Will from Norwalk,CT saying hello all to the forum. I just got my WRX two days ago and I love it! The sound of the engine and exhaust, the speed and the color (Plasma Blue Pearl) are all fantastic. I had just leased a 2009 Legacy with manual transmission and I was a little worried the WRX would have the same box. Thankfully it has a good to great gearbox. Shifts are crisp and give good feedback. Reverse is still iffy but it could be I am hamfisted in reverse.
My dealer said no break in period and it is a lease so it is hard to heed the advice of friends who say to go easy. I have owned an Acura RSX (fantastic gearbox but a gutless wonder under 6K RPM), an E46 M3 (great car but $750 for tires every 6 months sucks and any snow was a show stopper) and the Legacy. The WRX is as fun as the M3 and sounds much better. Seeing how much I love this car already, I am double thinking the lease deal. Some gripes: this car without 18-19 wheels is a crime and summer tires on an all-wheel drive car sold in New England?! Anyhow, I look forward to many smile filled miles and no speeding tickets! Positive thinking works right? I'll post pics ASAP.