What’s wrong with the WRX STI?

What’s wrong with the WRX STI?

I owned a version 4 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. It was my favourite car. We did a lot together – over 200 laps of Pukekohe, track days, grasskhanas, motorkhanas, etc. It never missed a beat and I really did give it a hammering. You can even see me in it in the video High Octane 2000 (that shows my age a bit).

So why has the version 10 STI I’ve got with only 7500km started to show its age? Surely journalists couldn’t inflict the type of abuse I wreaked on my faithful steed? Well, maybe so. This particular car has seen quite a few laps of Taupo (some of them at my hands). It’s been through a dealer launch programme as well. It already creaks, and it sounds like it needs a new wheel bearing. In fact, I’d say that this would have had a major hammering at every possible opportunity. The temptation is quite high, of course – it’s very very quick, and it hugs the road like it is the love of its life and is leaving for a very long trip and may never come back.

It’d be nothing that couldn’t be put right with a few hundred dollars, but it’s a good reason not to really consider whether you buy a high performance car that’s ex-demo!

I owned a version 4 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. It was my favourite car. We did a lot together – over 200 laps of Pukekohe, track days, grasskhanas, motorkhanas, etc. It never missed a beat and I really did give it a hammering. You can even see me in it in the video High Octane 2000 (that shows my age a bit).

So why has the version 10 STI I’ve got with only 7500km started to show its age? Surely journalists couldn’t inflict the type of abuse I wreaked on my faithful steed? Well, maybe so. This particular car has seen quite a few laps of Taupo (some of them at my hands). It’s been through a dealer launch programme as well. It already creaks, and it sounds like it needs a new wheel bearing. In fact, I’d say that this would have had a major hammering at every possible opportunity. The temptation is quite high, of course – it’s very very quick, and it hugs the road like it is the love of its life and is leaving for a very long trip and may never come back.

It’d be nothing that couldn’t be put right with a few hundred dollars, but it’s a good reason not to really consider whether you buy a high performance car that’s ex-demo!

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