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Old 03-07-2014, 04:57 PM   #126
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My past 7 Subaru's 09 wrx stg 2,// 05 baja,// 10 legacy,// 11 legacy,// 11 wrx stg2+,// 2012 STi built,// and now a 2014 Impreza 2.0 sport and I love it. I still have that wrx/STi cabin feel sporty looks on the outsidem 36mpg and $135/month lease payment.
I'm glad to hear that you like the Impreza. With all of the fast cars you've owned, I would have guessed the Impreza's lack of power would be unsatisfactory for you.
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Old 03-08-2014, 08:57 AM   #127
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I'm glad to hear that you like the Impreza. With all of the fast cars you've owned, I would have guessed the Impreza's lack of power would be unsatisfactory for you.
My decision was based upon the fact that I live 10 miles from my work and all of my fast Subarus were silly DD's for me. I just need an inexpensive reliable transportation source for work. But I have decided to purchase a nice $6K-$8K fun weekend RSTi or 04+ already modded WRX. It's scary to heavily modify brand new cars when it's your only source of transportation, throwing your warranty completely out the window.
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Old 03-08-2014, 09:03 AM   #128
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Cool. I think I'd be scared to buy someone else's already-modded WRX. You have to assume that the previous owner beat the snot out of that car, right?
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Old 03-08-2014, 09:07 AM   #129
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Cool. I think I'd be scared to buy someone else's already-modded WRX. You have to assume that the previous owner beat the snot out of that car, right?
I'd probably start with something more stock, like this:

http://rochester.craigslist.org/ctd/4360170792.html

Or this:

http://rochester.craigslist.org/cto/4321017746.html
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Old 03-08-2014, 09:11 AM   #130
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Or, if I had a lot of money to spend and wanted an already-modded car, this one looks completely bat*****:

http://rochester.craigslist.org/cto/4310976891.html
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Old 03-08-2014, 05:46 PM   #131
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Thanks for the comments about OEM winter mats vs Weathertech/Husky. I'll think about that during summer since it's almost spring already.

About the base vs premium, I definitely agree to pick premium with cold weather package over the base. Even my salesman told me to not bother with the base model since the price difference isn't that great for a lot of additional stuff (cruise control is the main one).
I have the subara all weather mats, and after two years they are like new, you can buy weathertech or husky, but don't let anyone tell you that the subaru ones suck -- if they can wear these out, they will wear out the other ones also.

As far as base vs premium, buy the better one. If you drive it into the ground, you will like to have had, for example, cruise control. If you live where it is cold, heated seats are great.

If you sell it later, the extras will make it easier to sell -- the car holds its value well.
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Old 03-08-2014, 05:50 PM   #132
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On a side note we just picked up a 2014 Honda Civic EX that we are leasing for our daughter. Nice car, if I lived in the south I would probably choose it over the impreza.

Good: Nice quiet ride, pretty responsive motor, better mpg's, interior is well designed, digital dash display is cool and interactive, back up camera, push button start, etc. Stereo is worlds better than the impreza sports.

Bad: Mirrors are smaller and do not adjust out far enough (got used to the elephant ears on the Impreza), view out the rear window not as good as the impreza, handling -- it feels safe but a little squirrily, the impreza drives like a truck comparatively (over rough roads the civic smoothes them out) but cornering has much less wallow and feels much tighter compared to the civic -- which feels like a much bigger car in the corners than it should. it also has a prominent tachometer, which is pointless in a CVT car that gives you multiple interactive displays above.
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:19 PM   #133
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Yesterday I paid a dealer deposit for a brand new 4dr 5sp base version. Now I have to wait few months for delivery.
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:26 PM   #134
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Yesterday I paid a dealer deposit for a brand new 4dr 5sp base version. Now I have to wait few months for delivery.
congrats, that's exciting! I have a five door base model as well. For my purposes, it's everything I need in a car without anything I don't. I hope you are as happy with yours as I am with mine.
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:50 PM   #135
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Any recommendations for upgrades, add-ons?

My 1st one will be: Fumoto engine oil drain valve
http://www.fumotousa.com

Is there anything similar to Fumoto?
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:25 AM   #136
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Any recommendations for upgrades, add-ons?
I'll let someone else get back to you on the oil plug thing.

STI rear sway bar is highly recommended. Base model doesn't get any rear sway bar, premium/limited (and wrx?) get 16mm, STI gets 19mm, and there's a 22mm available from a 3rd party vendor. Bigger means less body roll and less understeer. General concensus is that 19mm is best on our cars. There's threads with all the relevant details.

I was unimpressed with the base stereo, so I replaced the head unit and all four door speakers with higher quality stuff, and got a backup camera installed while I was at it. If you don't mind the base stereo, you might as well live with it, but there's a lot of room for improvement there.

If you're into wheels, you might not be satisfied with the base model steelies. There's a thread on that if that's something you want to pursue.

Road noise can be a bit deafening, especially as your tires age. That can be addressed with different tires or additional sound deadening.

I was not impressed by the fabric material for the seats on my 2012 base model, so I got custom seat covers made by coverking. There's plenty of other options, some custom, some not.

Speaking of seats, I'm hopeful that the 2015+ WRX seats will fit our cars, but that remains to be seen.
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:38 AM   #137
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Just do top side oil changes, they are easy
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:41 AM   #138
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STI rear sway bar is highly recommended. Base model doesn't get any rear sway bar, premium/limited (and wrx?) get 16mm, STI gets 19mm, and there's a 22mm available from a 3rd party vendor. Bigger means less body roll and less understeer. General concensus is that 19mm is best on our cars. There's threads with all the relevant details.
I'll second the 19mm STI rear sway bar install. Does wonders for handling. You'll need to get additional parts to make it work with your base model though, such as endlinks.
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:17 AM   #139
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I think it's funny there'd a 2012 and 2014 thread, but no 2013... Wouldnt an 11+ thread be sufficient?

On mods. I have a number of them, but I'll second the 19mm RSB. Other than the unmentionable amount I spent on my stereo, the RSB is the best.
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:56 AM   #140
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I think it's funny there'd a 2012 and 2014 thread, but no 2013...
There was a 2013 thread.
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Old 03-10-2014, 02:05 AM   #141
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Any recommendations for upgrades, add-ons?

My 1st one will be: Fumoto engine oil drain valve
http://www.fumotousa.com

Is there anything similar to Fumoto?
Short shift kit from Perrin. Makes the shifting feel really nice instead of really vague. With the bushing installed the difference is huge.

TIRES. The stock tires are AWFUL. I ran them for a year, they get decent gas mileage. That's about it. Now the car is quieter, handles better, has a more satisfying ride, and the steering is much more on point. People think the steering is let down by the electric power system, but the fact is it's let down more by the tires than anything else.

Sway bar. So definitely the sway bar. I run a 22mm and love it, others think the 19mm is better. There are reasonable schools of thought for both and it really comes down to what you want from it.

There is a lot you can do with the stereo if you search out the hidden features. The head unit itself really isn't bad at all, but the speakers are awful. Replace those and you'll be much happier.

There are plenty of other little things you can do, wheels, foglights, light mods, hitches for bike racks or what have you, etc, but those are the most prominent I can point out that make a truly noticeable difference immediately.
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:16 AM   #142
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Any recommendations for upgrades, add-ons?

My 1st one will be: Fumoto engine oil drain valve
http://www.fumotousa.com

Is there anything similar to Fumoto?
Fumoto is great! Do some searching though, unless they updated their parts fitment, what they have listed as fitting doesn't. Iirc it is a 108n that you want
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:11 PM   #143
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Fumoto is great! Do some searching though, unless they updated their parts fitment, what they have listed as fitting doesn't. Iirc it is a 108n that you want
X2 on the Fumoto! Have had Fumoto valves on my last 3 vehicles. Makes oil changes a breeze.
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:45 PM   #144
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Yes, you want the F108N. N if you want the little extension to put a piece of tubing on. It doesn't protrude any. I'll have my car up on jacks this Thursday for changing brake fluid and can take a picture of how far the extension goes down on the N type. Otherwise you can get the F108, or they have some new hybrid one, I forget what it's called, where the extension is a removable plastic piece.
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Yes, you want the F108N. N if you want the little extension to put a piece of tubing on. It doesn't protrude any. I'll have my car up on jacks this Thursday for changing brake fluid and can take a picture of how far the extension goes down on the N type. Otherwise you can get the F108, or they have some new hybrid one, I forget what it's called, where the extension is a removable plastic piece.
Not to change the subject, but since you brought up changing the brake fluid, I was wondering if someone could point me in the direction of a good, detailed write up of how to do a brake fluid change. I like to do as much maintenance on my car as possible, but I've never attempted to change my own brake fluid and wanted to do it in my Impreza come spring. I've change plenty of pads and rotors but have never been comfortable enough to do the fluid without help from someone who knows what they're doing. I figure I should be fine though if I study and follow a good DIY writeup.
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Easy video, even on a Subaru. I don't think I'll have any problems, even though I've never done it before. It looks easier than other maintenance I've done. For example, changing pads and rotors looks MUCH more complicated than a brake fluid flush.

The biggest thing I get from watching how to do it, and reading, is don't, whatever you do, let the brake fluid get on your paint. If you do, make sure it's THOROUGHLY washed off.
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Old 03-11-2014, 03:00 PM   #147
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The biggest thing I get from watching how to do it, and reading, is don't, whatever you do, let the brake fluid get on your paint. If you do, make sure it's THOROUGHLY washed off.
Yes, which is why I bought a couple of fender covers (similar to these):

http://www.amazon.com/JEGS-Performance-Products-Fender-Pocket/dp/B0081ZZTKW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1394560741&sr=8-2&keywords=fender+covers
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Old 03-11-2014, 03:02 PM   #148
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I have the subara all weather mats, and after two years they are like new, you can buy weathertech or husky, but don't let anyone tell you that the subaru ones suck -- if they can wear these out, they will wear out the other ones also.

As far as base vs premium, buy the better one. If you drive it into the ground, you will like to have had, for example, cruise control. If you live where it is cold, heated seats are great.

If you sell it later, the extras will make it easier to sell -- the car holds its value well.
I have the subaru all weather mats and I am wearing a hole where my right heal sits. Not saying they suck but I've never worn a hole through a mat before.
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Old 03-11-2014, 03:06 PM   #149
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I have the subaru all weather mats and I am wearing a hole where my right heal sits. Not saying they suck but I've never worn a hole through a mat before.
Do you wear stiletto heel shoes?
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Yes, you want the F108N. N if you want the little extension to put a piece of tubing on. It doesn't protrude any. I'll have my car up on jacks this Thursday for changing brake fluid and can take a picture of how far the extension goes down on the N type. Otherwise you can get the F108, or they have some new hybrid one, I forget what it's called, where the extension is a removable plastic piece.
I'm guessing i'm not the only one who'd like to hear how the fluid change goes, if you don't mind posting a quick and dirty summary afterwards. I'm due for mine as well in the next month here.

What bleeding order are you going with?

1. passenger front
2. driver rear
3. passenger rear
4. driver front

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