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Old 12-12-2019, 07:27 PM   #1
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2007 STI
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Default Has anyone sold their GD STI and gone to an S-Chassis or Skyline?

Hey all.

I've had my 07 STI for about two years now and really love it. It's super clean and only has 65k on it. It has a built motor + GT3076R and makes north of 400whp @21psi on E85. However, I recently moved states and E85 is not available here, so I've been making slightly less power (389whp iirc) @17psi on 91 oct.

Anyway, the STI has been kind of feeling lackluster to me lately. Maybe it's the loss in power, or maybe I'm just getting a bit bored with the driving experience all around. I've also never liked how "pedestrian" the cockpit feels — reminds me of an econo-car with how high up you sit.

Lately, I've been afraid to "get on it" because of all the EJ horror stories out there. I don't have $5k+ laying around for a motor if this one ever pops. So, I just put-put rumble around town and occasionally get on 'er on a freeway on-ramp or open canyon road. It's stressful and kind of annoying.

I think I'm also bored with the driving style of an STI — it's a blast on backroads for a moment, but unless you've got money laying around for engine rebuilds, it seems stupid to bring an EJ257 big turbo car to the track.

I've always been into 90s Japanese cars —*I love the look of a slammed clean old Nissan. I've been considering selling the STI and picking up an SR-powered S13 or S14 or an RB20DET R32 Skyline sedan.

It seems as though those motors are a little tougher — people love to tout the SR for its ability to drive to a drift event, whip it sideways for a few hours, and drive back home. Skyline sedans ooze style when they're done up right, and the sound of the RB is pretty awesome.

A Nissan would also be cheaper; I'd make a few bucks on the sale of the STI and essentially take a step down in price point to a cheaper car and cheaper platform.

Anyway: Has anyone here gone from a GD Subaru to an S-chassis car or R32 Skyline? How did they compare? Did you regret selling your STI and "downgrading" to an older, RWD platform?

Thanks for any and all help. I'm having a conundrum over here about what to do.

Edit: Here's a few pics of the STI. She really is in great shape.

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Old 12-13-2019, 05:17 PM   #2
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i personally went down that rabbit hole...2010 brand new sti hatch se, found frame damage, got yelled at by sales manager, SOA reps, sold the car back and went into 3 240sx's, 2 rx8s, 1 fc rx7 (sr20det swapped), 2 99 corollas, 1 2013 focus, 1 2012 civic, then back to a 09 sti hatch...the rwd is fun but get stuck in snow easy...found was doing more maintenance just to update the 80s and 90s into serviceable conditions that is was almost a non-issue to get the correct parts for my sti when modding as costs were similar...if you have time and money I say go for it! but I also have a current bias toward the sti...
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Old 12-14-2019, 10:20 AM   #3
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most of the problems you are going to run into is parts, parts for old cars are getting really hard to find.. even more so for Japanese parts, I had a sr swapped 240 it was fun, but when things broke, it sucked. I had to wait to find stuff to fix it and that was like in the early 2000's. I can imagine getting parts for a r32 skyline would be really really hard to find here states side also. So I would think if its your second car, yeah totally that would be fun, but I dont think it would be very good for a primary driver.

Also in my opinion, when you feel the car is getting too familiar, and you get used of the power, that is one of the biggest rabbit holes to chase cause there is no end to that one. I remeber there used to be a youtiube video with some guy with a supra and he went from stock to 500 to 750 to 1000 hp and he said he regretted the last step cause it became a garage queen and it was too hard to drive around.

So with that said, I would keep the STI or maybe sell it and get an EVO and go that route but sooner or later you are going to run into the same thing with the EVO. best advise is just to be happy with what you have. jsut my opinion

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Old 12-15-2019, 04:25 PM   #4
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save up your money and get a skyline and or s-chassis & keep the STI
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Old 12-15-2019, 05:04 PM   #5
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Get a Nissan GTR
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Old 12-16-2019, 01:09 AM   #6
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I love your build, been following for a while on insta. I agree with the guy that said save your money and keep the STI and buy a R32/Schassis
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Old 12-16-2019, 03:45 AM   #7
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Modding Skylines blows through way more money than modding a Subie does. At least here in Japan anyway.
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Old 12-16-2019, 01:53 PM   #8
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theres a lot of aftermarket support that helps now, but for body parts its kinda hard...I always kept at least 2 extra of everything to help alleviate shipping time frames and also allow me time to locate good deals...
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