Well, for anyone else thinking about buying online, I did not have to sign the papers until after inspecting the car. Other than what I mentioned about the dealership decal, and having the dirty tire dressing all over it, it did have a very minor scratch that I couldn't even catch with my fingernail, and I knew it would disappear as soon as I waxed the car. If it had anything more serous, I probably would have made some noise about it. But, after buying many things, I've learned that very few products are completely flawless. They have to be handled by careless humans. And especially with something like this, which had to come all the way from Japan... Thanks for the tip on the shifting - I'll try that.
Originally Posted By: Hounds
Neat car, John. I admire both your enthusiasm and your courage (the only word for it) in buying a WRX never having seen the car or driven it. I hope for your sake that the car proves to be a great, long-term, trouble free 'Roo. You mentioned rev-hang. For years now many manual-transmission Hondas have had the same characteristic. Very irritating. The "fix" that has worked for me is a rather simple one based on muscle memory. More specifically, out of habit, most of us accelerate and then shove in the clutch to shift gears. We drive that way because that's how most of us learned to drive a manual-transmission automobile. Do that now, however, and the engine's electronics will hold the highest rpm attained for a second or so before gradually falling off. Again, very irritating. Try this: Instead of shoving in the clutch immediately, lift of the accelerator just an instant before you shove in the clutch. Works perfectly in a Honda. No throttle hang. It's all muscle memory. Once you get the hang of it (so to speak!), your frustration will be a thing of the past.