meh.. doesn't matter what others think. Most of them aren't thinking at all anyway lolThe daytime running lights turn off when you pull the handbrake up. Every time I stop at a red light, people must think I'm weird for turning my lights on and off.
Yes, and its fixable. Subaru markets the vehicle with nice soft mounts in the driveline so its quiet and smooth. If you want to get rid of that clunky loose feeling, change out the soft mounts. A rear subframe lockdown kit coupled with a Diff bushing insert kit will greatly reduce that as well as the funky feeling you get when you're using the parking brake in ways you're not supposed to.And something I'd like feedback on from other owners: On the majority of gear changes, as I release the clutch - at whatever speed I'm driving and no matter how slowly I release the pedal - the car feels like it's jumping into gear. There's no smoothness to the gear engaging. It's like it's either in gear or it's not. There's no transition. I don't get a noise, it's just a very abrupt jarring felt through the pedal. Is this normal for AWD Subarus?
Seriously, for less than $100 and about a hour worth of labor you can get rid of about 95% of that slop and not introduce any extra noise into the car. Changing the pitch stop and trans mount is next after that but they WILL increase nvh a bit. I found a layer of dynamat was sufficient in bringing the car back to very tolerable (I like quiet) levels. None of the above will affect warranty any either, matter of fact the group N trans mount can be purchased right from your local dealer... if you want to pay too much for it
Back on topic.. if you want her to like it man.. have her drive it. If you need more room, get the hatch. Its a great car for the money and though you'll be spending more for the car and maintenance its not any different from other turbo cars. I bought my car new in oct 09 (my2010) w 63 mi on it and just this past week crested 90K mi. I've done nothing but regular maintenance. My car has also been stage II since 60K mi (yes I waited until after the warranty was up to mod). Either way you shake it, its a fun car at a decent price. Just like letting a kid pet a puppy... after she drives it she'll like it.
If she doesn't, it wasn't meant to be.