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Old 02-28-2003, 11:05 AM   #1
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Default $$$$ STi maintenance costs = Porsche pricing

Those of you interested in the STi may find the following maintence item prices of interest. Looks like the STi brakes are about 3-4 times more expensive to maintain than the USA WRX.

Some JDM dealer list prices:

Front brake pad set: $380
Front brake rotors (pair): $780

Rear brake pad set: $355
Rear brake rotors (pair): $727

Rear CV joint: $241

Front struts (pair): $600

17" wheel: $330

Spark Plug set: $51
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Old 02-28-2003, 11:21 AM   #2
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Can you give us the link to your source?
Does your source also have JDM WRX parts for comparison?
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Old 02-28-2003, 11:23 AM   #3
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Can you compare these to WRX prices in the same market (JDM)?
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Old 02-28-2003, 12:07 PM   #4
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Can you give us the link to your source?
Does your source also have JDM WRX parts for comparison?
The source is my Subaru Japan factory parts book. These are the list prices you'd pay if you walked into the dealer in Japan and paid list price. I'll look up a few WRX parts later for comparison.
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Old 02-28-2003, 12:42 PM   #5
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Yeah, well while you are at it, look up the price of a newpaper or beer in Tokyo. I'm sure that our domestic (USDM) proces will be in line with all the others.
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Old 02-28-2003, 01:38 PM   #6
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i was gonna say these are standard Brembo brakes.

we will have the usual smorgasborg of after market to choose from.

if they are more expensive, well, that's the price of having some really nice ****.

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Old 02-28-2003, 08:52 PM   #7
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Ok,

regular WRX front rotors in Japan are $152 a pair
pad set is $105

So you are looking at around 5 times the cost of standard WRX for an STi Brembo brake job...
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Old 03-01-2003, 02:52 AM   #8
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If they charged exactly the same prices as they did in Japan.

You do know that the cost of a square foot (or more accurately, a square meter) of floor space in Japan is far more expensive than nearly anywhere else in the world, much less America, which is renowned for it's cheap costs. That's the simplest of costs that need to be factored in when setting prices.

Then there's the plain fact that if American and Japanese prices were set exactly the same, the WRX would cost about, what, 18 grand brand new?

Prices are set according to what the market will bear. Let's wait and see what they charge before making an assumption they will charge that much.

Cheers,

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Old 03-01-2003, 05:21 AM   #9
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Wow.. even the wrx parts are more expensive than my M3...
then why is my m3 more $$$ to insure!!!
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Old 03-01-2003, 11:54 AM   #10
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Prices are set according to what the market will bear. Let's wait and see what they charge before making an assumption they will charge that much.
Paul I think am comparing apples to apples here. The point is that within a certain market (in this case Japan) the STi parts are hugely more expensive than the plain WRX ones. The maintenance costs of owning an STi are going to be more like a Porsche/BMW than a Subaru. Something you have to consider when you're in line to make a $600 monthly payment on a new STi.
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Old 03-01-2003, 12:06 PM   #11
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Wow.. even the wrx parts are more expensive than my M3...
then why is my m3 more $$$ to insure!!!
Simple, insurance is based on high replacement market value which your M3 has and a WRX doesn't. For example, a 2002 M3 is worth 90% of what it cost new. A 2002 WRX is worth 70% what the person paid.
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Old 03-01-2003, 12:25 PM   #12
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Well, duh! You're getting more performance from a specialty brake setup for an amazing car? It should be more expensive. There's something to be said for weeding out the pikers.

I have often said that the real reason the USDM WRXes don't come with the same 4-pot front 2-pot rear setups of our European brethren is that people would have howled about the repair/maintenance costs.

I agree with Paul on the actual cost vs. the JDM costs. I would expect the STi/Brembo stuff to certainly be more expensive than the $150 or so pads for the Subaru 4-pots, that's for sure. And those big ol' rotors...they are indeed going to cost some dosh.

That $300 per strut price is exactly the price of the SPT (STi V7) struts, so that's fine. It is what it is, but considering that you shouldn't need a strut for the life of the car, who cares?

I'm not at all surprised that the STi stuff is more expensive. It's the same reason that Porsche stuff is more expensive than Hyundai stuff. There is a much higher level of performance expected from said equipment.

The STi is not, I repeat, NOT going to be a cheap car to own or operate. Nor should it be.

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Old 03-01-2003, 12:36 PM   #13
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Default Re: $$$$ STi maintenance costs = Porsche pricing

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Originally posted by Jude DeMeis

Some JDM dealer list prices:
Front brake pad set: $380
Front brake rotors (pair): $780
Rear brake pad set: $355
Rear brake rotors (pair): $727
Rear CV joint: $241
Front struts (pair): $600
17" wheel: $330
Spark Plug set: $51
Every one of these parts, except the CV joint perhaps, will be a common performance aftermarket item at prices comparable to any other car out there.
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Old 03-01-2003, 03:57 PM   #14
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Default Brembo issue,.......

Hey guys since were talking about brakes and prices,..when I worked at a Subaru dealer, one thing we did was ,..while a car was in the shop, we took a SVX rotor and slid it on a WRX and for the obvious exception of the stock Calipers, it fit,..and so later when we compared a UK STI rotor to a US SVX rotor (12.9 and 1.2 thick) we noticed they were identicle,..........hmmmmnnnnnnnnn.

Can you spell upgrade? The UK and Japan get 12.9 front rotors and we get 12.7 inch rotors,..........anyway just a thought...

5x100 offset of x and the SVX veigns are the same and thickness the same....

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Old 03-01-2003, 09:39 PM   #15
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I have often said that the real reason the USDM WRXes don't come with the same 4-pot front 2-pot rear setups of our European brethren is that people would have howled about the repair/maintenance costs.

Kevin
Yep, I also remember Subaru saying that in an article somewhere. I can't remember where though.
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Old 03-01-2003, 11:29 PM   #16
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I would expect parts for Brembos to cost consderably more than stock WRX brakes... it's like a night and day difference!
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Old 03-02-2003, 01:59 AM   #17
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I'd like to know how a SVX rotor fit on a WRX hub since....

They don't have the same bolt pattern for the rims.
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