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Old 03-24-2005, 08:02 PM   #1
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I have an 02' WRX and am contemplating trading up for the 05' STI. Just wondering if anyone that has traded up for the STI has ever regreted doing so? Thoughts/comments anyone?
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Old 03-24-2005, 08:12 PM   #2
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Unless you really can't afford it, trading a WRX for a STi is the cheapest way to upgrade you car.
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Old 03-24-2005, 08:16 PM   #3
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Unless you really can't afford it, trading a WRX for a STi is the cheapest way to upgrade you car.
After over a year and a half of researching I have basically came to the same conclusion. Money not an issue, just wondering if people cry themselves to sleep missing the bug eyes, etc., etc..........
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Old 03-24-2005, 08:27 PM   #4
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After over a year and a half of researching I have basically came to the same conclusion.
It would take 2, 3, 4 times the cost of trading up to the STi to make your WRX perform like a STi in everyway

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just wondering if people cry themselves to sleep missing the bug eyes, etc., etc..........
oh I am sure you will miss your bug eyes, because human nature always want what we don't have.
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Old 03-24-2005, 08:34 PM   #5
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It would take 2, 3, 4 times the cost of trading up to the STi to make your WRX perform like a STi in everyway



oh I am sure you will miss your bug eyes, because human nature always want what we don't have.
Thanks for the input man Just wondering cuz I'm going to the local Suby dealership tomorrow morning
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Old 03-24-2005, 08:43 PM   #6
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I don't miss the bugeyes one bit. Everybody who isn't kidding themselves knows the 04+ look better.
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Old 03-24-2005, 08:47 PM   #7
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I don't miss the bugeyes one bit. Everybody who isn't kidding themselves knows the 04+ look better.
IB all the bug eyes lovers call you out
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Old 03-24-2005, 09:20 PM   #8
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I have a friend w/ an 03 WRX.
The 1st words out of his mouth when he rode in my STI were "I hate you"
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Old 03-24-2005, 09:26 PM   #9
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No regrets.

My only quibbles are that I no longer have a hatch, the rear seats don't fold down, and the gearing is -very- short.
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Old 03-24-2005, 09:46 PM   #10
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I don't miss the bugeyes one bit. Everybody who isn't kidding themselves knows the 04+ look better.

Agreed. Happy to trade an 03 for an 04 sti
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Old 03-24-2005, 09:51 PM   #11
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When i see a good bugeye w/ JDM headlights i kindof get a little tinge of regret...then i remember that i have Brembos, DCCD, Six Speed, and Reliability then i don't feel so bad.

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Old 03-24-2005, 10:11 PM   #12
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Entirely different car - IMO better in every way except the seats, which I found more snug in the WRX.
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Old 03-24-2005, 10:23 PM   #13
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not at all. I loved my sedona red WRX that I got in March of 2001.
But I have not regrets and for the first time I am completely content with my 05 CGM STi that I got in May of 2004.

Cheers and good luck.

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Old 03-25-2005, 08:38 AM   #14
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I've never owned a WRX but I've driven a friend's that is set up for auto-x. It feels sooo sloppy compared to my STi. Just loose. Other other hand the shifting is easier and the ride is more comfy... niether of which I miss when I get back in my car.
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Old 03-25-2005, 10:13 AM   #15
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I do miss the cargo stuffing I could do with our old wagon, but I didn't like the idea of dropping 3-5k worth of mods on a car that I already put close to 70k miles on, just to get close to STi numbers.

The wrx is a good car, sedan or wagon. It is quicker than most cars, stock to stock comparo, but the STi is definitely a step up in all catagories.

I don't see us doing too many mods to the STi, the Cobb Ap was my first toy for the STi, and now I am used to it. Might go TBE down the road, but thats probably about it. I really think the stock STi is great from the get-go.

I do wish we got the STi in a wagon here in the US, but it wasn't a deal killer.

I am suprised a bit at how the gas mileage is more sensitive to a heavy foot, but the AP helps that a bit.

I wish my insurance was back to the wagon policy level, but it's worth it for me.
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Old 03-25-2005, 07:15 PM   #16
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IB all the bug eyes lovers call you out
The only bugeyes that looked good were the JDM w/ the projectors. The '04-'05 imprezas look way better.
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Old 03-25-2005, 08:42 PM   #17
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Talking Thanks for the input!!!!!!!!

Hey guys thanks for all the great input! So here's my story for the day: Went down to the Suby dealership today and did all the paperwork for the STi. Got more for the my 02' trade-in than I expected and qualified for the special financing on the imprezas (which I was kinda sweatin' about). Anywhoo, ordered the 05' WR Blue with the Gold BBS rims and was told it was already in route but they didn't know where it was but it should arrive "soon." So finished up most of the paperwork and left with my wife to go have dinner. While at dinner she joked that "wouldn't it be funny that as soon as we're done eating they call and tell you the truck just showed up?" Well, that's exactly what happened. Got to watch them unload my new toy off the truck (which was kinda nerve racking cuz it was on the second tier) and then followed the dealer into the service center where we peeled the plastic protective stuff off like little kids at christmas time. THIS CAR IS F****** AWESOME!!! I totally understand now why you all don't have any regrets. This IS a totally different car. Handling, braking, power, etc., etc., are all magnitudes of greatness better. So like ya, I'm rambling now but thanks for all the input. I don't know why I was even second guessing the upgrade at all. I gotta quit all this typing business and go back out to keep breaking in the engine!

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Old 03-25-2005, 09:20 PM   #18
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/\/\/\/\...What he said.... No regrets...AT ALL...
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Old 03-25-2005, 09:51 PM   #19
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Well I Kinda miss my little WRX I had an emotional bond with that car. The STI is so much more car on every level though I wouldent trade back for anything. Really the only downside is you can drive a wrx alot harder. My wrx was floored all the time running through all the gears. You cant floor the sti for too long without worring about getting thrown in the slammer. you know the old adage "its more fun try drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow" applies just a tiny bit here
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Old 03-25-2005, 09:55 PM   #20
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Well I Kinda miss my little WRX I had an emotional bond with that car. The STI is so much more car on every level though I wouldent trade back for anything. Really the only downside is you can drive a wrx alot harder. My wrx was floored all the time running through all the gears. You cant floor the sti for too long without worring about getting thrown in the slammer. you know the old adage "its more fun try drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow" applies just a tiny bit here

This is about the same way I feel. I don't know if I could ever go back now..

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Old 03-25-2005, 10:21 PM   #21
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Well I Kinda miss my little WRX I had an emotional bond with that car. The STI is so much more car on every level though I wouldent trade back for anything. Really the only downside is you can drive a wrx alot harder. My wrx was floored all the time running through all the gears. You cant floor the sti for too long without worring about getting thrown in the slammer. you know the old adage "its more fun try drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow" applies just a tiny bit here

1234 FIFTH!!! I had a little emotional bond with my bugeye. But a lot of that was because of all the blood and sweat that was involved in getting the booger to where it was(VF-34, some suspension mods, HID's, all the small things).

As far as performance-wise, zero regrets. I already love my car, 'cuz it's such a blast to drive. I actually enjoy driving 23 miles one way to and from work.

The adage about driving a slow car fast is soo true. You roll through the first 4 gears and you're near redline, if you get caught, you're going to jail. And it's kinda hairy as to how quickly it happens too. Drive safe, and congratulations



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Old 03-25-2005, 10:41 PM   #22
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Not at all. My 02 WRX is the reason I own an 05 STi. I just felt like I graduated - and went to work.
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Old 03-26-2005, 12:26 AM   #23
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ya buddy, i had an 04' WRX for 6 months and thought it was great. Test drove an STi with no intentions to buy 1; thinking it was just a minor upgrade.. After that test drive I bought an 05' obsedian black to replace her. The bullet pr00f 6six speed trans, monster power, and killer handling would have cost a fortune to do to a regular REX and those alone are worth it. MAIN THING IS WARRANTY! Nice to have all that car backed by an awesome warranty, get the GoldPlus 100K, it has extensive wear and tear coverage that the normal one doesn't offer. And the DealerServiceCenter treats ya like Gold too Have fun with her, make sure and break it in fairly hard though, it needs it to seat those seals.
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Old 03-26-2005, 12:30 AM   #24
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BTW i got 29K miles on my 05' already and it seems even faster than when i got it. I'm gonna make it a full cage racer for PIR when my warranty is up, hopefully gettin an 04 STi daily Driver by then

-and on the 8th day G0d made Impreza...
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Old 03-26-2005, 12:39 AM   #25
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I loved my WRX with all my heart, I put quite a bit of effort getting it to my liking. I finally realized that my liking was pointing me to the STi. Test drove the '05 and dropped "Mary Jane" like a hot rock.
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