I'm new to the forum and hope I will be welcomed. This is my first subie and I love it. I've never had my own WRX and have driven many (since the 02'). I waited an agonizing 15 weeks to pick up the car and it was well worth it. Unfortunately, the dealer had options that I didn't order and most importantly, door sills that I greatly dread. I really find them unattractive. They protect your door blah blah blah but they look horrendous imo. The dealer knew I wouldn't take the vehicle with them so they sent it out to their detailing associate and had it removed. The rest of the options I didn't order were the all season floor mats, auto dimming mirror and shock sensor. Those were all included free of charge because the sales rep needed that sale. The items I DID order were the STS and armrest extension. I now regret the armrest cause you can probably find a better one at subispeed (awesome btw).
Moving on to mods. not many. All appearance to be honest. Subispeed DRL's, trunk light/license plate light, fog lights, window tints and pioneer 500nex unit. I plan on using the WRX red vinyl emblems on the fenders, steering wheel, shifter housing, and front fascia. The upcoming toys will included the fumoto drain valve for easy oil changes and hopefully, with financial status permitting, a big brake upgrade.
Here's the bread and butter, qualms. This is gonna be the bitch and moan area of this vehicle. It's stiff. We all know that. But the amount of road it absorbs is close to 15-20 percent. I don't mind it driving alone. But when I have parents or friends riding on board, it can be annoying (for them, not me). The shifter, (as always, I speak for my car and my driving ability and no one else) is "ok". I've had a 95' honda civic ex with a better gearbox. It's difficult shifting back into first when necessary. The throttle and clutch don't seem to agree when shifting into second (I've driven my fair share of manuals but maybe I'm still at fault). The shift from first to second and second to third are noisier and notchier than necessary. 4th, 5th, and 6th are fine. I've had the Rex since oct 2014 but shifting from first to second is still "jerky" at times (I blame me, not the car).
Still bitching, The road noise is exceptionally high (I understand that I bought this car for it's pedigree and not it's smooth ride nature). Normal road and highway cruising is ok at best. There's just soooo much noise coming in due to build quality. Potholes are a *****ing nightmare. I live in New York and the winter was good and bad. The bad, All salt was picked up by the tires and you can hear and feel every bit of it. At the same time, I was amazed that the dunlop sport maxx was able to plow me in the right direction and then some. I am considering the rallyarmor mud flaps cause the summer tires pick up so much (every pebble etc). Again, I was astonished by the way the AWD held up in the snow with the summer tires. I'd definitely get all seasons for next year to be on the safe side but nonetheless impressive. To be honest and frank, don't go for this car if that's important to you. There's a great deal of road noise even in great weather.
Still bitching, the original head unit is, as we all know, very very mediocre. The pioneer 5000nex made a huge difference, even though I don't typically blast music, but the sound quality is very significant. The sunroof is small (just throwing it out there). The trunk requires a good slam to close (that's in the forums if you want to fix that). The trunk release is on the key as well as being to the left of the steering column. That being said, there's no trunk release on the trunk (you'd have to either open the driver door to open the trunk or have another key in your pocket).
The motor IS AMAZING. It revs great in second, third, fourth and beyond (it really pulls). Despite all the negatives, I TRULY LOVE THIS CAR. I've seen and heard many problems with revving and CEL problems and wish those owners the best. I've yet to experience any. I start my car and warm up til revs are under 1k. I rarely go above 4k revs but it's awesome when I do.
Now, with everything being said, I LOVE MY CAR. The throttle, steering input, stability, AWD, practicality, etc. It does everything I want. I don't care if my girlfriend would rather ride in a 3-series. This is ME! It's what I WANT and I wouldn't trade it in for anything else. Seriously. BMW M4? nah.... not my cup of tea.
Continuing with the good. The seats are supportive and the A/C and heat work well. Heated seats are a great addition. The flat bottom steering wheel is cool as well as the 10 and 2 thumb positions. The aluminum pedals have rubber inserts that keep grip with wet and snowy weather. I do advise all weather floor mats or "weather tech" floor mats if your region sees snow.
The new Pioneer 5000NEX allows me to use their navigation, apple car play, and numerous other apps. This got me to not get the HK system with the keyless access. The unit that the package comes with is slightly better than mediocre imo. All my contacts etc, sync with the new system. Plus, I can use "spotify", "pandora", "waze" etc. The main thing is that the HK package costs $2500 and the 5000NEX cost under $700 right now. Yes, there's more work etc. But if a retard like me can do it........
I'm going to attach a few photos now from beginning to current. Sorry for the poor photography. 96accord and goose42 has the good ones.