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Old 04-21-2005, 09:39 PM   #1
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Join Date: Aug 2004
Chapter/Region: SCIC
Location: South Pasadena, CA
2007 WRX Wagon
Urban Gray Metallic

Default Moving to Seattle Next Spring!

Hello all

I've been a very happy Subaru owner for the past 2 years. I initially joined Nasioc for some install help on a swaybar last year only to find a diverse community of good people. I have met a lot of great people and seen a lot of amazing cars at shows, meets and track events.

I'll be trying to relocate to Washington some time next year. I was hoping to drop a line to say "Hi" to everyone. I am unfamiliar with the area but have hopes of establishing friendships before I finally move.

I just have a few questions that hopefully someone could answer. Are smog/emissions laws very tough over there? How tough is it to learn to drive in the snow and slush? Do you have any tips that would help me out in regards to the weather? Keep in mind California never sees snow in the cities and rarely gets more than 6 inches of rain. There really is no need for separate summer and winter tires.

I'd love to hear some advice or maybe just some info about the area. Also, for some of the more "mature" readers, I hope to either rent or purchase a house. If you have any suggestions on real estate, they'd be welcomed with extra gratitude. Well, thanks a lot...and I look forward to becoming a resident.
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Old 04-21-2005, 10:58 PM   #2
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Join Date: Mar 2005
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Renton, WA
2001 e46 330i sport


Let me be the first to say welcome!

Getting used to the weather isn't so hard- just drive a little slower when its pouring out. You see a lot of people do some crazy things on the freeway when they have 20 foot visibility... Be careful. Since you already have an AWD car, don't worry about driving in the snow as much, just make sure you have some all season tires or some dedicated snow tires. Most people around here stick with some sort of all season setup, because there are a lot of really fun dirt roads/out of the way areas where the M+S rating really means a lot of .

As far as real estate, I'd probably recommend taking your time. This entire area has amazing inflation. most houses are around the 250-400k range, and it can get pretty insane. If you go any direction out of down for a few minutes(read: 20), prices dramatically drop, and you can get yourself a decent setup.

The WRX is the PERFECT sports car for the northwest- who could ask for more? A mountainy woodsy area with the big I-5 corridor near by, and lots of everything in between. Those poor GTs can only come out and play in the summer Serious, the AWD kicks butt in Washington weather. A lot of people even say its a lot more fun to own a WRX in washington, because of the rain

Again, welcome, and stick around.
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Old 04-22-2005, 03:26 AM   #3
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nice ride!
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Old 04-22-2005, 10:57 AM   #4
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1) If you can handle monsoon rain in LA, you can handle the light drizzle we get most of the year. It rarely rains 6 inches in a day here. I think the most I've ever seen is like 3 inches. The thing you do have to watch out for are the people who don't know how or can't drive in the rain.

2) You didn't ask but.....don't expect people in the left lane to move right and yield to you. This isn't heavily enforced like speeding is so a lot of people just chill in that lane.

3) When it first snows or you take your car to a snowy area, take the time to find a remote road and *SEE* how the car reacts when you hit the gas, brake and turn. Your car on compact snow and ice will act differently then on fresh powder snow.

4) Emissions here should be easier to pass here than in California.....but I'm not %100 sure about it.

Hope this gives you a little insite........enjoy the warm weather while your down there.
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Old 04-22-2005, 01:00 PM   #5
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Thanks a lot guys...I appreciate these good tips.

I have a question about the snow and chains. Are chains used for the hard packed snow only? Do chains go on the front wheels only?

I have a friend here who grew up in Oregon. He constantly tells me how you'll see a bunch of cars in the ditch by the interstate. He says that it's almost inevetible for the first year. I understand extra caustion is need and slow speed. Hopefully I won't have a brush of bad luck. I am definately going to take ritky's advice and see what my limitations are.

I've always loved the idea of rally driving. I can't wait to give those old roads a try. From the pics of my car above, I'm pretty sure that it's way too low to even consider they type of driving. I'm running the Cusco Zero2's now. Can you guys make any suggestions for a future set of coilovers? I still have the stock wheels so I'll be using the all seasons on those. Thanks agian.

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Old 04-22-2005, 04:48 PM   #6
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Another black bugeye wagon for the UW

I work for the UW so I will probably still be here when you get here.
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