I used to drive a Corolla XRS 2012 until it was stolen right in front of my house. It was my first MT and I absolutely loved it. As I'm currently shopping for a new car, I've narrowed down to a WRX and the new Mazda 3 Sport GS 2014. Mazda does have a history of rust, and although there seems to have some improvements over the last few years, that's still the first thing that crosses my mind. After test-driving the WRX, I felt that everything is better than the XRS except for the shifter feel. I'm almost certain to get a WRX, but I still have a couple of concerns that you WRX owners may be able to help me with:
1) As the WRX is turbocharged, is there any additional maintenance that needs to be done like cleaning the inside of the turbo, clean the hood scoop, etc?
2) I live in Canada, and you can be certain there are snowstorm. I have a set of 16" winter tires on steel rims. I'm wondering if they'll fit the WRX? I tried looking in the tire thread in this forum, and someone has the same tire as I do P205/55R 16, yet he didn't mention what rims he had. My steel rims are of the following spec:
Wheel Diameter: 16-inch
Wheel Width: 6.5-inch
Bolt Pattern: 5 - 100mm
Hub Bore: 54.10mm
Centricity: Hub Centric
Thanks in advance.