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The WRX is not luxury sedan. How can you compare the handling of a car with straight summer tires on it in the snow/ice to another car? If you have summer tires on, then your stopping power in the snow/ice will not be good and the abs will kick on more frequently. The breaks are not brembos, but they certainly get the job done. If you are looking for better maybe upgrade the pads on them. Most people that have a WRX enjoy the sounds that the car is putting out. Did you not test drive one of these before you purchased it? I'm not trying to be a complete a$$hat.
I took my 13 WRX up to yosemite last weekend and gave her some snow/ice and she handled it really well.
If your rolling on factory tires I would swap those out asap for cold weather. the factory Dunlop rubber is acceptable for temperate weather but leaves a bit to be desired in cold weather.
As for the sounds of the engine and road thats what separates the subaru community from the rest of the world, we take pride in our horizontally opposed turbo charged sound and I personally wouldn't trade it for the world. If you are looking for a quieter ride dynamat makes some sound proofing materials and any audio shop can install it for you.
/IT Guy/ what type of phone are you using? I spent 6 years working for Geek Squad and ive handled a ton of "my car wont work with my phone" kinds of issues, usually they are handled by allowing the car to access the phone, If your using an android phone it leaves the request in the notifications panel and it wont run correctly until you give the car permission. If it still wont hold a connection i would bring the car back to subaru and ask them to repalce the BT receiver on the head unit, almost all the parts in those NAVI units are made in chinese sweatshops and every now and then small parts fail. /IT guy/
If your not a fan thats ok, I'm sure there is someone out there who would love to drive a lightly used Subi : )
Like most have said: I'm sure winter tires will greatly improve your impressions about how the car handles in snow.
With stock all-season or summer tires in those conditions you really can't expect it to handle like a rally car.
Using the correct tires will also greatly improve stopping performance. Breaks are really limited by the amount of grip the tires offer. When the wheel speed sensors detect tire slip the ABS module will modulate pressure to try and prevent a skid. If your tires are slipping easily on snow it makes sense that the ABS module will pulsate frequently.
There is pretty minimal sound deadening I definitely agree with that. But since they are trying to keep the cars as light as possible these days for fuel economy reasons I think the engineers are probably pretty limited in the amount and types of sound isolation they can use.
The nice thing about the WRX vs the BMW is that almost all the issues you addressed are areas that can easily and cheaply be improved on. Tires, Brakes and sound deadening are are pretty inexpensive mods that you can do and improve your driving experience to suit your taste.
Just got my 2014 WRX limited w/nav,,, and compared to my 2006 BMW 325xi I was driving,, the brakes suck. It snowed here in NJ other day,, and I'm disappointed at the comparison of the WRX in a few areas compared to the 2006 BMW:
- Handling: I guess the WRX has summer tires,, it didn't feel as 'heavy' on the snow/icey roads. Obviously the BMW is heavier,, but that thing handling great. The WRX wasn't that bad,, but BMW won
- Brakes: The WRX brakes just sux. The way the ABS locked up on snow covered roads compared to the 06 BMW didn't even compare. The 7 year old BMW had great stopping power compared to WRX imo.
- Interior: WRX def a 'no frills',,, doors are very 'light' and interior seems to have no sound dampening under the carpet as the BMW did.
- Bluetooth: My bluetooth disconnected and re-connected 5 times during one phone call! I hope it was maybe the phonebook or messages transferring. I'll be pissed if the damn bluetooth keeps during that. I'm always on the phone for work in my car.
Any rec's on improving the brakes?
Does sound deadening the interior really make a difference?
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