Hey guys. I've got a 2005 STi now, and in a year or so I'm planning on jumping up to a 4-door 2011 or 2012 STI (a new STI, whenever I buy it). I'm psyched that they've taken the STI back to the performance style that I'm familiar with (minus some understeer!), but electronic aids are a concern for me.
Here's the thing. I work for a Nissan dealer and I HATE VDC. I've experienced its influence on a number of occasions in a variety of models, and I cannot abide having a car tell me what I can and can't do. If I was planning on keeping my STi longer, I would go to the trouble of disabling ABS. I really like that, on the 05, the only things that I don't have direct control over are the throttle (DBW not mechanical) and the center diff (unless I use the DCCD, obviously).
My question is how much the VDC and TCS interfere during aggressive driving. I tend to drive hard a lot of the time, and I get very tail happy on wet road. How often does the VDC kick in and under what circumstances? Also how noticeable is the influence? I assume there's a TCD/VDC OFF button that can easily disable the system?