Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review: 2014 Subaru WRX CVT

Photos by Ulysses Ang
After driving countless cars throughout the year, there is only a handful you can seriously consider owning; one such car is the Subaru WRX. In Ice Silver Metallic. With the Lineartronic CVT. After tasting what it’s capable of on the track early this year, it’s time to what it can do on public roads. And you know what? It can rekindle your love affair with the open road. It’s a car you beg to drive and then drive some more. It’s the car you want to bring through the “scenic route”, meetings and appointments be damned. Plus, it comes in a package that makes it logical to own. The only thing left is to resist the temptation to sign that check.

Coming from the Subaru WRX M/T, it’s immediately apparent that the WRX CVT feels more like a complete vehicle. From a glance, it doesn’t look any different from the M/T model, but the devil’s certainly in the details and that makes the CVT sinfully delicious. The WRX CVT’s most obvious difference is the smoked headlight clusters. Twist the headlight stalk and the headlights produce the unmistakable hawk-eye LED signature. Twist it again and an intense bluish-white light comes out courtesy of LED (yes LED) low beams. Oh, and it’s worth mentioning that in case you’re too lazy to turn on your headlights, the WRX can do that for you. It’s the same with the wipers. Take note, neither of these features: the automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers aren’t available on the M/T variant. The rest of the WRX though remains pretty much the same from M/T to CVT. All in all, the WRX isn’t pretty but it’s a design that works. It goes through Manila’s humps, bumps, and what have you without scraping (despite the lowered ride height) and the visibility all throughout the car is perfect.



Inside is where the additional P 70,000 premium from M/T to CVT makes itself felt. The CVT model is dolled up with enough luxury features to actually make it an executive sedan contender. Shared with the M/T variant, the CVT gets automatic climate control, Bluetooth hands-free, a full-featured audio system with 6 speakers, and reverse parking camera. Exclusively on the CVT, you get things like leather seats with red stitching, push button start/stop and power adjustable driver’s seat. All in all, it feels more of a complete product that justifies the P 1,888,000 price tag. Remember, the leather seats alone must be worth the P 70,000 already.

Despite the carbon fiber trimming scattered throughout the dash, the WRX’s interior is still short of design pizzazz. In fact, it can be mistaken easily for the Forester or even the more pedestrian Impreza. Still, the interior is very easy to understand, operate, and master. The driving position is simply spot on with seats that offer stellar body support and pedals that are perfectly spaced and positioned. The D-shaped steering wheel, with its thick rim and flat bottom not only contributes to the WRX’s sporty character, but is great to use. The fit and finish are excellent with none of the cheap feeling materials that plagued previous WRX and WRX STI models.



In as much as the interior’s a big improvement from previous WRXs, the biggest (and most welcome) change to the 2014 model is the way it drives. Using what’s essentially a turbocharged and beefed-up engine found in the BRZ, the WRX produces 268 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. More than just plain power figures though, the way this car delivers that power is something else. With peak torque coming in from as low as 2,400 rpm, the WRX produces instantaneous thrust from a simple jab of the gas pedal. And thanks to the excellent tuning of the Lineartronic CVT, the engine manages to keep the turbo spooled making this feel like a road-going shinkanesen; a warp speed bullet train you steer yourself. With the three-mode SI-Drive, you can opt to keep things civilized (Intelligent), bonkers (Sport), or insane (Sport #). In Sport or Sport # for instance, the power delivery of the WRX is feels brutal.

Again, though most WRX owners won’t care what sort of fuel mileage they’ll get, it’s worth noting that with the CVT, you’ll get pretty good mileage: 7.19 km/L in heavy traffic, 9.85 km/L in light traffic, and a shockingly good 16.12 km/L on the highway. For those keeping score, the manual transmission WRX fairs only slightly better in heavy traffic but loses in all other circumstances.



As brutal as the WRX’s power is, you always feel in control no matter the circumstance or the weather. Equipped with Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD, the WRX CVT has a standard torque split of 45/55 though the Active Torque Differential can send all the power to a set of wheels when needed. More than just all-wheel drive and torque splits though, the WRX’s steering-in feel and suspension tuning is sublime. The quick ratio steering makes for blistering quick turn-ins, and through the corner, the WRX turns on a dime. The new torque vectoring control system also helps keep the WRX in line. The suspension is nicely matched to the quick-witted behavior, but low speed ride does suffer a bit. However, as the speeds climb up (or surprisingly as you fill the car with more passengers), it sorts itself out. Firm as the ride is, at least the cabin feels solid making the WRX feel manageable through Manila’s less than perfect roads.

Relatively affordable sports cars have become the flavor of the month, but high-performance sedans are certainly timeless. Although some will dismiss the Subaru WRX as a boy racer’s wet dream, you cannot dismiss the fact that it’s much more practical than any 2+2 out there. And it can smoke most of them too. More than that, it’s actually become more refined and polished without sacrificing anything the WRX’s been known for. It’s one of those cars begging for a space in your garage and is certainly worthy of your hard-earned money.



2014 Subaru WRX CVT
Ownership 2014 Subaru WRX CVT
Year Introduced 2014
Vehicle Classification Sports Sedan
The Basics
Body Type 4-door sedan
Seating 5
Engine / Drive F/AWD
Under the Hood
Displacement (liters) 2.0
Aspiration T
Layout / # of Cylinders F4
BHP @ rpm 268 @ 5,600
Nm @ rpm 350 @ 2,400-5,200
Fuel / Min. Octane Gasoline / 95~
Transmission CVT
Cruise Control Yes
Dimensions and Weights
Length (mm) 4,595
Width (mm) 1,795
Height (mm) 1,475
Wheelbase (mm) 2,650
Curb Weight (kg) 1,528
Suspension and Tires
Front Suspension Independent, MacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension Independent, Double Wishbone
Front Brakes Vented Disc
Rear Brakes Disc
Tires 235/45R17
Wheels Alloy
Safety Features
Airbags 7
Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) Yes
Traction / Stability Control Yes
Parking Sensors No, Reverse Camera
Exterior Features
Headlights LED
Fog Lamps Yes, Front and Rear
Auto Lights Yes
Auto Wipers Yes
Interior Features
Steering Wheel Adjustment Tilt/Telescopic
Steering Wheel Material Leather
Seating Adjustment Electric (driver)
Seating Surface Leather
Folding Rear Seat Yes, 60/40
On-Board Computer Yes
Convenience Features
Power Steering Yes
Power Door Locks Yes
Power Windows Yes
Power Mirrors Yes, with Fold
Climate Control Yes
Audio System Stereo
CD
Aux
USB
Bluetooth
No. of Speakers 6
Steering Wheel Controls Yes

58 comments:

  1. When subaru went to cvt, i discontinued everything about it. Lawnmover kit anyone for an aspiring track kid? Hey toyota what did you do with subaru? For one the subaru line up all luks like the outgoing toyotas, starting with the forester.

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    1. There's the 6 speed manual transmission option. Quit whining about the CVT.

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  2. Nice review!

    By the way, para sa mga spoiled rich kids, take note! Worthy of your hard-earned money daw. Keyword: HARD-EARNED MONEY.

    Kaya kayong mga douchebag rich kids, dahan dahan lang kayo sa pagyayabang ng sasakyan niyo, di niyo naman yan pinaghirapan. Pa post post pa sa instagram at facebook ng "ride" nila, akala mo kung mga sino... Haha.

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    1. eh mahirap ka lang pala eh, iyak ka nalang at sumakay ka ng mrt, jeep, at bus. hahahaha

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    2. Sino nagsabi mahirap ako? I'm not really billionaire-level rich but I can proudly say I'm living a comfortable life.

      No thanks dyan sa mga public transportation, I prefer driving my own 2.4L CR-V which I acquired with HARD-EARNED money.

      Dami talagang tinamaan na mga douchebag rich kids dito. Hahaha. Ok lang naman magpabili kayo ng sasakyan pero wag naman sana kayo magyabang sa social media! Haha!

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    3. you forgot those networking kids na mahilig magmayabang pero hindi naman sa kanila talaga. pang props lang para makahatak ng victim

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    4. Tama pala, isa pa yang mga networkers na yan. Akala mo kung mga sino mag pose, sa kanila daw kunyari yung Lamborghini.

      Ang yayabang, gagamitin yung sasakyan pang attract sa facebook tapos may caption pa na "Dreams do come true." or something... Hahaha!

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    5. wow may hater. wag k nga poser na may crv ka tpos 2.4l pa eh mukha ka naman walang pambili nabasa mo lng sa flyers yan. Mag MRT ka muna boy para makaipon ka pambili ng crv mo.

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    6. Believe what you want to. Hahaha. Kung ayaw mo maniwala ok lang. I don't give a shit.

      Networker ka siguro no?

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    7. eh ano naman kung binili ng parents? HARD EARNED MONEY ng pamilya nila yan eh. gusto mo makihati at mabigyan ng biyaya? may pinaghuhugutan ka bang sama ng loob sa magulang mo? the F do you care kung galante magulang at deserving ang son? binili mo crv mo with your own money, congratulations. now STFU.

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    8. Kayong mga spoiled ass rich kid, talaga bang mahihina ang comprehension ninyo? Its a good thing kung bilhan kayo ng parents niyo ng sasakyan, I don't care. Pero kung magyayabang kayo sa facebook, instagram o kung saan pa ba at akala mo kung mga sino, tsaka tayo magkakaroon ng problema. Gets?

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    9. pinag yayabang mo rin pala ung 2.4 crv mo eh... douchebag haha for all we know, you got the money to buy that car from your dead parents or dying parents.

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    10. baka walang pambili ng smart phone to use instagram or facebook so inggit paren nga haha

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    11. Di naman sa pagyayabang, sinabi ko lang na may crv ako para malaman niyo ang perspective ng talagang kumakayod para magkaroon ng sasakyan. Hindi yung puro pabili sa parents tapos akala mo na kung sinong big time. Hahaha.

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    12. Ang taas ng EGO nung "RICH KID HATER"...
      Admit it or not lahat tayo dumaan tayo sa pagka bata, anak ng isang magulang or kid. Sa sobrang pag mamahal ng magulang binibigyan tayo ng gift/regalo. Lahat ng tao "pinagmamayabang o pinagmamalake" ang gift/regalo na natangap nila. Wala ako nakilalang tao na hinid nila pinag malake ang natanggap nilang regalo or gift! For sure kahit ikaw "MR.HATER" may natangap karin regalo galing sa magulang mo kahit ano pang klaseng regalo yan! at pinag malake mo rin yun! (sasabihin mo bang hindi mo pinag mayabang/pinag malake ang regalong natanggap mo galing sa magulang mo?) Meron bang pinag ka iba ang pinag mamalake sa pinag mamayabang? Example pangit ba or may pinag ka iba ba pag sinabing

      "pinag mamayabang ko na pilipino ako!"
      "pinag mamalake ko na pilipino ako!"

      Ipag malaki mo na HARD WORKING ka o ang HARD-EARNED money mo. Wag mo na isama ang EGO mo.
      Dahil iba iba ang estado ang buhay ng tao
      May taong:
      Sakto lang nakakaraos, may mayaman, may mayaman na mayaman at may ubod ng yaman na parang sapatos lang ang pag bili ng auto.

      Kaya ngayon ikaw "MR.HATER" kung mag kaka anak ka man o may anak ka man o may reregaluhan ka man na mamahalin gamit gugustuhin mo bang tawagin duchebag ang niregaluhan mo?? Hindi kaba nireregaluhan ng ibang tao? o ikinakahiya mo ang mga nireregalo nila sayo? ISIP ISIP rin pag minsan hindi yung EGO mo lang ang iniisip mo. TSK TSK TSK
      -FROM POOR KID TO RICH KID

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    13. Point taken, it's fine to let others know that you received a gift. Pero minsan demanding yung iba kung makahingi sa parents. Yung iba naman sobra rin kung makapagyabang. Ok lang magyabang paminsan pero pag sumobra, hindi na nakakatuwa. Ang pinakamasama sa lahat yung mga rich kid na akala mo sila ang bumili ng sasakyan nila, kung maka asta akala mo kung sinong mga correct.

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    14. Hahaha. Thank you for being the perfect example of a dumb douchebag spoiled rich kid. You helped me prove my point.

      Cumshot ka pa dyan, supot ka naman! Hahahaha!

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    15. ANG JOLOGS MO! you hate rich people out of insecurity! my goodness! Btw, Nice review thanks Carguide! Is thre any chance to have a black matte version of this car?

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    1. Eh pati yang mga rich kids na yan, wala naman talagang pambili yan sa totoo lang. Puro hingi lang kay daddy nila. Walang sariling pera.

      Tinamaan ka? Isa ka rin siguro dyan sa mga spoiled rich boys... Hahaha!

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    2. at the end of the day, hindi paren nawala ang inggit mo

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    3. As if naman nakakainggit. Hahaha. Nasa isip niyo lang yan kasi puro pagyayabang lang alam niyong mga rich kids! Douchebags!

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    4. Kaya pala nag comment yang si Jeremy Saile. Search his name on facebook. Look at his cover photo. Rich kid pala, tinamaan nga ata. O_o

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    5. Di naman lahat ng rich kids ay spoiled brats. Hindi naman nila kasalanan na mayaman sila at saka pag nagtrabaho yang mga yan, masisipag kaya nga sila yumayaman eh. (Bukod nalang sa mga corrupt na politicians)

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      Kahit na i-bash mo yung mga sinasabi mong rich kids, mas mayaman parin sila kesa sayo at mabibili nila yung mga gusto nila.

      P.P.S.
      Halatang inggit ka haha

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  4. Please respect and dont spoil the otherwise nice review. keep your bashings and rich kids douchebags to yourself or adress it in other forums. sheesh!

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    1. Rebuttal: Please respect the freedom of speech and let other people voice out their opinion, be it good or bad. Hahaha.

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    2. dude shut the fuck up, you're ruining this good review of a nice car. And you sound like you were bullied by a rich-ass spoiled kid when you were young, err until now i guess. And all you could do is drool, cry and whine because at the end of the day, they have what you want.

      so please, go fuck yourself.

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    3. Who are you supposed to be? The internet police? Hahaha.

      You can't stop me from voicing my opinion about spoiled douchebag rich kids. Besides, I'm not ruining anything, we're in the comment section. Its not like I fucking edited the article.

      Sounds like you got hurt pretty bad about what I said. I'm assuming you're one of these parasitic douchebag kids.

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    4. puwede ba tumigil ka na? nakakainis ka na pre! pati ba naman dito sa cvt gumagawa ka nanaman ng eksena? sheeesh! ingit ka lng tlga sa mga rich ass noh? try mo kaya ilagay sarili mo sa lugar nila? puwede ba! we are living in a democratic country and we can buy everything we want except things that are against the law. kaya hayaan mo na yang mga douchebag rich kids na mag post ng mga pictures sa kanilang mga instagram and facebook because it's a FUCKING FREE COUNTRY!

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    5. As you said, its a free country. I can voice out my annoyance towards those obnoxious rich kids.

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    6. Nabubuwisit din ako sa mga obnoxious rich kids na yan. Angyayabang! Kala nga nila sila ang naghirap sa pera nila eh hindi naman! Piinagdarasal ko na kapag naging rich din ako ay hindi ako maging mayabang na show-off douchebags tulad nila.
      Btw, I drive an X-Trail with 18" mags & imported tires.

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    7. Its ok to be rich. Its ok to have successful parents. Pero pag nagyabang na, dun na ang pagkakamali nila.

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    8. Tama ka jan boss chief. Gumawa nga tayo ng Samahang Asar sa mga Mayayabang na Rich Kids o SAMaRiKs. Tiyak na marami tayong masasagap na miyembro. Gawa rin tayo ng facebook at twitter page. Dati pa talaga ako asar jan sa mga showoffs na yan. Kaya nga ang daming kumokontra sayo ditong mga rich kids eh, pero bilib talaga ako sa mga hirit mo. Astig! -Xtrail Kid

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    9. IT'S A FREE COUNTRY. IT'S A CAPITALIST COUNTRY. MAY PANGBILI FAMILY NG RICHKIDS. IKAW WALA. END OF STORY.

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    10. BOBO KA BA? SABI NA NGA NA OK LANG MAGING RICH ANG PAMILYA, WAG LANG MAYABANG.

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    11. @ Anon 9:24 PM

      Mahirap ata yan tol. Sigurado ako pag gumawa tayo ng page, ipapasara agad yan ng mga crybaby spoiled rich kids. Alam mo naman yan sila, lahat ng gusto nakukuha. Sumbong agad kay daddy nila. Hahaha.

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    12. okaaay so we got your point kid, ang kulang nlng sayo is maging radio commentator bro, now could you please stop your not so related comments here in this review. samok kaayo mura ka'g bae. ngantoy ngaran mo?

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    13. Ang taas ng EGO nung "RICH KID HATER"...
      Admit it or not lahat tayo dumaan tayo sa pagka bata, anak ng isang magulang or kid. Sa sobrang pag mamahal ng magulang binibigyan tayo ng gift/regalo. Lahat ng tao "pinagmamayabang o pinagmamalake" ang gift/regalo na natangap nila. Wala ako nakilalang tao na hinid nila pinag malake ang natanggap nilang regalo or gift! For sure kahit ikaw "MR.HATER" may natangap karin regalo galing sa magulang mo kahit ano pang klaseng regalo yan! at pinag malake mo rin yun! (sasabihin mo bang hindi mo pinag mayabang/pinag malake ang regalong natanggap mo galing sa magulang mo?) Meron bang pinag ka iba ang pinag mamalake sa pinag mamayabang? Example pangit ba or may pinag ka iba ba pag sinabing

      "pinag mamayabang ko na pilipino ako!"
      "pinag mamalake ko na pilipino ako!"

      Ipag malaki mo na HARD WORKING ka o ang HARD-EARNED money mo. Wag mo na isama ang EGO mo.
      Dahil iba iba ang estado ang buhay ng tao
      May taong:
      Sakto lang nakakaraos, may mayaman, may mayaman na mayaman at may ubod ng yaman na parang sapatos lang ang pag bili ng auto.

      Kaya ngayon ikaw "MR.HATER" kung mag kaka anak ka man o may anak ka man o may reregaluhan ka man na mamahalin gamit gugustuhin mo bang tawagin duchebag ang niregaluhan mo?? Hindi kaba nireregaluhan ng ibang tao? o ikinakahiya mo ang mga nireregalo nila sayo? ISIP ISIP rin pag minsan hindi yung EGO mo lang ang iniisip mo. TSK TSK TSK
      -FROM POOR KID TO RICH KID

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    14. Boss chief idol, ano ang stand natin sa mga biglang yaman na sariling-kayod douchebags, ihe-hate dn ba natin?
      Yang mga mayayabang na tulad ni Willie Revillame. -Xtrail Kid

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    15. Willie Revillame is douchebag whether he has money or not. He gives a money to people but in exchange, he acts like an asshole. Ganun din. Mas mabuti pa manahimik na lang at wag na magbigay ng pera.

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  5. I've ownded one for about 4 months and counting. Review is spot on. One thing I noticed is a slight delay in response to roll forward when coming from standstill. At times it lurches as well in sport intelligent mode from same situation. This doesnt happen though in my 2011 FXT, where I get instant acceleration. When its moving, the CVT's accleration is blindingly quick and linear.

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  6. I recently acquired one and can say without a doubt that the cvt transmission has made a believer out of me. Never would have considered getting an auto gearbox for such a car but the loss of amenities from the manual was not worth just the 70k discount. I don't care what other people say i am so glad I got the cvt over the manual

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  7. popcorn mode. hahaha. nagaaway sa review. hahaha. haay. mga anon naman. hahaha! ang asar talo. hahaha! btw. good read.

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    1. Alin ang good read? Ang review o ang away? Jajajajajaja!!!!!!111

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  8. Haha! What is this? They can buy all they want, and you can hate all you want. Ikaw nga lumalabas na nagyayabang e. But its ok, its a free country.

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  9. Anger, envy, fear, dislike, lets just talk and love this car, there is lot to like and love about this car, and dont bash the owners, man.


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  10. Hahaha si mr.hater puro satsat. Asan crv mo madaling mgyabang eh ang mahirap jan asan. Puro ka satsat. O kng totoo ngang may crv ka eh nakikitira k nman. Ego ampota! Wag kng magyabang. Umaasa ka lng din! Pag mayaman mayaman wala k ng pake. Pag may nakita kang mayabang edi awayin mo hindi dto ka magyayabang! Puro ka satsat

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  11. I'm a rich kid with 5 cars and will stick rich kid hater's kariton into his candy ass until it comes out of his poor mouth

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    1. ^
      Hahaha. Douchebag alert!

      Nagyabang pa. Nakakahiya ka!

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    2. Goin to do it again and again until the poor boy eats his monkey crap, knows his role and shuts his mouth.

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  12. there's no point in this because the reviewer himself is a rich kid..dont know if he's a douche bag though...lol

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    1. the reviewer is good, may be rich may be not, but the poor boy still stinks like his monkey crap

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  13. Pre lets stick to the car review and not about how you feel if you feel hurt by others, dun ka na lang sa forum ng mga, brokenhearted, sobra emotional mo.

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  14. Does this car got FULL LED Headlight? Low and Highbeam? Or Highbean just Halogene?

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    1. LED for the low beams and the park lights. It uses halogens for the high beam.

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  15. Ansarap magbasa ng review dito....

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  16. Sir may I know what's the key differences of the CVT version and manual version of WRX, bukod dun sa ilaw at upuan nya. thank you.

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    1. http://www.carguide.ph/2014/08/subaru-adds-new-variants-to-wrx-and-wrx.html

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