Car: '13 Base WRX Sedan, ~4k miles
Mods: Kartboy STS, Kartboy front & rear shifter bushings
Driving style: Shift at 2600-3000 rpm, gone past 5k rpm maybe 3 or 4 times in the past 8 months of ownership. Shift at 4000-4200 rpm during "spirited driving". Don't beat on the car, pretty conservative.
I'm considering the Cobb AP stage 1 tune but am fairly skeptical whether it would do me any good. Not interested in more power, my main concern is reliability and smoothness. I've done endless searching in regards to the stage 1 tune and some have said that stage 1 actually feels weaker at lower rpms when compared to stock and that the power comes in later on in the powerband. I shift at pretty low rpms so having less power at that range is counterintuitive to my driving style. I drive 95% city with a stoplight on every block, so I don't have much chance to let the car fly. Just looking for WRX owners who have flashed to stage 1 to confirm whether or not this is true.