So it finally happened, I picked up my 2014 WRB Hatch last night from ClubWRX's favorite Subaru dealer in NNJ. First impressions thus far, love the low end with the 2.5 cruising around. I came from 2.0 4G63's and even with my little 14B on it, the low end was nothing compared to the WRX. I just moved to Flemington and have already found some great roads in my short week here.
So after driving about for the weekend I have a good idea of what I want and my finances can handle for now. I really enjoy the motor on this car and it seems quite happy doing whatever I want it to regardless of gear and RPM. I get a real big kick how even stock the WRX has all sorts of little drivetrain noises going on. I can't remember the last new car in this price range that had some sort of exhaust note on startup. The gear/diff whine is excellent as well, can't get enough of that.
However, J-Christ Subaru your shifter sucks. My Dad's 250K+ mile Nissan pickup had a less vauge shifter than this thing. I don't mind the throws, but hot-diggity a shifter bushing kit is in order. Maybe a round shift knob as well as the stock shift knob is a tad tall for my liking. I haven't pushed the car very hard going around the twisties, but I have noticed it warbles about a bit on transitions or a road with some bumps. I'm no expert, but it just seems like the shocks are a bit underdamped for the car. However, as I don't mind too much as I like how the ride isn't overly stiff. However, some suspension bushings may be in order down the road.
It looks like it is going to be a light build for now with possible long term plans. I am really going to focus on getting the car looking right and the under hood heat managed. As this car will be used for work getting to and from jobsites, I'm looking at 15,000 - 20,000 miles a year.
-Urethane Mud Flaps (Installed!)
-Tinted all around
-Dip the OEM's black (Maybe just kidding)
-Debadge and dip emblems (Or no Dip)
-Blingy turbo heat sheild
-DEI Gold reflective tape
-TiC Shift Kit
-Maybe an AP to get rid of that garbage stock tune. I would prefer to go custom tuned though.
*Long Term Ideas*
-Group N Mounts all around
-Unabomber's Sexy Rear End
-Nameless Catted DP
-Some more aggressive brake pads/fluid
Onto picture time!
After some bending of fingernails
New Mats are in. All in all I'm very impressed with the fit and quality of these babies. Well worth the coin for keeping all the dirt/sand/crap off my carpets. Shipping was a bit unexpectedly pricey though.