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Pros: THE KEY
Cons: NO SUNROOF. ONCE YOU HAVE HAD ONE YOU NEED ONE.
Advice: DO NOT HESITATE! BUY IT AND FORGET ABOUT ANY REMORSE. GOOD CHOICEThis car is vastly different than my previous car (2000 civic ex with 200hp). Unfortunately it was stolen. The 'I' is special. it accelorates, makes curves and is generally alien to me. I wake up each day and look forward to driving my unnamed car. So far the turbo is a mystery to me. The 'brake-in period' is performed not very strictly. I bought the 'I' because it is fast and can handle abuse. That is how I drive. With regard to the positives, it is fast, handles well at all speeds, braking gives me confidence, even at very high speeds. The interior fits as a glove ( no not O.J.'s). Everything is right there at the reach or touch. As for shortcomings, below 3000 rpms, Fred Flinstone rips me off the line. I have plans for the future, but for now STOCK is paramount. I'm used to a GS-R motor and I could wind that motor forever. Not with the 'I'. (more future plans). 18's would improve handling. (future). All in All I truly love this car. When I learn to drive it properly that joy will be magnified greatly. I need good advice on how the improve a car which is almost perfect to begin with. Respect the car and other drivers and the rewards will surely follow. MORE INFO TO FOLLOW WITH ' MILES TO GO BEFORE I SLEEP'. .
Cons: Cup holder placement
Advice: A five minute test drive doesn't do it justiceAmazing acceleration, especially in rain or on dirt. I will often go out of my way to find a dirt road on the way home from work. This car in one word - FUN!! BTW- The picture at the top of this page is of 2001 model, look at profesional reviews to see the redesigned 2002 model.
Pros: Turbo enging coupled to AWD - super stealth supercar
Cons: Radio antenna placement, needs more power features
Advice: Dont drive one unless you are willing to purchase it!!!!!!!!!!!!After driving a 97 Maxima, I had a taste for luxury and speed. My next vehicle was a Jetta GLX. It was a sad disappointment from a performance and a comfort standpoint. The Jetta is simply too small for a 6'3' person and the performance was sub par. After some horribile quality problems, I test drove a WRX wagon and was thouroughly hooked. I can say this WRX is the fastest car I have ever owned and every day I drive reinforces the belief that this is the best car I have ever owned. It is lacking in luxury features, but the power the car delivers is truly intoxicating and makes up for any other shortcomings ( I have not found any yet). The car has more than enough headroom due to WRC heritage and the need to wear race helmets. It also has ample room for the outdoor recreations that I enjoy (mountain biking, snowboarding, etc.). Only dislikes are: 1. Needs more power features (passenger side one touch up/down window controls) and sunroof. 2. Antenna placement on A pillar
Pros: Turbo Engine
Cons: Stock stereo
Advice: Buy oneAmazing acceleration and traction. Turns without leaning and the steering is extremely light and precise. The care goes exactly where you point it and tracks straight and true at any speed.
Cons: none so far.
Advice: Best buy for the priceVery powerful and fun to drive.
Pros: Functional hood scoupe
Cons: Antenna mounted on the 'A' pillar
Advice: Get to the dealer fast, drive it, buy it!!I am impressed with the acceleration this vehicle offers off the line. You would never guess a vehicle with all wheel drive could accelerate at such a fast rate. There is a bit of turbo lag below 3K rpms, however, it leaves such a rush once the turbo kicks...
Pros: power/weight ratio
Cons: front end styling
Advice: get oneBest 0-60mph/$ spent, this side of a motorcycle. Fun to drive. Quiet and steady at 90 mph. Great in snow (of course).