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Old 01-15-2019, 12:48 PM   #51
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irritating on/off clutch feel
Seems to be a Subaru staple, a lot of people complain about this even with non-turbo and stock cars. It took me over a year to learn to drive this thing smoothly.
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Old 01-15-2019, 02:46 PM   #52
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11 years with my '02. I love this car. It was my dream car when I started driving.


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Old 01-17-2019, 07:33 PM   #53
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9 years with same my usdm 2005 wrx body to jdm sti 2.0 motor full swap



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Old 01-18-2019, 04:55 PM   #54
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My bugeye WRX is an 02/2002 build bought new. Still my daily driver, still sees redline every day, still my favorite car to date.
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Old 01-18-2019, 07:19 PM   #55
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My bugeye WRX is an 02/2002 build bought new. Still my daily driver, still sees redline every day, still my favorite car to date.
How many miles? I use to own a 02 bug eye myself bought new. Besides the glass tranny, I loved the car a lot. Kept it for 6yrs.
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Old 01-18-2019, 08:01 PM   #56
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JDM05 your car looks great!! So clean.
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Old 01-18-2019, 09:04 PM   #57
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JDM05 your car looks great!! So clean.


Thank you come along way like many. 🤙🏽
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Old 01-18-2019, 09:16 PM   #58
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I'm the original owner of my '12 WRX and like any long relationship it started out magical... But after a few years I got some upgrades... Then I started beating the **** out of it for some thrills... Of course it's my dedicated track car now... =)
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Old 01-19-2019, 09:35 PM   #59
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Had my Turbo, Manual Baja for 4 years, and the I love it More and more everyday. Great car.
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Old 01-19-2019, 10:31 PM   #60
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2004 WRX. Bought in June 2012 off a guy needing a work truck instead. Going on 7 years now. New suspension with a very mild autocross setup. Came with the Cobb stage 2 package - still running on the OTS map after all these years. New brakes, calipers. RS wheels with all seasons to get around in winter. It rarely comes out with the snow. 2004 STI BBS with RE-71R's for autocross.

I've been driving a buddy's S2000 for the past few weeks as he recovers from ankle left surgery. So.... you guessed it, mine's a 4EAT. I learned to drive a manual over the last year or so with different cars at autocross and now around town daily and I really do wish mine was manual.

With that said, I bought it for $8.5k back then and have been using it ever since. It's beginning to show it's age and a little rust. Still in good shape though. I'd keep it as a 'beater' for sure. Doing the manual swap isn't in the picture. I'd get a newer BRZ or something before that.

Plan right now is a 2017+ BRZ with the performance package for autocross and summer, but keeping the old WRX for daily duty.
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Old 01-20-2019, 07:23 AM   #61
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1 day. I'm the proud new owner of a 2013 silver STi. I bought it privately. It has 45k on the body, 22k on the engine, paid 21,000. I previously had a 1998 and 2001 Imprezas with WRX swaps, but this is my first true STi. I was driving Honda civics for a few years, but I found them boring compared to the Subarus so I'm back with Subaru now.
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Old 01-20-2019, 09:31 AM   #62
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2004 Subaru STi.

Picked it up in 2009 with 48k (for $13,000) with the goal for it to be my winter beater and track/autocross car from a friend leaving the country.

Threw the Whiteline parts list at it, along with KW V3 coilovers.
Then upgraded fuel system/intercooler/headers/up-pipe exhaust and turbo. Drove it hard for 4 years.

Cylinder 4 misfire!!! Ended up being injector connector only. Compression and leak down test were within spec surprisingly.

Parked it for 2 years while deciding what to do, and driving my C63 year round. Decided to NOT winter drive the C63 so got the Subaru back on the road.

Decided to upgrade the short block at 72k miles. Upgraded pistons/rods/head bolts/crack/oil pump/oil pick up/oil pan baffle/new vacuum lines etc etc.

Upgraded injectors to ID1000/fuel pump/turbo (old turbo was working but started burning oil) and COBB CBE.

Now sitting around 78k miles and drives so so smoothly.

Added sound insulation/dampening/absorbing material to the trunk floor.

Starting to rust (not unexpected), but I absolutely love driving it.

It is loud.
It rides harsh.
It handles AMAZINGLY well.
It is light and quick.
It is an amazing winter car.
It has NO stability control/traction control/amenities of a modern car <--- is this good or bad?
I don't mind parking it anywhere as it already has small dents and scratches.
My wife can drive it, but prefers to not drive it.
Hope to get another decade out of the engine.

The issue is not do I keep it or do I continue to daily it in the winter, but do I address the rust on the fenders?

I plan to keep the STi for the winter. i.e. I like to drive a car that handles well and is quick in the winter.

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Old 01-21-2019, 10:33 AM   #63
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Coming up on 14 years with my 2005 Saab 9-2x Aero (that counts right?)

Bought it new in May 2005 and daily driven since. I told myself I'd mod it after the warranty expired but it kept being fun as-is and commuting in DC doesn't lend itself to a super strong clutch. The car has been a blast to drive and super dependable. I love that its somewhat rare and not everyone knows its a WRX underneath. I smile every single time I drive it but I'm losing the argument to keep it as I just picked up an '18 Kia Stinger GT. I have to fit two rear-facing car seats and its a little tight in the Saabaru.

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Old 01-22-2019, 02:53 PM   #64
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How many miles? I use to own a 02 bug eye myself bought new. Besides the glass tranny, I loved the car a lot. Kept it for 6yrs.
Coming up on 149k miles pretty soon here. We autox'd the crap out of this car with dual-drivers at every event until we got the STI in '07.

Still on the original "glass transmission," although the center diff is starting to fail. Not sure where these transmissions got such a bad rap, ours still rows like new, it's even noticeably easier to get into first gear while the car is still rolling up to 15 mph, something that was basically impossible when the car was new.
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Old 01-22-2019, 03:37 PM   #65
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I'm similar to OP as I tend to get a different car often. 2 years and some months in to having my 2017 WRX and the only thing I'm tired of is my decision to get Hancooks instead of Blizzaks and how much I friggin drive (just hit 41k).
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Old 01-23-2019, 09:38 AM   #66
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11 years with my '02. I love this car. It was my dream car when I started driving.

Damn. that looks nice
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Old 01-23-2019, 09:42 AM   #67
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2004 Subaru STi.

Picked it up in 2009 with 48k (for $13,000) with the goal for it to be my winter beater and track/autocross car from a friend leaving the country.

Threw the Whiteline parts list at it, along with KW V3 coilovers.
Then upgraded fuel system/intercooler/headers/up-pipe exhaust and turbo. Drove it hard for 4 years.

Cylinder 4 misfire!!! Ended up being injector connector only. Compression and leak down test were within spec surprisingly.

Parked it for 2 years while deciding what to do, and driving my C63 year round. Decided to NOT winter drive the C63 so got the Subaru back on the road.

Decided to upgrade the short block at 72k miles. Upgraded pistons/rods/head bolts/crack/oil pump/oil pick up/oil pan baffle/new vacuum lines etc etc.

Upgraded injectors to ID1000/fuel pump/turbo (old turbo was working but started burning oil) and COBB CBE.

Now sitting around 78k miles and drives so so smoothly.

Added sound insulation/dampening/absorbing material to the trunk floor.

Starting to rust (not unexpected), but I absolutely love driving it.

It is loud.
It rides harsh.
It handles AMAZINGLY well.
It is light and quick.
It is an amazing winter car.
It has NO stability control/traction control/amenities of a modern car <--- is this good or bad?
I don't mind parking it anywhere as it already has small dents and scratches.
My wife can drive it, but prefers to not drive it.
Hope to get another decade out of the engine.

The issue is not do I keep it or do I continue to daily it in the winter, but do I address the rust on the fenders?

I plan to keep the STi for the winter. i.e. I like to drive a car that handles well and is quick in the winter.
How have you protected it from rust all these years? Any undercoating?

Sounds like a bad ass car.
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Old 01-23-2019, 09:43 AM   #68
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Coming up on 14 years with my 2005 Saab 9-2x Aero (that counts right?)

Bought it new in May 2005 and daily driven since. I told myself I'd mod it after the warranty expired but it kept being fun as-is and commuting in DC doesn't lend itself to a super strong clutch. The car has been a blast to drive and super dependable. I love that its somewhat rare and not everyone knows its a WRX underneath. I smile every single time I drive it but I'm losing the argument to keep it as I just picked up an '18 Kia Stinger GT. I have to fit two rear-facing car seats and its a little tight in the Saabaru.

Hell yea that counts. How many miles!?
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Old 01-23-2019, 03:07 PM   #69
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I've had my 2013 WRX for 4 years now.... unfortunately she's not in good shape :/. But i do still love her lol
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Old 01-23-2019, 05:01 PM   #70
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I had my 17' WRX for about 2.5 years. ETS catback, COBB intake/Stage 1 OTS tune. Recently sold it and bought a 19' C300 Benz, couldn't be happier with my decision. It's like as soon as I turned 30 I instantly outgrew the WRX.

I still love Subarus and tuner cars in general, just sucks to daily drive.
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Old 01-24-2019, 03:28 PM   #71
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I had my 17' WRX for about 2.5 years. ETS catback, COBB intake/Stage 1 OTS tune. Recently sold it and bought a 19' C300 Benz, couldn't be happier with my decision. It's like as soon as I turned 30 I instantly outgrew the WRX.

I still love Subarus and tuner cars in general, just sucks to daily drive.
a real nice car for sure.

I daily my saab and drive the wrx on occasion to keep miles down.

Plus comfort.
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Old 01-24-2019, 03:49 PM   #72
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'06 WRX bought new in Sept '06. Been going pretty strong for about 13 years at 180k now. Hopefully will last me a few more years. Haven't had any major problems.

Still in love since the day I bought it
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Old 01-25-2019, 04:03 PM   #73
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How have you protected it from rust all these years? Any undercoating?

Sounds like a bad ass car.
Just keeping it clean and running through touchless car wash with undercarriage spray.

It keeps me smiling. Planning on a set of RE-71R for the summer so I plan to keep driving it for a while longer.
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Old 01-28-2019, 08:15 AM   #74
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14 plus years on my 05 wrx. I love it more every day... kinda weird right.

The best car every!! daily driver with only 110k original miles. I baby this car and no issues. will be looking into cobb stage 2 this year just for the fun of it.
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Old 01-28-2019, 09:15 AM   #75
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Just keeping it clean and running through touchless car wash with undercarriage spray.

It keeps me smiling. Planning on a set of RE-71R for the summer so I plan to keep driving it for a while longer.
Very nice.
I always wash my car but I forget about touchless car washes...need to use that resource in the winter!
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