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  1. MOT passed today. So, that's insurance renewed, road tax (£540 ouch), legal expenses and breakdown cover sorted, all on this month's credit card bill. Oh, and new Redstuff front pads... Looking forward to a less expensive April!!
  2. So, yet more "mature" Subaru owners. Excellent!!
  3. Hi Debs, Our involvement with fast cars goes back to 1975 when we took proud delivery of hand built Ford Escort Mk 1 RS2000, no. 25 from Ford AVO. Soon it was fitted with a Janspeed four branch exhaust manifold and extractor system! Following were various performance saloons, including two Ford Scorpio Cosworths. Interest in Subaru commenced when the Legacy began winning and then the subsequent success of the Impreza WRCs. Our Subaru ownership began in 1998 with a new Impreza 2.0 Sport, soon equipped with Turbo suspension, WR back box and almost every extra in the brochure! Then a 2000 Turbo, a heavily breathed on RB5 (heavily breathed on by Prodrive- 385bhp), the Hawk WRX PPP, the WRX STi PPP and now the 2015 WRX STi. I'm now 71 and Mrs Mac 68, but can't imagine driving anything else! Do Subaru manufacture quick mobility scooters? John Meant to say, we have visited Prodrive on three occasions, including as part of the Lands End to John of Groats Richard Burns memorial relay. Met Richards Dad and Dave Richards...
  4. For interest, our 2005 Hawkeye WRX PPP only had a H&S straight through centre pipe with integral sports silencer and Prodrive back box. Improved sound without being too intrusive in the car. Being greedy, also running a 2006 2.0 STi PPP with H&S desilenced straight through and afterburner 5" Jap style box. Ridiculously loud. Being thoughtful of neighbours, replaced it with retained Prodrive box. Current 2015 WRX STi only has H&S straight through centre with OEM quad pipe back boxes retained. Perfect combination. If you need helpful advice, speak to Ian at Haward & Scott. John
  5. Hadn't thought about that!! However, a quick resolution I wasn't expecting.
  6. I agree Floz. I was expecting some resistance, but "boss" Rupert is a really top guy at Cambridge Subaru...
  7. Yes Tony, that's some old fashioned customer care. Apparently the young "technicians" involved have been given some meaningful advice, like listen to old geezers who know a little about Subarus!
  8. Definitely recommend H&S. Have fitted their systems/part systems to our last five Imprezas and current WRX STi.
  9. To my surprise and delight, had a call from Cambridge Subaru this afternoon to confirm that they are reimbursing me for all the charges made by Quenbys plus the cost of four wheel alignment. Top marks to Cambridge Subaru...
  10. Shouldn't be a MOT issue as I believe they will only check that the brakes are working to the required standard...
  11. Ours is in next week. With no more knocking struts and new EBC Red Stuff front pads, am expecting a pass!
  12. Legal expenses insurer has agreed for me to send my polite letter, along with supporting photos and invoices, asking for reimbursement of extra costs and this will be posted recorded delivery tomorrow. If the Subaru dealer refuses to compensate, they will take over...
  13. Welcome back to Subaru Ian. The P1 can only increase in price. Haven't seen one for years... Picture please in due course.
  14. I agree Tony, everyone needs to read their LE policy wordings. The extent of cover can be quite amazing. John
  15. Limited to 112mph? Is that considered a safety improvement? Our STi will do about 160, but anything close to 100 on a clear, traffic clear dual carriageway is quite fast enough thank you, and such quick blasts are rare indeed. My speed limiter is Mrs Mac in the passenger seat...
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