This past weekend I hunted for the wrx and forester 5sp manual. No one within a 2 hour drive has yet to get one in. However, I was able to test drive an impreza 5sp manual to see how it felt. Boy was I disappointed and I am hoping this isn't what is used in the wrx/sti versions. I had test driven my friends older 5sp manual legacy and this new impreza felt similar, but had better peddle gap.
My only thoughts were that it was very loose feeling. The clutch is ultra light, the stick felt very loose with slight rubber feel, and there was no feedback letting you know you were in gear after trying to search for that gear.
Coming from a 2007 civic si 6sp manual, I could just be spoiled and maybe this is how most manuals feel. I have driven 5sp echo, 4sp tercel, 5sp pickup all which were from yrs 2000 and older, but all except the pickup had a better feeling manual setup than the impreza I drove.
I do not want to bash anyone, I really started loving suby and really want one, but I prefer manual, but do not think I could get used to a 5sp that shifts like the impreza did. Are wrx better or is this something that has always been an issue with subies? Thank you all