So finally got my dream car last week after dreaming about the WRX since the 2011+ updates. I've actually always loved the WRX since the bugeye was first availible in the US. Anyway I've been on vacation for the last week so my WRX still only has 29 miles on it from me driving it home from the dealer, car was completely unmolested and had actually just got off the truck when I showed up to buy it. Still had all the paper and plastic on everything, I'm actually the only one to drive the car other than the dealers PDI tech.
Ok enough of that, I have a few questions about these cars and would appreciate any help or advise. First one is the inter cooler. When I first started looking at the current WRX's dating back to the 2011 model year, I noticed even new cars but mostly used ones had inter coolers with damaged fins. Almost as if rocks or bugs are prone to flying through the huge air scoop and damaging the fins on the IC.
Do you guys put any type of aftermarket screen or mech behind the scoop to prevent damage to your IC?
Second question, break in. The only other turbo vehicle I've ever owned was an '05 Dodge Ram 4x4 Cummins diesel. I know the owners manual says take it easy for the first 1k miles, but what's the best way to truly break in a turbo gasser? what to avoid in the first 1k? turbo cool down, do I need to do this? how long did you wait to put the hammer down? I haven't even gone past 3k yet in this car. I have driven at least 5-6 other WRX's during the Pre-purchase process so I know what this beast is capable of.
Also are these cars like say a Porsche 911 where they work and run better when you drive them more spiritedly or is it best to baby it mostly and only dip into the power when needed or occasionally? Had an '88 Carrera that was extremely awesome, except the car would run like crap if you babied it, but ran like raped ape if you drove it like you stole it. On another note my wife's 2.5i hates to be driven even slightly aggressive Lol.