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Old 12-07-2012, 12:17 AM   #1
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Well im off to Afghanistan on a military contract. I was wondering which STI is the best 04-07 maybe 08-09 thinking of spending 15-18k. Also i always loved th Evo 8 and 9 not the 10. but what im asking is between the two which is the best bang for the buck. i own a 94 legacy and i love the EJ22 very reliable motor with 222000 mile and runs great for a 19 year old car. Very easy to work on. Also i was parts browsing and was wondering if there was a subaru dedicated online store or a good online store that has everything and/or any thing in the eastern PA and NJ area. Also is there anything in to look for when looking for one known problem and issues. I know headgaskets are probualy subaru only problem they have. honestly i believe it not the car but the person not cleaning mating surfaces when installing.

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Old 12-07-2012, 05:49 AM   #2
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A lot of people use www.subaruwrxparts.com or www.subarugenuineparts.com for OEM type parts. for aftermarket... The world is your oyster. Seriously, there's tons and tons of places for parts.

As for the cars themselves. don't get an '04. They were still sorting out a lot of issues that were then fixed on the '05. Smaller hub size, rear diff, struts, etc. None of those are life threatening or serious issues, but since the cars are old enough, I'd just get '05+. Not really a lot of difference between 05-07 besides styling.

Don't think you're going to be able to find an 08-09 though for your price range. A quick look on KBB has trade-in value right around $20k.

Best of luck though.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:36 AM   #3
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It depends on what you want out if your car for "bang for the buck" status. The evo is going to hold drastically more power reliably and handle better out of the box. The Evo 9 can hit 400whp on the stock turbo and engine. If you want a softer ride and a bit quieter interior, buy the STI. The Evo will prolly be a bit more expensive too.
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:23 AM   #4
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I don't know where people get this reliable and evo crap. Yes, you can get 350whp with little effort, but modded or stock the stupid things still tend to fall apart after 60k miles.
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:16 AM   #5
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Just curious, why wouldn't you wait to just purchase new after your contract, as you won't be in country to enjoy the car at this time?

I'd wait and save, then get a new / used unmolested when you return.

Be safe!
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:23 AM   #6
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:25 AM   #7
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ejh8r is selling a beautiful OBP 05 STi with a good amount of performance mods. It has like 50K miles.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:40 PM   #8
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Just curious, why wouldn't you wait to just purchase new after your contract, as you won't be in country to enjoy the car at this time?

I'd wait and save, then get a new / used unmolested when you return.

Be safe!
I am waiting to buy when i get back. i was just browsing and looking on what i want so i can have my mind made up and not one of those owww i gotta have that type things. I did that when i bought my 08 SRT-4 and was the biggest mistake ever. I dont want to purchase new. i have better luck buying used. every car i purchase new is a lemon
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:47 PM   #9
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Yeah buy this one it's really nice!
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:35 PM   #10
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Yeah buy this one it's really nice!
if i had coh i would.
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:40 PM   #11
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ejh8r is selling a beautiful OBP 05 STi with a good amount of performance mods. It has like 50K miles.
No buy this one! Lol kidding.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:34 PM   #12
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what year r35 you getting
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:25 PM   #13
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2010. I just need someone to buy mine. Its seriously a mint car.

I searched my ass off to find one in this good of shape, not ragged/raced to death with 36K... Its worth every penny im asking... and im not even asking anything more!
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:30 PM   #14
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nice

on the evo are the cams belt or chain driven.
im just looking at some pics of the engine bay and it look like a pain in the but to work on. at least subarus are easy to change belts, plully and acc. components. now i never owned a turbo subaru how difficult are they to swap turbo or access turbos if tmic is used.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:36 PM   #15
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belt...

turbo's on the sti arent bad at all... remove the tmic, downpipe, uppipe, and pull that thing off.

on a stock turbo evo, the studs are longer than the manifold so iirc, the radiator has to come out
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:44 PM   #16
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thanks man. i appreciate it. thanks for your guys help and opinions and i hope you sell that sti soon and get that GTR. R34 is my dream car and R35 is the next best thing. i just wish they had a stick option
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:21 AM   #17
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on the evo are the cams belt or chain driven.
im just looking at some pics of the engine bay and it look like a pain in the but to work on. at least subarus are easy to change belts, plully and acc. components. now i never owned a turbo subaru how difficult are they to swap turbo or access turbos if tmic is used.
Evo X is chain, not sure about 8/9. The 8/9 are great for swapping turbos, it's located just behind the radiator. In fact, almost everything is going to be easier to access on the evo. And no, you shouldn't buy a car based off of ease of swapping parts.
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Old 12-08-2012, 03:44 AM   #18
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I've owed a 2011 evo x mr and a 2006 evo ix. Both of which I broke 300 with intake.exhaust and tune. After I got to changing turbos and engine internals I was easily over 400. I currently own a 2010 Sti hatch and it's a completely different beast. It all depends what you are looking for. The evo 8/9 are not comfy by any means and do get tedious to deal with in traffic. I find myself relaxing more in the Sti. Good luck with everything.
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:39 AM   #19
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I've owed a 2011 evo x mr and a 2006 evo ix. Both of which I broke 300 with intake.exhaust and tune. After I got to changing turbos and engine internals I was easily over 400. I currently own a 2010 Sti hatch and it's a completely different beast. It all depends what you are looking for. The evo 8/9 are not comfy by any means and do get tedious to deal with in traffic. I find myself relaxing more in the Sti. Good luck with everything.
What happened to the mr?
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I don't know where people get this reliable and evo crap. Yes, you can get 350whp with little effort, but modded or stock the stupid things still tend to fall apart after 60k miles.
You don't know where they get it? From proven experience son. EVO's are stout, solid cars. The interior is crap but then so is the STI's. STI makes for an all around better daily driver but the engine isn't exactly bulletproof even on stock tune.
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You don't know where they get it? From proven experience son. EVO's are stout, solid cars. The interior is crap but then so is the STI's. STI makes for an all around better daily driver but the engine isn't exactly bulletproof even on stock tune.
Here we go again. -_-
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What happened to the mr?
I got tired of driving an automatic
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:21 PM   #23
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I think the evos look nice, but I am happy with the Subaru's I have owned/own.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:06 PM   #24
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Evo X is chain, not sure about 8/9. The 8/9 are great for swapping turbos, it's located just behind the radiator. In fact, almost everything is going to be easier to access on the evo. And no, you shouldn't buy a car based off of ease of swapping parts.
I love bothe cars. I feel evo 8/9 have more a aggresive look to them then sti. but i love the sound of the boxer motor. theres no mistaking it with another car to me the evo souunds like any other ricer with a exhaust except with a whistle. i feel different on that opinion. look how easy all acc. components are to remove, intake a breeze to remove. access to timing belt takes 15-30min.. honestley i have no experience with evos but it almost looks like you have to remove engine to do anything with timing or replace cams.
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Lol. Most people say it the opposite way.
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