So my friend picked up her Legacy GT today and she brought it right over for me to check it out. I took a peek under the hood, inside and outside around the car, I really love the look of them. The interior is thankfully the black leather with brushed aluminum. The fake wood **** some of them come with is ******* horrible looking.
So off we went, her driving at first....lol. I could tell she was nervous. She would give it gas and just as the turbo was spooling up....she would let off the gas!
I know its going to take her time to get used to it, but I needed to know how fast the car was.
So she pulled over and let me drive for about an hour on the backroads away from all the traffic. First, I got right in to the shift-tronic mode and tested that. I liked it, I got all the way to redline and it was quick at getting me into the next gear. Not sure that I would ever use the -/+ controls on the steering wheel though. A world different than my friends Mazda3 ****-tronic.
Then I tried sport mode, which was my favorite by far. I am a manual transmission dude, but the car moves plenty fast in sport mode. I played with the car as I would my miata (maybe a hair less), and I was 100% impressed. In and out of corners the car feels very solid, uphill acceleration is superb, and overall the car was just a blast to drive.
Positives are definitely the stock stereo for one. Sounds ******* awesome at level 5 volume with some adjustments to the speaker levels. The dual climate control is like heaven compared to my miata. And really the most impressive thing about this car to me was the acceleration. I could not get over how great it picked up and kept pulling. Granted I couldn't drive it like I stole it, seeing she just picked it up today. But she was cool about letting me give it a road test.
Negatives. The only thing I didn't really like were the brakes. And that has nothing to do with the car itself really. But for the power the car has, the brakes were very spongy and I had to nearly have the pedal to the floor to get the car stopped. I told her to give the dealer a ring and let them know it needs to be looked at. I would do it for her, but I figure at the dealer her warranty will cover it. And the cup holders seem like a pain in the ******* ***, but she's not into the whole eating/drinking in the car anyway, so that's a non-issue really.
She loves the car and I'm stoked for her. Its in amazing shape, and she got the crazy *** extended warranty with it as well, so its really perfect for her new daily. She went from a 98' malibu, to a 00' altima, now to the 05' legacy GT. Its really a step up and she deserves it all the way. I just hope she is safe, smart, and learns how to drive the car before she tries to get crazy with it. She said the first mod will be wheels and tires and a IPOD connector. I personally think the Perrin exhaust for the GT's sound like pure sex, but I'm sure that's wayyy down the road.
Having my miata out of commission for the past couple months, I forgot what it was like to drive a performance car! If I don't end up putting the new engine/tranny in my envoy, I might be looking into a used GT. Just wanted to share the experience with you guys!