I can't recommend Xpel enough. I paid $900 to have the whole front end, rear bumper, and behind the wheel wells (like where you'd see splash guards). It's well worth it. The area with the Xpel stays so clean all the time.
So, has the STI flipped backasswards off of the highway yet? I've read that they really need that extra downforce on public roads.
Last edited by Samson; 04-24-2017 at 10:16 PM.
My one week review:
-The car drives wonderfully. The solid steering and suspension feel never gets old.
-I still get giddy when I have an excuse to drive the car.
-I love the driver's seat -- the bolsters shape to my torso perfectly. It's like it was custom tailored to me. A lumbar support would have been nice, but the seats are great anyway.
-Shift linkage is not "smooth," but it is super mechanical and super solid (I have the STI short-shifter installed in my car)
-Exhaust note is perfect. Deep growl/warble. Not too loud. But slightly menacing.
-The brakes are easy to modulate and extremely powerful.
-Excellent new car smell. A little bit of leather smell mixed with the standard new car adhesive smell. It's glorious.
-Excellent interior room in front and rear seats.
-EDIT - also, I have driven at highway speeds, and have not deaded yet
-The "upgraded" H-K Stereo is extremely sub-par (more on this below).
-The throttle and clutch are very difficult to modulate and drive smoothly at low speeds. The clutch has a high and sudden take-up. The throttle, regardless of SI-DRIVE setting, has a habit of demanding too much throttle when initially engaging the clutch in first gear. Obviously I need to press the gas more gingerly, but it is difficult. I have owned 10+ manual cars, and this is the hardest to do a smooth, clutchburn-free start in first gear.
-I have the "upgraded" rear view mirror with homelink, auto-dimming, and compass. The actual mirror portion is mounted so flimsily that you can't see anything in the mirror. It's all a blur. Go over a pebble on the road? The mirror vibrates like crazy. Have music set at moderate volume? Mirror vibrates uncontrollably. Accelerate under full throttle? Mirror vibrates. The service dept. at the dealer claims they tightened it to its max setting. I don't believe it. I will be requesting a replacement mirror. It is literally unusable, particularly at night. It just looks like a blur of headlights.
With respect to the stereo, it's truly bad for an upgraded system. The H-K stereo in my 135i was pretty great. It had a sealed subwoofer, a powerful amp, proper tweeters, etc. In my Audi TTS, it had a $5,000+ custom sound system that was superb.
At the outset, I am a bit of an audiophile, so some of this will sound like nit-picking. Nonetheless, the amp is a low-RMS wattage Class D amplifier. It's a 7-channel amp that is about the side of a paperback novel. On H-K's website they won't even reveal the RMS rating, but they claim it produces "up to 440 watts," and that amount includes the subwoofer. The subwoofer itself is a 10-inch woofer simply installed onto the rear deck. It is totally unenclosed. As a result of its low wattage, lack of enclosure, etc., it does reproduce some frequencies in the low-30hz range, but there is absolutely no "punch." My TTS (which had a 400watt RMS amp driving an enclosed 8inch woofer) felt like you were getting kicked in the ass during a punk song when the drums and bass guitars kicked in. This feels like . . . nothing.
Additionally, the arrangement of the speakers is bizarre. The mid-woofers are located all the way under the windshield, with the large speakers located at the bottom of the front door. The tweeters are located in the speakers in the REAR doors. So listening to a song that has a broad range is almost disorienting. You can barely hear the tweeters.
EQ is totally odd. Bass is WAY over-pushed. So I turned down the "Bass" on the built-in EQ, but it still doesn't sound right. It still sounds muddy -- like the crossover point for the sub should be about 20hz below where it is now. The higher midrange is way underrepresented, and the high range sounds a bit crass, and it is muddled because the tweeters are buried on the floor of the rear seats.
Finally, it lacks the power to really drive the music loud. I listen to my music very loud (at or near max volume), and the songs sound muddy and tinny. I need to turn it down to approximate ~60% volume to restore clarity,
If I decide to keep this car long-term, I might need to upgrade the sound system.
I will say that the stock headunit/interface is super intuitive and easy to use. The older Subaru head-units were nightmares, so this is a good change of pace.
Overall though, I absolutely adore this car!! I just can't get over the "upgraded" sound system.
Last edited by SchnellFowVay; Yesterday at 11:03 PM.
The only time it really vibrates is over big bumps in the road or when I had the aftermarket 12 subwoofer in the trunk and I was listening to anything with a ton of bass. Either way, it's never been unusable.
As for your comments about the H/K system, did you really expect anything spectacular? Subaru's radios and stereo systems are notorious for being pretty lousy.
That being said, replacing the radio in mine made all the difference- even with the crummy speakers from the base system that I have.
Last edited by Hostile; Today at 08:28 AM.
I don't want to change stereos because I don't want to disable the factory navigation, backup camera, Bluetooth, etc.
I am thinking I may try to use the existing wire harnesses (just hack them up a bit) and install an aftermarket amp, speakers, and a powered subwoofer.
The other annoyance is that because the SUb is mounted on the rear deck (instead of somewhere that makes sense), any child seats you have installed rattle like crazy because they are tethered to the rear deck.
Anyway, I love the car, but it is frustrating.
with the right music, it hits Hard, but there is a downside:
I'm sure you can find something that sounds decent while retaining the stock HU and (mostly) stock speaker locations. What do other audiophiles with STis do?
Maybe look into an option like this:
See what other owners think of it.
Also I'm not sure if this is the same system you have
You may not personally agree with this guy's preferences on sound but it does show some tools that you may not have been aware of. Or maybe you are I don't know
Last edited by CaleDeRoo; Today at 03:47 AM.
Glad that it's working out. Have you tried removing the mirror from the base on the windshield and inserting a small felt shim? Or is it the issue with the mirror itself?
Bummer about the stereo, but I've not known any Subaru to have a good one.
Oh, I saw a new wingless blue STI on a flatbed tow truck yesterday... I had to check for NV tags. Nope.
The radio is actually my only real gripe with the car. Mine came with an even ****tier radio, it was the basic radio with only 6 speakers. The radio actually looked like it came out of the 1980s...
I wish I had the $1k laying around for OEMAudioPlus' system for my car: http://oemaudioplus.com/subaru/wrxsti/
If you do decide to swap head units you will want a wiring harness from SVXdc, he is THE man when it comes to anything and everything that is Subaru stereo systems: http://www.ae64.com
Last edited by Hostile; Today at 08:38 AM.
Thankfully that awful radio was just a regular double-din unit.
20-pin forward harness from ae64.com with Pioneer harness, digital bypass to remove motion blocks and steering wheel control module:
For good measure, the wiring cross-reference I made:
Not the fanciest Pioneer radio but still way better than the factory unit:
(This pic also shows the LED lights I added for the footwells. The factory ones were $250. I bought a set of $7 LED strips from WalMart and tapped them into the STI logo in front of the shifter.)
I think the only real complication with the newer StarLink cars is you have to also source an aftermarket bezel. It shouldn't be that big a deal to find one at this point. You should also be able to integrate the factory back-up cam to an aftermarket stereo pretty easily.
Schnell- your experience with the clutch and throttle mapping is something I've noticed on Subaru's, and it drives me nuts.