I researched forever and finally decided that a 2011 WRX Hatchback would be my perfect part-time commuter/winter car (I drive an M3 when the sun is shining). AWD for traction, just enough space with the hatchback and guaranteed smiles with the turbo engine.
I check my local dealer's web site every week or so, and yesterday I finally got a hit - a WRX 4-dr was in stock! I went out and drove it and the performance was just what I had hoped for - lots of pep and plenty of grip.
The one thing that bothered me right away was the exhaust drone while the car was idling. I realize this is practically a requirement for the age group this car is targeted to, but it's just not for me. It literally made it hard to talk when the car was idling! (though it was almost unnoticeable once we were moving)
So, here's the deal... both my wife and I will be driving this car, and there's no way she'll green-light this purchase if the exhaust sound remains. I really want the car, and I'm willing to replace whatever component needs to be replaced (I assume the muffler?) as long as it's under $500 or so. Is this doable? Any suggestions so I can have a plan before I buy it?
On a side note I remember reading a comment suggesting that the hatchback has a different muffler/exhaust than the 4-dr. Is the hatchback quieter than the sedan? Any first-hand knowledge?
Thanks for your help... I really want this car!