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View Poll Results: Which Tuner Platform did you jump to after owning a WRX or STi?
GTI or Golf R 6 9.09%
Type-R 2 3.03%
GT-R 2 3.03%
MazdaSpeed 1 1.52%
EcoBoost 1 1.52%
RS 3/5 2 3.03%
911 3 4.55%
Cayman 1 1.52%
AMG C43/63 1 1.52%
Another WRX/STi 22 33.33%
American Muscle 6 9.09%
Another Suby, non-WRX/STi 4 6.06%
None of the above, but still a tuner car 9 13.64%
Got out of the tuner game altogether 6 9.09%
Voters: 66. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-01-2021, 08:58 AM   #26
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I just got into the "subie game" a year ago with my 2019 WRX and I plan on keeping it a long long time. CAn't wait for the hybrid conversion kits to start rolling in around year 2030.
More complexity and more weight . . . no thanks. However much additional straight-line cred you'd get (coming at the expense of other vehicle behaviors) just wouldn't ever be worth it to me.


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Old 07-01-2021, 10:19 AM   #27
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i got my 06 STi 8.5 years ago. and i have no plans on selling it. ive driven plenty of fast cars that friends owned, even raced some of their cars on autocross events, some of which were simple bolt on cars and some making over 700whp. and i still havent found any car that i personally like more than my sti. i know part of that is all the blood, sweat, and tears ive put into my sti. but i cant say ive got out of the tuner game or ever got another car. i think the only thing i'd consider trading it for would be either a 240sx with an ls3, or a 2015+ viper acr, neither of which are financially feasible for me lol.
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Old 07-01-2021, 10:34 AM   #28
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I have moved on several times from a WRX or STI to another platform such as a GTI or Golf R due to life's changes. However, each time I do, I miss the STI immensely and have found myself going back. There is just nothing so far that feels the same to me with the level of engagement or visceral experience. As new cars come, sure they might be faster, but they also lose their souls, get heavier, more electronics that I don't need, etc. Sure a nice radio, and heated seats are nice, but I don't need lane assist, automatic braking, etc. So right now, I am again in another platform, and looking at STIs daily so we shall see. It is nice having extra money due to cheaper insurance, and more gas mileage though. Although, not a deal breaker in my opinion.
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Old 07-01-2021, 10:27 PM   #29
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Did you buy your evo new? Iíve driven them stock and the 8/9 is magnificent. One of the best out of the box drivers cars Iíve ever driven.

Correct I had the privilege of buying my 2006 EVO IX GSR brand new. I took delivery March of 2007. Really enjoyed that car it was full bolt-ons, IC piping & tune.
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Old 07-02-2021, 12:07 AM   #30
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Default Did you platform hop after owning a WRX or STi? POLL

04 Si
To
04 WRX + 05 Nissan Armada
to
06 STi
To
10 Honda Accord
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12 Nissan Maxima
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13 Nissan Sentra
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15 STi
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15 Hyundai Accent
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17 STi (converting to dedicated track car) + 19 Ascent + 21 Impreza

Iím not going anywhere else. Lol
Maybe 22-23 STi as a 4th car
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Old 07-02-2021, 05:57 AM   #31
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Iím a OG.had a brand new 02 WRX in 2002.
Then went to a 07 STI.
2014 I switched platforms to a brand new Mercedes CLA 45 AMG LOVED THE CAR.
In 2016 I purchased a new C63S what a fantastic German muscle car.
In 2020 I purchased a E63S now this car is like having a STI but on steroids with fantastic technology all in one .
Do I miss Subaru nope .
I miss the early days of the forum.the fact nobody knowing much about these cars on the streets in the early 2000ís.
Very embarrassing for a lot of muscle cars back then.
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Old 07-02-2021, 08:39 AM   #32
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01 2.5 RS
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02 WRX Wagon
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03 350z
back to the same
02 WRX Wagon
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08 STi
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11 Scion Xb
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08 E92 M3
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Old 07-02-2021, 01:29 PM   #33
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Default Did you platform hop after owning a WRX or STi? POLL

If you guys are thinking about expanding your product range, is there any chance you will add EZ30 parts to the catalog?

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Old 07-03-2021, 03:00 AM   #34
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I haven't moved away from the Subaru platform yet, but my Subaru has changed jobs mostly. It was slowly becoming my track toy and to hopefully go full racecar once I started getting the driver mod thing going better. But I started losing seat time to always telling myself, the wagon needed more "track reliability" mods. I also have yet to have a good brake experience on the track and all the custom work needed for things like brake ducting and adding better systems like Speed Density and data acquisition/sensor monitors is expensive.

So I now also have an 2015 NC3 Mazda Miata with a basic setup to be the perfect seat time car. So far I have done 3 track days this year which is more than the past 2 years combined (but I guess Covid is partially to blame).

I can't see myself getting ride of my amazing ~450whp generating (power bump since it isn't track car anymore), Fully JDM STI swapped, 2005 WRX Wagon but who knows. The future is ever changing.
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Old 07-04-2021, 09:27 AM   #35
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If you guys are thinking about expanding your product range, is there any chance you will add EZ30 parts to the catalog?
Many times we've thought about this. It keeps coming back to the market being too small to make the parts reasonably priced.

We did make an H6 pickup, to test the waters. We had several people ask for this at one point when we made a FB post on the subject. The factory one can no longer be bought, but in one year we've sold only 1
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Old 07-05-2021, 02:10 PM   #36
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Any more feedback?

Always been curious about this. Surprised to see as many that have left the platform still active in nasioc.
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Old 07-06-2021, 12:10 PM   #37
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Seven years later, I'm in a 2020 STI, and all is right with my world again . There is a local cloverleaf highway on ramp that I would always use to test my new car's limit handling. The WRX would take it at 55-60mph all day. The S4 got up to about 48 before getting sketchy, the M3 could get to about 53 comfortably, 55-56 if I had the balls on a dry summer day. Took my STI back out there and it feels good to hit that 55-60 again with no fuss or worries. It's just more fun, and the suspension is way better sorted out of the box. And as for the garage space, I just park it outside now
Ahhhh took an off ramp in my GTI this weekend and this was all I could think about.
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Old 07-06-2021, 02:03 PM   #38
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Ahhhh took an off ramp in my GTI this weekend and this was all I could think about.
Is it that bad? I had a 84 GTi way back in the day, and in the corners it would keep up a 911. Forget any Mustang/Camaro, it would kill them in anything but straight line acceleration.

I had assumed the GTi was still one of the better hot hatches when it came to handling. Sounds like times have changed.
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Old 07-06-2021, 02:29 PM   #39
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Is it that bad? I had a 84 GTi way back in the day, and in the corners it would keep up a 911. Forget any Mustang/Camaro, it would kill them in anything but straight line acceleration.

I had assumed the GTi was still one of the better hot hatches when it came to handling. Sounds like times have changed.
In the grand scheme of things it is not bad, but not the same as an STI by any means. It could also just be my mind still saying I want an STI again.
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Old 07-07-2021, 07:53 AM   #40
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Ahhhh took an off ramp in my GTI this weekend and this was all I could think about.
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It could also just be my mind still saying I want an STI again.
Seems to be a common affliction
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Old 07-07-2021, 08:19 AM   #41
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Many times we've thought about this. It keeps coming back to the market being too small to make the parts reasonably priced.



We did make an H6 pickup, to test the waters. We had several people ask for this at one point when we made a FB post on the subject. The factory one can no longer be bought, but in one year we've sold only 1


Understood. I've been considering swapping my 207 into a GC and going EZ30 in my 9-2x but lack of parts from both Subaru and the aftermarket are keeping me from doing it.
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Old 07-07-2021, 09:11 AM   #42
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Subaru journey started with a '13 WRX and a '04 WRX (bought to wrench on), then bought a '16 WRX STI. Never really enjoyed the driving, especially weird clutch feel on the STI, and ended up staying with my jdm Ej20 swapped '04 WRX and traded the 3 year old WRX STI on a new '19 Outback Premium for my wife.
Currently driving my '04 WRX and a '05 Rx-8 (with a fresh Renesis) and restoring a '87 Rx-7 Coupe with my daughter.
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Old 07-08-2021, 10:13 AM   #43
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Any more feedback?

Always been curious about this. Surprised to see as many that have left the platform still active in nasioc.


Exactly! Sold their Subaru, but still on NADIOC.
Theyíll be back next model.
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Old 07-08-2021, 03:28 PM   #44
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Always been curious about this. Surprised to see as many that have left the platform still active in nasioc.
I'm not all that surprised. Those who are true enthusiasts tend to stick around in forums for cars they no longer own. Or even in a few cases, maintain active memberships in forums for cars that they haven't ever owned.


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Old 07-09-2021, 10:02 AM   #45
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I'm keeping my WRX as my winter car. I bought it new and plan to keep it for a long time.

For the summer I got a used Corvette convertible about 5 years ago. I'm thinking about adding a new GR86 or BRZ as a third car since both my current cars are pretty old.
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Old 07-09-2021, 06:15 PM   #46
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  • '89 Geo Metro Lsi (3 cylinders of fury) (bought new in '88)
  • '85 MR2 (pre-owned; had at same time as Geo)
  • '98 Nissan Maxima GXE (bought new; kept halfway through Evo ownership)
  • '03 Evo VIII (bought slightly pre-owned in '04)
  • '10 Evo X GSR (bought new)
  • '17 WRX Base (bought new)
  • '18 STI Limited (bought new; still own)
  • '18 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X (bought new; still own; first automatic)

I've had a Japanese AWD car in the stable continuously for the past 17 years.

I had planned to trade the Evo VIII in on a Legacy GT Wagon. I got some seat time on one circa 2005 and loved it. But they were discontinued a year before I started shopping for my next car. So I just got another Evo. Was never entirely happy with it.

When it was time to move on from the X, there were no more Evos. Even if there were, I might have moved onto Subaru. Both my Evos had quality issues (the X had a t-case replaced under warranty), and Mitsubishi dealerships were closing down and becoming harder to find.

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Correct I had the privilege of buying my 2006 EVO IX GSR brand new. I took delivery March of 2007. Really enjoyed that car it was full bolt-ons, IC piping & tune.

The Evo VIII/IX are special. It had a sub-economy car interior (except for the Recaro seats and Momo wheel), no cruise control, no 6th gear so did like 3800 rpm on the freeway, and was a just hard-core car to daily drive. But it was special.

The Evo X lost that magic.

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Old 07-09-2021, 06:49 PM   #47
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I still have my 2 Subarus but I haven't bought a Subie since 2004.
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Old 07-10-2021, 03:34 AM   #48
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I went:
2012 WRX
2013 GTI with DSG
2019 WRX (with 6 speed manual)

In 2013, I was misdiagnosed with RA after a hyper flexed left knee injury refused to heal. Initial blood work pointed to an autoimmune disorder and I was literally told by my then doctor to abandon my manual transmission car as I would never be able to drive one pain free again.

In 2014, I underwent thousands of dollars in testing that insurance didn't (over 14k) cover only to find out that I had a thyroid issue and the autoimmune disorder was a false positive.

I kept the GTI until 65,000 or so miles then ditched it. Literally 58k to 65k on the odometer, I started having weird electrical issues, went through two water pumps, a radiator, and an intake manifold due to the runner flaps dying. I did have one other weird issue with the GTI where the Serpentine belt literally disintegrated at 30,000 miles. I can't say I ever had a belt fail that early in its life, nor could anyone tell me why it failed. It was an easy fix, but IMHO that failed WAY too soon.
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Old 07-10-2021, 09:22 AM   #49
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I went:
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2019 WRX (with 6 speed manual)

In 2013, I was misdiagnosed with RA after a hyper flexed left knee injury refused to heal. Initial blood work pointed to an autoimmune disorder and I was literally told by my then doctor to abandon my manual transmission car as I would never be able to drive one pain free again.

In 2014, I underwent thousands of dollars in testing that insurance didn't (over 14k) cover only to find out that I had a thyroid issue and the autoimmune disorder was a false positive.
Man, I'm sorry to hear that you went through all of that.

But really glad that in the end you're back to driving stick.


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Old 07-10-2021, 02:42 PM   #50
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Picked in 2009 my 04 STi that was a daily driver (and an amazing winter car).

In 2013 bought a 4 door Wrangler as a winter car (for the RARE time our 300+ foot drive was covered by 2 foot drifts and I needed to get to work).
In 2015 bought a 2015 C63 as DD in the summer and the 04 STi became the winter car.
In 2018 the C63 was sold and replaced with a 2015 E63 as the summer car, and the 04 STi was still the winter car.
In 2019 picked up a 911 (PDK) as the summer car, and the E63 became the winter car. Sold the 04 STi to a friend in 2020.

Still have the Jeep Wrangler and use it for trips to the mountains.
Want a car with MT and always looking around. If my friend wants to sell the 04 STi I would buy it back in a heart beat, but realistically looking at a newer 2 door (Cayman GT4 or something along those lines).
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