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Old 06-18-2011, 11:50 PM   #1
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OMGHi2U The "I owned an STi, now I own a WRX" crowd

What did you own?
What do you own now?
Why the switch?
Was it a good switch... FOR YOU?
Any regrets?

Currently I have an '05 Stg2 Wingless STi w/ 88k miles and a blown cyl 4 ringland


I've dumped $3.5k and she's about to get back on her feet

However, I'm ready to drop this scratch, ding, swirl monster and the new widebody looks sexy to me. Thinking a $24k OTD BASE WRX would be the shnit. Throw on a Cobb Stg1, 5% tint and call it a day since I DD 60+ miles a day highway.

Mmmmmmm... fogless/wingless win.


I'm just concerned it won't be as fun as my current car.

Thoughts?

-Edit 11-25-2011
Went with the WRX, couldn't be happier


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Old 06-18-2011, 11:55 PM   #2
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Old 06-19-2011, 12:37 AM   #3
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have you driven the new wrx? you'll love it!
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Old 06-19-2011, 01:01 AM   #4
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What did you own? Stage 2 2005 STi, suspension, exhaust, FMIC



What do you own now? Stage 2 2002 WRX, suspension, exhaust, FMIC



Why the switch? Wife lost her job, sold the STi for $18,000 and bought the WRX for $6000

Was it a good switch... FOR YOU? Monetarily, yes. As a DD... I miss the raw power of the STi, but the WRX gearing is better for daily traffic. I've also put A LOT of work into the WRX since I bought it, I feel more mechanically connected with it.

Any regrets? Yes, the STi was my dream car. I miss the way I felt driving it. I miss how clean it was. My WRX still has a long way to go.

Thoughts: A post-2007 stage 2 WRX is faster than an STi, and cheaper. Do it.
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Old 06-19-2011, 02:19 AM   #5
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Hate to say this to ya, but that Sti was slick as hell.
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Old 06-19-2011, 03:08 AM   #6
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Look at it this way, At least you still own a Subie
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Old 06-19-2011, 03:13 AM   #7
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Thoughts: A post-2007 stage 2 WRX is faster than an STi, and cheaper. Do it.[/quote]

Lol didn't read this message right at first. Stage 2 would be but suspension and braking would be lacking somewhat
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Old 06-19-2011, 07:22 AM   #8
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Keep the '05.
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Old 06-19-2011, 08:13 AM   #9
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I didn't own an sti, but I did own a 400 whp evolution. Not the same but close. I can say, now owning a 2011 wrx, that I am completely happy with the switch. The Rex looks sexy as hell and is a great DD. I'm only sitting stage 1 right now with the Cobb ots map and surprisingly, I've been Happy with the power. I did Just order an intake and I'm shopping for a dp to go stage 2, but the new Rex is totally capable and damn comfortable for DD. I'd say go for it....especially if you think you'll stay stage 1. You will have a sexy new wide body with a warranty. Hard to pass up.
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Old 06-19-2011, 09:27 AM   #10
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new rex = awesome, more reliable, warranty.
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:01 AM   #11
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Hate to say this to ya, but that Sti was slick as hell.
I know.. it was hard to let go
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:08 AM   #12
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I used to own a 95 camaro z-28. Yes I do miss the power and grumble of the v-8 but I dont miss the gas prices. I now own a 07 Impreza 2.5i. I dont regret it cause the subbie is alot more comfortable and suits my needs alot better being in grad school.
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:24 AM   #13
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Sexy!
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:34 AM   #14
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Thoughts: A post-2007 stage 2 WRX is faster than an STi, and cheaper. Do it.
Lol didn't read this message right at first. Stage 2 would be but suspension and braking would be lacking somewhat[/quote]

Braking for DD is fine, no need for brembros. A few suspension upgrades and you are good to go. But the comfort of stock could be a good thing for DD.
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:36 AM   #15
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What did you own?
2006 STI, Stage 1

What do you own now?
2011 WRX Hatch, only sways and short shifter mods until the warranty is up, which should be right around new years 2012.

Why the switch?
I drive, on average, 150 miles a day, and the car was starting to get up there in miles. Also, the hatch style really started to grow on me.

Was it a good switch... FOR YOU?
So far it's been great. The power seems pretty close to my previous car, I get far fewer people revving at me and doing fly bys, but the biggest plus is the extra cargo rooom / utility. Didn't realize how much more room there was until I was able to fit all my camping and fishing gear, two coolers, two dogs and my wife and I. The roof rack is only going to make me like this car that much more.

Any regrets?
A couple. The biggest two being the six speed and not getting the color I wanted. The six speed was just more fun for spirited driving. The dealership ordered my car as a sedan, when it was supposed to be a hatch, so I after waiting for 12 weeks the car showed up and it was a sedan. So I had them look for hatches they could get asap, because I had already sold the STI, so I settled for OBP.

Thoughts? I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
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Old 06-19-2011, 12:36 PM   #16
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Old 06-19-2011, 12:43 PM   #17
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Old 06-19-2011, 12:51 PM   #18
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I would get an '11 wrx over an older sti that has given you problems in a heartbeat. For me there is no comparison, the looks, comfort and warranty on that wrx surpasses anything on the 04-05 sti's. Just my opinion.
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Old 06-19-2011, 01:18 PM   #19
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I considered it but there's just no substituting the raw power of an 04-05 STi, especially not with a newer WRX
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Old 06-19-2011, 01:18 PM   #20
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I havent driven a newer STI, but when i bought my '11 WRX hatch, they had a 06 STI on lot that i test drove as well. I actually found the WRX to be a little quicker and more comfortable. Although im assuming the newer STI's are a much better example
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Old 06-19-2011, 01:30 PM   #21
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I havent driven a newer STI, but when i bought my '11 WRX hatch, they had a 06 STI on lot that i test drove as well. I actually found the WRX to be a little quicker and more comfortable. Although im assuming the newer STI's are a much better example
not really. the 09+ wrx's are faster in a drag race than the sti's.
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Old 06-19-2011, 02:34 PM   #22
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not really. the 09+ wrx's are faster in a drag race than the sti's.
Not faster in a drag race. 0-60 its faster, because the STI has an extra gear shift. They are pretty close now though yes. Around a track it is a much larger difference. 3:13 at VIR compared to the WRX's 3:16. If you are keeping it stock and not track driving it, the WRX is a great bang for the buck now. If you plan on ever tracking it, the STI is better in nearly every way.
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Old 06-19-2011, 03:19 PM   #23
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Not faster in a drag race. 0-60 its faster, because the STI has an extra gear shift.
So it is faster

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Old 06-19-2011, 03:54 PM   #24
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So it is faster

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No.
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Old 06-19-2011, 03:59 PM   #25
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I had several STI's and decided to get a WRX until recently. Although now I have a M3, the WRX worked better for me for quite a while. I was almost willing to keep my 09 hatch. I loved the practicality and insurance rates. The M was so much cheaper to insure that it would have been dumb of me not to get it. That's the only reason I sold my WRX. Well, that and the fact that they gave me about $5k more then I paid for it on a trade and still gave me a hell of a price on the M. ^_^
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