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Old 11-28-2019, 12:19 PM   #51
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I think that is really kinda hair splitting when you are talking a stocker. IMHO that draw to an STI is the shortcomings of the WRX have been addresses when you do want to move forward with mods. As far as daily comfort they are very very similar.
Quite possibly. I've owned neither so I wouldn't know. Definitely just from all the speculation I've heard and reading I have done. It just seemed that the STi had a lot of pricey extras that your average Joe would never utilize if they never necessarily tracked the car.

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I had a 2009 lancer for 3 years. Modded it to look like a Ralliart pretty much. Got an 02 bugeye Impreza rs NA and drove it a bit. Helped me understand the boxer engine etc. Was looking at getting an 07 STI but a 2011 with low miles came up and I jumped on it.

Just depends on what you really want man.
Most definitely understand that it does really all come down to me since in the end it's my choice and my money. For someone who's never owned a Subaru, I just wanted to get opinions and feedback from those who have.

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Hmoob . . .

Given that the boosted Miata has already taken a lot of fun out of driving the Lancer, I have a feeling that any "Dad car" is going to be unsatisfying to drive with even a mildly modified STi or WRX on hand as an alternative.

The transmission issue does concern me a bit, and that's without knowing what's wrong with it or whether you're more oriented toward straight line performance/drag racing/hard street launches and harsh upshifts or more toward corner-carving, easier launches, and softer shifting.

Give some thought to how abruptly boost comes in with respect to winter driving, whether this is the difference between a WRX and an STi before you buy or between stock and "tuned" afterward. A too-abrupt transition is likely to make driving tricky under conditions where grip is lower than when it's only wet.


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The transmission issue does concern me as well. I've yet to hear back anything regarding what the issue was and how they (the Mechanic?) determined it needed to be replaced. Could be why it was traded in. I'm not sure if I should take it as a warning sign to stay away or as a sign that at least I know it'll have a "new" transmission put it and that at least they discovered and did it rather than if I did.

If I had to answer and choose from those options, I would say I'm more oriented toward straight line performance + corner carving. But ultimately there are no plans to drag race, track the car or do any hard launches. But that's not to say it may see redline or what not a few times here and there.

Heck, even with my Miata and where I live I've yet to take the Miata canyon carving through the Rocky Mountains.
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Old 11-28-2019, 03:03 PM   #52
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The transmission issue does concern me as well.
Another reason to get a 6spd car....

IMHO if you were to get say... a GD based (Less $ than GR) STI even a stocker... you will find the Miata staying in the garage more and more.

I find when I'm only taking local surface streets the Miata is a toss up with the Suby, but I more often choose the Suby. My Miata isn't boosted, but the convertible chassis is already taxed. The Suby is just a better ride and more pleasurable to drive. Anything more than a grocery run I grab the Suby keys.

I'm also betting if you had a wrx/sti that you would find yourself running those canyon roads after all.
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Old 12-16-2019, 02:03 AM   #53
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I thought I should provide an update to close out this thread.

Rather, than copy/paste my original wall of text I've cross posted, I will just leave it that I am now part of the Subaru family and that I walked away with the keys to this last Friday:

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Old 12-16-2019, 08:19 AM   #54
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Congrats.. can't see the picture link though.
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Old 12-16-2019, 11:30 AM   #55
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Nice!! What do you think of it?
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Old 12-16-2019, 12:13 PM   #56
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Your blobeye doesn't look right.
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Old 12-16-2019, 02:34 PM   #57
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Congrats.. can't see the picture link though.


2015 WRX Base.

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Nice!! What do you think of it?
Not sure yet since it's still so new to me and I haven't driven it much yet since I got it Friday night and I didn't get insurance on it until today (since they were closed over the weekend).

It's also got a small oil leak from the drain plug, this was discovered during the PPI, but it looks like the drain plug may have been installed without a gasket or so. Should be an easy fix and I don't plan to really drive it until that gets sorted out, which should be soon.

But first impressions are that I waited and made the right choice that ticks off all of the checkmarks I was looking for in my daily.

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Your blobeye doesn't look right.
it also doesn't quite sound right either. But alas, I think I can live without the rumble. Maybe someday in the future I will have one as a project car.
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Old 12-19-2019, 10:14 PM   #58
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You could just buy a Evo X. That will give you lots of options for upgrades and power while being reliable.

Otherwise, just buy a used WRX. It's a pretty good deal for the money.

If you are looking for a fun daily, I'd recommend a B8/B8.5 S4. It blows my old WRX and Evo X out of the water in terms of reliability, quiet, and easy power on pump gas (350whp on 91 octane with a tune). Should be around 15k for a used 2010 S4.
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Old 02-01-2020, 01:04 PM   #59
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Hi All,

First off noob post here and forgive me if this seems all conflicted and drawn out. I'll leave a TL;DR at the end.

First some backstory:

I currently daily drive a 2010 Lancer ES (not the Evo X, didn't have the $$$ at the time ... ) that was bought new back in 09'. It's got around 176k miles on it and quite frankly I'm starting to get bored of it as I feel like I really no longer care for it as much as I used to.

It has been pretty reliable and I have not yet had any major issues with it (knock on wood), but right now it just feels so... dull to me.

I have a project car (99' Miata) that I boosted last Summer (2018) and finally got to drive it for most of this Summer (2019). It also really only gets driven during the Spring/Summer months then goes into storage for the Fall/Winter. My boosted Miata is the first turbocharged car I have ever owned and currently is the fastest/most HP car I have ever owned. I think this is what is sort of contributing to the "dull" factor of my N/A Lancer, is that I've become addicted to boost .

Growing up as a kid, the STi was one of my favorite cars (throwback to them Gran Turismo days on the PS1). When they first came stateside in 04, I was in High School and obviously could not afford to have one, let alone even a WRX.

Matter at hand:

For the record I live in Colorado and Subaru prices here I think can be quite ridiculous/inflated ("Subie Tax"). Ultimately my goal for the car is to have a "reliable" daily that is fun to drive. The plan is to currently leave it as stock as possible and just enjoy the car (but sometimes we know how that turns out). It'll never see a track and currently I only drive about 10 miles round trip to and from work (although it could change to around 30 miles round trip in the future).

I definitely have a soft spot for the either the Bugeye WRX or Blobeye STi, but usually trying to find one that hasn't been modified or abused is like finding a unicorn. I'm not entirely new to the "car scene" and understand I should stay away from modded (maybe even lightly modded) ones and that when inspecting one, look for the OEM turbo heat shield as an indicator that it may have been modded at one point. That one should get a PPI, compression/leakdown check, etc.

I've been leaning towards Blobeye STi and I have been eyeing a 2005 that has been posted on and off on Craigslist since this past Summer (maybe even Spring?).

https://denver.craigslist.org/cto/d/...016237172.html

I know mileage isn't everything, but ~127k miles for an 05 I think is relatively low and it looks pretty clean, relatively stock (aside from the K&N drop in) and unmolested.

But sometimes when I look at the price, I wonder if I'm better of saving some $$$ and buying a stock/clean Bugeye WRX for about half the price.

Or if I should get a "grown up" WRX and buy a 05-08 Legacy GT? Or for the same price as the one in the Craigslist ad, should I look to get an 09+ WRX?

I know everything in here is subjective about value and worth and in the end it's my $$$ and my personal decision and that the price in the ad is just his asking price (it's been reduced a couple hundred since this Summer) But I'm maybe hoping to get other people's (random internet strangers) opinions.

Thanks ahead of time and for those who may have read the entire post.

TL;DR: I'm conflicted about replacing my daily (2010 Lancer ES) with a WRX or STi or maybe even a Legacy GT or do I go buy an Evo or do I do nothing and keep my daily. I'm looking for feedback, opinions, thoughts on the STi in the ad, etc... or maybe someone to push me off the ledge towards a purchase...
this was posted a couple months ago so i might be wayyyy behind but i personally live in colorado aswell and i purchased my first STI ( 2004 blobeye ) back in november and so far i have 0 complaints honestly i wanted a newer STI at first 2015+ but now owning the older model its amazing hearing from other subie owners how cool it is to see an “old” STI i love the reactions and the car feel so raw in performance i couldnt recommend this car more. i daily the car to and from work every day (15~20 miles) and ive had one issue but it was totally my own fault and i have long since fixed it. (dont buy the wrong size injectors for your engine 🤦*♂️). Love the car to death 12/10
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You could just buy a Evo X. That will give you lots of options for upgrades and power while being reliable.

Otherwise, just buy a used WRX. It's a pretty good deal for the money.

If you are looking for a fun daily, I'd recommend a B8/B8.5 S4. It blows my old WRX and Evo X out of the water in terms of reliability, quiet, and easy power on pump gas (350whp on 91 octane with a tune). Should be around 15k for a used 2010 S4.
That's pretty interesting. Will definitely keep an eye out. Just been wary of german cars from the times of my n54 bmw.
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Old 02-03-2020, 04:19 PM   #61
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You could just buy a Evo X. That will give you lots of options for upgrades and power while being reliable.

Otherwise, just buy a used WRX. It's a pretty good deal for the money.

If you are looking for a fun daily, I'd recommend a B8/B8.5 S4. It blows my old WRX and Evo X out of the water in terms of reliability, quiet, and easy power on pump gas (350whp on 91 octane with a tune). Should be around 15k for a used 2010 S4.
Posted months ago... but answering anyway. Couldn't find an unmolested Evo X for around the $15k price range. Maybe if I upped the budget towards the $20k price range.

In the end I did end up with a used WRX.

Reliability you say? While the S4 would be a nice car to have (I considered an A4 at one point), as far as I've heard they are only nice when they are working. From what I've read and heard, their timing chains are somewhat defective and a PITA to deal with. Requiring a replacement on a timing chain (which shouldn't really require one like a timing belt) and if I'm correct on one of the generations, they "redesigned" the timing chain and flipped the motor around so the timing chain is up against the firewall so when it does need to be replaced, you have to pull the entire engine to do so.

No thanks... But then again I'm not well versed in the generations of S4's and which S4's had that issue.

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this was posted a couple months ago so i might be wayyyy behind but i personally live in colorado aswell and i purchased my first STI ( 2004 blobeye ) back in november and so far i have 0 complaints honestly i wanted a newer STI at first 2015+ but now owning the older model its amazing hearing from other subie owners how cool it is to see an “old” STI i love the reactions and the car feel so raw in performance i couldnt recommend this car more. i daily the car to and from work every day (15~20 miles) and ive had one issue but it was totally my own fault and i have long since fixed it. (dont buy the wrong size injectors for your engine 🤦*♂️). Love the car to death 12/10
Definitely wayyyy behind, lol.
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