Hi all, new to the board...
So life with my hot, German super model is good, but getting a little stale. Sure, she has great curves, is sexy to look at, and plays well, but my mind is wondering elsewhere. I keep seeing this cute little Japanese number, looks fun to play with, and the body ain't bad either. I bet she's not as high maintanance as my German super model... I think it's time for a date.
So I scheduled a test drive for yesterday. All the press I've read over the last number of months has got me itching to try the WRX out. I was expecting the interior to be horribly low rent, but when I first sat my ass in the comfy seats, I was pleasently surprised... I can get use to this. After fiddling with the seat a bit, adjusting mirrors, everything fell into place. Steering wheel is NICE, I assume the leather will soften up a bit over time.
I grab the stick and put in first... wow, holy short throw batman! My A4 suddenly felt like I was changing gears with a crowbar. And this was the standard WRX shifter, not the short throw version. The clutch was much different too. Engagment was closer to the top than my A4. I jerked the car foward... poor sales guy. My shifts were less than perfect for sure, but I'd have to drive the car for a bit to get smooth... hell, I still jerk the A4 now and again, but it's got a rather odd engagement point.
First thing I notice is the more upright driving position, nice visiblity all around. Sales man turns the AC on, windows are up and it's raining. Get off the main road onto some back roads. Some tight 25mph turns come up. I take them at a moderate speed. This is the first time in the car and I don't want to push it, plus I've heard about the ****ty RE92's. Wow, this car is tight and solid! Same thing I thought when I first test drove the A4 back in '99.... very impressive!
Come to a red light and I check out the interior a bit more... I like it. Light turns green and off I go. The salesman says "you can open it up..." I had it floored before he finished his sentence. Nice, strong accleration (ac is on), but not neck snapping... I let off at 5 grand... I don't want to abuse the car, although it had 70 miles on it and I'm guessing they are some hard miles from test runs, I didn't want to contribute to the abuse. Acceleration reminded me of my '97 Mustang GT, and I miss that acceleration. BIG TIME.
So, in conclusion, I'll be ordering a WRX next week for sure! The car impressed me throughly. It felt so solid, nimble and was quick. The interior isn't bad at all and I like the layout, especially the intrustment cluster, nice large tach and speedo. I also liked the steering column mounted turbo guage as well.
It's time to turn in my high maintance model for a more playful one... I can't wait!!
ps - The dealer I went to, Martin Subaru in NJ was very nice. I asked about mods and they told me theirs no voiding the warranty unless it's found to have caused the problem... that's just what I wanted to hear... so they are mod friendly Salesman also told me there are 3 certified Subaru techs in NJ, and they have 2... sales pitch? who knows? I was sold well before that.