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Old 11-24-2008, 08:57 PM   #1
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Default to buy or not to buy...an STI

hi, i'm new here , and to subarus.
i'm currently thinking of upgrading my car situation to something awd. i've narrowed my ideal choices down to one of 2 things. a GC coupe, which i would swap the motor (eventually) or an 04-05 STI.

i have recently seen STIs go for 18-20k, which is barely within my budget. my question is if its a good idea to go for a cheap sti, or is that a huge money pit? would they be beat on, high milage and have lots of problems or are they pretty solid cars?

i'm not in a hurry right now, so i can wait for prices to come down a bit (if they will, i have no idea about the market for these things), oh and sorry if this is a common question, i searched around a bit, but found nothing conclusive.

Thanks!
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Old 11-24-2008, 09:02 PM   #2
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i would say go with a gc coupe or a wrx, because if u get a sti for around 18 its ganna have super high miles or been riden hard and put away wet.
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:30 PM   #3
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If you're going to purchese an STI it better be new or have really really low miles and you personally know the owner. If not it coudl turn into a huge money pit.

Chances are if the STI is barley within your price range you just shouldnt buy it.
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:33 PM   #4
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Yeah for an STi at that price would be high millage. I bought an 05STi in march this year with 23000 miles for 26g and thats a pretty average price around where i live. Also as i have found out STis dont stay on the market for long so when you see one that you like you have to jump!! GOod luck
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:37 PM   #5
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hi, i'm new here , and to subarus.
i'm currently thinking of upgrading my car situation to something awd. i've narrowed my ideal choices down to one of 2 things. a GC coupe, which i would swap the motor (eventually) or an 04-05 STI.

i have recently seen STIs go for 18-20k, which is barely within my budget. my question is if its a good idea to go for a cheap sti, or is that a huge money pit? would they be beat on, high milage and have lots of problems or are they pretty solid cars?

i'm not in a hurry right now, so i can wait for prices to come down a bit (if they will, i have no idea about the market for these things), oh and sorry if this is a common question, i searched around a bit, but found nothing conclusive.

Thanks!
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:46 PM   #6
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$5,000 gc + $10,000 in motor work, transmission, and mods = profit! (That's still under 18k )

Get a gc and swap that bad boy for like half the price.
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:52 PM   #7
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Yeah for an STi at that price would be high millage. I bought an 05STi in march this year with 23000 miles for 26g and thats a pretty average price around where i live. Also as i have found out STis dont stay on the market for long so when you see one that you like you have to jump!! GOod luck
I got mine in DC with 30k miles for 21
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Old 11-25-2008, 12:07 AM   #8
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what does GC stand for?
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Old 11-25-2008, 04:20 AM   #9
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Old 11-25-2008, 04:29 AM   #10
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:47 AM   #11
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As much as I want to say get the GC and heavily mod it like you've planned, you have to factor in reliability. If you buy the gc and sti swap it, etc. you are bound to run into problems. If you were to get the sti and make it stage 2 there's really no room for error.
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