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Old 01-31-2009, 11:32 AM   #1
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Default New 2009 WRX owner, hello NASIOC community!

Hi everyone. Happy to report that I just brought home a WR Blue 2009 WRX last night and so far, I'm liking the car. Previous to this, I had an 05 S2K and although it was gorgeous and the RWD was fun, it was torque less and VTEC is somewhat pointless in this day and age of turbos. And before the S2K, I had an 03 Evo 8 which is by far the best car I've ever owned. I had the Evo for 4 years and I didn't have to do anything to it, it was perfect out of the box. I still regret selling it.

I test drove several cars before deciding on the 09 WRX. The cobalt SS I checked out mostly because it got good gas mileage while making 260 HP. After reading the comparo tests and seeing that it beat several cars in it's class, I took a test drive to see what the fuss was about. After one test drive, I was sorely disappointed. The car does handle well, pretty close to how the chassis felt on the evo, but the driver controls just let it down completely. The transmission felt cheap, the clutch felt like an on/off switch and the engine didn't have alot of low end punch. Plus it suffers from noticable torque steer when you get on it from a stop. The interior, well, let's just say apart from the seats, I felt like I was inside a Tupperware container. If I were looking for a car to strip down and turn into a semi-track car, it would be a good candidate but if were to live with it everyday, it's a big let down.

I checked out the speed 3 given that it's a lot of car for the money and I drove my cousin's 07 and was impressed.The speed 3's low end power is just brutal! To bad it sends all of it to the front. If it were an AWD drive car, it would decimate everything in it's class and probably match up to the Evo and STI. Alas, with 280 ft/lb going to the front wheels, torque steer is inevitable and you really have to train your right foot not to give it alot of gas from a stop. Aside from that, the car is very nice overall. Handling is a bit better than the WRX, mostly because the speed 3 had less body roll. The interior is well made, I'd say a point or two above the WRX especially with the GT package. Interior space is bigger and the driver controls are a tick better than the WRX specifically the transmission.

I was set on getting the speed 3 and then I test drove the WRX to see what it was like. Among the three, the WRX felt the most similar to my EVO. The EJ's power deliver is the same with a bit more low end compared to the 4G63 and with no drop off at the top. The driver controls felt close, the transmission on the Evo of course is way better but the clutch feel is pretty similar. The interior on the WRX is far better. The suspension, although can't be compared to the Evo's brilliant chassis, is more relaxing to drive around town in but has enough stiffness to feel planted when taking a corner fast. There's significant amount of body roll but it doesn't feel out of the control. I'll probably address this with some suspension upgrades, perhaps stiffer shocks and\or thicker sway bars. I think the WRX is more of a driver's car than the speed 3.

After deciding on the WRX and several back and forth negotiations with the dealer, here I am with my new WR Blue WRX 265! Sorry for the long read and I'm looking forward to many miles of happy subaru ownership (ignoring the 09 motor issues of course).
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Old 01-31-2009, 12:10 PM   #2
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Old 01-31-2009, 12:31 PM   #3
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Old 01-31-2009, 01:54 PM   #4
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Old 01-31-2009, 03:17 PM   #5
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Old 01-31-2009, 04:51 PM   #6
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Old 01-31-2009, 05:00 PM   #7
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Old 01-31-2009, 05:56 PM   #8
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Nice car and nice color!!! I would Say post some pics but I bet it looks just like mine(LOL)
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Old 01-31-2009, 06:40 PM   #9
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Applause for actually going out and testing some cars instead of just asking!! So many people ask what car would be good for them yet never think to go to the dealership and try them out. GL with your new car, my friend also bought an 09, very nice vehicles!
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Old 01-31-2009, 07:07 PM   #10
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Welcome. Nice post! A friend is looking at all the cars you mentioned so I'm going to send him a link to your review. He has it narrowed down to the MS3 and '09 WRX.
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Old 01-31-2009, 08:26 PM   #11
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Old 01-31-2009, 08:52 PM   #12
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Nice balanced write up and congrats on making the right decision!
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Old 01-31-2009, 10:43 PM   #13
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Thanks for warm greetings and praises for my write up. I've been lurking around NASIOC ever since I was deciding whether to get an STI or Evo back in 04. I'll post some pics but since it's stock, it's basically what you'd see anywhere on the net. The speed 3 was very tempting to get and when I couldn't get the price I wanted from the subie dealer, I was set on getting a leftover 08, however, I just couldn't get over the fact I'd have to get used to the torque steer day in and day out but thankfully the dealership came back with a better deal and that did it for me.

I've put on some miles today and here are my impressions thus far. This car just grows on you. As a DD, it's much better than my Evo and heck of a lot better than my S2K. The Evo just felt on edge everytime, even when cruising around town. The 09 WRX, is the best of both worlds, relaxed and civilized when you want it but able to give you a permagrin when needed. The body roll needs to be addressed for sure, it's not too bad but it seems the suspension has two mode settings, initial soft body roll and then the shocks decides to firm up and the roll stops. Stiffer shocks should do the trick but that'll be further down the road. The stock shift knob sucks, it's to big and is shaped wrong to get a good handle on it. Will be getting a different one soon. The stock stereo is so-so although after an afternoon of driving around, I've gotten used to it. I think better speakers should do the trick. Stock exhaust is ok but when I test drove an SPT equipped car, the boxer engine sounded magnificent at full throttle with it. Will be getting one soon. Looks wise, all around the car definitely grows on you. Fender gap with the 17's don't look to bad so I'll probably keep the ride height stock. The front does look lifted however and I think adding a lip would be an improvement. The stock 17's are fine for right now but I'll be getting a set of wider rims and 235 or maybe 245 size tires to get that wider more aggressive stance.

A few quirks I've noticed. It's somewhat hard to get into reverse. I need to shift into a forward gear first before I can get reverse to go in smoothly. The temp guage needs some getting used to. Without counting the lines, it seems as if you're midway between cold and hot. This threw me off at first but look at videos on youtube, seems this is normal. The throttle seems to 'blip' itself when performing a quick up shift. At first I thought it was my foot not releasing the gas all the way but after today, I'm sure it's not me. It's not too noticeable and I'm starting to get used to it but it threw me off at first. I guess this for emissions purposes as I've read from other NASIOC members and I've experienced this on other cars. The car has a tendency to 'tram line' when going over rough roads. I'm suspecting the tires or maybe the alignment settings but it's nothing one can't get used to. The tram lining is also evident under heavier than normal breaking.

So far so good, I'm now at 120 miles on the odo and 880 more to go before I can really give her some go.

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