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  1. Spoke too soon, still $2.49 for 87, now 3.29 for 93, went to another Shell close by and paid $3.13. New management up to old management's tricks.
  2. I would typically avoid the Shell station at the corner of Church and Middle Tennessee (near a Mapco and SunTrust Bank) because the 93 prices were higher than other stations, this past week I noticed the lights out after dark, thought they might have closed. I needed to get gas today, decided to go by and check their price and found that 93 was 0.30 higher than 87, it was $2.79 whereas most stations I've seen are asking around 3.19; perhaps ownership changed recently. Needless to say that I filled up, I didn't go in and ask, but I was wondering if it was still Shell gas; Shell labeling and documentation is still everywhere, so I'm guessing that ownership changed and they decided people weren't going to pay a premium for premium when other every other station within a few miles is selling 93 at a lower price.
  3. Ricer Jeeps on I-24

    I commute to work on I-24 west in the morning and there are two different Jeeps that have removed their perfectly functioning OEM headlights and replaced them with little LED strips that are great at shooting light everywhere, just like an HID retrofit kit in a 1992 Honda Civic's yellowed halogen headlight housing. GET WITH THE PROGRAM, why not stretch some under-sized tires over those rims, drop the rear a bit, and bolt a 6" diameter tip to the exhaust pipe.
  4. Eclipse

    I work near the Nashville zoo, the sun was unobstructed during the entire process when I started observing it around 11:20 AM; it was surreal. Did anyone else notice, an hour or so before totality, the lighting was weird? It's like we were in the shadow of the shadow; the sun was shining but there was a dark tint. While waiting for totality, I kept peeking out of my glasses until I could bare the light, the sky was dark blue and the light from the sun was a pure white white bleeding out from around the moon; being able to look straight at it was awesome. This is stuff people used to panic over hundreds of years ago because they didn't understand it.
  5. Catalina Wine Mixer Track Rental

    Only street tires on the STi... no go.
  6. Beech Bend Track rental in November

    It will need to be a cold day in hell before I get my stock junk to the track, a cold day on Earth would probably also work; I forgot how bad these stock intercoolers are in the heat. I'll go if Disney tows me.
  7. 2017 Subaru STi

    2017 Subaru STi
  8. 2018 ZL1 1LE Blitz Nurburgring in 7:16.04

    The Motor Trend YouTube channel really is great (worth disabling the ad blocker considering the quality of their content).
  9. Random thought thread

    I really like the STi, it just needs more power, so I've been putting together a list of parts and it looks like I need to start aggressively saving money. I figured you must get used to the visibility, the B pillar in the STi is a bid wider than the old WRX and the wing is basically a D pillar, so it's more difficult to use my peripheral vision when changing lanes. I didn't think about traction control in those vehicles. Every so often my traction control light flashes, I've never turned it off so I don't know how much it's helping. Does the Camaro still stay planted fairly well without traction control?
  10. Random thought thread

    I purchased the STi January of this year, since then I've thought about what other sports cars I could have bought for a similar price; the Camaro is powerful, but I hear that the visibilit is terrible, the Focus RS has a stupid dealer markup, then there's the Mustang GT base model, I could possibly go with that, but I would probably end up in a YouTube video driving it into a crowd. I finally tell myself that I'm better off with a lower-powered AWD vehicle to keep myself from doing anything too stupid.
  11. Bought a 2017 STi

    I'm more excited to run a WRX than a Camaro, that Camaro should be able to put up a good fight, I don't want a fight.
  12. Bought a 2017 STi

    Just curious, what is the cost and do they require helmets for everything? For some reason, I'm under the impression that some tracks have changed rules that require helmets for all runs now days.
  13. Bought a 2017 STi

    Don't know if I'll do it on the 3rd, but I've been thinking about it. This thing takes off so easily, if I can just make that 2-3 shift, I could probably get a decent time.
  14. Bought a 2017 STi

    Maybe. I saw that you bought a Camaro, kinda surprised. This STi has some get-up-and-go, but my old car has around 40HP on it and, with the old WRX, I could definitely be more of a bully navigating around traffic on the interstate (not that I was an asshole, I just didn't have a problem accelerating when I was already moving over 70MPH). The STi has a few driving modes that range from economy to high-performance, it gets torque-y down low and I've been able to break it loose on dry pavement and slide a little even without sending more torque to the rear, it does still feel responsive at interstate speeds, but I'm not convinced that it has enough top-end power to really hang with larger engines. I give it a year before I start looking into more power, but for the time being, I'm enjoying having a stock vehicle that performs good and has all of the original equipment on it. One thing I'm having a little difficulty with is the 6-speed, the positions are cramped together so I'm having difficulty throwing it into whatever gear I want; with ye olde 5-speed, I could just toss that around. Need to focus more on shifting gears. The one I test drove at the dealer was red, I told them I couldn't do red and that I wanted silver but could also do blue and they were able to get me a blue one, kinda glad I ended up with the blue; it's good to get out of my comfort zone. Are you still around Murfreesboro? I see a few Focus ST's, never see an RS, it's always an ST!
  15. Bought a 2017 STi

    Had my WRX for sale for about 2.5 weeks before I started looking at new cars with no intention of having the WRX sold anytime soon; I started looking at new cars Wednesday of last week, decided what I wanted by Thursday night, had two serious buyers talking to me Friday afternoon, one of which drove a couple hundred miles to look and then purchase the car Saturday afternoon. Sunday afternoon I picked up a new 2017 STi. I was really thinking I was going to pick up another WRX until I drove one. I remember when my '03 WRX was stock, you could slightly hear the engine, the clutch felt good, the transmission was notchy, the suspension... left a bit to be desired... understeer was always a problem since I never replaced the sway bars, it was fast but the turbo ran out of steam in the upper RPMs. 2015-up WRXs use a newer 2.0L direct injection engine with a twin-scroll turbo, I go in thinking that a twin-scroll turbo should broaden the power band but I'm concerned about carbon buildup due to direct injection. This is what turned me off of a WRX: - Carbon buildup is a problem on these, I'd have to remove the EGR system to alleviate that (I'd rather not have to tamper with a new car) - Power band is narrow; sluggish throttle response at higher RPMs. You get this huge torque spike at 2-3k RPMs and it's all downhill from there. - Shifter felt too mushy - Clutch engaged too late although I think that can be adjusted - Absolutely too quiet, no engine/exhaust noise audible in the vehicle I didn't take the WRX far so I'm not sure about how well it handles, it didn't feel terribly soft or floaty but I didn't test it for understeer. The WRX is basically the car your mom buys because she wants something speedy but not noisy or rugged. After driving the '17 WRX, I drove home in my '03 WRX feeling confident that my engine was still very healthy and how nice it was to be able to have a decent throttle response well past 4k RPMs. When I got home, I called the my salesman and told him I was coming back the next day to drive an STi. Everything I liked about the STi is the opposite of what I wrote above about the WRX. - Same ol' 2.5L engine they've been using for years, but I don't need to worry about carbon buildup - Throttle feels responsive throughout the RPM range, enough so that there's no need to downshift while passing on the interstate - Shifter feels notchy enough to know where you're stickin' it - Clutch engages soon after releasing the pedal - Enough noise for what you would expect from a stock exhaust on a sports car I'm still getting used to the handling since it appears to be well-balanced; I've tested it for understeer and, while I'm turning the wheel and applying throttle, it seems to want to actually turn instead of go straight so that's a good sign. Overall, I'm very happy with the car and I'm very excited to be able to open the garage door using a button on the mirror. The wing is a bit extreme but I've gotten used to it.