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Old 05-06-2000, 01:37 PM   #1
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Have a Nice Day?

Thanks guys.

As for the octane bit...well, it may be true, but I'm still going with 93 octane. In much of my experiences, you get what you pay for.

Oh yeah...your mileage may vary re: car washing. I park in a very bad lot....gravel, dirt, dust-so I make sure to wash often.

Have a good one.
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Old 05-06-2000, 05:05 PM   #2
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Thanx I we always need reminders Like that. and yes washing twice a week is nessacary but only wax one every 3 months otherwise it will build up and turn faded looking
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Old 05-06-2000, 07:06 PM   #3
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True, 87 octane is the minimum and your ECU has adjusted to that. But, what if you start with a tank of 93 octane, reset your ECU, and then commence to drive hard.
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Old 05-07-2000, 12:04 AM   #4
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Arrow Well, Chase....

Speaking as someone who received an RS at 15 and has driven it for a year and a half...

Chase, it will mean more for you to wait. I wish I had. When I first got my RS, I was nonchalant and irresponsible. I didn't take care of it (i.e. washing twice weekly, oil in 3k, etc.) and I think I took it-and driving-for granted.

It took me an accident after a year of driving to wake up and realize what I have is an incredible machine that lets me do so much more than when I went without it.

6 months from then I wash/detail the car at least two times a week. Only premium gas goes in, despite the drain on my meagre teenage wallet. I have ordered an 18mm sway bar for the car and plan on investing more money in it in the near future. Best of all, I enjoy it so much more.

But here's my warning to you. I don't mean to sermon. It's just my story, so take it as you will.

That accident was immensely traumatic for me. I was hit by a 17 year old girl who had totaled another car. It was her 2nd major accident. I was stopped, in traffic, and sought to switch lanes to an empty center lane. I was making a very slow turn, careful not to hit the station wagon in front of me. The girl switched lanes, hit around 60 with her Beamer, and was too busy looking for food to see me making an extremely slow turn. I felt the impact, watched her car end up on a hill hitting two parked cars there, and saw the driver's side of my car destroyed. I still remember the mirror hanging by a cord as I exited the car.

Everyone at the scene (the coffee shop where her car hit the two parked cars) told me it was definitely her fault. They told me she was looking for a bagel when she hit me (she was spilling her life's story the entire time). She never hit her brakes. Her father arrived, helped her complete her "viewpoint"-it took them a while-and the witness (the car in front of me) submitted an incomplete diagram which showed little in the way of detail. She claimed that she saw most of it.

The police officer, seeing a crying girl and a very stoic (well, I'd like to think I was stoic) boy, made his decision (he said) based on the witness's drawing and the wreckage lying in the center lane. When I asked to see the drawing he threatened me with a citation. The girl's father shook his hand and left maybe 30 seconds after his decision. I waited 2 hours in the rain, feeling sorry for my self, for my dad to show up and the wrecker to show up.

And then the insurance went up. My dad kept me on his policy, but my insurance still went up considerably. I thought I was ruined.

We sent the car to the dealership to be fixed and it took them 3 months to find all the right parts. Even then they did a very shoddy job. There's a mark on the passenger's side quarter panel of all things and there were problems with the molding, paint spray (on the wheel), carpeting (carpeting!?), and the wiring. I'm in a mess right now trying to drive my car 40 minutes to dealership to get it fixed when they don't work weekends and they do bad work on weekdays.

And my friends are amazed at how cautious I am driving (both before and after) with my car. If it were one of them, they might have died (no seatbelt, no blind spot checking, playing loud music, etc.). They tell me there's no way they can ever own a sports car because they'd get it wrecked.

I don't think I'd want anyone to go through that. I don't intend for anyone to pity me. I think that most of it helped me more than any innumerable years of "almosts" and "got luckies" would. But I don't want to see other people go through it either.

There are a lot of bad things that come with your Impreza. But there are a lot of good things too.

Had I waited until later to own such a nice car, I feel I'd be better off without the trouble that came in between. But I still wouldn't trade my Sube or the experiences in it for anything.

Here's hoping we'll be rallying our 2010 WRXs in 10 years, Chase.

Chris, 16
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Old 05-07-2000, 12:17 AM   #5
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nice story!
I have not had any direct severe accidents that would cause any mental disturbances about driving.
I have witnessed many accidents which have showed me a lot of fear. I remember driving my mother's Mercedes at 200 km/h and feeling so immature, but now, I just keep my killer instinct hidden in a deep corner where I don't have to worry about it!
Take care and I would love to Rally a 2010 WRX!
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Old 05-07-2000, 12:36 AM   #6
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Good story, Chris.

On a side note, putting in premium gas may not be necessary. The engines are designed to run with 87 octane. This is a common myth, with lots of debate, but to quote from another post:

"Your car will run best on the lowest octance fuel it doesn't ping on. Anything more than that, and you are simply sending the octane booster out the tailpipe. Your engine cannot utilize it, and may even get a poorer burn, as it should be optimized for one specific octane. As for polution, there is no testable
difference from one to the other, as the gas companies have admitted, so using more octane than you need just yeilds more money spent."


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Old 05-07-2000, 12:47 AM   #7
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Is washing two times a week really needed? I can't even find time to wash my car once every two weeks. Two jobs and school don't give me enough time to take care of my car I guess....I'm a bad owner....
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