Maybe not. But if I were Mitsubishi I would not want to pay for any
repairs on a car that was raced. Racing = rapid wear and tear.
Why should they cover it? I think every car maker has explicit
statements in the warranty saying that racing equals automatic
cancellation of a warranty. If you race $30k car you'd better have
cash to pay for all repairs out of pocket or race something cheaper.
they have to prove it. just 'cos you raced a mitsu doesn't mean it's
the same vehicle as affected by a warranty issue. heck, if you're a
mitsu fan, you'll have two or three of them, one for towing the racer to
events, one for the wife, etc. denial based on "inconclusive" web
browsing is a try-on. and they know it. don't take "no" for an answer.
you have rights in this matter. exercise them.
Lets see, my laundry list for Impreza (including WRX):
1. shitty handling (can't feel where the car ends)
2. shitty 5sp transmission.
3. "hello retirement!" suspension (My Outback Sport rolls MORE with a
fat rear sway bar
than a Toyolet Malibu without, and mind you Malibu is not a sporting
car by any measure).
4. mediocre brakes
On Impreza without turbo:
5. shitty gear ratios
On the plus side there are gobs of traction anywhere. But Civic Si
should be no worse I
expect. And dispite the puny 139 ft.lbs of torque that beast does 0-60
in 6.5 sec
while my pigley that can theoretically crank out 166 ft.lbs does it in
See the part about shitty gearing above if you are still Imprezzed.
Granted, for WRX you probably would have so much power that you won't
how the car is geared. Properly or not you'd have plenty of power
and can transport yourself pretty quickly. Having zero enjoyment in the
So if a muscle car is in your future WRX fits the bill just fine. But
have any brains left you may want to give a long and hard look to Civic
Dunno if the seats are bearable though. They were complete P.O.S. when
I test drove a civic 3 years ago and that was a dealbreaker.
My son and I test drove a WRX a few months ago when we were shopping for a
new car for him for graduation.
Fast? Oh yeah.
But it was put together like the cheapo civic DX and even shutting the doors
sounded tinny. The inside was nothing to write home about. I guess if you
want raw power, it's for you. Personally I like a balance of both.
He ended up getting an EX-V6 4 door Accord 6-Spd.
They're designed, based on the trim level/spec to be a road legal
track car. As such creature comforts that add weight, like the
soundproofing, and all that, are taken out.
friend of a friend ran a hillclimb car (60's mini) - you had to wear
radio headsets inside your helmets to talk between the ocupants,
because it was too noisy otherwise. Thats how such cars are.
Drove a Metro 6R4 groupB rally car from the early/mid 80s a few yewars
back, you couldn't hear anything in that thing, and it was fast as
hell - 80's civic hatchback size, 450+hp, and 4WD. was banned from
rallys for being too fast and so too dangerous. At the time, they were
able to lap silverstone in them within about 10-15 seconds of the
formula1 cars. but noisy - hell yeah!
I picked up my Fit 07 this evening. I got the Sport Auto. Had to wait
almost 2 months for it! Drives well, the engine seems to rev up a bit
when starting up. Ride is a bit firm - comparable to a 1992 2 door
civic. Seats are firm, but very supporting and one gets used to them
Visibility is excellent as is handling.
I paid $399 - dealer conveyance fee over the MSRP. If I'd waited, or
shopped around a bit I might have saved part of that - but I wanted the
car sight unseen.
No misgivings so far (touch wood!)
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