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Old 02-05-2011, 08:25 PM   #1
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Hunting for my first scooby, Looking at 06-07 sti's and waggy's. I have narrowed down my choices to 3

1: Lease a new 11 wrx, as I can't swing the STI and tuition right now

2: 07 STI limited, white a little over budget but I can swing it

3: 07 saab 92-x aero, love the wagons and she is loaded with every option

Giving up my jeep so I will need the car to beable to carry 2-3 DH bikes every weekend. I like the wagons but love the STI.

Help I need to choose soon before my choices are gone.
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:27 PM   #2
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This is a pretty personal decision. Does the weight of lifestyle changes and uncertainty from debt drag you down further than a cool car can lift you? Sounds like that is the real decision here.
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:45 PM   #3
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Buy a beater, save for school.
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:47 PM   #4
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Buy a beater, save for school.
I second this.

For real, not trying to be a jerk.
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:51 PM   #5
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Get something a lot cheaper if you are still in school, then when you are out of school get a great Subi / STi.

For now, if you need to haul stuff, get a used hatch or SUV.
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:56 PM   #6
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I mean, its possible to get a subie while I'm still in school, but why new WRX/ older STI? I bought an '04 WRX over a year ago while in college, and to this day keep all maintenance in good shape, insurance paid off, modify when I can, and still live a 21 yr old college life. I work my ass off over the summer to save up, and then over the school year work at a connivence store to pay for bills, food, car needs, and girlfriend. I still go to the bar on friday nights after work, and do stuff with friends.

I think you should consider getting an older WRX if anything. An STI will never really be used by a border line college student, cause if you can barely afford to own it how will you ever "use" it. As for the WRX, it might be awesome looking and be the greatest newest thing, but as stated at this time in your life you can be just as happy with an '02-'06 WRX.
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Old 02-05-2011, 11:39 PM   #7
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See the point about the older car. I have the mechanical skill to work on it so that's not an issue.
My big issue is I need 20mpg or better as I will be commuting to different hospitals for my clinical rotation. My jeep with every mod I can do for mileage only gets 17 highway and 12-14 on the street.
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Old 02-06-2011, 12:16 AM   #8
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My ? Is a STI drive train is worth an extra 3k?
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Old 02-06-2011, 12:26 AM   #9
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See the point about the older car. I have the mechanical skill to work on it so that's not an issue.
My big issue is I need 20mpg or better as I will be commuting to different hospitals for my clinical rotation. My jeep with every mod I can do for mileage only gets 17 highway and 12-14 on the street.
My WRX Stage II avg 28-33 mpg


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My ? Is a STI drive train is worth an extra 3k?
My guess is you heard about the crappy trannys the WRX's have, honestly if it will be a DD, you will be fine. Even if you amp up some power and do some autoX or race it at the track as long as your not dumping the clutch at every stop and go it's a fine transmission.
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Old 02-06-2011, 12:36 AM   #10
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A Stage II would be about my limit during school. I do spend weekends on fire roads and going snowboarding. I wondered if the STI would handle these conditions any better.

I'd like to build a stage rally car outta it when i'm done with school.
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Old 02-06-2011, 12:59 AM   #11
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A Stage II would be about my limit during school. I do spend weekends on fire roads and going snowboarding. I wondered if the STI would handle these conditions any better.

I'd like to build a stage rally car outta it when i'm done with school.
Obviously with a WRX I don't have first hand experience with an STI, sure with DCCD you would have better control over the power split Front and Rear, and obviously having the STI 2.5L you have more bottom end TQ. But things break, and the STI is even more expensive to repair/replace that stuff. You have made it clear in your initial post that money would be very tight with the newer 2011 WRX or the STI's. The STI stock would probably handle this stuff better, but you can upgrade both the STI and WRX the same pretty much suspension wise and have an even stronger suspension set up from the WRX. You can get a set of STI struts/springs for a little over $200 and a set of STI sway bars w/ kartboy endlinks for not much either.

I too am in college as I posted, I know how it is to go to school, work part time, and keep a social life. I knew the WRX was for me cause its fairly easy to maintain over the STI. Not to mention when things wear down I can upgrade to the STI stuff if I so please.
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Old 02-06-2011, 01:25 AM   #12
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I so agree with full time work, school and trying to have a life there is not much time for sleep or much of anything. Just wanted to get what I want as well as what I need since I'm going to be buying anyway.
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Old 02-06-2011, 03:08 AM   #13
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Then go find a clean 02-03 WRX wagon.

You can mod them, they look great, and you can haul stuff. Oh and they are reasonably priced. Super clean like 10k and under I think last time I checked?

Check out these beauties for instance:

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...standard=false

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...standard=false
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Old 02-06-2011, 03:11 AM   #14
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Then go find a clean 02-03 WRX wagon.

You can mod them, they look great, and you can haul stuff. Oh and they are reasonably priced. Super clean like 10k and under I think last time I checked?

Check out this beauty for instance:

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...standard=false
$12k for a bugeye?! I've seen them drop as low as $8k around this part of the country. I don't know about Cali but they are really dropping (hence all the idiots ricing them out and driving them into poles )
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Old 02-06-2011, 03:11 AM   #15
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I took transit until I was 23, and even now (age 32) we only own one vehicle at a time.

Buy a beater if you must, but then put your focus on school.
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Old 02-06-2011, 03:13 AM   #16
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$12k for a bugeye?! I've seen them drop as low as $8k around this part of the country. I don't know about Cali but they are really dropping (hence all the idiots ricing them out and driving them into poles )
I was guessing, and went back to edit... lol I'm not KBB mang!
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Old 02-06-2011, 04:50 AM   #17
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A Stage II would be about my limit during school. I do spend weekends on fire roads and going snowboarding. I wondered if the STI would handle these conditions any better.

I'd like to build a stage rally car outta it when i'm done with school.
Sounds like you should buy a Forester XT.
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Old 02-06-2011, 05:14 AM   #18
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Like the Fozzy too but the XT is the only one around here. They seem to catch a good price. Love to find a WRB sport closer then 500 miles away. What kinda mileage do they get in the real world?

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Old 02-06-2011, 05:39 AM   #19
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XT's? It's hard to say since mine has a VF39, STi TMIC, TBE and an OTS Cobb tune...staying off boost (had a poor fitting hose..touched 3.5psi max) I got 23.7mpg driving around (city driving, not many lights though). Usually, I'd say 19-21mpg but I do let it warm up for 10min or so before I leave work.

I found a really good deal on mine..I was looking for 06+ WRX wagons and they were out of my price range. 04+ XT has the 2.5l motor (didn't start till 06 in the WRX), so I picked this one up..negotiated the dealer from $7995 to $7390 with 103k miles. Some dings & dents on the body, but mechanically it's been great. I did the timing belt / water pump / etc at 105k and I'm approaching 111k now.
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Old 02-07-2011, 12:54 AM   #20
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what was the last year they offered a stick
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:21 AM   #21
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what was the last year they offered a stick
1997.
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Old 02-07-2011, 05:01 AM   #22
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$12k for a bugeye?! I've seen them drop as low as $8k around this part of the country. I don't know about Cali but they are really dropping (hence all the idiots ricing them out and driving them into poles )
Even here, in Cali bugeyes with, let's say 120K, stock go for no more than 8000, my friend bought one (no problems with car) for $6300 of Craigslist. Of course if you will go to the dealership numbers will be higher
What about 04/05 models? For 12K you can get a WRX wagon that year, later, down the road when you get more money swap STI drivetrain
...just saying...

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Old 02-07-2011, 05:05 AM   #23
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^ When mine goes it won't go for a dime less than $15-16k.
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Old 02-07-2011, 05:11 AM   #24
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I'm looking at newer lower mileage waggys. Have 2 07's to look at tomorrow & a 07 STI limited as well.

Saabaru bs wrx wagon the Saab wins on the interior and options. Is there a downside ?

22k seem high in so cal for a limited STI ?
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limited STI from a private seller or dealership?
what's the mileage? Any mods done to it?
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