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    Re: Observations after 6 months of 2012 WRX Premium

    The only complaint I have after nearly 2yrs of ownership is the lack of TPMS reset button. I drove a '99 Grand Am for 11 years, and after that I was looking for a simple car that kicked arse. I was tired of complicated gizmos that broke. I would have taken crank windows, manual locks, etc. So for me, still, I've made the right choice. Thanks OP for reminding me that a lot of the fancy stuff doesn't really matter to me.

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    I agree with some of the OP's points, especially if he's coming from a MINI. It's a well built, fun car to drive. It's also very well balanced and handles fantastically. But then it should be - it's the entry level BMW. I think the confusion (and disappointment?) when switching to a WRX is that it's roughly the same price as a Cooper S, so you expect a similar level of comfort and cabin materials. The problem comes when you need something bigger. The WRX has a great reputation, so I think many people rely on that to a large extent when buying one. I did. But there are still lots of things I like about it.

    Incidentally, I sold MINIs before they switched to turbo chargers. With the old super charger, it's the "Works" version of the S that you want to try. With 210hp (up from 170), it was like flashing to stage 2 (I'm guessing). More intake noise, more low down torque. Different car. But when comparing the price of that to a bigger WRX, it appears hugely over-priced.

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    LOL, let's leave the mothers out of it...at least with newcomers to the forum.

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    ^ well said...
    I just looked at my car, there isn't even a key hole in the passenger side door handle. WOW, I never realized that! BIG minus right there... (really?)
    When I bought this thing, it was with the understanding that it IS a economical yet sporty car. The one I got is even more so. But I started out with old Escort Rally cows, there was no automatic locks, A/C, ABS, airbags... So I really could do with a LOT less than what's in todays cars. I for one am fine with what the Subie is.
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    I'm okay with the key hole thing. Honestly, in 10 years of WRX ownership, I can probably count the number of times I've used the key for entry on one hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfieldsWRX View Post
    I'm okay with the key hole thing. Honestly, in 10 years of WRX ownership, I can probably count the number of times I've used the key for entry on one hand.
    I can't... because each of my hands has more than zero fingers.
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    Of everything creature-comfort wise that a GD (body style, not goddamn haha) doesn't have...I'm actually really annoyed that it DOESN'T have a damn trunk-open button! This gets so annoying.
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    ^ Yes, you can't open the trunk if the battery is disconnected... Really lousy cars...
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    My 07 STI is my first subaru and it wont be my last. Yes it rides rough, yes the interior is a bit on the sub par side, yes the windows seem flimsy and cheapo but I can throw a set of snow tires on it and its like a tank in the winter time, as I pass by SUV's and 4X4's off the road. With summer tires it handles like its on rails and is an over all fun sporty car to drive. I dont want plush fancy interior, thats not what these cars were built for but I fear Subaru is heading in a different direction and as they make the WRX/STI appealing to more people they are also driving up the price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    I can't... because each of my hands has more than zero fingers.
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    There is a big long thread here where someone decides not to buy an old outback because of the cup holders. Everything else was more than what he was looking for.

    Personally I could do without any rattles from interior panels. I put some minimal effort into quieting the dash vent panel then decided it wasn't worth it. Definitely not something I dwell on or that is seriously detracting from the car.

    The J key is a deal breaker though. How could they possibly think to build a car with a J key that just falls off when you mash it a couple of times. I almost returned the car on the spot because I didn't think I should have to bother to push it back on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Not-EWRX View Post
    I don't know that I could live with the interior of the LGT. The 2005+ is all right but the 3rd and 4th gens are horrid. My mother has owned both and I just hate some of the placements of things like cup holders and other thing.

    It does matter. Half of me liking a car what is the ergonomics of the car. One of the reasons I love the WRX.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mycologist View Post
    The J key is a deal breaker though. How could they possibly think to build a car with a J key that just falls off when you mash it a couple of times. I almost returned the car on the spot because I didn't think I should have to bother to push it back on!
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    Passenger side external locks have been missing for years. My 1998 GTI did not have a passenger side key hole, I don;t think too many cars still have them these days. In fact, more and more cars are simply going to proximity sensors, so the car unlocks as soon as you touch the handle while the key is close by.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ingo View Post
    ^ well said...
    I just looked at my car, there isn't even a key hole in the passenger side door handle. WOW, I never realized that! BIG minus right there... (really?)
    When I bought this thing, it was with the understanding that it IS a economical yet sporty car. The one I got is even more so. But I started out with old Escort Rally cows, there was no automatic locks, A/C, ABS, airbags... So I really could do with a LOT less than what's in todays cars. I for one am fine with what the Subie is.

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