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Old 04-27-2005, 11:32 PM   #1
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Anyone else wish they would have gotten a WRX instead of an RS? It's like a tiny knife poking at me...ack ack ack
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Old 04-28-2005, 12:46 AM   #2
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Hmm, sounds like the same problem I've got with the STI.
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Old 04-28-2005, 12:48 AM   #3
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Enjoy what you have. Think of all the mods you can afford now. Now do them.
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Old 04-28-2005, 12:56 AM   #4
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Anyone else wish they would have gotten a WRX instead of an RS? It's like a tiny knife poking at me...ack ack ack
You know, I went through the same dilemma three years ago when I got my 2.5RS instead of a WRX, and it bothered me for a little while until I analyzed the situation better and concluded that it was a good choice for me. At that time, I felt better driving the RS than the WRX because of the low end torque and civilized manners and the difference in price was considerable.

When I replace my car next year, I will be facing the same dilemma again, between a STi and a 2.5GT, but this is another story!

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Old 04-28-2005, 12:58 AM   #5
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When i got my 2.5RS, i didn't have that dilemma, b/c the WRX wasn't even a rumor until 6 months or so AFTER i bought my car. The only mods i'm missing from the car now is just MORE POWER! haha....that's never cheap.

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Old 04-28-2005, 01:11 AM   #6
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When i got my 2.5RS, i didn't have that dilemma, b/c the WRX wasn't even a rumor until 6 months or so AFTER i bought my car. The only mods i'm missing from the car now is just MORE POWER! haha....that's never cheap.

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true on the power thing... but hey we've got that uber sexy styling of the gc/gm era
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Old 04-28-2005, 01:18 AM   #7
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If I spent all the mod money I've put into my WRX on an STI imported from the US - I'd actually be better off.
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Old 04-28-2005, 12:49 PM   #8
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Anyone else wish they would have gotten a WRX instead of an RS? It's like a tiny knife poking at me...ack ack ack
I thought about switching to a WRX when Subaru took back my '05 RS earlier this month. In the end, I took another RS because the turbo engine is not worth $12k more, IMO. Afterwards, I test drove the 9-2x twice and found the turbo lag to be too much...you have to drive it above 3500RPM before it "comes alive". Below that, I find the RS to have more pep. Squeezing 220+ HP out of a 2L engine has it's drawbacks...

This may not come across right but I find that you have to "thrash it" to get the power out of the WRX. It is just not my style of driving, I guess.
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Old 04-28-2005, 12:51 PM   #9
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There's always something better. Grass is always greener, blah.
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Old 04-28-2005, 01:32 PM   #10
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I thought about switching to a WRX when Subaru took back my '05 RS earlier this month. In the end, I took another RS because the turbo engine is not worth $12k more, IMO. Afterwards, I test drove the 9-2x twice and found the turbo lag to be too much...you have to drive it above 3500RPM before it "comes alive". Below that, I find the RS to have more pep. Squeezing 220+ HP out of a 2L engine has it's drawbacks...

This may not come across right but I find that you have to "thrash it" to get the power out of the WRX. It is just not my style of driving, I guess.
Danger! Saying the RS has more pep than the WRX could result in a lynch mob of turbo junkies outside your door j/k j/k

Anyone here know much about cognitive dissonance?

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Old 04-28-2005, 01:54 PM   #11
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Hmm, sounds like the same problem I've got with the STI.

I hear ya.........
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Old 04-28-2005, 03:50 PM   #12
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There will always be something a little better or a little faster than what you have. My point in getting the WRX instead of the STi was the money I saved allowed me to make the care "mine". My mods don't make me an STi and I don't expect them to. My car is unique and not stock. And doing all the work yourself adds more to it. I find it better to get a car that you make what you want than just buying something that's "better". It all depends where you want to go and how much $ you have to spend.
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Old 04-28-2005, 05:32 PM   #13
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^^^^ 100%!! Doing it yourself is fun, and you meet some pretty cool people while doing it!

I am much happier with a modded WRX than I would be with a stock STI - That said - imagine a modded STI........... mmmmmmmm........
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Old 04-28-2005, 05:45 PM   #14
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found the turbo lag to be too much...you have to drive it above 3500RPM before it "comes alive". Below that, I find the RS to have more pep. Squeezing 220+ HP out of a 2L engine has it's drawbacks...
This is only an issue if you're not interested in modding your vehicle.
I get a full 18psi of boost at around 2700rpm now. Port/Polish the exhaust manifold, Vishnu uppipe, Invidia downpipe, full exhaust, and a slew of other "minimal" mods like a pulley, and IC hoses, etc. The WRX totally wakes up when you start modding it.

As for running 200+hp out of a 2.oL motor, it's not rocket science. Hell, I was pulling 270bhp out of my old 1.6L supercharged Honda. It's all about using your head when getting into modifications, and then tuning them properly.

With that said, I'm with B WReX. I'm so happy with my WRX, because everything I do is done by myself. When I completed the P&P, I tossed the keys to my wife and told her to take it for a spin. She came back with a smile on her face, and I knew it was a job well done. Sure I could have done the same with an STi, but for the extra $25g it's worth, I wouldn't have the cash left to modify it.

Plus, there's not STi wagon in North America.
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Old 04-28-2005, 05:49 PM   #15
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Pros:
Insurance and gas for an RS is cheaper than for a WRX

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Not a WRX
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Old 04-28-2005, 07:02 PM   #16
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Pros:
Insurance and gas for an RS is cheaper than for a WRX

Cons:
Not a WRX

Same goes for the WRX vs the STI. Not sure how much cheaper the RS is than the WRX though. I pay about $140/mo with AMA for maximum coverage. 02 WRX. Gas though, let's not go there.
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Old 04-28-2005, 08:01 PM   #17
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Nope. Wouldnt trade my RS even for a WRX + cash.. not even for a STi haha
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Old 04-28-2005, 09:08 PM   #18
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Nope. Wouldnt trade my RS even for a WRX + cash.. not even for a STi haha
But you call yourself STI_Drift.....

I don't know but there is a lot of STi bashing in these forums. I imagine Civic guys bash Preludes and Camaro guys bash Covettes, although if the relative cost of each car was the same I wonder what everyone would do...

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Old 04-28-2005, 09:22 PM   #19
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can't we all just get along..
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Old 04-28-2005, 09:32 PM   #20
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But you call yourself STI_Drift.....

I don't know but there is a lot of STi bashing in these forums. I imagine Civic guys bash Preludes and Camaro guys bash Covettes, although if the relative cost of each car was the same I wonder what everyone would do...

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Don't worry about STi_Drift. He's just a hater!
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Old 04-28-2005, 10:07 PM   #21
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But you call yourself STI_Drift.....

I don't know but there is a lot of STi bashing in these forums. I imagine Civic guys bash Preludes and Camaro guys bash Covettes, although if the relative cost of each car was the same I wonder what everyone would do...

-J

HAhah you seem to think its an inadequacy issue. Just because my name has STi in it doesn't mean i like the new GD version. The GC STi will always be the one car that started it all for subaru.


Yes I am hater so what
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Old 04-28-2005, 10:08 PM   #22
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Don't worry about STi_Drift. He's just a hater!
i only hate you man! Plus you never come out with us anymore
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Old 04-28-2005, 11:08 PM   #23
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This is only an issue if you're not interested in modding your vehicle.
And you'd be right in that I have little interest in modifying a new car. Having had my '05 RS wagon replaced under warranty may have something to do with that.

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I get a full 18psi of boost at around 2700rpm now. Port/Polish the exhaust manifold, Vishnu uppipe, Invidia downpipe, full exhaust, and a slew of other "minimal" mods like a pulley, and IC hoses, etc. The WRX totally wakes up when you start modding it.
Now if only the WRX came from the factory like that...

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As for running 200+hp out of a 2.oL motor, it's not rocket science. Hell, I was pulling 270bhp out of my old 1.6L supercharged Honda. It's all about using your head when getting into modifications, and then tuning them properly.

With that said, I'm with B WReX. I'm so happy with my WRX, because everything I do is done by myself. When I completed the P&P, I tossed the keys to my wife and told her to take it for a spin. She came back with a smile on her face, and I knew it was a job well done. Sure I could have done the same with an STi, but for the extra $25g it's worth, I wouldn't have the cash left to modify it.

Plus, there's not STi wagon in North America.
It is great that you have the interest and resources (and I count knowledge in this category) to improve your WRX. I am limited to oil changes, brake pads/fluids, air filter type of things. Besides, I am more interested in getting some trail time on my mountain bike.

I thought the STi was ~$48k and the WRX is at ~$36k?

I've toyed with the idea of getting the STi but I think I'll wait and check out the new BMW 330i first when it comes out next month....great to have the house paid off, it is.
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Old 04-29-2005, 01:25 PM   #24
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Airboy, you make some good points about not wanting to touch a new car. I had my WRX for almost 2 years before I went beyond basic lowering, and IC hoses. After a few years of familiarizing myself with the car, the confidence builds and the mods come easier.

I'm happy to tell you that the ride up the mountain in the WRX is almost as much fun as the ride down on my mtn bike.



As for prices, I know STi's are going for around $55k after tax, while the WRX can be had for around $38k after tax. That additional $17k opens a lot of options on customizing a WRX.
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Old 04-29-2005, 03:44 PM   #25
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As for prices, I know STi's are going for around $55k after tax, while the WRX can be had for around $38k after tax. That additional $17k opens a lot of options on customizing a WRX.
OR buy a used STi for <=$40k with 70%+ left on warranty and have the best of both worlds.

The only improvement I could foresee in this scenario is if the GC came with STi power on this continent.

Nothing beats the GC styling IMO.
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