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Old 04-27-2001, 11:26 PM   #1
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If your going to stay NA i would go with 2000+. higher compression ratio a few more horses. There is also not a MAF to deal with.
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Old 04-28-2001, 12:04 AM   #2
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Talking I'm new here....some questions and info and stuff

Hi everyone,
I'm really new to imprezas amd stuff like that.... I have a 98 honda civic ex 5 speed with a few minor bolt ons. I've had it since november. Its slow and i don't like it very much. I was planning on putting an integra GSR engine in, but i figured it's more reasonable to get a different car. I really like the Impreza 2.5rs. I can afford a 98 or 99. I'd like a 2000 sedan, but I like the 98 and 99 coupe just as much. Which one would be better to get, 98 or 99?? Why? What are some companies that make aftermarket parts for subarus? What are some things I should know about the 2.5rs??? I knew tons about hondas, but I'm clueless when it comes to subarus.

Thanks for any advice/ help or anything of the sort.

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Old 04-28-2001, 12:11 AM   #3
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Search on any question you have and you will have more to read than you can in a month.
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Old 04-28-2001, 12:15 AM   #4
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hmm... you wouldn't happen to be on H-A.net would you?

Anyway, it kinda depends on what you want to do. The 98 is DOHC and doesn't have the cool bumper. The 99 switched to the Phase II SOHC motor (more torque, better curve, stronger block, etc) and added the bumper. The 2000s and 2001s added a rear LSD (BIG HELP), upped the compresion ratio, changed the intake setup, and went from a MAF to a MAP sensor. It's RUMORED the 2000/2001 have more HP than the 99s.

If you're looking to turbo instantly, 99s are a little better than the 2000 due to the fact they use a MAF sensor. FI is strictly bolt on with the 99s, BUT, the MAF sensor is touchy and likes to break with aftermarket intakes, turbos, etc. The 2000 is a monster when boosted, but the MAP causes problems. They can be solved with a TECII ($2k), or a really cheap zeiner diode (check the TURBO FORUM for more info).

The big advantage of the MY00 and MY01 is the inclusion of a Rear LSD, and the availability of a Sedan. You can deal fine without it, but I've heard after driving a 2000+, it's tricky to drive a 99 because they handle different. I can't say they do, because I haven't drivin a 99. (I own a MY00)

As far as aftermarket support, it's growing fast, AND you're located in the MWSOC home area, so it'll be easy to find parts, and maybe people to help you install them.

Personally, I'd go for the 2000, prices are dropping fast because of the 2002 models. Or, if you get lucky, you might be able to find a boosted 99 for sale(Private Classifieds).
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Old 04-28-2001, 12:50 AM   #5
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There was a guy in the private classifieds selling his gorgeous blue 99 coupe for $9k.

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Old 04-28-2001, 12:52 AM   #6
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Old 04-29-2001, 12:03 AM   #7
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You guys make me proud, only one "do a search" out of five responses. I knew we could do this if we put our hearts into it. Not one attack on a Honda owner or his current ride. This is really verrrry good!

Jewbaru wins the prize for the best answer! Seriously, it was great.

Additional opinion and agreement - my MY2000+ is a great car but a bear to turbo to higher boost than 5 psi without a programable ECU since it has a MAP sensor with a voltage limit and 10:1 pistons. The MY99 MAF is flakey, and the MY98 seems to a good one to turbo with only 9.5:1 compression. The MY2000/01 is a good year for an NA motor build up - plenty of mods like heads and cams are available for it that are not for the older DOHC models.

So, if you wanna turbo, get a 98 and use the money you save for your mods. Plus, you get gold rims on a blue car!

Larry www.ImprezaRS.com

PS: The only thing is that the RS will be heavier than your EX - so in autocross, a stock civic can handle as well or better than a stock RS. But, add KYB AGX struts and Tein Springs and 20mm sway bar and good tires and no civic will touch it - unless it is Mike O'neal in my SCCA region in a white-smoke-blowin-89-civic-si-that-kicks-butt-on-$50-tires... I think the only time I beat him was in the rain

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