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Old 01-14-2018, 09:58 PM   #1
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Trying to decide on a wrx to get. My two picks are the 11-14 wrx and the 15+ wrx. I like both of them for different reasons, ok like the body style and how the boost hits on the 11-14 wrxs, but I like the 6 speed and the interior of the 15+ wrxs, and the extra gas mileage would be nice on my wallet. And inwould probably do some light mods, like a tbe, a tune and some suspension mods. I've driven both, and can't decide

Also, I've heard a couple stories of the fa20dit blowing rods, is that something to worry about? Or are they just the few bad apples?
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Old 01-14-2018, 10:43 PM   #2
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Trying to decide on a wrx to get. My two picks are the 11-14 wrx and the 15+ wrx. I like both of them for different reasons, ok like the body style and how the boost hits on the 11-14 wrxs, but I like the 6 speed and the interior of the 15+ wrxs, and the extra gas mileage would be nice on my wallet. And inwould probably do some light mods, like a tbe, a tune and some suspension mods. I've driven both, and can't decide

Also, I've heard a couple stories of the fa20dit blowing rods, is that something to worry about? Or are they just the few bad apples?
The rod thing is a potential concern. They are offset so not nearly as strong from a design perspective. The FA is a good motor but id mod it with care... or the EJ frankly. The car come with what it comes with from the factory for a variety of reasons.

Also me personally I couldnt ever buy a used wrx. I dont trust people with cars like this. Most think they know way more than they do when modding.
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Old 01-14-2018, 11:00 PM   #3
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Both the cars are stock, and one of the owners was a married guy that kept it clean. I realize the risks of buying used, just don't think buying new is really worth it for me
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Old 01-14-2018, 11:01 PM   #4
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With just a TBE and tune, your rods should be okay if you don't drive like an idiot. Most of the stories I hear about rods breaking are people pushing 400+ awhp.

Ditto on the not buying a used WRX comment, you never know how it was driven. I would buy brand new if you can afford it for the peace of mind alone - then do whatever you want to it.
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Old 01-14-2018, 11:17 PM   #5
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Well, I own a 2016 WRX, tastefully modded, and I love it. The FA exhaust note grows on you over time. With those mods, the rods should be fine. However, if you absolutely desire the rumble, you should go with the older model.
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Old 01-14-2018, 11:37 PM   #6
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I have a 2015 wrx and love it. Btw, I believe the guys with blown rods were also on e85
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Old 01-14-2018, 11:40 PM   #7
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I have a 2015 wrx and love it. Btw, I believe the guys with blown rods were also on e85
That could make sense e85 can push some good hp.
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Old 01-14-2018, 11:50 PM   #8
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Yeah. Iím a bit jealous of it. No corn by me. I heard meth is good and keeps engine clean as well being the new engines are di
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Old 01-15-2018, 08:58 AM   #9
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Both the cars are stock, and one of the owners was a married guy that kept it clean. I realize the risks of buying used, just don't think buying new is really worth it for me
What does being married and keeping it clean have to do with knowing the car wasn't beaten? If you have the means buy a new 2018 wrx. Fantastic car so far. I have 3,400 miles on mine. Good luck with your search.
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Old 01-15-2018, 09:34 AM   #10
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I have been married for 26 years.
My car is very clean.
49 years old.
Thrown rod at 26k miles.

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Old 01-15-2018, 09:36 AM   #11
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Just look for zero mods,one owner and no slack in the drive train.

That’s as good as it gets.
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Old 01-15-2018, 10:07 AM   #12
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I currently have the MY17, but my previous car was a MY08 WRX with a VF52 turbo. For a day to day car, the MY17 is way nicer interior comfort wise.
The EJ25, when off boost is still better. Nothing beats displacement. I am not a fan of using boost at low RPM's just to get anywhere.
6 speed is nice to have but 6th is a complete overdrive gear. 3rd and 4th are the same ratios from 2008.
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Old 01-15-2018, 11:22 AM   #13
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Trying to decide on a wrx to get. My two picks are the 11-14 wrx and the 15+ wrx. I like both of them for different reasons, ok like the body style and how the boost hits on the 11-14 wrxs, but I like the 6 speed and the interior of the 15+ wrxs, and the extra gas mileage would be nice on my wallet. And inwould probably do some light mods, like a tbe, a tune and some suspension mods. I've driven both, and can't decide

Also, I've heard a couple stories of the fa20dit blowing rods, is that something to worry about? Or are they just the few bad apples?
Both engines can be made a lot more durable if you take the hit early and get some forged internals and get better oil pan. The FAs will make power better straight out the showroom floor.

I spun rods twice before I finally spent my own money and got killer b kit on the rebuild. Never had other issues apart from that on my EJ255. Both require you to be careful with the tranny. My WRX is limited to 400ft-lbs, it has been holding fine, got blast plates for more later on .
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Old 01-16-2018, 08:56 AM   #14
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I get that buying new isn't always feasable, but I agree that buying a used WRX/STi is a gamble. I'd either buy one new, or buy an older one for much cheaper and have a cash reserve to fix it.

Basically, I wouldn't finance a 3-4 yr old WRX and expect it to be a reliable DD. Too many of them have been modded then returned to stock.
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Old 01-16-2018, 09:44 AM   #15
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I get that buying new isn't always feasable, but I agree that buying a used WRX/STi is a gamble. I'd either buy one new, or buy an older one for much cheaper and have a cash reserve to fix it.

Basically, I wouldn't finance a 3-4 yr old WRX and expect it to be a reliable DD. Too many of them have been modded then returned to stock.
This, I helped a coworker find a GR recently and it took around 10 to find one that didn't have an issue from previous modding.

Also, after that experience I would rather buy a used one from a one owner private party than take a chance on a dealership (if I bought a used one, I bought mine new for peace of mind).
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Old 01-17-2018, 12:58 PM   #16
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the FA is nice, but i loved the EJ a lot. i'd personally be wary buying used, i had so many issues with my 05 after 6 months of ownership.
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Old 01-18-2018, 02:19 PM   #17
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I bought my 2016 WRX used. 40K miles, I got it at the dealership I work at though, so I was able to pull advanced CarFax on it and run it through service beforehand. It was serviced every 3k miles and regular alignments, rotations, and oil changes which it made it more comforting. Also got to drive it for a week before I bought it.
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Old 01-18-2018, 03:51 PM   #18
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Thatís cheating
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Old 01-18-2018, 04:05 PM   #19
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What does being married and keeping it clean have to do with knowing the car wasn't beaten? If you have the means buy a new 2018 wrx. Fantastic car so far. I have 3,400 miles on mine. Good luck with your search.
This. I'm married and have a child. I broke the transmission on my 1995 Legacy Brighton...

The only way I would buy a used WRX is if I wanted a particular body style and at that points I'm looking for a clean shell that I expect to have to replace expensive bits on. I will own a Bugeye again one day, but I don't expect it to have its original parts by the time I start driving it.
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