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Here is what he said (couldn't say much due to press embargo)(posted on evolutionm.net):

"I'm anything but unbiased. So please don't put too much weight in my preference. After all, it is just that... a preference. And it's based upon my particular driving habits which, as some will testify, is quite enthusiastic by even enthusiast's standards. Also keep in mind that I already have two Subarus so I'm somewhat accustomed to how they drive and what to expect from them. While I'm not bored of them, they are becoming awfully familiar.

That said, my preference is the EVO. To me, it's a better fit. It does all the little, but very important, things very well. During threshold braking, the pedal is still high and firm enough to heel/toe blip without unwanted braking modulation. The steering wheel colunn doesn't get in the way of my knees (I'm 6' tall with long legs). The brake pedal is wide enough for left foot braking. The door panel doesn't rub the side of my knee when I use it to brace myself. The seats hold me well enough so I don't have to exert myself to keep upright. The shifter is quick and positive enough to double-clutch into first gear at 20mph, time after time again, without looking like a dork. The steering is super-quick but has enough feedback and self-centering traits to keep from over-correcting from a botched slide. At the limit, it's not an idiot-proof, dumbed-down car that is designed to keep uninterested drivers on the road, pointing in the right direction. It only plows when you enter a turn too fast or get on the gas too hard. It's super stable, yet totally placeable during trailing throttle/braking.

The STi does have it's strengths, of course. And they should be fairly obvious. Nothing short of a 911 turbo will compare to the way it absolutely launches out of tight turns. Short gearing and lots of immediate, lag-free torque will make you smile There's more but that will have to wait until May

But personally, I'm more comfortable with making more power than making something handle/ride better. While both involve juggling compromise, the latter is a lot more subjective and harder to quantify and even harder to appreciate without some driver committment.

But keep in mind that I'd be perfectly have happy owning either car. But given the current situation, I'm not at all unhappy having gone with the EVO. But it's still early and I have yet to get my tuning paws on the STi. Preferences may change. And then they may change back again. It never ends. Both are awesome cars. Great in their own environments. A fellow journalist who I trust prefered the STi for its muscle-car traits. Different strokes for different folks."
 

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Very well said and written. To each his own.

It is becoming more prevalent to see media saying the EVO's suspension is hard core and damn near perfect. As the one article said, if you want to be happy with the car 90% of the time (better daily driver), go STi. If you want the ultimate track car that will beat on you and isn't refined at all, go EVO.

I'll be more than happy with my choice. Just need to wait till May 1 to see what we may need to work on.
 

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Good lord, I absolutely cannot wait until May!!!! I need a more interesting job to keep my mind from wandering and thinking about my future STI! Oh yeah, that was a really good write up by Shiv, everyone will have different opinions. :D
 

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What exactly is in May?
Ok, press will be able to ride their demo units and post impressions?
I guess June Issues or auto magazines will have nice write-ups and side by side copparisons with EVO..
I remember how automobile magazine put M5 and Regular WRX as best sports sedans... aying penny for penny for r the best around..
I cant wait for their STi review.. :)
Anything else is going in May?
And when do 1st people on the list get their cars? June deliveries?
 

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Article Review on the Evo

Yeah, and like I said, people are pointing out how different these cars are. For me.....I want the look of the STi, the quality/reliability of the STi, the hard-core-yet-daily-driver-friendly suspension of the STi.....

Even if the STi is not the best car on the track out of the box, there is little someone can tell me to make me choose an EVO.
 

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u took the words out of my mouth..
And I do believe Subarus are more reliable, have better all wheel drive system/experience, rally experience, etc, etc..
 

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lol, I'd say yes..
My friend has 10 year old perfectly running Subaru, rusty everywhere, holes in the exterior (thank you acid rains of tri-state), but running perfectly...
 

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STiObserver said:
I think the EVO drivers and STi drivers should compare notes after about 50K miles or so. I think Subaru will win then...
Exactly.

My mind was made up on an STi a long time ago, even before any rumors of the US getting one started to surface. I have been a fan of Subaru for a while now. I have had no problems with the Subaru vehicles I have owned either. Now that we are getting a 2.5L there is no doubt in my mind. I will be real interested to start reading some performance comparoes especially after the ones I see in Japan rank the STi pretty close or a tad higher than the EVO, like someone pointed out in another thread, and we get more of an STi and less of an EVO here in the states.
 

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Yep, everytime I get interested in the Evo I remember my sisters Eagle Talon which was a rebadged Mitsu Mirage. It's motor had a serious oil problem at about 65k, i.e. it quit running. I think she got rid of it for $1000 bucks.

I like getting cars for the long haul.

Besides I've been driving a truck for so long any car will feel like a formula to me. :p
 

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lol.. I am driving 90hp VW Golf TDi Diesel.. U think I'll feel the difference?



darwood said:
Yep, everytime I get interested in the Evo I remember my sisters Eagle Talon which was a rebadged Mitsu Mirage. It's motor had a serious oil problem at about 65k, i.e. it quit running. I think she got rid of it for $1000 bucks.

I like getting cars for the long haul.

Besides I've been driving a truck for so long any car will feel like a formula to me. :p
 

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Hey there all! :D

I just found out some disappointing news for the Evo. Anyone wanna know what it is? :p
 

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Okay, here's the scoop on the Evo... :D

You are Required to change the oil EVERY 1,500 miles!!! :eek:

Now check this out!!!

PLUS you also have to rotate the tires EVERY 1,000 miles!!!! :eek: :eek: :eek:

Holy Cat Crap Batman!!!

Does that maint. scheduel suck or what.?.

Just do the math...

12,000 miles/year(if you only drive the second coolest car in the country that much)

An oil change costs let say $20 and a tire rotation costs $15.

12,000 / 1,500 = 8 * $20 = $160 for oil.
12,000 / 1,000 = 12 * $15 = $180 for rotations.

$160 + $180 = $340 per/year in maint.!

That's $1,700 over five years that will make up for the cost difference people thought they were getting for buying the Evo!

Sucks to be an Evo owner. :D
 
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