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Old 06-13-2017, 04:14 PM   #35
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Originally Posted by blackseafleet View Post
no, it's the ebay one (bmwoemshop is the seller). not sure if it's the same manufacturer. it is extremely stable with the included tape. it was half the cost of the olm version. the ONLY issue is the left side popped up after a day about half an inch from the side. i used a heat gun and hit the glass and tape and pressed it back down with my hand for a few minutes. just fine now.

i had to use some cutting wax and buff the swirls out of it.
Thanks for the info, I may consider picking it up. It's much cheaper than the OLM. How's the paint match?

Originally Posted by robschilke View Post
I grew up watching Travis Pastrana back in his motocross/supercross days when he was a teenager. When he signed on to Subaru back in the early 2000s, I of course followed.

The third generation of WRX STI is what I remember the most from my rally exposure. Things like watching him jump 269 feet at Red Bull No Limits on NYE, setting the Mt. Washington Hillclimb record, or dominating in rally during the 2008 era. That body style was just what I was used to seeing.

I'm a fairly active guy, so buying a hatchback just seemed to be an obvious, practical choice with the things I like to do. Hockey bags, bikes, boxes, etc. I just saw added utility with the extra space of a hatch. I bought a 2012 WRX Hatchback because it fit my income better at the time and frankly, there weren't any new WRX STI hatches on the market in Maryland. To make a long story short, I ended up trading the 2012 WRX for the 2017 WRX STI after my career developed a few years later.

Every time I drove that wing around and saw a hatchback, a part of me longed for the hatch again. Don't get me wrong, the performance of the WRX STI is fantastic, but something felt incomplete.
I see, got it.

I got my 2017 WRX last year but I've always wanted/preferred the hatch body style more. Since 2014 was the last year that they made it, it seems that demand is high and so are second-hand prices. Most hatches I found near me with somewhat-low mileage and in good shape were going for $24K, give or take a few grand. In the end I decided to just spend a few thousand more and get a brand new model. I lost the hatch and the rumble but the peace of mind of having a brand new car was worth it to me since I can be positive that nobody has beat or abused it. The warranty is nice too - my water pump failed after just 11.5K miles on it and it's actually at the dealer getting fixed right now.

Every time I see a WRB hatch it still makes me want one, but I'm pretty happy with my decision.
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