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Old 12-18-2011, 11:05 PM   #101
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I will keep my STi for AWHILE..
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:11 PM   #102
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Hopefully I'll have a house with a garage to park it in in the next 3-5 years.

I don't necessarily ever plan on parting with it, but I can't say a bad accident or catastrophic/uber-expensive failure might make me re-evaluate things.

I've only owned 3 vehicles in 12 years of driving, and one I only owned for a year to get it out of my system. I can't say I wouldn't still have my first car if someone hadn't cut me off, resulting in a totaled vehicle.
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:19 PM   #103
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:27 PM   #104
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I go through cars pretty quick, I think this one will be sticking around until it's paid off though (1-2 years), after that, who knows, maybe a '11 PBP STi limited.
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Old 04-06-2019, 12:38 PM   #105
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I've had my 05 wrx for almost 15 years. Stock! I know...
I have just over 110k on it. mostly a daily driver that I away's took care of and baby the
car. Original clutch/new timing belt and tires. Looks like I may need ball joints and possibly replace exhaust. I'll probably keep it and get an 2019-2020 Sti ???
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Old 04-06-2019, 05:13 PM   #106
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Sounds great, ssboneline!

I can see myself keeping my STI for a long while.. probably 10yrs or so total, same with my WRX. I just love these two cars. I plan to get the next gen STI in a few years, but will keep my two VA's.
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Old 04-06-2019, 06:35 PM   #107
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Eventually it will rust out. When it becomes unreasonable to keep fixing it.
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Old 04-06-2019, 10:25 PM   #108
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Keeping my 2005 STi forever. Its my dream car and my second car, rarely sees rain, and hopefully I can pass it down one day. I do think the GD STis will be pretty hot commodities in 20 years time
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Old 04-06-2019, 11:37 PM   #109
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Keeping my 2005 STi forever. It’s my dream car and my second car, rarely sees rain, and hopefully I can pass it down one day. I do think the GD STis will be pretty hot commodities in 20 years time
Love it, I'm in the same boat. Got my 2005 Aspen White STI near the end of 2010 from the Subaru dealership here in Arizona. I wasn't sure I'd be able to find one since they're tough to come by used in good condition, especially at the dealership. It took a few months to find, and it wasn't on the lot yet but they posted it online. I went a took a look, put down $500 so they'd take it offline and waited for them to finish refreshing it. I'd lost a 2004 WRX wagon to dealer assholishness a few years prior so I knew to put the money down. I wasn't informed that it was even a possibility and was naive.

Random things I'm trying to remember about the car over the years:

The salesman grinding 3rd gear severely during test drive, before I was able to take the drivers seat. He tried to play it off with a bunch of bs then apologized.

Finding out I could fix the oil consumption by switching to Rotella T6. I change it myself regularly and haven't had any issues with consumption since then.

Finding the ghost of a decal on the side of the wing. It says Ground ZRO inside an Iron Cross in cool lettering. Ground written horizontally and ZRO vertically. I would love to know what this was in its past life.

Supposedly the car was previously owned by an engineer at Boeing. I then realized this thing was probably beaten into the ground, maybe wrecked, maybe not (right side is higher on jack stands always, huge dent in under carriage), after the "Boeing engineer" sold to someone for 4 months (a dealership?), it was returned to stock and sold to my dumb ass.

Finding out that the engine was missing regularly at idle after it had just been fixed/refreshed. I took it to Goodspeed and Joe told me it looked great but was missing but not often, which probably wasn't fantastic.

Finding a huge dent in the front right undercarriage.

Learning about rear strut clunk and how bad it was in this particular car.

Finding out how difficult it was to change the spark plugs as someone who is 6'4". Hint: don't lean on the fenders. Jack it up high.

Finding out that I had more headroom in the STI than I did in my 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Odd.

Loving every second of learning about this car and ways to fix all it's inherent issues here on NASIOC and other sites.

Stripping the inside to install a decent stereo system and sound/noise dampening across the tub, trunk and doors. It made a huge difference in the audible road noise. I used RAAMmat BXT II and Ensolite.

Installing Kartboy shifter bushings and a short throw shifter. Damn what a huge difference, it's notchy like a Porsche.

Going to stage 1, and using the off the shelf Cobb tune. What a difference it was, the acceleration was so much smoother. It did seem to increase the jerkiness in first gear at low speed though. Still missing.

Going stage 2 with full exhaust and cobb intake. Using off the shelf tune, still was missing, worse.

Getting a scope to look in the cylinder bores. The pistons seemed to be caked with carbon.

The Full-Race thing. They did install some nice intercooler piping and a front mount intercooler for a great price (no labor) for being able to use my car for weeks as a mock/prototype up vehicle. Wish it was clear another few thousand dollars was required to use my car to build a prototype reverse intake manifold kit, the reason they wanted to borrow it. The extra cash wasn't part of the initial discussion, oh well. The intake left on top of the radiator with 220+ IAT's, not so great.

Taking it back to Goodspeed to see what can be done about the IAT's. Also interested in going E85 to clean up the cylinders and add a few ponies.

Getting a Grimmspeed upipe, ECBS, ID 1000's and the top mount conversion kit, fuel pump, going with a Speed Density conversion to help with IAT issues, E85 and a nice tune from Clark Turner, all done at Goodspeed. It's never run so smoothly, there's no more low speed gear 1 and 2 jerkiness, and it absolutely rips for stock block and turbo. It puts down 356hp / 358 tq on their Maha dyno with IATs at 118 on 5/18/2015. I did have a stage 1+ Exedy clutch installed along the way at the dealership and she's barely holding in low temps (AZ so 50 - 60 degrees) when I can make power.

(2019) Finding the STI wheels I've been waiting for since I saw them in 2017, used for a reasonable price. 2016-2017 STI performance wheels. Installing them and finding out that 18x8.5 et 55 fit (barely on the rear) and the gloss black 15 spoke wheels look stellar. No spacers needed. (find pics in a my wheels & tires post history if intersted).

(2019) Visiting Goodspeed to discuss a built block. Found out their stage 1 block build handles about 500hp and will run about 12 - 15k after all is said and done. Looking to do it this year potentially.

Just ordered Feal 441+ coilovers, with the swift spings and radial bearings. Can't wait to suck up the gaps in the wells and have some better suspension. Going to add some end links from kartboy and sways to stiffen it up a bit. Torque steer is real. Will post more pics and an updated build thread once it's done. This all has take place over 8 years and I'm sure I'm forgetting stuff.

Cheers to the Suby community! Without all you awesome folks out there documenting your trials and errors, none of what I've done and paid to have done, would be possible. It's amazing to watch the advancement.

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Old 04-07-2019, 12:11 AM   #110
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I've owned 3 STi's.. and I was an evo guy growing up....
I think i'll keep my 04 sti forever.. my 2016 probably sell soon as its not a good DD (for a long commute)... My 04 I'm currently getting built and am looking to make around 500whp.
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Old 04-08-2019, 11:26 AM   #111
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I've owned 3 STi's.. and I was an evo guy growing up....
I think i'll keep my 04 sti forever.. my 2016 probably sell soon as its not a good DD (for a long commute)... My 04 I'm currently getting built and am looking to make around 500whp.


I feel like at this point if you were trying to find a nice, stock low mile GD STi youd be waiting a long time and paying probably more than you reasonably should for a 13-17 year old car.
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Old 04-10-2019, 11:35 PM   #112
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+1 to the keepers. I've had my 08 wrx for 6 years, and about 2 years ago I picked up a 2011 legacy 3.6r for when the wrx is down for more mods. The wrx will be kept until it dies; hopefully making its way to a full rally cage build.
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Old 04-12-2019, 10:53 PM   #113
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Cant decide whether to sell my 17 sti right at 50K for nearly what I bought it for or run it forever. These cars hold their value so weirdly well it makes no sense to me which is why I went newer. I wanted a hatch.
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Old 04-12-2019, 11:34 PM   #114
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I plan to keep my '19 STI for a long time. My wife made me "agree" to keep it for at least 6 years when I traded in my '16 WRX. I'm banking on the next gen STI having a less mechanical/old school feel to help prevent me from wanting to upgrade sooner.
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Old 04-12-2019, 11:49 PM   #115
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I plan to keep my '19 STI for a long time. My wife made me "agree" to keep it for at least 6 years when I traded in my '16 WRX. I'm banking on the next gen STI having a less mechanical/old school feel to help prevent me from wanting to upgrade sooner.
That's cool. I own a 16 STI with HK/NAV myself and love it. I am sure the 19 is even nicer. I got a 19 WRX Limited last year while keeping my 16 STI (very first one my region received) and been very happy with it as well. My WRX is my daily driver.
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Old 04-13-2019, 10:07 AM   #116
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I'm happy with my car. I like the way it looks and performs, the seats are not the best (06) so it's certainly not perfect. Unless its absolutely necessary I don't see myself purchasing another car to replace it.
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Old 04-14-2019, 08:53 PM   #117
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Until the mid cycle refresh of the next WRX redesign. So, ~3 or 4 years. Honestly, I don't know. If Subaru sold a turbocharged H4/H6 AWD Legacy wagon (let me dream, mmk?thx!) I'd be all over that thing.
...but wait....that would be a really good idea. Unlike the hatch drop 2015+.
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Old 04-14-2019, 10:57 PM   #118
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my 2003 wrx is most likely only worth anything to a subaru parts yard, or some 17 year old who thinks wasting money on cars is fun.
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Old 04-14-2019, 11:44 PM   #119
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2004 STi
It is my winter beater / rain car / car I take when parking downtown-questionable location.

Starting to rust, but will address that this summer

Plan on keeping it for another decade
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:02 AM   #120
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I've had my '17 WRX for just over a year now; I spent this year just learning to drive it well (my first MT car) and getting to know it. Now that I've gotten comfortable with it, over the coming years I'll start progressively modding and improving on the areas where I feel it's lacking. I paid cash for it, so with a considerable investment in it and relatively low month to month costs, I'm into it for the long haul. These cars have been holding their value really well so far, so unless the price of premium skyrockets, I'll hold onto it indefinitely. With electrification and automation being the trends in the car industry these days, I feel like there's a lot to love about a car that's simple and focused on the experience of driving.
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:22 AM   #121
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I've had it for about 7 months, but I'll probably keep my 19 STI for only another year or two. I love the car, but I have other plans for my garage later on.
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Old 04-15-2019, 10:19 AM   #122
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I'm a month and a half in on my 19 and I love driving this car. I know a new model is on the way: more power/better handling. But as much as I would like more power, I can already go to jail in this car and as for the handling, this thing already handles at a level that no sane person would try to exceed on the street.

I'm all set.

I see 8-10 yrs easy.
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Old 04-15-2019, 12:12 PM   #123
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probably ~10 years (so ~6 years from today for my 2015 WRX), that typically seems to be when I replace cars with the exception of my 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV that I had for 21 years (1988-2009) before finding a new home for it
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Old 04-15-2019, 05:13 PM   #124
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At least a dozen years.

We've never bought a car that didn't promise to be fun enough to drive that 6 or 8 years down the road we wouldn't feel exactly the same way about it. Our '19 WRX is no exception, and it certainly feels like it's going to live up to that promise and then some.

As an overall average since buying our first new car (a 1972), we've kept our cars for a little over 15 years . . . one month shy of 9 years being the shortest.


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