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My Subarus

Ordered on 3/6/2014 from Clint at Heuberger (my local dealer), a base 2015 STi in CWP. Options are STI SSK, all weather mats, and Homelink Mirror.

The current journal image is not my car, but will be what it looks like when it arrives in August. :)

This will be my third STi, and my fourth WRX overall.

First was a 2002 WRX Wagon which had the very first version of Cobb AccessPort installed to go to Stage 1. I eventually put upgraded suspension, brakes and wheel/tire combo on this car as well (no pics at that state) before moving on to the next car.



After the wagon came a 2005 STi in Crystal Grey Metallic. This car remained mostly stock, with the only upgrades being front and rear sways and endlinks, upgraded audio, the Rally Armor flaps, and the winter Rota wheel/tire combo you see here.





After messing in the Euro scene for a while, I came back to Subaru with a 2010 GR Hatch in Obsidian Black Pearl. This car was upgraded to Stage 1 AP, Race Comp RG Yellows, Whiteline front and rear sways with KartBoy endlinks, Magnaflow exhaust, Rally Armor flaps, JVC head unit, Supertones in black, tint, front lip, and some other smaller touches.







That car went away in favor of more Euro cars, but now it's time to come back once again to another STi, simply because of roads like this:



that get really crummy in wintertime. The STi is the perfect car for where I live, and I'm glad to get back into one later this year.

Immediate plans will be for mud flaps, upgraded audio, C light DRL conversion, clear bra and tint, winter tires for OEM wheels, Supertones, TapTurn, and V1 hardwire. Will likely go to Stage 2 E85 at some point once the stock power gets boring.
 

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My Non-Subaru Vehicles

The other cars between my STi's:

2006 Volvo V70R. 300hp, 6MT, AWD, super comfy doctor wagon. Nothing covered miles faster and in more comfort than this car. However, it was heavy and ultimately expensive to keep up.







After changing the Volvo for my GR, I traded the GR in for a 2012 335is. This car had a JB4 upgrade, which made for a nice bump in power. Unfortunately when pushed really hard, the car rolled around a lot, and the added power meant running thru tires like nobody's business.







The Bimmer went away in favor of a 2006 Cayman S, which I currently drive whenever the weather and road conditions allow. And that's the real problem with the Cayman - even with winter tires, it's a little dicey to drive here in the mountains for four seasons.









And now the car which I will never sell, my 2000 Honda S2000:







This is an AP1, so it revs to 9k and has no traction or stability control. This car was bought off eBay for the auction's opening price, and I drove it back to Colorado from Idaho through a February winter storm. Needless to say, that was an interesting experience. From that point, the car has been enjoyed in various stages of build from stock to not-so-stock.

The car now has:

  • Sciene of Speed Stage 1 Supercharger
  • Buddy Club N-Spec Racing Coilovers
  • OZ Racing Allegrita HLT wheels in 17"
  • T1R V70RT Titanium catback
  • Berk test pipe
  • Science of Speed LW Flywheel (9lbs)
  • Science of Speed Sport Clutch
  • APR CF wide view side mirrors
  • Challenge CF bumper cap (to cover the dual exhaust outlet)
  • lots of other stuff I can't think of now
As it's now built, this car is faster and more fun to drive than my Cayman, and has the added benefit of Honda durability and cost of maintenance. So the Honda stays and the Cayman goes in favor of my '15 STi.
 

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Delivery Day!

Delivery Day - 6/19/14!

Finally!! :)





Initial impressions:

The handling is vastly improved over my '10 STi. Response to inputs reminds me of my Cayman, as does the ability to dial in more steering input and still have the car react. I haven't pushed really hard yet, but the car is very agile up at around 6/10's. Once the tires are better scrubbed in, I can give some more feedback here.

Steering feel is also much improved, although still a little lighter feeling than it could be. No real complaints though.

Fit & Finish is great for a Subie; good compared to other cars in this price bracket. No real surprise there.

Seating position feels too high as others have commented. Upper side bolstering is quite nice, but the bottom cushion needs more rake and support. These will need to be upgraded at some point.

Factory short throw is spot on for my taste.

Kicker upgraded speakers sound better than the typical stock speakers, but the HU still seems underpowered as in previous gens. The integration is pretty good. One may consider just adding an external amp instead of a full HU replacement. I'm already invested in stuff to do a full swap, so I'm going to continue down that path.

First mod is already done... 3M clear bra strips at the trunk corners to hopefully avoid chipping.
 

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Nice roster of cars you have there. How does the S2K compare to the Coxster?
Thanks!

The Coxster has a level of sophistication that the S2K doesn't. Interior wise it's obviously no contest, especially with my car having full leather interior. It also benefits from the true mid-ship engine placement compared to the Honda. You can feel the weight transfer and rotation motions so much more clearly in the Porsche than in the Honda. Much better sense of traction as well with the rear-bias weight distribution.

The direct shifter linkage in the Honda blows away the Cayman's, which is a cable setup by necessity in order to deal with the engine being in front of the transmission. The electric power assist in the Honda isn't that far behind the Cayman's hydraulic setup, despite what you typically read about EPS in reviews. The Honda is a smaller car, and is a bit easier to place on the road than the Cayman. The Cayman is much more practical with two storage areas, but it's a total PITA to work on with the mid-engine all surrounded by body work and frame. Finally, dropping the top on the Honda and rapping that motor out to 9,000 RPM gives a noise that's not found in many other vehicles. The Cayman's flat six at 7,000 RPM isn't too shabby either.

Cost of upkeep is the main difference between the cars. $100 oil change DIY for the Cayman vs. about $40 for the Honda. Tires, OEM parts, etc, etc all add up quickly on the Cayman, whereas the Honda is... a Honda.

They are both truly wonderful solutions to the two seat sports car puzzle. You can definitely tell where the extra $30k MSRP goes in the Porsche, but driving in anger on a two lane back road, they're both very rewarding to the driver.

wow I want to take the picture where you took the Porsche!
The pic with all the pink clouds is in a different spot than the others. They are both about an hour give or take west of the Springs. I'd be happy to show you where and shoot your GT-R when you've got it. ;)
 

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The Coxster has a level of sophistication that the S2K doesn't. Interior wise it's obviously no contest, especially with my car having full leather interior. It also benefits from the true mid-ship engine placement compared to the Honda. You can feel the weight transfer and rotation motions so much more clearly in the Porsche than in the Honda. Much better sense of traction as well with the rear-bias weight distribution.



The direct shifter linkage in the Honda blows away the Cayman's, which is a cable setup by necessity in order to deal with the engine being in front of the transmission. The electric power assist in the Honda isn't that far behind the Cayman's hydraulic setup, despite what you typically read about EPS in reviews. The Honda is a smaller car, and is a bit easier to place on the road than the Cayman. The Cayman is much more practical with two storage areas, but it's a total PITA to work on with the mid-engine all surrounded by body work and frame. Finally, dropping the top on the Honda and rapping that motor out to 9,000 RPM gives a noise that's not found in many other vehicles. The Cayman's flat six at 7,000 RPM isn't too shabby either.



They are both truly wonderful solutions to the two seat sports car puzzle. You can definitely tell where the extra $30k MSRP goes in the Porsche, but driving in anger on a two lane back road, they're both very rewarding to the driver.





The pic with all the pink clouds is in a different spot than the others. They are both about an hour give or take west of the Springs. I'd be happy to show you where and shoot your GT-R when you've got it. ;)
Lol silly I'm a pro photographer clintearhart.com I t looks stunning
 

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Care to share any more information about the S2K? Beautiful collection of cars!
 

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good looking group of cars.

i agree 100%.... i will never, ever sell my s2k ('03 suzuka blue, with blue top, blue interior). which can be seen by the fact that its 100% off the road, no plates, no insurance tucked away in a barn that no one will ever find waiting until the day i have some extra cash to get her back on the road ;)
 

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awesome set of cars!

can you post some impressions of the 2015 STi, in the event you get a chance to drive one before your delivery date?

i've been looking for a test drive at my local dealers, but most won't let you even test drive a used STi---given your comments in the other thread in comparison to e90 and e46 330s, i really want to test drive before committing to ordering a car. i'm also passively considering the F80 M3, but same issue: orders are full w/ people who have put money down sight unseen.
 

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awesome set of cars!

can you post some impressions of the 2015 STi, in the event you get a chance to drive one before your delivery date?

i've been looking for a test drive at my local dealers, but most won't let you even test drive a used STi---given your comments in the other thread in comparison to e90 and e46 330s, i really want to test drive before committing to ordering a car. i'm also passively considering the F80 M3, but same issue: orders are full w/ people who have put money down sight unseen.
I'll definitely post impressions, but I seriously doubt I'll have a test drive given that Clint is my local dealer and he's sold out through forever.

Stunning pictures good sir!
Thank you sir!
 

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i actually got a chance to take a 2015 STi for a pretty decent test drive this past sunday that included some highway, some fun circular on and off ramps, and some street driving.

a few random thoughts:

-power! unlike the 2009 i drove, this car did have significantly more power than my 330i---per the sales man, I didn't take it past 4k RPMs, but plenty of low end grunt---i haven't driven a turbo charged car before, but the pickup felt pretty linear (which may be a function of the sport mode vs sport #)
-freely revving engine--the engine seemed to rev easily (esp when compared to my 330i) when i blipped the throttle--in contrast to the slower revs i've experienced in FRS/BRZ's and in the 09 STi
-handling--very nimble, and much quicker steering than i'm used to. also, i would use the word "planted"---minimal body roll in a long, sweeper corner
-ride is stiff, but not harsh: again, comparing to my sport pkg 330i, which really rattles your teeth, the STi actually felt less harsh if that makes sense. busy for sure, but i wasn't cringing before every freeway expansion joint
-steering---good effort required, but not as much as my current car. i understand that "feel" is different from the turning effort, but i didn't really push the car hard enough to get a good sense of how much feedback the steering gives

interior
-pretty high quality, although i'm on the skinny side, so i prefer the narrower seats of the BRZ/FRS.


i think i really want to get an STi now (i'll still test drive an M235i, but the F80 M3 is def out), but they weren't willing to move on price at all. i'm ok to wait until the initial demand dies down.
 

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i actually got a chance to take a 2015 STi for a pretty decent test drive this past sunday that included some highway, some fun circular on and off ramps, and some street driving.

a few random thoughts:

-power! unlike the 2009 i drove, this car did have significantly more power than my 330i---per the sales man, I didn't take it past 4k RPMs, but plenty of low end grunt---i haven't driven a turbo charged car before, but the pickup felt pretty linear (which may be a function of the sport mode vs sport #)
-freely revving engine--the engine seemed to rev easily (esp when compared to my 330i) when i blipped the throttle--in contrast to the slower revs i've experienced in FRS/BRZ's and in the 09 STi
-handling--very nimble, and much quicker steering than i'm used to. also, i would use the word "planted"---minimal body roll in a long, sweeper corner
-ride is stiff, but not harsh: again, comparing to my sport pkg 330i, which really rattles your teeth, the STi actually felt less harsh if that makes sense. busy for sure, but i wasn't cringing before every freeway expansion joint
-steering---good effort required, but not as much as my current car. i understand that "feel" is different from the turning effort, but i didn't really push the car hard enough to get a good sense of how much feedback the steering gives

interior
-pretty high quality, although i'm on the skinny side, so i prefer the narrower seats of the BRZ/FRS.


i think i really want to get an STi now (i'll still test drive an M235i, but the F80 M3 is def out), but they weren't willing to move on price at all. i'm ok to wait until the initial demand dies down.
Not sure how I missed your post here, but thanks for sharing your test drive impressions. :tup:

I got to sit in the M235i at the Denver Auto Show last weekend, and it was an impressive cabin. The steering wheel is amazing. The Motor Trend video review of the STI/M235/CLA45AMG found that the STI had the best composed ride of the three. I'm curious if you'll find the same conclusion after you test drive.
 

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Nice cars. The Cayman S always interested me. Looking at your GR I actually kinda like those 5 spoke stock wheels now. I couldn't find a set of BBSs fast enough when I bought my '10.
 

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Nice cars. The Cayman S always interested me. Looking at your GR I actually kinda like those 5 spoke stock wheels now. I couldn't find a set of BBSs fast enough when I bought my '10.
Thanks man. I sold the Cayman last weekend and it was surprisingly easy to do it given how little I was able to drive the car in the first place with where we live. It's definitely a pure driver's car, one that I'm sure I will miss when I look back on it.

Those 5 spokes were kept on for winter duty only. I never had so much of an issue with the style of them, but they were heavy as hell, which I can't stand due to all of the negatives that come with heavy unsprung/rotating mass.
 

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Heavy and ugly - that pretty much sums up the GR 5 spokes. I'm planning on spraying mine with plasti dip and seeing if I can tolerate them for winter use.
 
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