I haven't posted on this forum since you guys helped my wife and me decide to buy a LGT about a year and a half ago. The car has been great, and you guys were great for helping us make the choice. Now, though, it is time for me to look for a new car. Anyone who read the previous thread knows that I am the one who really wanted a WRX and now my car is paid off so it's my turn.
I went down to the Subaru dealership and drove a 2008 WRX. I hadn't actually driven a WRX since 2003 or so, so the difference was astounding. The cabin is now quieter, the turbo spools up more smoothly, it takes curves at speed with zero effort, and the transmission is as smooth to shift as anything I've driven. Overall it was... boring (sorry).
Then I found a 2003 WRX wagon at another dealer. This car was what I remembered desiring so much. It is certainly rough around the edges, comparatively. But the turbo coming on hard as the RPM's reach 3k is a real kick in the butt, and the steering feels like I am actually doing some of the work. I know it may sound silly, but this is what I'm looking for.
On to the questions, then. I'm seriously considering buying this car, but I noticed one or two things while driving it. First of all, the driver's side seat belt squeaks like crazy with any movement. A quick Google search made me feel like I can fix this easily. Apparently just have to remove some of the interior of the B pillar cover. No problem.
The second question is more of a concern. As I said, I haven't driven this car in 4 years or so, and I don't really remember the characteristics of the transmission. Compared to the 2008 I had driven earlier in the day, the 2003's transmission felt decidedly 'notchy'. That's the only word I can think of to describe it. The question is, is this normal? Does the 2003's transmission really give you a lot of feedback when switching gears, or is there something wrong with the notoriously weak transmission in this car?
I have left a message with the salesman to ask him to allow me to take it to the Subaru dealership for inspection on Friday, so they may be able to tell me something. I know you guys will give me more useful input, though.