So the big question, for those of you who have owned both the GD and GR STI, which do you prefer and why?
For me, even before I bought my GR, it took me a long time to warm up the look, and I only really warmed up enough to buy the car, I was never much of a fan. First drive impressions were pretty awful, the handling seemed worse the ever, steering was numb, road noise was awful, and this silly SI drive thing... I wasn't very fond of the car. So in an attempt to make the most of it, one went KW V3, RCE sways, new wheels/tires, and Stage 1 etc. - See pic below, cause everyone hates threads without pics
Did the upgrades help? Sure, but the road noise was still terrible, and I just couldn't get used to how ugly I thought the car was, so I sold it. During ownership of that car I felt as though I was constantly comparing my GR to my old 2004 STI, so much nostalgia, I felt like the GD was better in every way (With the exception of the lack of a wagon STI option). I preferred the looks of the GD, the interior (I find the GR panels scratch up so easily as they are some bizarre soft touch material), and the handling.
Being logical I have to ask myself if my sentiments for the GD were genuine, was I simply forgetting all the things I didn't like about that car back when I drove it every day? And then I pop some Xanax and it doesn't even matter...
I am currently looking for a nice little winter car that the GF can daily, and really tempted to go back to a 04-07 WRX or STI, also considering a Legacy GT but have zero experience with the car. Right now it seems that going back to a GD STI would just be so easy for me...
So I'm curious to see what others have to say about the GD vs. GR as a daily, please ignore the incentive of a hatch, I never really need to put anything large in the car as I also have a truck!
And just to keep things going, a couple more pics, my recently sold ITR, and my E46 M3!