmower.

All in all though, I really love the added power and can't wait to get more comfortable with the car.

Oh... BTW, the fuel gauge sure goes down fast!

Jim
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Old 04-04-2003, 09:43 AM   #2
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welcome to the dark side

but... i still miss my type-r
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Old 04-05-2003, 05:40 AM   #3
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I loved my EK too... but wrx is definately better
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Old 04-05-2003, 11:14 AM   #4
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I hope you're not pushing it too much.
Be wary of the break-in period...
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Old 04-05-2003, 11:05 PM   #5
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Originally posted by tora
I hope you're not pushing it too much.
Be wary of the break-in period...
I'm not babying it, but trying to follow the break-in instructions:

1. Don't go over 4,000 rpm
2. Don't do sudden acceleration; which I interpret as dropping the clutch
3. Don't do sudden stops
4. Varying the revs

Hope I didn't leave anything out

Took it for a long drive this afternoon down to Cloverdale and loved it. Passing power was good and the heated seats were toasty.

I think I found why the WRX feels heavier. It could the be the speed sensitive power steering and how it only provides minimal assist at low speeds. I compared it to the wife's 2001 Celica this morning and the Celica's steering wheel didn't require any effort to move.
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Old 04-05-2003, 11:10 PM   #6
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no it's just heavy... cut loose in a fast corner and feel all those extra pounds push you to understeer... and then u lift the throttle
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Old 04-05-2003, 11:14 PM   #7
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no it's just heavy... cut loose in a fast corner and feel all those extra pounds push you to understeer... and then u lift the throttle
LOL!

Woo hoo! My own personal Tilt-a-whirl!
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Old 04-05-2003, 11:23 PM   #8
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well not quite... it has a tendency to go towards heavy, but not terminal understeer, but if u lift off the throttle the tail will slowly rotate towards some oversteer... at least that's my experience with my wagon when it was stock.

it always feels like there is so much body roll because my old type-r never keeled over that much... but considering what it is (awd turbo wagon) it's still pretty good.

but w/regards to the steering... find an sti and see if the quicker-ratio rack is any improvement.
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