I just bought my first WRX. It's a 2009 WRX premium. I will have photos at some point. Just a run of the mill Impreza. Silver. Has 51,360 kms. I just love it.
However, like most cars, there are flaws. How could Subaru not have equipped this car with HID lights? It blows my mind. I will have to spend a lot of hard earned cash just to upgrade those ugly yellowy halogen projectors. The fog lights will be changed to HID as well in the yellow color. It is a rally car, and needs to look like it. I have seen a few Imprezas upgraded properly, they look fantastic.
What is with the lame exhaust system? I was too excited in my two test drives to pay attention and now am looking at pricing for exhaust and what it involved...it's unaffordable. I hate that exhaust. Makes it hard to shift. Can't hear ANY noises. My stupid Acura TL had more noise then my WRX Rally car. I am a little perplexed. Oh well.
Overall...for the dough...WOW!!!! It's a radical car to drive and sit in. I have read alot of threads about tires and winter. I am new to Subaru too, but decided to buy some dedicated winter rims and tires.
Seems the way to go is change rim size to 16". I am not really convinced this is necessary for daily use even in a "snowbelt". I managed to find a guy with Subaru WRX 17" alloys from a 2007 model that he sold. They had 205/50-17 TOYO Observe G-02 Plus winter tires already mounted. They looked hardly used. Still see all the tire markings. Mounted on my car for $535. Now I have a dope set of winter rims and tires and my stock ones (which are nice IMHO) got a cleaning and stored in my shed. So far, have been hit by two snowstorms in my area, followed by hailstorms, freezing, melting, raining...all combined. Very good tire. Dry road is loud, feels a bit squishy. Decent stick in the rain...but not as good as my Dunlop 235's. However, for me, this tire shines on the Ice. Excellent stopping power. Tire feels like it bites into the ice. In the snow, just as great. With the AWD, getting through bad weather is effortless.
I am in love. However, I am going to stay stock...except for lights, but my lights arent covered by warranty...so they will get changed. Pricing it out to be nearly $1000. Geez. Any help or suggestions...alternatives...would be greatly appreciated. I MUST have HID. I am a light junkie. I even want to change all interior lights to LED white....and tail lamps and turn signals...should ALL be led. I could go on and on. I feel for a 2009 Rally car, its missing these features that should be stock.