Hi everyone. I just joined so I could drop in my two cents with my experience of the 2014 WRX that I picked up this January.
The clutch definitely smelled a little during the first 500 miles. I didn't burn it but could smell it breaking in.
There was also the strange but familiar smell of fingerprints for about the first 1000 miles. I had a 91 eagle talon in the past and after doing some bigger engine work the car would give off the same smell. I kind of liked it in this case being my first new car ever purchased and having that freshly assembled smell.
Then, there started to be a smell of hot/burning plastic ever other drive or so. This was tough to track down. I noticed that the 2 connectors that are mounted to the top of the trans were on a mounting bracket but the connector closest to the turbo was not on the bracket. It was sitting about 4 inches closer to the turbo. I didn't see any signs of burning but was not comfortable with how close it was. After trying to get it on the bracket I realized that the tab on the bracket for the connector to mount to is too big. I questioned if all the 2014 WRX's were manufactured like this. To work around this I just unplugged the connector and reconnected it on the opposite side of the drivers side connector, pulling it away from the turbo. I haven't smelled burning plastic since and have put on another 2500 miles. Might be worth taking a look at.
I take my car in next week for its 3,750 service. I told them about the connector and they said they hadn't seen that before and will look into it when I get there.