To be honest, I was
rather unimpressed with my WRX at stock
, with that vague, sloppy, "held-together-with-ham-sandwhiches" rubbish. After upgrading the sway bars and nearly a dozen different drivetrain & handling bushings/mounts/inserts however (some necessary on the STi as well), the car is radically different from stock. It completely transformed the car into a solid brick of engine with wheels.
Whether you're on stock power or full turbo swap, you're missing out if you never ate your vegetables...
Now I really want to drive one of the newer STi's and see how it compares to my lightly modded 2012 WRX. I definitely don't need the brakes (I'd probably drive more recklessly if knew I had them to 'rely' on
). The lower gas mileage and the stiffer ride would both kind of suck for Maine. I would
like the DCCD, the wider wheels at stock, the crisper transmission and the insane resale value though.
No idea how both roads would have played out for me in the end in terms of time, money and actual enjoyment, but so far I'm happy, optimistic about future mods, and learning a lot by doing the upgrades with my own hands. At the end of the day, I'm just thankful to even be driving a WRX and able to pay for it and all of my other fun at 24. Maybe 6-7 years from now I'll sell it as-is and pick up the latest and greatest STi
So to anyone who has a WRX and is disappointed, go to town on it with the less glamorous, more functional mods. There's much improvement to be made. You won't regret that