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Old 04-12-2011, 01:09 PM   #1
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So I pretty much have my mind set on picking up a new 2011 STi but have one concern. I live in Brooklyn, although I'm a weekend driver, I'm still afraid that the terrible pothole ridden streets of NYC will wreak havoc on the car. Any STi drivers living in the 5 boroughs that can chime in with their experiences? Also, is the WRX considerably softer than the STi?
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:16 PM   #2
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While I can't speak for the roads in brooklyn, the wrx is not much "softer" than an STi. Where they differ is their handling in corners. The STi feels way more planted than the WRX thanks to different suspension parts. I test drove the new STi and was impressed that it didn't feel any more harsh than my wrx, but it felt much more planted at speed through the turns. I know there are people that live in NYC with wrx's and STi's, so I think you will be fine as long as you keep your eyes open and steer clear of potholes.
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:29 PM   #3
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Buddy of mine has an 08 sti and lives in bkln no issues just avoid the big ones.
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:39 PM   #4
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i have an 11 sti and my buddy has an 11 wrx. every time he is in my car he says my car is so much more rough than his. our roads are shot as well. i drove the wrx, and yes it's softer, not by alot but enough for you to know the difference.

go ahead and buy it, you will be fine as long as you know how to drive. there are plenty of people with cars in BK that are much nicer than my sti that i know and they are just fine DD'ing them.
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:35 PM   #5
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NYC streets suck right now...and I have the dented rims to prove it. Low profile summer rubber is not pot hole friendly.
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:44 PM   #6
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Brooklyn is a dream....Staten Island...ruins a car. I have an insane amount of new rattles coming from the dash on my 05 sti and it only has 55,000 miles on it. I went through a new set of oem rear sway bushings in 3,000 miles. (Car has an adjustable Perrin sway bar.) These cars were not meant to be driven here.
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:56 PM   #7
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**** brooklyn roads. just be very careful they are horrible. i know from personal experience.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:37 PM   #8
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while I no longer drive an sti in manhattan I do drive an evo and it's perfectly fine just need to pay attention to the road...pot holes are pretty horrendous at this point but will be getting better in no time
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Old 04-12-2011, 10:35 PM   #9
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I once blew my tire and bent both tie rods on a huge (queens) pothole.
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Old 04-12-2011, 11:36 PM   #10
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I once blew my tire and bent both tie rods on a huge (queens) pothole.
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NYC streets suck right now...and I have the dented rims to prove it. Low profile summer rubber is not pot hole friendly.
How fast were you guys going when these things happened?
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Old 04-13-2011, 06:08 AM   #11
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I have a WRX, I travel to Brooklyn 2x a week to Aviator. It's not to bad. The roads suck around the City. The Car is a lot more fun once you head north!
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Old 04-13-2011, 01:27 PM   #12
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I have a WRX and I drive daily in Brooklyn and NJ. I can safely say that you will be fine. There are potholes but they are avoidable if you pay attention.

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Brooklyn is a dream....Staten Island...ruins a car. I have an insane amount of new rattles coming from the dash on my 05 sti and it only has 55,000 miles on it. I went through a new set of oem rear sway bushings in 3,000 miles. (Car has an adjustable Perrin sway bar.) These cars were not meant to be driven here.
Staten Island Expressway is ridiculous during the snow season. I was literally hit potholes no matter how much I tried to avoid it.
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Old 04-13-2011, 03:20 PM   #13
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I just busted my rear passenger side tire last week. Dinner plate pothole underneath the Broadway overpass in Queens. These roads are gonna messed up for a while, since City Hall would rather install 50 miles of bikes lanes with turning lights on the west side...
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Old 04-13-2011, 03:23 PM   #14
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I went to a concert in NYC a few weeks ago your roads are 1000x better than here, and I get along fine.
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Old 04-13-2011, 04:33 PM   #15
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I just busted my rear passenger side tire last week. Dinner plate pothole underneath the Broadway overpass in Queens. These roads are gonna messed up for a while, since City Hall would rather install 50 miles of bikes lanes with turning lights on the west side...
City Hall rather renovate City Hall. then fix it's other problems!
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Old 04-13-2011, 05:17 PM   #16
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Just start driving, Got demit!!!!!!
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So I pretty much have my mind set on picking up a new 2011 STi but have one concern. I live in Brooklyn, although I'm a weekend driver, I'm still afraid that the terrible pothole ridden streets of NYC will wreak havoc on the car. Any STi drivers living in the 5 boroughs that can chime in with their experiences? Also, is the WRX considerably softer than the STi?
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