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Old 30-10-2017, 05:27 PM   #1
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Subaru STI MY16 by C-J Watson

Hi DW,

Some of you may have read my previous thread about the Volkswagen Golf V6 4Motion I ran as a daily for the past 2 years and ended up rebuilding most of the car - thread found here.

I ended up spending more time repairing the car and less time working on my Honda S2000 & Skyline projects, so I decided I needed a reliable daily that I could fuel up and go in all conditions.

For this task, I have selected a Subaru STI Type UK in Dark Grey.

The car's brief is as follows:
- Go anywhere in the UK as the need arises
- Be a driver's car
- All wheel drive
- Sufficient load capacity for my job
- Working air conditioning & good lights
- Full manufacturer service history, so they deal with maintenance religiously
- Good brakes, to avoid Deer and other creatures exploring the dark

So without further ado....







So far, it's been a busy vehicle. I've travelled to London, Swindon, Northamptonshire, Scotland, Yorkshire, Norfolk, Shropshire and Essex.

I've had it just over 5 weeks and I popped into Subaru for the first service this weekend (having done a few miles since collection).

The next steps with the car are:
- I have to build a mobile lab in the car to facilitate the work that I do
- Phase 1 brake upgrade
- Stereo Upgrade
- Winter Tyres (a debacle in its own right)

One of the best judged parts of the car, in my opinion, is the exhaust. Despite many, many exhaust pipes, it is virtually silent at motorway speeds but gives just sufficient audible feedback under load - perfect for getting into and out of places relatively discretely.

For those of you who're interested in a few of the details, here goes.

Startup display



Nicely upholstered alcantara/leather seats - dog approved (damnit!!)



The dash, which is a bit of a contrast to the Classic Imprezas my friends had



Paint snap under street light - really to capture the colour



Not quite collection mileage, but sufficient for this thread



Many Badges make faster, obviously



I have visited Shell.



I drove past here, so I had to take a photo



Likewise here



And Scotland



At night, you get this inside



And then one of the touches I really like

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With this car, it is my intention to get Subaru to service it at the appropriate intervals so I maintain a full manufacturer service history and so I can spend my spare time working on the other cars I have.
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Old 30-10-2017, 05:38 PM   #3
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Lovely car mate, good luck with it!


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Looks like you "photobombed" your car
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Lovely car bud.

As an ex scooby owner, i would say that.... lol.
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Old 30-10-2017, 06:43 PM   #6
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Really like this does it sound like a normal "Scooby"
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Subaru STI MY16 by C-J Watson

Very nice indeed

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I blooming love this style of the Subaru

Lovely grey too, will look stunning once it's had some love

Nice one
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Looks amazing, love the grey. They seem so rare, I only have seen a handful of this generation on the road.
How does it drive?
Dm
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Lovely car bud.

As an ex scooby owner, i would say that.... lol.
Thank you - it was only once I got it, that I realised how much I had wanted one for such a long time.

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Really like this does it sound like a normal "Scooby"
It most certainly does. The irony is that in the past I'd have ditched the exhaust immediately and fitted something much less socially acceptable. However, doing long journeys that becomes difficult to tolerate - especially when you simply want to get home late, late in the evening.

However, wide open throttle at just the right RPM and it's full on scoob.

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Very nice indeed
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I blooming love this style of the Subaru

Lovely grey too, will look stunning once it's had some love

Nice one
That's my next quest, to understand precisely what's required to get it up to immaculate condition using some Nano stuff - the detailing game has moved on considerably since my Purple Haze wax from 5+ years ago and I want to protect the car against the weather conditions.

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Looks amazing, love the grey. They seem so rare, I only have seen a handful of this generation on the road.
How does it drive?
Dm
It drives very, very well. There's a lot of information through the controls and the all wheel drive system is 'fun' rather than the vw 'safe'.

I haven't seen very many either - which was part of the allure. I see S3/Golf R/A45AMG/CTR/FRS and so on all the time. I don't see many Subarus.
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