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Old 07-27-2002, 12:09 PM   #9
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Join Date: Feb 2001
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Michigan

If you want a 2.5 in your Impreza... you want a 2.5RS. If you want one without the big goofy headlights... you want a 98-01 2.5RS. They all have sunroofs, so no worries about that (as a side note, none of the current model MY02 Impreza's are avalidable w/ a sunroof). I have a mt in my 2002, no major problems to report. It is sometimes a pain to get it into first unless stopped without a slight clunk or grind, but it's easy enough to work around... and the clutch shudders when cold, which is pretty much normal. The car works great in the snow... even with the stock RE92 tires. I'm sure people will tell me otherwise, but I drove the car for a whole Northern Michigan winter on these tires with no problems... and the tires have good meat so I'll do it again this winter. I can only imagine how well it would do w/ dedicated snow tires. As with any type of snow driving... you are your stability control. Drive well within your limits or you will meet Mr. Curb... or worse. Do a quick poll of WRX owners who came into the car thinking AWD was a godsend in the snow... and how many of them wacked a curb. I can think of 2 I know personally... I'm sure there are a whole bunch more. Most will probibly blame it on the tires, not their driving... it's funny how I made it through the winter fine on the same tires. Drive within you and your cars limits and you'll be fine.
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