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This is a discussion on No sunroof with sti hatch? why..... within the Exterior & Appearance forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; ok so im considering an sti. i like the hatchback as its more practical, and that sedan wing is little ...
ok so im considering an sti. i like the hatchback as its more practical, and that sedan wing is little to boy racer for me. im trading in my truck on it so i like the fact i can still cram big stuff in it lol. but i really wanted a sunroof. i dont understand why i can get a regular wrx hatch(premium) with a sunroof but not the sti hatch? again why? lets be real. if im paying upwards of 37000 dollars for a subaru, which is damn close to 135i territory, i dont see why a sunroof isnt standard....or at least optional for the sti hatch.
anyone have any insight as to why subaru felt it necessary to exclude a sunroof on an sti hatch? when i can have one on the wrx hatch? lame.......
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Not sure about the newer models, but the older models didn't have the sunroof option because the built in roll bar went right through the middle of where a sunroof would go. I wouldn't want it anyways because if the added weight in the worst possible place.
Interesting that they offer it for the sedan but not hatch.. if anything I would think it would be the other way around.
STIs had never been offered with a sunroof, other than the STI Limited in 07, until the 3rd Gen sedans.
Added weight to the highest performance car Subaru offers just isn't what they wanted to do. Plus, it's added cost. You're paying the extra money for better engine/more power, better handling, better brakes, and one hell of a better 6-spd transmission. Unfortunately Subaru doesn't work like BMW because well, they aren't BMW.
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lol. weight......ok. i know 305hp is nothing these days with hyundai passenger cars making 276 but... i dont think 30-45 lbs extra is really affecting the cars performance all that much lol. i guess i can live without it. depends if i feel like paying the same price for a base hatch that a i can get a limited sedan for. man i do like the way the hatch looks though, even if it is freaking 2k more just for some bbs wheels!
but thank you all for the fast replies.
30-45lbs is a big deal when you consider people will spend $1000 or more to reduce weight by just 10lbs.. 30lbs will have a significant effect to the center of gravity and handling performance. But it's not something you will notice unless you're trying to pin down your lap times.
im not saying its insignifigant, but i plan to dd the car with only the occasional track day. not track only. and since its a dd IMO its worth a small sacrifice in weight for some extra amenities. esp considering how much the car costs. $37,000 aint cheap lol
I actually had a problem with this when I was shopping as well. I remember being upset you couldn't get a "limited hatch" with a sunroof, which was what I wanted. I was told the "limited STI" only came in the sedan
I'm not sure I would have gotten it, but I would have at least given it some more consideration. I know it's a stupid reason to not get an STI, but it kinda factored in. So I'm definitely with you and I don't see why it isn't offered when it's available on the WRX hatchback (what I got). I also don't understand why an STI hatch costs more than the sedan, but there's no up-charge for the hatch on the WRX...
I don't think 30-40 lbs is much on a car that's already as heavy as an STI is... The people that cared about saving that weight, wouldn't get one with a sunroof. Not everyone that buys an STI is in it to squeeze out maximum performance (sad, but true).
The folks that have traditionally been drawn to the STI are really looking for a raw, no-frills driving experience, with luxury amenities as a lesser priority. I'll be happy if they never offer a sunroof.
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I realize a lot of people don't care about them, but since it's offered on the sedans, it would be nice if it were also offered on the hatches. I don't understand why it isn't, roof rails maybe?
All three of my parent's cars I drove growing up had moonroofs, and in the rainy part of Oregon where I live, it's the closest you can practically get to a convertible. I loved driving in summer with the roof open, and usually had it at least cracked (in "sunroof" mode) during the other seasons when it wasn't raining.
I was pleasantly surprised to notice the "panoramic sunroof" in my loaner forester, and had quite forgotten how much I enjoyed having one. Oh well.
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