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Old 07-21-2019, 06:24 PM   #1
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Default 19’ STi or used 18’ STi RA

Lease on my 17’ FXT is about up and have been doing research and have come to a wall. Do I get a new 19’ STi or a used 18’ STi RA?
(Car will get some moderate daily use, but will install Cusco coils and bracing to use for our autoX. )

Just looking for opinions from you guys as I can’t make my mind up.
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Old 07-21-2019, 06:28 PM   #2
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I would get the 2019 STI. New car warranty and you know it wasn't abused. Same engine and gearbox.
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Old 07-21-2019, 06:28 PM   #3
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I would get the new 19 STI and start fresh.
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Old 07-21-2019, 06:44 PM   #4
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While the RA is very cool with the BBS wheels and carbon fiber roof, I like the idea of a new car knowing it wasn't abused. How many miles on the RA?
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Old 07-21-2019, 10:40 PM   #5
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While the RA is very cool with the BBS wheels and carbon fiber roof, I like the idea of a new car knowing it wasn't abused. How many miles on the RA?
6k miles
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Old 07-21-2019, 10:43 PM   #6
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6k miles
Pricing comp? A base new would be hella cheap but if you wanted a limited the RA used is probably in the same price point, maybe a couple thousand more.
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Old 07-22-2019, 07:33 AM   #7
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Cusco for autocross? I'd leave it stock rather than bumping it up classes with garbage coilovers.
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Old 07-22-2019, 08:23 AM   #8
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6K...not bad but I add still go new.
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Old 07-22-2019, 10:03 AM   #9
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New. Especially if you're going to use it for autocross, why spend the money on a limited edition RA when it will just get abused.

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Old 07-22-2019, 10:45 AM   #10
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Always New, Especially On This Car.
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Old 07-22-2019, 10:58 AM   #11
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Get the 2019, 98% same car as the RA...except not as much Carbon Fiber. That's what I did.

Save yourself some money, and get a 2019 and use the saved money to mod. Good Luck!
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Old 07-22-2019, 08:27 PM   #12
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2019 all the way you get the 99% of the engine upgrade and the transmission upgrade, without dealing with the "don't park in the sun for extended periods" cf roof and best of all you get android auto or apple car play
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Old 07-22-2019, 10:12 PM   #13
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Thanks guys... going to order my new 19 this week. Can’t subject myself to a used car. Appreciate all the input!
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Old 07-23-2019, 12:53 AM   #14
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If you value exclusivity, get the RA.

If you want to be like every other person on here, get a ‘19 and regret not getting something different.

The RA is more than just carbon bits, suspension and a revised motor - it’s a sum of parts and factory weight reduction that a ‘19 will never be.

At the end of the day, you’re buying the car - not anyone else here.

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Old 07-23-2019, 01:00 AM   #15
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Lots of misinformed people in here, an RA is a step up that a ‘19 can never be.

As usual, bunch of misinformed RA haters lol.
Curious. OP will replace the struts. Why go with the RA?

Roof, wheels and Wing aren’t worth the premium at that point.

If the OP is going to keep the suspension stock then I’d say the RA premium might be worth it.
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Old 07-23-2019, 02:10 AM   #16
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Curious. OP will replace the struts. Why go with the RA?

Roof, wheels and Wing aren’t worth the premium at that point.

If the OP is going to keep the suspension stock then I’d say the RA premium might be worth it.
The RA suspension is pretty solid, for a factory setup, and there’s plenty of people autoxing their RAs and not one has complained about the suspension.

The roof, wing and wheels are subjective, but I believe their value is again in the collective.

Ultimately, it boils down to what the OP prefers.
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Old 07-23-2019, 07:31 AM   #17
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RA all the way unless you want a built car than I would go with the 19.. well actually for a built car I would go with one body style old like a 11-14.
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Old 07-23-2019, 11:51 AM   #18
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Yeah, the RA is more of a sales gimmick tbh....not knocking anyone's RA on here. I feel like the S209 is more of a true "step-up" than the RA is. On paper, yes the RA is exclusive with numbered VIN's. However, the price-to-performance ratio of the RA I feel is NOT worth it....the S209 maybe. Again, it all depends on the OP's goals and the direction they want to take their car.
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Old 07-23-2019, 12:30 PM   #19
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Yeah, the RA is more of a sales gimmick tbh....not knocking anyone's RA on here. I feel like the S209 is more of a true "step-up" than the RA is. On paper, yes the RA is exclusive with numbered VIN's. However, the price-to-performance ratio of the RA I feel is NOT worth it....the S209 maybe. Again, it all depends on the OP's goals and the direction they want to take their car.
575 sold, quite the gimmick.

Enjoy your ‘19, unless you’ve driven an RA, you’re just basing an opinion on your subjective view of the RA in general.

My guess is if more of the RA items came standard on the ‘19+ more people would appreciate them.

The S209 is the first “STi” model and is unlike anything we’ve ever had here before, but it’s a different beast altogether.
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Old 07-23-2019, 12:48 PM   #20
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575 sold, quite the gimmick.

Enjoy your ‘19, unless you’ve driven an RA, you’re just basing an opinion on your subjective view of the RA in general.

My guess is if more of the RA items came standard on the ‘19+ more people would appreciate them.

The S209 is the first “STi” model and is unlike anything we’ve ever had here before, but it’s a different beast altogether.
I have driven RA's....two of them. I have a relative who is a master tech for Subaru. The seat time in both the RA's felt absolutely the SAME as my 2019.

My comment about gimmicks is that Subaru has always been known for offering different iterations of the WRX/STI. However, the iterations and the changes between them are not as dramatic like say a Corvette C8. When I see things like carbon roofs, wings, and fluff...I immediately think "sales gimmick." For Suabru, that strategy works!
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Old 07-23-2019, 02:59 PM   #21
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Buy Kosta's like-new 2019 RA
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Old 07-23-2019, 04:51 PM   #22
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I would take the RA as it will likely retain value much better than a standard STI.
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Old 07-23-2019, 06:48 PM   #23
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just drive both and see what makes sense for you...

If you're getting coils anyway, both would be fine for Auto X.

Guys that are saying RA are trying to justify paying 10k+ price tag for minimal upgrades.

I would always go new, because you never know what a previous owner did to the car.
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Old 07-24-2019, 11:32 AM   #24
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My dealer where I bought my 2019 STI still has a Brand New Type RA on the showroom floor forsale.
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Old 07-24-2019, 12:12 PM   #25
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My dealer where I bought my 2019 STI still has a Brand New Type RA on the showroom floor forsale.
What color was it and did you happen to see the price?

I wonder how many new ones are left out there?
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