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I do really missed the floor sport shifter instead paddle shifter. I felt it little more fun that way. Paddle shifter is kind of useless but I use them for up or down hill.

My 2006 Legacy sedan has sport shifter and it was easy to use. I cannot remember if my 2000 Legacy GT sedan has the sport shifter. It was long time ago.

The way I drive, I rarely use both hands on the wheel. I only use both hand while turn the wheel. Just bad habit.
 

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I do really missed the floor sport shifter instead paddle shifter. I felt it little more fun that way. Paddle shifter is kind of useless but I use them for up or down hill.

My 2006 Legacy sedan has sport shifter and it was easy to use. I cannot remember if my 2000 Legacy GT sedan has the sport shifter. It was long time ago.

The way I drive, I rarely use both hands on the wheel. I only use both hand while turn the wheel. Just bad habit.
From a usability stand point the sport shifter never moves its always in the same spot regardless of which sweeping turn your going through so compared to the lame paddle shifters that spin around the steering wheel its a much better set up for those of us who might want to go from 2nd to 3rd in anything other than a strait piece of road.

2000 Legacy had the lazy 4eat AT in it with no sport shift - sport shift arrived in 2005 if I recall.

And yes your correct bad habits regarding hands on the wheel and correctly thumbs out not in - on a AWD car is actually an even bigger deal than say the old beater RWD buick.
Given you have power to the front wheels which can easily hook into rough pavement and spin a wheel right out of your hand - or break a thumb hooked inside the wheel.
 

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I really like the sport shift in my Gen3. I use it more than I thought I would. The only thing that bugs me is if I'm taking it to redline, I shift it at almost exactly the same time it shifts itself into 2nd and I end up in 3rd.

I drove a 2012 Legacy CVT for a day while they were correcting an issue on my 2008 and can't say I like the paddle shifters as much. As said, they're more convenient in a straight line, but not around a corner.
 

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And yes your correct bad habits regarding hands on the wheel and correctly thumbs out not in - on a AWD car is actually an even bigger deal than say the old beater RWD buick.
Given you have power to the front wheels which can easily hook into rough pavement and spin a wheel right out of your hand - or break a thumb hooked inside the wheel.
Yes that is how I learned my lesson about rough pavement or offroad. Back in 2008 I fracture my left thumb in my ex girlfriend 2007 Trailblazer. Stupid of me, well sh*t happened. LOL
 
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