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Old 12-14-2015, 02:03 PM   #1
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Default Looking to buy STI/WRX

Hi all so I am looking into the getting a 2016 wrx or sti. I have been reading through the forums and online and just wanted to get a feel on what I should buy. I currently have a 2014 Honda civic si .I payed it off in a year and am saving again to do a trade in plus around 10k cash. Reason why I am looking into getting a subie and not keeping my car is because I have always loved Subaru and I originally was going to get one but with an uncertain job and destroying my 2008 civic I didn't have enough money to put down and be comfortable with the payments. Now that my job situation has changed I am looking into Subaru's again. The two models I was looking into is a Wrx Limited and the STI Base. I have seen that the wrx with stage 2 mods is amazing and getting a bren tune would help it push it into the 300whp range. while the sti which has the DCCD and better suspension and brakes and more but the reliability of the EJ is what's scaring me. So I want both sides wrx fans and sti fans to please comment I do not know which to buy.
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Old 12-14-2015, 02:20 PM   #2
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Well, all you are going to get are responses from idiots like me defending the purchase they made. I bought a WRX and you should too! This will be the last generation to use the EJ257. The engine is at the end of its life and the issues are well known. The replacement engine COULD be a FA20DIT modified for higher output. The WRX S4 sold in Japan proves they'll do it from the factory. Plus you are getting a well equipped WRX verses a base STi. Plus the WRX is nearly just as fast as the STi under 60 mph, and can easily made to be just as fast with few modifications.
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Old 12-14-2015, 02:22 PM   #3
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You need to test drive both and make up your own mind.

With that out of the way; I have a WRX. I've never taken it to the track. I have grand visions about going and doing a bunch of track days in it, but I have too many things competing for my attention (biking, skiing, etc...). For me, the WRX was the right choice.
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Old 12-14-2015, 02:26 PM   #4
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You can make a wrx as fast (often faster) than the sti for not a lot of money. They FA is pretty happy making more power too. However, you have to understand that, if you do get a wrx, it will never feel like an sti. Aside from the tranny and differentials, there are very subtle differences in the sti that might make it worth the money for you. The steering rack is sharper. The shocks are more responsive. The brake system is better. I bought a wrx instead of an sti for a few reasons.

1) availability: the wrx I wanted was in the lot waiting to be bought. The sti would take 4 weeks to get to me.
2) the money: I didn't plan on ever doing things with my car that would justify the added benefits of the sti. I didn't need 3 LSDs and 300lbf of down force at the rear axle.

Evaluate what you want to do with your car and how much you want to spend doing it. If you want a streetable track monster that will chew through GTRs, you'll likely end up spending just as much regardless of what model you buy. If you want a capable car for all seasons that you can pick up the kids in or take the misses to a movie in, you'll get more for your money out of the wrx in my opinion.
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