you know, I had a hard time with this too. I remember test driving the WRX and having to lean over and say "you know, I really can drive stick" to the bracing salesmen. I came from a mazda, which has a VERY forgiving clutch and my other experiences with german cars ('99 m3, '79 beetle) were similarly loose. The WRX seems MUCH tighter and percise to me. With some practice I learned to even control how much power I wanted to let out which is something I never would have considered in the mazda. I think my 04 WRX clutch did get a little easier after 1500 miles or so, although that could be just a byproduct of the learning curve. Bottom line I don't think it's the easiest clutch in the world, but you wouldn't want it to be.