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  1. What about insurance costs? Worth taking those into account too.
  2. One of the first things I did when I bought my STi was put on a set of RA mudflaps. Agree they are not the cheapest out there but you certainly get good quality.
  3. Got back at 4am Sunday and greeted by an absolutely freezing Auckland morning. A real shock to the system after temps in the mid 30s most days Still didn't see any STis during our travels, but the Police in Rome seemed to have a few subbies inc this one I managed to snap.. It's good to be back and driving the STi again Oh, and believe it or not, only saw one Ferrari in Italy. This little cracker in Florence...
  4. Got talking to one of our tour guides in Sicily who is into cars. He says he knows of no STis in Sicily at all. Have seen some modded cars with big exhausts, but not many. Lots of bikes - especially around Mt Etna. There is an awesome winding road up the mountain where the bikers ride like absolute nutters up and down as if it were a race track. Perfect road for an STi!!!! So far, anywhere in Italy they drive like nutters all the time. Road rules are to be ignored and crossing a road, even at a crossing, is like a game of chicken. As for parking. Anywhere goes. Crossings, corners, pavement, etc. And so often you see them reversing into a space and they know tbey are far enough back when they nudge the car behind. Then go forward and nudge the car in front. Mad. Only cars in Sicily witbout dents are tbose in new car showrooms!!!!
  5. Currently in the middle of a 4 week hol in Europe and suprised at the lack of Subbies. 4 days in Holland and not a single one to be seen. 5 days in Sicily and saw a single Legacy (around 2005 MY?). Saw an XV in Naples and an Outback, Legacy Wagon and Sedan in Rome - all unmarked Police cars!
  6. Just looked it up Totally get why it hasn't been snapped up before
  7. The limit is going to be much higher on an AWD compared to FWD obviously, but understeer is going to be easier to deal with for the average driver. Probably why the current STi is set up to understeer when pushed really hard. FWD does have its place and you will obviously get more power to the wheels, but unequal lengh driveshafts are always going to be the achilles heel as far as torque steer is concerned. And once you start getting up there, AWD is going to give you better grip than FWD ever can. I used to have a Rover 220 GTi which ran 13 sec 1/4 mile but no way would it get anywhere near an STi on the twisties. I get that Honda do nice n/a motors and quality builds, but feel they have gone thx turbo route to get higher outputs as those figures tend to sell cars at the end of the day.
  8. Ah, of course. Good ol' real world testing
  9. That is a bold statement to make.
  10. Noticed there is a lot of hype and excitement on a US STi forum about the new Civic Type R. Some people have even alluded to swapping their STi for one. Ok, 228kW and 400Nm sounds impressive and while it does have trick suspension, it is still a FWD car. Now, I'll agree that it does look like a nice car and has its place in the market, but it certainly won't handle or perform like the latest STi and it amuses me how some are literally drooling over it. Interestingly tbere were a few a while back stating how good the Focus RS is going to be. They've gone quiet about that now And talking of the Focus RS. Apart from the 2 I've seen in showdooms, not seen any around at all. Anyone seen any out and about?
  11. I made the mistake of buying a B4 RSK with tiptronic a few years ago. My first and last auto box car
  12. Agreed. Off on holiday next week, but will look at a trip to PBMS when I get back for a chat. Really appreciate the suggestions everyone has put forward. Thank you - what I love about this site. Very helpful bunch of enthusiasts
  13. Not really interested in any handling mods at this stage. Just want to extract a little more power across the range - chassis is more than up to a few extra kW (I've already improved the braking). However, if I did start to go down the big power route, then I would definately look at suspension upgrades.
  14. Anyone see this on Prime this evening? Charted the history of 4WD from the Jeep in WW2 to modern day. Subaru WRX STi got a starring role towards the end