Took delivery Friday on my new WRX 5dr.Spark Silver Limited. Options are, short throw shifter, roof rack, auto-dim mirror, armrest extender,rear bumper guard, all weather mats, rear tray. I am an avid skier, and wanted a suitable ski vehicle. I considered the Toyota Rav4 with 270hp V6, but decided I would be happier with something that can handle winter conditions and also be fun to drive the rest of the year.
I test drove Forester, Outback, Outback Sport, and base Impreza also. The difference between the base Impreza and WRX reminds me of my son's first car, Ford Contour SVT. The SVT was as different from a rental car Contour as the WRX is from the base Impreza. Granted 10K more for the difference. Couldn't be happier.
I picked up a set of WS70 Blizzaks on 16" steel rims from Tirerack. I considered mounting snows on the stock rims and picking up aftermarket rims in the Spring. I like the stock rims, and think the 16" wheels/tires with a taller sidewall and narrower footprint are better suited to winter road conditions. I was expecting lug nuts to come with the order. Can the stock nuts be used with the steel wheels? Is it worth getting an extra set to save the stockers from the elements? I'm calling Tirerack tomorrow for their advice.
I opted not to get TPMS sensors on these wheels. It would be nice to have the system operable, but I don't believe it's worth the added expense. The tipping point is having to purchase the tool to recalibrate, or pay a tire dealer or Subaru dealer to do it. I think this system was designed with the average car buyer in mind. One set of wheels, plus who besides enthusiast regularly check their tire pressure? Most people need something to tell them, "Hey, put some air in your tires." The heads up on a tire going down due to damage is nice however. Can we rotate our stock wheels without recalibration? I hope so.
As soon as I get my lug nut question answered.....let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. We'll see if I can live with the warning light. The painters tape + electrical tape mod may be in my future.