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Old 05-20-2018, 10:56 PM   #1
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Default Hi! -I Wound up here due to bad circumstances, but I am looking forward to the future

I'm new here! I live in a house and I work in an office. I have a pet rabbit and I am currently driving a rental car. I really hate it (the rental, that is...the bunny's pretty cool.) In the grand fashion of not helping to dispel a stereotype, I vape.

So how did I wind up here? Well, I spend most of my time working, and I don't really have a lot of time for other things. I decided that I wanted a car that I could enjoy my commute in by skipping the highway and hitting the back roads. In February, I purchased a new BRZ Limited with Brembos. I really liked the car and had forgotten how much I enjoyed driving a manual transmission. Driving it was often the highlight of my weekday.

I had it for less than two months and then someone rear-ended me. The damage was pretty substantial, but because the car was so new the value was high enough where it was not totaled out. This happened around six weeks ago, and I am still waiting to get it back. The problem is that now I can only associate the car with the experience of the accident and I do not think that is going to change. Because of this, I am thinking about potentially selling the car after completing a diminished value claim, and purchasing a 2018 base STI, preferably one in World Rally Blue. I test drove one a little while ago, and I really liked it. I found I like the base model seats more than the Racaros, which is good because a base STI is more in my price range than one with the Recaro package - although I would miss having the remote start that my BRZ has!)

While the accident has been a cluster---- to deal with, the Subaru did exactly what it was supposed to do in that it protected my spine and back from the kind of damage that money often cannot fix (thank God for unibody frames). So while the amount of money I am going to lose will suck, it could have been a lot worse. After looking at several other cars, I've decided that I am pretty inclined to stay with the brand, and the even better IIHS crash test ratings of the current WRX platform appeals to me given this incident has made me realize that I cannot stop someone else's carelessness/recklessness.

So, here I am to learn more about the STI, and the implications of owning it (specifically, maintenance, common problems, history of recalls/TSBs, workarounds for the lack of CarPlay, etc.) Further, as the ADVAN rubber doesnt have a ton of owner reviews on Tire Rack, I am also trying to get an idea of how low a temperatures that it will still provide acceptable performance in, to give me some idea of when I can expect to purchase a set of Pilot Sport A/S 3+'s to replace them (I'm in an area that does not get a ton of snow, but gets a substantial amount of dry cold that goes well below what is optimal-to-even-marginally-safe for a summer performance tire.) I'd also like to confirm if May 1st really marked the end of the 2018 production of the STI, as several dealers have told me.

I'm also really anal about a car's cleanliness. For someone who doesn't do it professionally, I'm pretty good at correcting paint, I take pride in my work, and I enjoy doing it.

So this is me - saying hello - so hi!
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Old 05-22-2018, 04:44 PM   #2
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I think a new STi would be a great choice. Nothing beats new, unmodded with a warranty.

My advice on tires: Get the Pilot Sports, and sell the new tires it came with. And, get some winter tires. I drive Michelin Pilot Super Sports when it's warm and Toyo H-rated Gerits in the winter, they are snow-and-ice rated. There is no substitute for the winter traction of real snow tires. All they have to do is save your rear end once and they have more than paid for themselves. Tire Rack, for instance, has good deals on winter tire/wheel packages.
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Old 05-22-2018, 05:22 PM   #3
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(I'm in an area that does not get a ton of snow, but gets a substantial amount of dry cold that goes well below what is optimal-to-even-marginally-safe for a summer performance tire.)!
what are you thinking is 'optimal' temps for summer tires? That's kind of subjective because on road driving it's not like you need 100% of the tires peak performance, frankly unless you drive like a maniac.

I know personally I put my snows on as late as possible and take them off as early as possible because handling sucks with them. So I make a call on the weather but obviously there's still those fluky days where the morning will still be 25 one day and 65 in the afternoon.
In those cases I've found summers are totally fine as long as you are using your brain and understand when it's 25 and you are on summer tires you can't take a .95G corner.
Getting caught in snow with summers. Totally different. That happened to me too with a total f-ing fluke snow in the middle of warm weather.
It was nightmare scenario to say the least.
But just plain cold temps on dry roads are pretty manageable.
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Old 05-22-2018, 06:09 PM   #4
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Maybe you should wait few more weeks to order the 2019STi.

It's supposed to get some upgrades over the 2018 model.

As rtv900 stated, you shouldn't worry with summer tire on cold dry roads as long as you understand to drive them with your brain.

But it's always better to have a winter tire set along your summer tires than a 4-season set only. Mostly with a STi
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Old 05-25-2018, 04:11 PM   #5
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I think a new STi would be a great choice. Nothing beats new, unmodded with a warranty.

My advice on tires: Get the Pilot Sports, and sell the new tires it came with. And, get some winter tires. I drive Michelin Pilot Super Sports when it's warm and Toyo H-rated Gerits in the winter, they are snow-and-ice rated. There is no substitute for the winter traction of real snow tires. All they have to do is save your rear end once and they have more than paid for themselves. Tire Rack, for instance, has good deals on winter tire/wheel packages.
How does the OEM ADVAN Sport rubber compare to the PSS? I've driven two STIs now (one with and one without the Recaro seats), but given they were not my cars, plus they were both new and below the recommended break-in period, I didn't drive the car spiritedly enough to notice anything other than the OEM rubber was a bit noisier than the PSS. (I've driven the PS2, PSS, and MPS4S spiritedly on several different cars so any of those I could relate to as a baseline.)
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Old 05-25-2018, 04:43 PM   #6
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what are you thinking is 'optimal' temps for summer tires? That's kind of subjective because on road driving it's not like you need 100% of the tires peak performance, frankly unless you drive like a maniac.

I know personally I put my snows on as late as possible and take them off as early as possible because handling sucks with them. So I make a call on the weather but obviously there's still those fluky days where the morning will still be 25 one day and 65 in the afternoon.
In those cases I've found summers are totally fine as long as you are using your brain and understand when it's 25 and you are on summer tires you can't take a .95G corner.
Getting caught in snow with summers. Totally different. That happened to me too with a total f-ing fluke snow in the middle of warm weather.
It was nightmare scenario to say the least.
But just plain cold temps on dry roads are pretty manageable.
I suppose I would consider optimal to be above 40 degrees, and more concerning below 20.
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Old 05-25-2018, 04:46 PM   #7
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Maybe you should wait few more weeks to order the 2019STi.

It's supposed to get some upgrades over the 2018 model.
I just read that among the updates is a 5 HP bump and Carplay/Android Auto, with some sources saying they will be available by summer and others not specifying definitively. Both sound enticing, although I wonder if I could a better discount on the 2018s given those forthcoming incremental improvements?
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Old 05-30-2018, 08:14 PM   #8
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Well, I did not expect this to happen, but today I purchased a red 2018 STI with the Recaro package and STI short shift kit/shift knob. I got about 1/6th off of the MSRP, and a very generous amount for a trade-in. I kind of wanted WRB, but the price was too good to say no to, and I still like the red (I don't see very many on the road.)

Much like my BRZ, I really dislike the infotainment system, but the car itself is so neat I don't really care all that much. The sound of the car is amazing and it's still fun even when limited to 4k RPM. The ride is pretty brutal...and I like it. I have a lot to learn about the car's electronics, diff control, and how to best make use of the car's optimal powerband (upon completing break-in). I'd also like to find formal instruction on driving technique, possibly take some classes or do some amateur closed-course events, and make some new friends along the way.

I'm also very happy to have a car with such a good safety profile. I have a younger brother with cerebral palsy who cannot drive and I drive him around frequently. He is more prone to spinal injury than most people. God-forbid something were to happen, I feel like this vehicle provides the occupants with a very high probability of surviving a severe accident without life-changing permanent injury or death. Getting rear-ended was kind of a realization of how there are some things I cannot control, but I do have the control of opting for a vehicle that maintains its survival space better than others. This played into my decision quite a bit.

My calf/leg is a little sore...I'm going to have to review my seating position (and technique) relative to how I sat in my BRZ, as the STI's heavier clutch may necessitate me to adjust a few things. Having driven an automatic rental car for 2 months probably made this worse given my stick-shifting muscles probably atrophied. I hope this part passes quickly.

It's a lovely car and this is a lovely community. The circumstance behind why/how I wound up with an STI kind of sucks, and I lost quite a bit more money than I would have preferred to, but I'm thinking good things will happen from here.
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Old 05-30-2018, 09:18 PM   #9
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Old 05-30-2018, 10:21 PM   #10
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Congrats!
Thanks much! I'm excited!
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Old 05-31-2018, 01:00 AM   #11
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Im not sure if the stock sti tires are the same as the stock wrx tires, but they are not bad. Summer only for sure, but not bad for a stock tire.

edit: im dumb of course they wont be... 19" vs 18"

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Old 05-31-2018, 12:45 PM   #12
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im looking for formal instructions on driving technique as well. This car's clutch is so heavy im still getting used to it.
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Old 05-31-2018, 02:18 PM   #13
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Congrats for your STi!
I am happy to hear that you like your car.
So... How does stock Advan compares to other tires?
I see many testing results where sti underperforms on skidpad... wonder if that's becuase of that tire.
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