So I just picked up my WRB WRX Hatch on Friday. I have put roughly 140 miles on it since then, trying to get a feel for it and get started on those first 1000.
Simply put, I am blown away. The car is beautiful. It handles very well, good turn in and nice tight heavy steering. I have the stock shifter, and I have to say that it is much better than I thought it would be after reading all the reviews here. It can be a little tricky to get into reverse, but other than that I think it is very good. Keep in mind though that I am used to the 5 speed in my 280z, which is rather antiquated and truck like.
Keeping it under 4000 rpms is not going to be easy. There have already been a few time where I have noticed it seems like it is instantly at 4000 in first.
I got the SPT boost gauge installed, and I am quite happy with it. It may not be as nice as some aftermarket gauges, but it is something that I wanted right away and didn't want to start taking that car apart as soon as I got it. I would rather let the techs do it, and fix anything that they screw up (the upper steering column cover got pretty scratched up when they installed it, but they ordered a new one and are going to install it as soon as it gets in).
One thing that I did notice, was a VERY slight grinding sound when cruising. It almost sounds like someone sharpening a knife very far away. I am not too concerned about it now, I think it could have just been the brakes not quite retracting off the the rotors for the first few miles. It seems to have gone away.
Overall I am thrilled with the car, and looking forward to getting to put the pedal to the floor in 850 miles!