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Old 04-23-2013, 03:25 PM   #1
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Hello, new to the community and looking for some advice. The situation is: I am looking for a first car. Parents dont want me driving anything fast (WRX, STI), but the 2011 Impreza WRX catches my eye every time i see one. My dad's a car guy, so he knows how fast a WRX is. What would be required to modify a standard impreza to look as close to a WRX as possible? From the factory, is it just a body kit or is it lower and/or wider? I have some money saved up, so let's disregard cost for now.

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Old 04-23-2013, 03:35 PM   #2
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From an old guy to a young'un - Patience is a virtue.

My suggestion, and it's just a suggestion. Continue saving your money until you and your parents are ready for you to own a WRX or STI. Do you really want to waste money making an Impreza look like a WRX when it isn't a WRX? Why not wait until you get the real thing? You'll have the money to modify the WRX the way you want that way.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:37 PM   #3
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Owning a fast car doesn't make it unsafe. How you drive it is what makes it unsafe. Convince him.

I would imagine if you're trying to basically clone the car you just want to do body panels...but when you do the hood and get the scoop, it's completely and utterly useless and a waste of your money as it isn't feeding to the intercooler.

I don't know enough about the newer models to tell you that like 08 - 13 are interchangeable parts though. I'm sure someone else may be able to give you an idea.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:39 PM   #4
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You don't want to hear this: save that money. Get yourself one of the many small, fun cars to drive like an FR-S/BRZ which isn't fast but instead just insane FUN to drive. That money you've got is way better spent elsewhere.

That said, it's gbsharon's money, so it's the gbsharon show when it comes to how it's spent. To do what you want to do would require either finding a few donor cars and piecing together the panels ALL THE WAY AROUND with the exception of the roof and the front doors, then having them painted to match, if necessary. Or buying all the panels new and having them painted to the color of choice. Either way it's going to cost you anywhere from 7 to 10k.

So I'll reiterate, save those duckets. When your dad no longer gets an opinion on what car you drive, throw down on the 20XX Subaru STi Superfasteditionbecauseitsthefuture and be very pleased with yourself.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:40 PM   #5
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Why not buy a WRX, take off the turbo and give it to your parents, and then they can give it back to you on your 18th b-day? Or, agree to one of those GPS systems that limit how fast or far or what neighborhoods you can go to.

Or, buy a crapbox CRX, have a blast, and buy the WRX when you don't have to deal with the 'rents.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:41 PM   #6
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If you are looking for a first car, I highly suggest going with an NA Impreza and doing bolt ons, suspension, brakes, and wheels. Make it badass in it's own way.

Pick up a 2.5i in your price range, do exhaust, suspension, wheels/tires, and brakes. It'll look better and handle/brake better than a stock WRX. You won't have the power, so just get that as your next car. You'll appreciate your real WRX then.

Food for thought: My old '98 Outback... $4,000 NA

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Old 04-23-2013, 03:44 PM   #7
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Buy a Civic. Learn to drive a manual really well. Save your money and buy a WRX later. The end.

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Old 04-23-2013, 04:05 PM   #8
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Looks like the consensus is dont buy a wrx. The new imprezas look nice, maybe ill check out the sport model.

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Old 04-23-2013, 04:17 PM   #9
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Looks like the consensus is dont buy a wrx. The new imprezas look nice, maybe ill check out the sport model.

http://media.ed.edmunds-media.com/su...214013_600.jpg
Not what we're saying. We're saying don't waste your money trying to make an Impreza look like a WRX. Buy a WRX instead. When your parents are ok with that. Or when you don't need your parent's permission to do so.
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:38 PM   #10
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Not what we're saying. We're saying don't waste your money trying to make an Impreza look like a WRX. Buy a WRX instead. When your parents are ok with that. Or when you don't need your parent's permission to do so.
I understand, after taking in the previous advice I think I can live with just a standard impreza, and aspire to own a wrx in the future, is more what I was saying
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:43 PM   #11
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insuring a wrx at your age will be ridiculously expensive.

i'm with cmiovino. buy an older n/a subaru and learn to drive it and how to modify it. you'll have plenty of time to get a sweet dream car later in life, and will appreciate it so much more. plus, an older less expensive car will be cheaper to insure.

that said, if somehow you can afford to buy or will be gifted the 23k for an impreza sport, it is a GREAT car. my girlfriend has a 2012 with the cvt, and i really love to drive it! i'm going to put the 19mm rear sway bar from a sti on it, which should really improve the handling.
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:49 PM   #12
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How old are you? Depending on your age, insurance can cost quite a bit on a WRX vs Impreza.
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:57 PM   #13
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How old are you? Depending on your age, insurance can cost quite a bit on a WRX vs Impreza.
You hit the nail right on the head. Huge factor as to why I cannot get the wrx. To address an earlier comment I do enjoy modifying cars and am a huge audiophile. Subarus really give an open opportunity to combine both these interests. I have been reading this forum for a while and the amount of help and guidance is immaculate.
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:01 PM   #14
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Tell your parents you changed your mind and want a 1000cc sport bike. Really work them over on it and then "settle" for a WRX.

problem?

I went the same route as cmiovino with a GF wagon, except I built the crap out of my NA engine and now it puts down as much power as a stock 2.0 WRX. Might not be saying much, but it's plenty of power to get in trouble with, the parts are readily available and cheap, and insurance is next to nothing.



You could easily go one step further and swap one with a WRX/STi engine. Be a good learning experience for wrenching, and you would have one helluva sleeper.
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:02 PM   #15
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Just get a wrx... No insurance... Don't register it either... Steal it if I have to!!
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:02 PM   #16
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Try looking at other cars first, I had a non-S MINI cooper before I bought my WRX wagon and honestly was one of the funnest cars to own. Its a shame the clutch and transmission is absolutely terrible on non-S first gen coopers.

But besides that I would look at an older 2.5RS, and maybe eventually save up to swap in an STi or WRX swap. But if you're dead set on getting a new WRX or new gen WRX, I would wait it out a little
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:05 PM   #17
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Just get a wrx... No insurance... Don't register it either... Steal it if I have to!!
Ill pick up a lambo while I'm at it
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:05 PM   #18
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You sound more mature than 95% of the 20-something YOLOtwats on here

Looking back on it, I'm glad I could never afford a sporty car when I was younger. It allowed me to learn the ins and outs of what I had, and pursue a hobby of car audio which was fun and affordable. Other than that my money was spent replacing parts that broke rather than modifying.

You've got a good head on your shoulders. Being able to start out with a newer, reliable vehicle is huge. In a few years you'll be able to trade that in for something more fun, and your insurance will be half of what it would be today.
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:07 PM   #19
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Try looking at other cars first, I had a non-S MINI cooper before I bought my WRX wagon and honestly was one of the funnest cars to own. Its a shame the clutch and transmission is absolutely terrible on non-S first gen coopers.

But besides that I would look at an older 2.5RS, and maybe eventually save up to swap in an STi or WRX swap. But if you're dead set on getting a new WRX or new gen WRX, I would wait it out a little
Looks like this thread has turned into something more along the lines of " alternatives to impreza for 1st car." That being said, the mini is something I have looked into, as well as the golf
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:22 PM   #20
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I'd just save up too.

When I was 16 (2006) my parents bought my a 2000 Saturn SL2. I had that for about a 3 or 4 years and it was constantly breaking. Since I was still a poor college kid my parents were nice enough to foot the bill for it. They were massive bills too. By the time I traded it in it was on it's 2nd transmission and 2nd engine (unless the previous owner replaced them too!). My parents finally said enough is enough and let me trade it in on something I wanted. Since I learned to drive manual in 2008 I wanted something sporty. I learned in a worked 2006 and fell in love with it. Unfortunately I needed my parents to co-sign on a loan so they had a little say in what I got. $16k was the lowest I could find (minus the $10k WRX's with 180k and destroyed exterior). I ended up getting a 2008 Spec V in 2010. I got a great deal on it ($13k, 12k miles) and it was a very sporty and fun car.

The WRX would be great but I probably would have spent a fortune on repairs over the life of it ($16k WRX = high mileagle = high risk). 3 months ago I decided to trade in on a brand new WRX. Between my Spec V trade in and the money saved I'm going to have a 2013 WRX Premium Hatch for about ~$175/month (60 months). It's still pricey to insure but that's a very low monthly payment and I won't be cutting my finances close.

Long story short, you know what you want. Don't blow money now that could be spent on the WRX. I spent about $3k in mods on my Spec V and I definitely enjoyed them but I wished I just saved it for my WRX. So if you parents are going to get you something new pick something that you like and has a great resale value because essentially the value of this car will go towards your future WRX.
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:31 PM   #21
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Just save up! buy an older impreza and save till your 18 or so. than get a wrx. I didnt have a car till i was 17 (2 months till 18) then i just bought my 2008 wrx.

So this was two years ago, so a 3 years old (car) when i bought the car, $16k with 34000 miles. Only problem was me flying to cali to drive it back home in 27 hours to go to school that monday... which i did. and that and it was a 4EAT.

Trust me, its worth the wait. just drive around in a 2002 2.5rs or something and save up.

oh and i still have no accidents.......
I got one ticket though. and no i wasnt even moving. I was parked... far away from my car. dumb cop gave me a ticket for parking over the yellow curb by like 3 inches. seriously. *&^%&*())*&&^%^%% :angry:
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:46 PM   #22
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Tell your parents to let you get the WRX and then tell them you can put a 'low power tune' on it until they feel that you are ready to get it going faster. Have a tuner give you just that, a limping low power tune. Then get good with the car, instill confidence in your parents, and maybe in a year they let you open up the tune to full spec and you have some power on your hands.

Win / win
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So glad I didn't have overprotective parents.
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So glad I didn't have overprotective parents.
I wouldn't call it overprotective. Look at the numbers. Kids do stupid ****. There's no way you can prevent that but I wouldn't say refusing to buy them a tool that may encourage that is overprotective. Not only could the kid hurt/kill themselves but they could hit someone else. I don't want my car getting hit because some kid doesn't know how to drive. Already happened once...
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Looks like this thread has turned into something more along the lines of " alternatives to impreza for 1st car." That being said, the mini is something I have looked into, as well as the golf
If you do get a MINI, make sure you get the model year that doesn't have the midlands transmission, or just get an S because they have the 6 speed. But if you're determined to get a Subaru look at other models besides the Impreza WRX. I always wanted a GC 2.5RS and sometimes regret not getting a Forester XT.
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