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I got to the dealership in Waipahu, Hawaii yesterday. The car looks just as it does in pictures...in real life, there is no hiding the way it looks. It's prettier than the 02-03's, but not as pretty as the old GC8 style. At this point, it doesn't matter...it accelerates so fast, the ugly comes right off and then has to catch up with the car.

Suspension is very stiff...almost equivalent to my car. There is little or no turbo lag upon acceleration, however, this is a little bit of (not much) lag when you are in higher gear at lower RPM's. With the general manager in the car, we never took the car higher than 4000 RPM (where they had the shift light set to), but it hauls major ASS. I mean, if you could imagine a 2.5 RS turboed, that's what it feels like. If any of you old school guys here had the pleasure to drive a turboedRS, you'll know what I mean. It's absoluetly unbelieveable.

The hood scoop is huge, and I have no problem with the rear wing (guess why). You can't even notice the blue carpeting (which was a huge pet peeve in my book). The interior is otherwise WRX, which the difference in the gauge pack and the "semi- automatic" climate control (whatever the hell that is...they still haven't gotten the manuals yet). The seats are very similar to my AUS- WRX seats, however, the lower seat bolsters are quite high, but very supportive.

Driving the car yesterday made it that much harder to decide what to do. I am at the top of the list for the first silver/ silver for next month. Hopefully by then I will have decided...

There are more first time reviews by a couple of guys who acutally bought a few of the first STi's in the country here
 

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Ditchhanger: From the I-club link you provided, the post mentions that the rear spoiler and hood scoop "bounced around". Is that because the suspension is stiff, the wind (at speed) moves them or what? I don't know why they would move. Thanks for the reply.
 

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Ditchhanger: From the I-club link you provided, the post mentions that the rear spoiler and hood scoop "bounced around". Is that because the suspension is stiff, the wind (at speed) moves them or what? I don't know why they would move. Thanks for the reply.
I honestly don't know...I didn't post that in the thread. One of the owners did. I personally didn't notice it. I was too busy paying attention to the curvy road we were on...
 

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No, Hawaii get's their cars from SOA. Japan mfg's them for SOA and they are the first place that SOA drops them off at.
 

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Ahh Murley, always there to clear the confusion. Thank you once again for being a huge asset to this site!
 
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