I Took my '09 to it's first auto cross yesterday totally stock with a short shifter from the factory. While it was a lot of fun I experienced several problems.
I was having a tough time with not being able to turn the traction control all the way off, which really annoyed me. I would get through a turn feel the car's weight get set and get on the gas and have nothing until the system allowed the loud peddle to work. I know I can turn off one level which I clearly had off, but does anyone know a way around this?
Secondly, body roll was pretty bad, but not as bad as some of the BMW's I was going against. I'm considering a 22-24mm Front sway bar and something in the back. My question being if these are suitable for everyday driving?
Thirdly, It was awesome. I beat 7 cars out of 21 including a'07 STI with some mods, but I had the most important mod a good driver haha. The reason for such a low finish was, because I run in a BMW club I'm grouped in the "non BMW" class which included several Porsches, and other heavily modified cars that I would think stock would be a closer race.
Anyways, now I'm gushing but I loved the experience I had and once I fix the few problems I had it will be even better. If you haven't autocrossed I highly recommend doing it. I have videos that I may post later.