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    So after owning two Mazdaspeed 3's over the last two and a half years, I finally got my WRX. Its a 2011 Satin White Pearl premium. Came with tinted windows, homelink and SPT short shifter. Couldn't be happier!

    Once I get it detailed, I'll get some pics up.

    Not planning to do much to it for now except maybe something simple like an intake and HIDs. Any recommendations?

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    Sounds good. Thanks for the info! Guess I'll be waiting to get an AP.
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    I loved the MS3 also. They both have their strong suits. The speed had a better interior, HIDs, and more torque. But the subie is a subie. I've always wanted a WRX. The MS3 was moreso a stopgap until I could find the WRX I've wanted.
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    So maybe you all can help me out. I've searched all over, and can't find what I'm looking for. If I've missed it, please just shoot me a link and I'll be happy to check it out.

    Since I've never had a WRX before, should I let the car warm up before driving it? Or is it ok to drive cold? The speed had no break-in period, and took no more than 45 seconds to warm up. The WRX seems to take a bit longer, so I'm not sure if I should let it warm up first, or just go about my day cold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bradboyd80 View Post
    So maybe you all can help me out. I've searched all over, and can't find what I'm looking for. If I've missed it, please just shoot me a link and I'll be happy to check it out.

    Since I've never had a WRX before, should I let the car warm up before driving it? Or is it ok to drive cold? The speed had no break-in period, and took no more than 45 seconds to warm up. The WRX seems to take a bit longer, so I'm not sure if I should let it warm up first, or just go about my day cold.
    Its just like any other car, just let it idle at least for 30 seconds...but as much as I say that, I'm guilty of just driving right after I start it up but I don't get on it until its warmed up all the way.
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    I just crank it up and go and I have never had any problems.

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    Thanks for the input. I never get on it anyway due to the break-in according to the manual. I've heard of some cars that you can't drive until at least the needle starts moving.
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    I recently bought an 11 WRX. Before that I drove a 00 Focus so I know almost nothing about performance cars. I just really liked the WRX so I finally bought one.

    Anyway, one of the things I'd heard about the WRX is that you can relatively cheaply increase it's performance, etc by modifying it. It seems like this accessport is something people do as a first step. I'm not sure what an accessport is, but it sounds like you plug it into the car and it does something to the ECU to tune it. Is that right? Does that mean that if you buy an accessport and plug it in to a stock WRX, you'll more-or-less automatically increase performance, or do you need to buy other parts to do so? Is it something that a unknowledgable person like me can do and actually notice some benefits?

    Sorry, all very noob questions, but I'm noob so what can I say...
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLow View Post
    I recently bought an 11 WRX. Before that I drove a 00 Focus so I know almost nothing about performance cars. I just really liked the WRX so I finally bought one.

    Anyway, one of the things I'd heard about the WRX is that you can relatively cheaply increase it's performance, etc by modifying it. It seems like this accessport is something people do as a first step. I'm not sure what an accessport is, but it sounds like you plug it into the car and it does something to the ECU to tune it. Is that right? Does that mean that if you buy an accessport and plug it in to a stock WRX, you'll more-or-less automatically increase performance, or do you need to buy other parts to do so? Is it something that a unknowledgable person like me can do and actually notice some benefits?

    Sorry, all very noob questions, but I'm noob so what can I say...
    I haven't done enough research to be able to answer some of that. You are right in that essentially all you do is buy the accessport, and through the OBD port you retune the ECU, which can add some extra horsepower. But keep in mind it's not as simple as "plug it in and go". I've never personally used one, but I'm pretty sure you have to download a map from the Cobb website to the accessport. Then when you plug it into the car, you can load the map to your ECU. Gains are usually minimal for a stock vehicle however (for the WRX I don't know what the gains are yet). But, once you add an intake, exhaust, downpipe, or other bolt on mods, is when you notice the largest gains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLow View Post
    I recently bought an 11 WRX. Before that I drove a 00 Focus so I know almost nothing about performance cars. I just really liked the WRX so I finally bought one.

    Anyway, one of the things I'd heard about the WRX is that you can relatively cheaply increase it's performance, etc by modifying it. It seems like this accessport is something people do as a first step. I'm not sure what an accessport is, but it sounds like you plug it into the car and it does something to the ECU to tune it. Is that right? Does that mean that if you buy an accessport and plug it in to a stock WRX, you'll more-or-less automatically increase performance, or do you need to buy other parts to do so? Is it something that a unknowledgable person like me can do and actually notice some benefits?

    Sorry, all very noob questions, but I'm noob so what can I say...
    Did you read the Cobb Tuning website? They literally answer every question you just asked...

    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Cobb+tuning+accessport


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