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    Rough roads?

    I am still searching for a new car and thought I might ask people here first hand, how does the new wrx handle on rough roads? I know this is a rally bread machine, but coming from a civic si and miata, I hate the sound whenever I do go on dirt or gravel roads or hit potholes or pavement imperfections.
    I'm a suby noob btw, but I have just seen so many vids of wrx's going hard core off road tracks.

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    The suspension has lots of travel and the car is relatively softly sprung, so it does very well on uneven roads. However, with little sound deadening and lots of plastic that wasn't assembled as tightly as possible, there will be plenty of creaks and rattles.
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    This summer I went camping and traveled about 30 miles on un-maintained roads. I was driving slow and boy was it noisy. My car handled the rough terrain like a champ though. I was a little scared going over some of the rocks. I feared smashing the transmission and getting stranded. Luckily all went well. I have no clue how a Civic or Miata would sound but they are built more for the street so I think the WRX could take a little more abuse.
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    I came from a truck but the first thing I noticed with my wrx is road noise is much higher while driving on back roads, rough roads, etc... It seemed to handle it fine like the others said.

    The lane leaving my house is not paved and the sound of the little stone's hitting the plastic wheel wells gets irritating so I might find something to spray on them like bed liner to decrease the noise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenboots10 View Post
    coming from a civic si and miata
    Compared to these examples, the WRX will feel considerably more composed on rough terrain.

    Quote Originally Posted by kenboots10 View Post
    I hate the sound whenever I do go on dirt or gravel roads or hit potholes or pavement imperfections.
    If you are concerned with sound, in any sense of the word (except the exhaust note), the WRX is not for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by kenboots10 View Post
    I'm a suby noob btw, but I have just seen so many vids of wrx's going hard core off road tracks.
    Likely, most of these videos involve a fully-spec'd rally car. Unless you have $250,000+ to spend, the actual car you purchase will be very far removed.
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    I might be in the minority here, but I think my 09 is loud and harsh when I hit potholes. I actually cringe when it happens cause I'm worried about the car.

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    If you don't like noise, don't get an 04-07 STI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    If you don't like noise, don't get an 04-07 STI.
    I guarantee my bugeye makes more ridiculous rattles/diff/tranny noise than any 04-07 STi
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    Like others have said, the car handles rough roads admirably. In my experience, ground clearance is really the limiting factor to what the car can do. I don't take it on real 4x4 trails, but forest service, logging, or other gravel roads shouldn't be a problem.

    There are lots of rattles from the interior though. It stops as soon as you get back on paved roads, but you can tell Subaru sacrificed some build quality to keep the car cheap. If you drive off-road a lot, it could get annoying.

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    there are much quieter, much less squeak and rattle prone vehicles out there as compared to the wrx. however, you have to sacrifice something for the speed and AWD. the fit and finish is the WRX is well behind the mazda and the honda, so if you are looking for a vehicle that is similar in interior quality, you may want to look into something else, but if you want to give up some of that for speed and enjoyment, the wrx is a good choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    I guarantee my bugeye makes more ridiculous rattles/diff/tranny noise than any 04-07 STi
    May make more noise from the car...but the stiffer, tighter suspension (not to mention my blown rear struts which are very typical of 05 STIs), less sound deadening interior, and so on make for a loud ass ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    not to mention my blown rear struts which are very typical of 05 STIs
    Too much junk in the trunk?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    Too much junk in the trunk?
    I like em round...real thick and juicy. Double up.
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