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Old 06-12-2019, 01:08 PM   #1101
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Having owned a MK6 Golf R, my vote would be the newest R (MK7.5) or potentially MK8 if you are able to wait that long. I traded my R in on a 335 and aside from the quality of the BMW, I missed how much fun the R was and how unique it was. Now M3's are obviously a lot different than the 335.

As you mentioned, there are some really good options out there to bump the power up drastically. With your taste in your STI, I would also imagine you doing the R up quite nicely with wheels, suspension and visuals.

I hope to be back in an R in the next couple years. It really is the complete car: hatch, AWD, underrated handling, better build quality, sleeper looks (unless you go loud on color).
Right now I am between the e90 m3 or a Golf R. I couldn't do a non M BMW. I know... snob haha.

The power isn't something that I would be after. I am not a number hunter and even consider the stage 1+ tune I have on my STI to be more than adequate for the street. It would be fun to have more, but I find myself content with the usable around town power the STI provides.

The Golf R I already have a visual in mind of how I would like it to look. I tend to go on the simpler side of things and try to keep things OEM+ and tame, yet making an aggressive statement. I would be looking at lapiz, white, or the grey color. I briefly looked at the new green color they offer, but not sure if I could go through with it if I were to get one.

Yes, the Golf R is basically the best end all be all car in the sub 40k category. It really tics every box off an does with flying colors. I messaged a few dealers to see what kind of deals they could get me, but it seems they are still trying to sell these things at a premium and don't do many deals on them. The quotes I am getting are easily in the lightly used F80 m3 territory.
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:21 PM   #1102
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i am in the same boat, thinking of a new golf r or a cpo m2, just an idea if i was to pull the trigger on a golf r.

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Old 06-12-2019, 01:30 PM   #1103
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i am in the same boat, thinking of a new golf r or a cpo m2, just an idea if i was to pull the trigger on a golf r.
Just saw your post in the pic thread. It looks great with the 18+ front bumper. I want one badly!

I drove my buddies 18 M2 2 weeks ago. It's nice and a blast to drive, but honestly...it didn't wow me as much as I thought it would. Trust me, big BMW fanboy over here, but for some reason I found myself thinking it felt very similar to my STI in terms of handling. Obviously better quality and materials, but I was a bit shocked.

Things I did like: rev matching (hard to get used to and found myself still manually trying to rev match), the low end torque, typical fat M steering wheel.

Things I didn't like: Extremely light clutch, shifter is long and felt like a wet noodle, stereo was subpar (my sti upgraded stereo sounds better).

One could argue to take them head to head on the track and I am sure the M2 would win in every category with flying colors. However, I drive my cars on the street, that's it. I don't care if the M2 is .245 seconds faster than the next car on the Nurburgring.

That is an ideal Golf R right there. Simple yet aggressive. Has my favorite set of wheels on there too! I think I prefer the 15-17 golf r front facia better, but I do prefer the 18+ dash and center console better.

On the Golf R, I would do a simple set of wheels (most likly volks), suspension (probably springs to retain the DDC), awe exhaust, apr stage 1 (or 2), black badges/accents and be done.
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:41 PM   #1104
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maybe im the odd man out, but im not a fan of the f8x m3/m4, compared to previous gen, its hard to find a clean e90 m3 now a days, if i could that would be my first option.

I'm probably just a sucker since I've been seeing a lot of m2's with te37s, but I'm the same, I drive my car daily as well and would prefer 4 doors.

The golf r is very ideal, ive been thinking about it since I sat in one last year, this also depends on how the new gen subaru's will look. I'd do the same, suspension, wheels and stage 1
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:49 PM   #1105
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maybe im the odd man out, but im not a fan of the f8x m3/m4, compared to previous gen, its hard to find a clean e90 m3 now a days, if i could that would be my first option.

I'm probably just a sucker since I've been seeing a lot of m2's with te37s, but I'm the same, I drive my car daily as well and would prefer 4 doors.

The golf r is very ideal, ive been thinking about it since I sat in one last year, this also depends on how the new gen subaru's will look. I'd do the same, suspension, wheels and stage 1
e90 is higher on my list than an f80. I prefer the exterior look of the f80 over the e90, but everything else I prefer the e90 (motor, sound, simplicity).

I mean don't get me wrong, the M2 is a fantastic car. I'm sure with some nice suspension mods done up our way it would change my mind a bit. But yes, I am a bigger fan of 4 door sports cars over 2 doors. I like being able to accommodate and having that option available.

I agree. I am anxiously awaiting the new STI to see what they do with it. It very well could be the top contender if they change up the motor/power and make it more aggressive like they did with the GR chassis.
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Old 06-12-2019, 02:55 PM   #1106
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Count me in the camp of someone who just doesn't "get" the Golf R. Aside from having AWD, it feels exactly like a GTI with 300 extra pounds added. It's not as tossable or playful, so in normal driving it's actually less interesting unless you're using the DSG to bang through 1-2 up to 60 at every intersection. The GTI is every bit as much car for 60% of the price, and you can close the power gap with a $600 tune if you care about that kind of thing.

I cross-shopped the heck out of the Golf R and STi before I bought my STi and each time I drove the Golf R I got out completely underwhelmed for a $42k car. A GTI that was almost exactly the same for $25k made a whole lot more sense. In the end I wanted a different experience from the MK6 GTI I had at the time, though, and that's how I wound up in the STi.
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Old 06-12-2019, 03:00 PM   #1107
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Count me in the camp of someone who just doesn't "get" the Golf R. Aside from having AWD, it feels exactly like a GTI with 300 extra pounds added. It's not as tossable or playful, so in normal driving it's actually less interesting unless you're using the DSG to bang through 1-2 up to 60 at every intersection. The GTI is every bit as much car for 60% of the price, and you can close the power gap with a $600 tune if you care about that kind of thing.

I cross-shopped the heck out of the Golf R and STi before I bought my STi and each time I drove the Golf R I got out completely underwhelmed for a $42k car. A GTI that was almost exactly the same for $25k made a whole lot more sense. In the end I wanted a different experience from the MK6 GTI I had at the time, though, and that's how I wound up in the STi.
Some great feedback! I too have had the same thought process. I just prefer AWD over FWD, so I gravitated towards the R naturally. I think the one thing that makes the R so enticing is the bang for your buck in regards to tunes and bolt ons. You can get one seriously quick car for not a lot of money. 0-60 in the 3 second range for 2-3k. That's pretty bananas. With a 4 banger! Not to mention reliable too.

But yes, during my search I cross shopped the golf r, gti, focus rs, e90 m3, and a few others. Ultimately landed on the STI due to the overall feeling and felt you got more for way less money.

I mentioned earlier, but I emailed a few dealers to see what kind of lease deals they could do on a new golf r. I was getting mid- high 600's. Same thing happened before I got the STI when I was looking into an R. A lot of money for a 40k car.
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Old 06-12-2019, 03:06 PM   #1108
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Some great feedback! I too have had the same thought process. I just prefer AWD over FWD, so I gravitated towards the R naturally. I think the one thing that makes the R so enticing is the bang for your buck in regards to tunes and bolt ons. You can get one seriously quick car for not a lot of money. 0-60 in the 3 second range for 2-3k. That's pretty bananas. With a 4 banger! Not to mention reliable too.

But yes, during my search I cross shopped the golf r, gti, focus rs, e90 m3, and a few others. Ultimately landed on the STI due to the overall feeling and felt you got more for way less money.
Oh believe me, I do too. I was annoyed with FWD when I had the MK6 and I'm annoyed with it now. Those 0-60 times only come with the DSG, though, so you're giving up driving a manual (not something I really wanted to do) to get them. And even then, I had to consider how often I'd actually be running the thing up to 60-70 mph when most of the driving I do is in the city. Either that, or it's on the highway, where a GTI is faster with equal mods due to less weight and less drivetrain drag.

I've driven a Stage 2 Golf R and it's bananas. High 11s @ ~115mph is insanely fun, especially considering how little it takes to get there. The shift into third from launch comes about as quickly as you can blink, I just happen to think the car is a one trick pony, and it's a trick you can't use all the time. The rest of the time it just feels like a bloated Golf.
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Old 06-12-2019, 03:12 PM   #1109
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Oh believe me, I do too. I was annoyed with FWD when I had the MK6 and I'm annoyed with it now. Those 0-60 times only come with the DSG, though, so you're giving up driving a manual (not something I really wanted to do) to get them. And even then, I had to consider how often I'd actually be running the thing up to 60-70 mph when most of the driving I do is in the city. Either that, or it's on the highway, where a GTI is faster with equal mods due to less weight and less drivetrain drag.

I've driven a Stage 2 Golf R and it's bananas. High 11s @ ~115mph is insanely fun, especially considering how little it takes to get there. The shift into third from launch comes about as quickly as you can blink, I just happen to think the car is a one trick pony, and it's a trick you can't use all the time. The rest of the time it just feels like a bloated Golf.
Definitely something to think about. Right now, I feel the Golf R is a lateral move for me in my car progression. Granted that is not always a bad thing and I feel grateful the be in the position to continue to get cool cars. However, the way my STI is set up currently is near perfect (for me), so anything that competes with the STI is a move in the same direction. I'm sure it would be fun to try something different, but ultimately end up in a similar position where I want something different/more in a few years.

I don't think I'll ever find that car that completely satisfy all my needs, but I would like to find something that keeps my interest for a long while. That might not be until I can one day afford a gt3 or gt3rs, but I am determined to try and found out.

You do serve a point with the one trick pony comment. That's how I feel about hellcats and all these insane HP cars. I'd rather a slower/cheaper car that can do it all than be able to do 1 thing and 1 thing only.
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Old 06-12-2019, 03:32 PM   #1110
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Definitely something to think about. Right now, I feel the Golf R is a lateral move for me in my car progression. Granted that is not always a bad thing and I feel grateful the be in the position to continue to get cool cars. However, the way my STI is set up currently is near perfect (for me), so anything that competes with the STI is a move in the same direction. I'm sure it would be fun to try something different, but ultimately end up in a similar position where I want something different/more in a few years.

I don't think I'll ever find that car that completely satisfy all my needs, but I would like to find something that keeps my interest for a long while. That might not be until I can one day afford a gt3 or gt3rs, but I am determined to try and found out.

You do serve a point with the one trick pony comment. That's how I feel about hellcats and all these insane HP cars. I'd rather a slower/cheaper car that can do it all than be able to do 1 thing and 1 thing only.
Yep! Exactly. I miss the STi not because it was the fastest thing ever, but because it was communicative in everything it did. You'd definitely lose a lot of that going to a Golf R, although I will say the steering is actually still pretty damn good, and can be better with just some control arm bushings.

You sound to me like a guy who needs a daily and a weekender. The STi is in a good spot and should be reliable as-is, plus you really enjoy it. I think if I were you I'd plan to keep the STi long-term and rotate in a second vehicle every 2-3 years to keep it fresh. I'm on board the S2000 train, I've driven a couple and they are crazy fun, even if they aren't that quick. Plus, that's a car you could drive for a couple years and not lose any money on considering how well they're holding their value.
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Old 06-12-2019, 03:39 PM   #1111
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Yep! Exactly. I miss the STi not because it was the fastest thing ever, but because it was communicative in everything it did. You'd definitely lose a lot of that going to a Golf R, although I will say the steering is actually still pretty damn good, and can be better with just some control arm bushings.

You sound to me like a guy who needs a daily and a weekender. The STi is in a good spot and should be reliable as-is, plus you really enjoy it. I think if I were you I'd plan to keep the STi long-term and rotate in a second vehicle every 2-3 years to keep it fresh. I'm on board the S2000 train, I've driven a couple and they are crazy fun, even if they aren't that quick. Plus, that's a car you could drive for a couple years and not lose any money on considering how well they're holding their value.
Agreed 100%. There isn't anything the STI is lacking that another car would really pick up for me. Without spending double the price, it's a hard bargain to beat. Next on my list is rear sway and endlinks, which should really dial in the suspension even more than it already is. I really enjoy the steering feedback from the STI. It's the perfect amount of weight and responsive.

I think I have always been a daily/weekender type of person. I think I have been trying to get it all in one car since that is only what life is allowing me at the moment. An STI as a daily and an s2k or another e46 m3 as a weekender would be pretty dang sweet.
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Old 06-13-2019, 10:46 AM   #1112
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Keeping myself busy with some garage upgrades.

Decided to mount the car wash pressure washer to the wall so itís off the ground and out of the way. Easy access and allows for less clean up.

I also picked up a new tool bench and some upper cabinets to house my tools and detailing arsenal. Plan to get a tall cabinet on the left to match the setup and complete a small work area.

Really happy with how itís turning out. Not the $5k worth of cabinets I wanted originally, but it gets the job done and will hold me over.

Next thing I am doing is getting the floors done. And eventually will get the Sheetrock finished and walls painted.

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Old 06-13-2019, 04:59 PM   #1113
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Garage goals right there. It’s funny, I feel like you and I upgrade all the same things at the same time. Lol. We’ve been doing a major garage reno over the past few week ourselves.

Regarding the car pondering, I really hope you keep the STI for long term. You’ve put together a wonderful build and I’d hate to see it get parted out and brought back to stock.

Specifically speaking, the Golf R... My wife has a 2016 S3. She works from home, so I drive her car half the week and my car the other half. The S3 as you know is the same thing as the Golf R with a different shell. The S3 is a blast to drive. The highlight of the car is the definitely the transmission. You really can’t beat the DSG, In fact, i like it so much dare I say I would buy a DSG STI over a manual if they ever offered it. With the resonator delete, the exhaust is throaty especially during downshifts and rev matching. Only issue with the car is the suspension is suuuuper noisy. Well documented in the Audi forums. We’ve had it back to the dealership over and over again and it still sounds loud as hell for a stock suspension. My STI on coils is quieter. I’m not sure if the Golf R has the same issues. We just bought the lease out early and financed the buyout for the S3, despite the noisy suspension. We like the car that much. I agree, the Golf R is a lateral move. It’s definitely a less aggressive looking car than your STI and more understated. I’d hate to lose the rumble, but the EA888 with the resonator delete is music to the ears.

Good luck with whatever you decide. I’d say throw the Volk’s on the STI, go to some local meets and enjoy the Subie community and the wonderful build you’ve brought to it.
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Old 06-13-2019, 05:31 PM   #1114
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Garage goals right there. It’s funny, I feel like you and I upgrade all the same things at the same time. Lol. We’ve been doing a major garage reno over the past few week ourselves.

Regarding the car pondering, I really hope you keep the STI for long term. You’ve put together a wonderful build and I’d hate to see it get parted out and brought back to stock.

Specifically speaking, the Golf R... My wife has a 2016 S3. She works from home, so I drive her car half the week and my car the other half. The S3 as you know is the same thing as the Golf R with a different shell. The S3 is a blast to drive. The highlight of the car is the definitely the transmission. You really can’t beat the DSG, In fact, i like it so much dare I say I would buy a DSG STI over a manual if they ever offered it. With the resonator delete, the exhaust is throaty especially during downshifts and rev matching. Only issue with the car is the suspension is suuuuper noisy. Well documented in the Audi forums. We’ve had it back to the dealership over and over again and it still sounds loud as hell for a stock suspension. My STI on coils is quieter. I’m not sure if the Golf R has the same issues. We just bought the lease out early and financed the buyout for the S3, despite the noisy suspension. We like the car that much. I agree, the Golf R is a lateral move. It’s definitely a less aggressive looking car than your STI and more understated. I’d hate to lose the rumble, but the EA888 with the resonator delete is music to the ears.

Good luck with whatever you decide. I’d say throw the Volk’s on the STI, go to some local meets and enjoy the Subie community and the wonderful build you’ve brought to it.
Haha that's awesome. The garage "mods" weren't really in the books, but my wife got me the tool bench and sorta just got motivated to get a few things done. Still plenty to do, but it's nice to have a designated work area. Since I moved from my last house, I haven't had a work bench and I realized how much I needed something. It's shaping up a bit and no where near my vision I have planned, but it's definitely a start!

My buddy has an S3 and I have driven it in short stints. It definitely is a lovely little car and the exhaust note is pretty sweet. He's stage 2 currently with the resonator deleted and downpipes. It's pretty aggressive and a lot of fun. Really small car though, so I would go for the Golf R for a bit more usable space. Mainly associated in the cargo area.

Agree it is a lateral move, but not necessarily a bad one. When you see and drive the same car day in and day out, you start to get that comfortable feeling where other cars start looking more appealing. Although, I do try to look at it with an outside perspective and try to imagine it's someone else's car and what they might think of it seeing it for the first time. Parking differently in the garage or going to a new spot definitely helps! I just need someone to drive it so I can see it moving. That would for sure spark the fire a bit more.

Every car I really imagine to be worth the change is far above what I am comfortable spending at the moment. Plus, I am not motivated to part out the car and sell it. Which is a good indication I am still enjoying the car and not wanting to get rid of it.

You are right. Wheels changes the entire look of the car so I am pretty confident I am going to fall head over heels again when I see he new look. Hence why I decided to go with the real deal this time. Figured I might as well do what I want now before I sell and wish I did it.

Still want to do some rear sways and endlinks, a pair of recaro sportster CS's, and the 18+ front bumper and I would confidently say it make me want to keep it longer. But, it's something to look forward to someday so that still keeps the fire lit.

I used to go to a lot of shows with my M3 while I enjoyed them, all it did was made me want to spend more money on the car haha. Seeing everyone's cars just kept pushing me to do more and more. Not that it's a bad thing, I just grew tired of the competitive fight I had in my own head to keep trying to one up myself. I did one get together in my WRX and it was just a bunch of 18 year old juveniles vaping their way through life. Just wasn't my crowd so I have stuck to oogling over my own car in my own garage haha.

I wouldn't mind meeting up with a few locals someday soon to just park, check each others rides out, and snap a few pics. That is more my style.

I do appreciate the kind words brotha. You car is on my list of ones I follow still (which is a very select few). I actually bumped into a local in a GR STI sedan and couldn't stop thinking how much more aggressive that gen looks compares to the VA. Made me want a white hatch again.
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To add to the potential future car discussion...

I decided to get rid of my 2015 WRX about 6 months ago, and spent some serious time debating what was next. My list was an STI hatchback, an 18+ WRX, S3/Golf R, E90 M3, Tacoma TRD Off Road, or 4Runner Trail/Off Road. I narrowed it down to those options by considering I wanted 4 doors no matter what, being married with a doggo kind of dictates that at this point. From there...here's how I sorted it out.

18+ WRX - While the front end is a very nice update, starting a new car payment for an updated bumper seemed a bit silly. Plus they'll be around in the used market for quite some time - if I want one in the future...there will be plenty available.

S3/Golf R - Absolutely love the more refined aspects of both options in comparison to my '11 WRX or '15 WRX, as well as the bulletproof engine and the DSG would be a serious bonus. But...I feel like the styling of the Golf R is a bit too plain for me, although I've never been one for flashy things, it just feels slightly too simple. I decided to keep an eye out for an S3 with the options I wanted, also an S4.

E90 M3 - Great car, and the only RWD sedan I considered. The lack of availability, crazy price gouging, and significant chance of bearing failure turned me off. I probably could've found one in enough time, but I found something else first.

Tacoma TRD Off Road - Pretty much the ideal truck for me outside of a Raptor, but those were a fair amount more than I wanted to spend. Toyota reliability along with a completely different community and build focus really intrigued me. I decided I would rather stick with something sporty for the moment however, which also crossed the 4Runner off of the list, but if I were to get a second vehicle it would be either a Tacoma or 4Runner, hands down.

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I actually bumped into a local in a GR STI sedan and couldn't stop thinking how much more aggressive that gen looks compares to the VA. Made me want a white hatch again.
Me too...so I got one!



I found it in Florida and had it brought up to Maryland about 2 months ago! While it may not be SWP like both of our previous hatches, this is exactly what I wanted this time around. It was/is still entirely stock, clean Carfax, 47k miles, and had a fair bit of factory options. Just a quick snap shot with my phone, I was gone for 2 weeks and it desperately needs a wash now that the pollen has chilled out a bit.
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To add to the potential future car discussion...

I decided to get rid of my 2015 WRX about 6 months ago, and spent some serious time debating what was next. My list was an STI hatchback, an 18+ WRX, S3/Golf R, E90 M3, Tacoma TRD Off Road, or 4Runner Trail/Off Road. I narrowed it down to those options by considering I wanted 4 doors no matter what, being married with a doggo kind of dictates that at this point. From there...here's how I sorted it out.

18+ WRX - While the front end is a very nice update, starting a new car payment for an updated bumper seemed a bit silly. Plus they'll be around in the used market for quite some time - if I want one in the future...there will be plenty available.

S3/Golf R - Absolutely love the more refined aspects of both options in comparison to my '11 WRX or '15 WRX, as well as the bulletproof engine and the DSG would be a serious bonus. But...I feel like the styling of the Golf R is a bit too plain for me, although I've never been one for flashy things, it just feels slightly too simple. I decided to keep an eye out for an S3 with the options I wanted, also an S4.

E90 M3 - Great car, and the only RWD sedan I considered. The lack of availability, crazy price gouging, and significant chance of bearing failure turned me off. I probably could've found one in enough time, but I found something else first.

Tacoma TRD Off Road - Pretty much the ideal truck for me outside of a Raptor, but those were a fair amount more than I wanted to spend. Toyota reliability along with a completely different community and build focus really intrigued me. I decided I would rather stick with something sporty for the moment however, which also crossed the 4Runner off of the list, but if I were to get a second vehicle it would be either a Tacoma or 4Runner, hands down.

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Me too...so I got one!

I found it in Florida and had it brought up to Maryland about 2 months ago! While it may not be SWP like both of our previous hatches, this is exactly what I wanted this time around. It was/is still entirely stock, clean Carfax, 47k miles, and had a fair bit of factory options. Just a quick snap shot with my phone, I was gone for 2 weeks and it desperately needs a wash now that the pollen has chilled out a bit.
Thanks for the insight. Pretty similar mindset on similar aspects. Although, I feel the 18+ STI/wrx isn't just for the front bumper. They did a lot of changes interior as well. Also in the STI world, it's going to be the last hurrah of the EJ. But definitely understandable as it's not really too big of a change to really justify a new payment/loan. I honestly just want a 19/20 STI for the brakes ad front bumper haha. I would just transfer everything over to the new one. However, might be a bad move as I would find myself in a similar situation in 2.5 years (maybe sooner).

Yes the S3 and Golf R are great, great cars. The S3 is a bit small for me. My buddy has one and It's just not enough space for me to feel comfortable with the family. The Golf R feels a bit more usable due to the extra hatch space. They are both extremely soft in terms of styling and actually the exact reason as to why I took the gti/r off the list before the STI. Just didn't do it for me.

E90 m3 is still on my top list. Most likely going to be the next car in the garage if I do decide to let the STI go at some point. Unless an F80 is in the cards or a new M3 depending on when I am ready and what's available. Although, an e90 or another e46 (paired with the STI) m3 is more realistic without pushing the budget.


Tacoma's have always been a truck I lusted over. So damn reliable and I think the the best looking smaller pick up. This is probably the more logical purchase as it allows us to have more practicality and something we actually do need. We are planning on getting a larger 3 row SUV in the future, so having something with a large bed that can be used for hauling crap is pretty appealing.

At the moment, this is all just in my head. Getting rid of the STI is pretty far down my list of things I am motivated/wanting to do. I really have no need to let it go other than to try something new/different. It really suits my lifestyle perfectly at the moment and couldn't ask for much more from it.

Congreats on the GR! They look so aggressive and I think the best looking wrx/sti to date. If I could have it my way, I would have a 14 STI white hatch with the 16+ interior. That would be pretty ideal.
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At the moment, this is all just in my head. Getting rid of the STI is pretty far down my list of things I am motivated/wanting to do. I really have no need to let it go other than to try something new/different. It really suits my lifestyle perfectly at the moment and couldn't ask for much more from it.

Congreats on the GR! They look so aggressive and I think the best looking wrx/sti to date. If I could have it my way, I would have a 14 STI white hatch with the 16+ interior. That would be pretty ideal.
I totally understand that, there's nothing wrong with thinking about what will be next, always keeping options open. That said, your STI is in a great position, I hope you stick with it for quite some time. Unfortunately the forums are dying out and I can definitely appreciate Instagram for what it is, but a full build thread is always more open to discussions etc!

Also, I agree, the 11-14 hatch exterior with 15+ interior would be perfect. At some point in the future I'll work on updating the interior a bit, but it'll be some time before I really dive into it.

I was thinking about holding out for the next generation of WRX/STI, but figured the chances of a new hatchback are pretty low, and the 11-14's are disappearing and becoming more and more difficult to find, so if I wanted a htach...now was probably the time.

And thank you! I'll post a decent photo at some point, but it's pretty stock for now lol.
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I totally understand that, there's nothing wrong with thinking about what will be next, always keeping options open. That said, your STI is in a great position, I hope you stick with it for quite some time. Unfortunately the forums are dying out and I can definitely appreciate Instagram for what it is, but a full build thread is always more open to discussions etc!

Also, I agree, the 11-14 hatch exterior with 15+ interior would be perfect. At some point in the future I'll work on updating the interior a bit, but it'll be some time before I really dive into it.

I was thinking about holding out for the next generation of WRX/STI, but figured the chances of a new hatchback are pretty low, and the 11-14's are disappearing and becoming more and more difficult to find, so if I wanted a htach...now was probably the time.

And thank you! I'll post a decent photo at some point, but it's pretty stock for now lol.
I appreciate it. I find myself appreciating things a bit more as I get older, so walking out into the garage and just seeing what I "built" is a pretty cool thing.

This one is going to be hard to part from whenever the time does come. I sold my WRX as is and it was really hard letting that thing go since it was perfect the day I sold it. With this one, I would most likely part out and bring back to stock so the sale doesn't hurt so bad.

I agree. Instagram is great to see quick progression on the car. However, the lack of discussions bother me since I feel that is missing in this community. it was nice to start a topic in here and have you guys respond with mature/valuable responses that lead to a great discussion. Nice to know human interaction (even through the interwebs) still exist.

The next gen STI will ultimately decide my next car. If it's going to be what the speculation is, it might be a worthy contender as the next car. However, by the time the car comes out and a year or two worth of kinks are worked out, I might be onto something else by then. Who knows.
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Does anyone have a TPMS relearn/reset tool I could borrow? I picked up some OEM subaru TPMS to use on the volks to finally get rid of the TPMS light. Let me know!
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Quick walk around of my garage setup currently. First iteration of the overhaul, but it will work for now. Planning on doing the floor next.

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Too organized!
It's the only way my brain works haha.
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Garage is well organized, but I had to laugh at a tool box with 3 micro fibers getting there own drawer!!! Your foam cannon is with tools and not in the car wash tool box. Smh! I have a shelf with several clear totes to hold all my wash gear. Each is set up different. One has cleaning product, one has buffing pads and product, one wash mitts and micro fibers and so on. I have way to many tools to not use all my toolbox space. I am real particular about my garage and tools. I can tell you exactly where everything is “Supposed” to be. I gave up on keeping my screwdrivers like that. Looking good tho!
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Garage is well organized, but I had to laugh at a tool box with 3 micro fibers getting there own drawer!!! Your foam cannon is with tools and not in the car wash tool box. Smh! I have a shelf with several clear totes to hold all my wash gear. Each is set up different. One has cleaning product, one has buffing pads and product, one wash mitts and micro fibers and so on. I have way to many tools to not use all my toolbox space. Looking good tho!
The box on the left is purely for microfiber towels. I keep anything wet or liquid away from my towels. I used to keep them in a clear drawer bin, but since moved the tools to the new box, I had plenty of space to keep my towels separate in their own box. This is also temporary as the box on the left is being replaced with a tall standing cabinet, which will house towels. My pads are in a bin separately from all of this to keep as many contaminants away as possible.

Everyone functions differently and this is the way that works best for me.
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Changed up the exterior Subaru badges. Grew tired of the black and black look, so wanted something that cleaned up the exterior a bit more. Waiting on the steering wheel badge (not a sticker), but really happy with the change.

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