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Old 08-19-2019, 08:28 PM   #1
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Default Me and my WRX

So I've had ole girl for about a month now. Honestly I enjoy it more than any vehicle I've owned. Its probably because its basically brand new, and I can actually afford a nice car now but...

I got it for 27.5, used with 3500 miles on it. I wanted a daily driver, so I got an automatic. The only downfall of this car is that I'm not 100% trustful of the CVT, but I know there is a cooler I can get to help that last longer, and I will buy it come spring.

Of course, because I lack the ability to hold myself back, its gonna get a bunch of fun mods ranging from slight performance stuff, mainly things to help it sound cool and be a touch more responsive and hopefully to improve longentivity, like oil cooler and cvt cooler.

My only concern is tuning it, is it worth risking something going wrong and then being denied a warranty? Or should I just get things I can do without a tune?

I already tinted the car. I just ordered a invidia n1 cat back, with the cool burnt tips because WRX right? Also hella supertones because, again, WRX? Plus some rain guards so I dont fog up as much in rain when it's hot and it looks good...

I plan on getting an intake, ets intake, but I've heard you still cant really have an intake without a tune, but the dealer did say itll only void the intake warranty or whatever they said. I want a Boomba BPV, cvt and oil cooler, probably mishimoto, set of summer rims, really want gold RPF1's, and some other appearance things but I dont want people to think I'm a super tuner with my cvt lol.

And yes, I'm slightly insecure it's an automatic but I'll make up for it in a few years when I either pay it off and get an STI, or just import a GTR or Supra. Yeah its cliche but I like fulfilling my childhood dreams like I did my dream job.

I'm excited to learn a lot more on here!
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Old 08-19-2019, 10:44 PM   #2
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Welcome and hello from a fellow CVT owner. I have an '18 with just under 24k. No performance mods and probably will keep it that way since it is my daily driver and I have two young kids (5 and under) that keep the budget in check. I do have the JDM armrest extension, paddle shifter extensions, and the JDM S4 leather gearshift trim, which our cars should have had from the beginning.

The JDM S4's make 296hp and have a CVT fluid cooler, I would say that's a reliable benchmark for what the CVT can handle.

If you can't resist the mod bug like me, there are a few others on here that may give you an idea of what the CVT is capable of - I have followed Bellipotens on the member gallery - he's had his WRX awhile and done a lot to it:

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Old 08-19-2019, 10:59 PM   #3
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Congrats. If you're worried about the CVT, I wouldn't bother spending on any engine or exhaust related mods and just save up that money for your next ride with a MT.
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Old 08-20-2019, 10:38 AM   #4
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Man, no shame in getting the CVT. You do you. You can do small mods like muffler delete to give it some life. For CVT, I'd stick to mostly visuals and quality of life mods and save money for later.

I live in CA and commute on the 405 daily, sometimes I wish I have enough money to buy an automatic as a daily driver because of the traffic xD
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Old 08-20-2019, 11:01 AM   #5
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Nice. I can somewhat relate, I think.

I have a 2019 WRX w/ CVT as of earlier this year. About to cross 10k on the ODO. I'm very happy with the car, but I am interested in making it a bit more "fun", both under the hood and in terms of the body. Nothing crazy, as this is also my daily driver and weekend road trip vehicle.

I've already reached out to a local shop that specializes in Subaru performance work (incl. pro tuning), as well as one for body work. FWIW, the performance shop suggested I keep it to intake+catback+protune, which I'll be fine with. Apart from that, I'm considering a CVT cooler, depending on how it pans out.

Otherwise I've also had it tinted. I couldn't stand the stock audio, so had it all out and replaced with the Alpine R-series speakers, sub, amps, etc.

Good luck and have fun with your car!
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Old 08-20-2019, 12:46 PM   #6
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Nice to know I have some CVT buddies.

But yes the main goal is just a slight bump in power, looks, and sound that wont stress anything out or really void any warranties. That is interesting abiut the S4, kind of a shame that Suburu doesnt back a stage 1 tune under their warranty if they have enough faith in raising the power without any extra engine internals, etc in the S4.

I'll probably just end up settling with mods I can do without a tune and save money for a project manual or something else I can just have fun with in a few years. I'll throw some pics up after I get the few things fun stuff I ordered put on this weekend.
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Old 08-20-2019, 02:16 PM   #7
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Do the cooler before you do ANYTHING to the car.

Not the same transmission, but our Crosstrek CVT crapped out at 53k of soccer mom driving. We pick up a new 19 M6 Crosstrek tomorrow.
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