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    Just a quick question on AWD and the WRX...

    Hey all,

    I've never driven an AWD vehicle before and I was just curious. Are the WRXs more prone to understeer than oversteer? It seems like from a few of the videos I've seen, it is more prone to understeer when pushed, although I've seen a few videos too where the back will suddenly lash out unexpectedly. What has been your experience?

    Also, I live in Utah where it snows alot. I know AWD really helps for acceleration in the snow, but I've seen firsthand that good snow tires on a FWD car will outperform all season tires on an AWD car for general snowy road performance. Of course if you load the AWD car with snow tires, then it is king again. Is it really that helpful to have AWD on snowy roads? Thanks!

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    Nope, I' dead serious. I just don't think AWD is as big as an advantage as everyone makes it out to be. Just wanted to see if some guys out there had some experience, like "honestly I dont notice much difference in the snow" or something. Like I said, getting moving I'm sure it helps a bit, but other than that, unless your rally racing or something, I'm just not sure its something I want to pay for year round in order to have a minor advantage when cold weather comes.

    As for the AWD understeer or oversteer, thats a valid question too. I did some searches, but it returned like every thread in the forum, and most of them looked completely unrelated. I've never been impressed with forum search boxes, but perhaps its my searching skills that suck.

    Not sure if your answer is troll...

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    Understeer.

    And yes, huge advantage in snow, and anything that's not pavement.

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    My WRX is unbelievably better in the snow than any front driver I have ever owned. I traded an 08 SI on it and have a 2011 V-6 6-speed Accord Coupe as well. As far as summer tires I've never tried them in the snow. We have winter tires on 6 months of the year (Nov thru April)as I spend most of my time in the UP of Michigan.

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    That's kind of a trick question. There can be either understeer or oversteer. Depends on your driving. In snow, just making a standard turn, there is understeer. With heavy accel or a "Swedish flick" you'll get oversteer.

    Yes, a good awd system is king. Especially with snows. I would take my Subaru over my jeep on snow packed roads.
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    Ok these are the answers I was after. So it gives you perhaps what you would call a noticeable confidence in snowy weather? I do like the outdoors too, and wouldn't mind taking the car up the canyon to go snowboarding or something sometime. Do you think I would be ok on all-season tires, coupled with the AWD system? I get by on all-seasons on my light, FWD CRX...

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    I actually look forward to snow now.

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    Cool cool. So far I have this:

    WRX Pros:

    -great factory power
    -great reliability
    -great safety ratings
    -great sound (exhaust)
    -great AWD system

    Cons:
    -Poor interior
    -Not the best MPG in its class

    Are there any other cons I'm missing? I am pretty much sold on buying one, I'm just the type of guy that researches EVERYTHING, and I ask all the questions I have before making a purchase.

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    I feel like the interior is on par with other "normal" cars. It's not luxury but it's not crappy either.

    Just go test drive one and decide for yourself, then re-write the subjective part of your pro-con list.

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    The stock stereo is by far the biggest con IMO. It would be OK for a base Honda Fit.

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    Going with leather seats spruces up the interior a bit. And yeah, the stock radio was the only thing about the car I didnt like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kritzell
    The stock stereo is by far the biggest con IMO. It would be OK for a base Honda Fit.
    The WRX is still an entry-level economy vehicle inside, so why wouldn't a cheap stereo be included? The 2004 STI didn't even include one.
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    Fair enough, I didn't view it from that angle. I just thought a 30K automobile should have a better stereo.

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