Let me start by sayin', I love the Subaru. I've long wanted a WRX. Back in '03, when I was shopping for a 'nicer' car, I seriously looked into trying to afford a WRX, but ultimately, the~23,000+ price tag was just out of range. That's when I went lookin' at the VW's. After shopping a couple of the big lots, I find an '02 GTI 1.8T (only 1 year old at the time). It was clean! 5 Spd, Leather interior, heated seats, moon roof, Monsoon 8 speaker stereo system, Factory 17in. sport wheels. So anyway, I bought it and drove it for 8 years. Sold it about a month ago. It still drives like a champ. I gotta say, that GTI was a good car. A lot of head light and tail light problems and 2nd gear is starting to get noisy, but the engine and chassis is solid.
So I sold it... and while truck shopping.. I happened upon a great looking '04 WRX automatic . Drove it and bought it. And after a month, I love it. But I'm having a hard time adjusting to the powerband. The GTI had instant torgue and pulled the entire powerband. The Subaru, while being slightly faster, has no bottom end. I feel like if I had a manual I could play with that a little bit. But as it stands, I have an automatic. So I guess I'm stuck with the transmission being in the powerband that it wants to be in. But to be honest, Im okay with the AT. On the highway, I feel like I've lost the high gear passing speed that I've been used to. In the GTI, I could easily pass a semi in 5th gear. And if I wanted to aggressively pass someone I just needed to down shift to 4th and I was on. In the WRX, it's all or nothin'. If I'm cruising in 5th and I attempt to pass someone, it will down to 4th, which is fine, but there's still not much there. It comes, it's just takes some building up. And if I try to quickly pass someone, I press down the peddle and it'll downshift to 3rd. From there Im pulled back into my seat and I end up passing 2 or 3 cars. All or nothin'.. it's takin' some gettin' used to.