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Old 05-17-2014, 07:11 PM   #551
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No, thats good! that looks great! how do you like the seats compared to the mk3? Other then that it's pretty much spec'd like your MK3 right? were there any other differences?
The seats are...tight. I'm slowly breaking into them. I definitely prefer my Mk3 (ST1) seats for daily driving, but the Recaro's are epic in spirited driving. They clamp you in place and you go nowhere laterally in them.

It's spec'd similarly to the Mk3, but missing lots of little 'gadgets'. No rain-sensing wipers, backup camera, parking sensors, etc. The Sony system isn't as loud and the all-black interior gives the feeling of being cramped and the illusion of being 'cheaper' with the lack of color accents.

What I do get is a hatch button that I hit out of habit (fog lights stay as previously set), a nearly perfect-feeling steering wheel, and the ability to defeat Traction Control with a button (in the parking-system location).
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Old 05-17-2014, 07:14 PM   #552
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Does it have the projector head lights or is that an extra even on the ST3?

With turning-lights, which are pretty neat.
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The seats are...tight. I'm slowly breaking into them. I definitely prefer my Mk3 (ST1) seats for daily driving, but the Recaro's are epic in spirited driving. They clamp you in place and you go nowhere laterally in them.

It's spec'd similarly to the Mk3, but missing lots of little 'gadgets'. No rain-sensing wipers, backup camera, parking sensors, etc. The Sony system isn't as loud and the all-black interior gives the feeling of being cramped and the illusion of being 'cheaper' with the lack of color accents.

What I do get is a hatch button that I hit out of habit (fog lights stay as previously set), a nearly perfect-feeling steering wheel, and the ability to defeat Traction Control with a button (in the parking-system location).
Nice, sounds pretty awesome. I didnt realize your Mk3 had rain sensing wipers, that's pretty cool. Well like i said before i'll defintely be following your thread. Looking forward to seeing what you do to it!
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So I took some time to pay more attention to just the intake noise (this car is insanely quiet compared to my Mk3), and I've noticed that there is nearly no change in what I remember from stock. There is a small amount of "whoosh" that you can hear before the symposer opens up, but it's very quiet and you almost have to concentrate on hearing it. I'll cap off the filter before running my errands today to see if I hear any change between cap off/on.
Hey thanks for following up on the intake. That is interesting on your intake noise. I would think it would be the same volume. Both are drop-in K&Ns...

BTW I internally fist pumped knowing that you got the ST with pretty much all options. The million dollar question is... do you have the arm rest in the back seat?
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Old 05-18-2014, 10:28 PM   #555
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Hey thanks for following up on the intake. That is interesting on your intake noise. I would think it would be the same volume. Both are drop-in K&Ns...

BTW I internally fist pumped knowing that you got the ST with pretty much all options. The million dollar question is... do you have the arm rest in the back seat?
It's definitely interesting. I was expecting it to be quite similar, but the ST is *roughly* as loud when the symposer opens up as my Mk3 is when I have the OEM box installed with the drop-in and resonator removed. So basically, if the symposer isn't open the intake is actually quieter. To make it better, it's significantly quieter than the Mk3 with the Steeda installed, even when the symposer is open. For lack of a better descriptor, it is very mature sounding imho.

I've driven stripped-out cars for the majority of my life and have decided that I'm pretty much done with doing that. I might feel differently if I were looking at larger vehicles (maybe not, our Armada and Rubicon were both spec'ed out), but luckily for me I feel much more comfortable in a smaller and/or more fuel-efficient vehicle. There's definitely nothing wrong with lower trims (the vehicle I traded in on my first Mk3 was a Ranger XL), but now I personally want as much that is available in a model. If that means waiting a bit longer for my trade-ins to make better financial sense then that's what it takes. Get as much as you can responsibly afford to make you as happy and comfortable as possible.

As for the back seat, I just went and looked. If I remember I will post a pic tomorrow, but it is the exact same seat as in my Ti. Cupholders, headrests, stitching...I couldn't find a single difference between the rear seats of the two cars. I don't know why, but I was a little disappointed to find that out. I really shouldn't care because I don't actually ever sit back there, but still...
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It's definitely interesting. I was expecting it to be quite similar, but the ST is *roughly* as loud when the symposer opens up as my Mk3 is when I have the OEM box installed with the drop-in and resonator removed. So basically, if the symposer isn't open the intake is actually quieter. To make it better, it's significantly quieter than the Mk3 with the Steeda installed, even when the symposer is open. For lack of a better descriptor, it is very mature sounding imho.

I've driven stripped-out cars for the majority of my life and have decided that I'm pretty much done with doing that. I might feel differently if I were looking at larger vehicles (maybe not, our Armada and Rubicon were both spec'ed out), but luckily for me I feel much more comfortable in a smaller and/or more fuel-efficient vehicle. There's definitely nothing wrong with lower trims (the vehicle I traded in on my first Mk3 was a Ranger XL), but now I personally want as much that is available in a model. If that means waiting a bit longer for my trade-ins to make better financial sense then that's what it takes. Get as much as you can responsibly afford to make you as happy and comfortable as possible.

As for the back seat, I just went and looked. If I remember I will post a pic tomorrow, but it is the exact same seat as in my Ti. Cupholders, headrests, stitching...I couldn't find a single difference between the rear seats of the two cars. I don't know why, but I was a little disappointed to find that out. I really shouldn't care because I don't actually ever sit back there, but still...
We get shafted on that in the states... I believe all other markets have the Recaro rears as well.
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Old 05-19-2014, 04:15 AM   #558
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We get shafted on that in the states... I believe all other markets have the Recaro rears as well.
Yeah, pretty much.
Here is the Ti-

And the ST-


The only difference that I notice is the stitching in the center of the Ti seats.
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Yeah, pretty much.
Here is the Ti-

And the ST-


The only difference that I notice is the stitching in the center of the Ti seats.
Wow....they really are a carbon copy lol.
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Other may disagree, but the middle stitching gives it a little more refined look.

A quick search does reveal that other global STs do have recaro seats in the back.
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