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Old 09-09-2005, 12:56 PM   #1
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So I am strongly considering the purchase of an STI either used or new... I am just curious about what people that traded up from their WRX's feel about their decisions. My 30th B-day is in March and I feel like I am running out of time to enjoy that type of vehicle. I am also nervous about losing the utility aspect of my wagon. So any feedback would be appreciated.
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Old 09-09-2005, 01:21 PM   #2
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screw the wagon crap, get an STI. I just got out of my avalanche for my 00' 2.5 rs. I truely wish I could get an STI right now because of lack-luster feeling I get drivng my current subaru. In short, man up and buy it!
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Old 09-09-2005, 01:23 PM   #3
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Dude,

I had a WRX wagon, got an STi. No regrets at all, and I enjoy the living hell out of the car every time I drive it. More so on the race tracks.

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Old 09-09-2005, 01:32 PM   #4
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Just make sure you test drive it ... it's a ****ty commuter car (stuck in traffic), but is a blast to drive when given the opportunity. Also, I would never park $32k on the street in Cambridge. I bought mine once I moved north out of Somerville and got a real driveway.

I wish they made an STi wagon
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Old 09-09-2005, 01:37 PM   #5
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Yeah to bad they dont have the STI wagon . I actually have a driveway to park in so that wouldnt be bad. I was just worried about losing the ability of wagon. I only drive like 5 miles to work so I am not worried about commuting... How much worse on gas is the STI?
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Old 09-09-2005, 01:38 PM   #6
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My 30th B-day is in March and I feel like I am running out of time to enjoy that type of vehicle.
No reason you couldn't own fun cars when yo're older than (gasp) 30. I'd keep the wagon as long as possible, then consider the STI when it's time to move on.
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Old 09-09-2005, 01:39 PM   #7
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Not a whole lot worse. 2mpg or so in the city, 3-4 mpg less in the highway, but that's more than likely because I drive more like an asshat in it than I did in the wagon

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Old 09-09-2005, 01:53 PM   #8
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You get used to not having a wagon, but I miss not being able to cart stuff around. Liek my civic hatchback was more useful ... but I swapped for a wrx back seat and at least have a pass-through to fit snowboards.
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Old 09-09-2005, 02:01 PM   #9
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how much are you willing to spend? PM me.
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Old 09-09-2005, 03:02 PM   #10
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Yes, oh for an STI wagon; impreza or legacy. and I keep having wet dreams about the Lancer Sportwagon being offered in an EVO package too.....

Coming from a couple trucks, K5 blazer, a couple honda hatchbacks, LOB wagon, and now a WRX wagon, it would be tough for me to go to a sedan. I always seem to be hauling stuff around and taking long trips w/ lots of gear(also big subaru parts for people w/ sedans...)

Even with a good Yakima roof rack system, a sedan just don't hold that much. But, If you are fine with the stock HP levels of the STI, for ~5K you can get the handling and power of one on a WRX wagon. (but not the Tq or wing) Sure it don't say STI on the side, but its a compromise. You are welcome to try mine. But, if HAD to buy a hi-performace sedan, I'd probably migrate to an 06 EVO.

FWIW....
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Old 09-09-2005, 04:11 PM   #11
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Get a Legacy GT Wagon, Outback 2.5XT or Forester XT. they are MUCH better for daily driving and have almost identical potential for speed and handling. (minus the OBXT, it's a little bigger)

so you're gonna die at 31? My dad is 59 and just picked up an 05 LGT, AND he's modding it! So I don't think you've lost your potential years

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Old 09-09-2005, 04:14 PM   #12
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Get a Legacy GT Wagon, Outback 2.5XT or Forester XT. they are MUCH better for daily driving and have almost identical potential for speed and handling. (minus the OBXT, it's a little bigger)

so you're gonna die at 31? My dad is 59 and just picked up an 05 LGT, AND he's modding it! So I don't think you've lost your potential years

Bry.
i agree, you should test drive a forester xt. iit has great power and potential plus you get all the utility you want from your wagon. the price is good too as for the legacy gt wagon, i wouldn't recommand the GT because i think it is a subpar car but you might like it...
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Old 09-09-2005, 04:25 PM   #13
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Plus the STi and FXT are on the same chassis, swap over the Version 8 or 9 struts, springs, sway bar, etc and you'll handle better than a WRX, not quite in line with an STi though (that's what coilovers are for though)
Plus the 06's have somewhat decent fuel economy and a few extra ponies.

I know I loved my 04 FXT, I cannot think of another car that would allow me to move an entire apt with it and still spank a 350Z (yes he was revving at me) from a stop while my trunk was packed to the roof with furniture.
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Old 09-09-2005, 05:40 PM   #14
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My 30th B-day is in March and I feel like I am running out of time to enjoy that type of vehicle.
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No reason you couldn't own fun cars when yo're older than (gasp) 30. I'd keep the wagon as long as possible, then consider the STI when it's time to move on.
Seriously when you start reaching your late thirties you slow down some. I am 45 and I am very much aware that my reaction times suck. If I was a twenty something perhaps i could drive an STi to it limits (in certain well controlled areas ), but now I guess because I know how slow I am, I like to keep a comfortable margin in reserve. This doesnt mean I cant enjoy a fast car, but it does mean that I no longer am able to utilize the full portential of a fast car.
My vote would be to get the STi, and when you need the utility of a station wagon, rent one.
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Old 09-09-2005, 05:45 PM   #15
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Seriously when you start reaching your late thirties you slow down some.
Apparently you've never stopped down at CART auto-X's. There are some guy who are in their 60's and 70's who can still tear it up. One guy with a red RX-7 TT must've been damn near 80.

It's all in how you take care of your body.

Buy the FXT, reflash, bigger IC, injectors and turbo, pass STi's and still be able to fold down the seats and go buy lumber.
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Old 09-09-2005, 05:53 PM   #16
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Buy the FXT, reflash, bigger IC, injectors and turbo, pass STi's and still be able to fold down the seats and go buy lumber.

But, he can do that in the WRX wagon too.
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Old 09-09-2005, 05:57 PM   #17
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But, he can do that in the WRX wagon too.
With a stage 4 build, the 2.5 definitely has more balls than the 2.0
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Old 09-09-2005, 06:11 PM   #18
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Meh, if you're gonna sell him a wagon, tell him to get the Magnum SRT-8. That's a wagon.

I guess it depends how often you use the wagon. If say, 1 day of the month you need a wagon, then it's 29 days of an awesome car and 1 day of "oh well, that won't fit." I'd take the 29 days of a better driver anytime. That's your call. I certainly know people who have the mentality that they commute 340 days a year, but need to pick up lumber twice a year and buy a pick-up truck *just in case*.
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Old 09-09-2005, 06:38 PM   #19
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I have a freind with an '05 Black/Gold Sti, ~8K miles he is looking to sell. If you decide to go the Sti route pm me.

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Old 09-09-2005, 07:32 PM   #20
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I'm 39 and have owned my STi for a year now. And I owned a WRX for 3 years before that.

I've never felt out of place driving this type of car. On the contrary, it is quite possibly the most capable car ever in good weather and bad. IMHO, it looks great, handles nicely, and my kids think its the coolest thing on 4 wheels.

And when I need to cart something truly huge I either borrow my wife's slightly more practical Volvo or call a friend who owns a pickup.

I will say that the car is not the best thing to drive in long periods of stop and go driving so if you spend more than half your time stuck in traffic jams the STi may not be the car for you.

As for me, the STi has been the and remains the best car I have ever owned. Period.

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Old 09-09-2005, 07:56 PM   #21
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My 30th B-day is in March .
I'm 37 years old and if you don't get an STi I'll punch you right in the throat.

Even tho wagons rule, cars with trunks are nice because what you stash in there is invisible to passerbys

jeezus Bradus, you are OLD!
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Old 09-09-2005, 08:08 PM   #22
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You are on a subaru board, probably with 90% of the people on here owning a subaru. So the only logical choice would be getting a honda civic.
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Old 09-09-2005, 09:00 PM   #23
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I just traded my 04 cobb stage 2 wrx in for an STi 2 weeks ago. No regrets, lots more torque but still can't give a full report b/c I still have 200 miles to go until its "broken in". Should have just bought the Sti in the first place, now I have no regrets. Just get it!
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Old 09-09-2005, 09:27 PM   #24
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traded my modded 02 wrx for 05 STi. No regrets. A lot better car.
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Old 09-09-2005, 10:17 PM   #25
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There are some guy who are in their 60's and 70's who can still tear it up. One guy with a RX-8 TT must've been damn near 80.

Leave poor KC alone for crying out loud.
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