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Old 01-06-2012, 04:03 PM
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New to site, near future buyer, problem in my first test drive.

Hi. I Purchased an 04 STI new as a DD many years ago, and now I'm looking to add an S2K as a second car (summer car). Long story shortened, my Subaru dealership has an 06 S with 60k miles on it in their used car lot. I was looking at it while waiting for my car, and the guy came out and easily talked me into a test drive.

On my test drive I noticed a sticky feeling to the steering control. It was slow to release back after a turn, and I had to guide it some back to the straight position. The power steering is not as easy to turn as my STI, but not difficult. However, it just felt wrong to me, as the wheel simply doesn't go fully back straight after a turn, and I have to guide it. I didnt'tfeel safe driving it hard around a corner that's for sure. At faster speeds, it turned straight most of the way, and I just need to move it straight a bit, but at slower speeds, it wanted to keep turning by itself if I let my hands off the wheel. I didn't say anything, which I suppose I should have, so I'm hoping someone can shed some light on this for me. Thanks!!
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Old 01-06-2012, 04:10 PM
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Bad alignment maybe? It's not supposed to feel like that. It could have been modified, lowered on coilovers or something. Most owners 'part out' their mods and go back to stock before selling. So the alignment could be off from that. Or it could have been in an accident, hit a curb, etc. Or lastly, the steering rack could be bad. Have it checked out by a Honda mechanic if you are serious, that's my $.02
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Old 01-06-2012, 04:13 PM
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Sounds funky.

The Electric power steering in the S has its quirks but that doesnt sound right.
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Old 01-06-2012, 05:33 PM
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I wonder if something is wrong with the EPS? Maybe the rack is bent...
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:23 PM
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Definitely not normal, I'd drive some other ones. Oh, and get an Ap1
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:55 PM
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something wrong!
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:43 PM
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Could be something as simple as not having proper tire pressure. Having said that the eps in the S does feel different from a hydraulic ps unit
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:21 AM
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I agree with the others. Something is wrong. I would blame the alignment or the tire pressure (these cars are sensitive to this).
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:35 AM
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Agreed, that is not right. The steering should be a little on the heavy side but pleasingly so and without the symptoms you describe.
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