Originally Posted by rallyace
59 cars! Makes my 16 cars and 6 motorcycles kind of kid stuff. Most of my Subie driving has been in a friend's Forester XT (a WRX with more ground clearance and softer suspension when you check the specs). We have been TSD rallying in it for 9 years now and it is, without a doubt, the best TSD rally car I have ever driven. XV was my second choice until I found out the Forester XT is no longer available with a manual transmission. What surprised me was that the CVT was quicker than the manual with the Crosstrek. Next up for me is to install the rally gear before my first event on the 19th of April.
You have to realize I am almost 55 so I have had a few years to accumulate a variety of car purchases.
My 2005 Forester Xt MT5 was a blast to drive and I had mine set-up with the Sti TMIC, VF39 Turbo, and Cobb Turboback exhaust with the special Cobb Vf39 tune for the Forester XT. I was running the StiBBS wheels and the Potenza tires along with JDM Sti pinks and Sti inverted struts and rsb. It handled and ran great. Here is a pic.
When I traded my 2011 WRX last Friday I was surprised to see two 2006 FXT's on the lot. Both were customer cars, both WR Blue, (one manual, one auto). Weird to see two of that car at the dealer at the same time.
I am interested in your rally set-up for the XV. I used to live and work up in Alaska and have planned on taking a road trip some summer up through British Columbia and into Alaska. I think a properly prepared XV would be a decent vehicle for that adventure.