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Old 10-31-2019, 05:36 PM   #1
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Default 2020 STI or keep 2013 WRX Hatch?

Sup fellas. So I'm in a bit of a conundrum. I currently have a 2013 WRX Hatch that I bought brand new. It has just under 49,000 miles. The past two years I've been working exclusively from home so put maybe 2-3k miles on it a year.

I've been debating for a bit now about selling it and ordering a 2020 STI, since this will be the last year I'll be able to get a STI with the EJ motor. However I absolutely love my hatch, but I'd really like to experience the STI, as an enthusiast, before it's replaced with the new "universal platform" that Subie is moving all their cars to.

I already have my own list of pros/cons (the biggest pro being that my current WRX is paid off and is basically a garage baby now) but I'd like to source some input from the community. What would you all do in my situation?

Thanks for any input! Cheers fellas.
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Old 10-31-2019, 06:28 PM   #2
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I bought 2002 WRX 17 years ago.

I also wanted a STi but did not buy one. I took the money and spent it on WRX upgrades. It was the best bang for buck.

Quiet frankly I wish I had bought a hatch. You could just swap in the best STi bits and call it a day.

I have 79 mods on the wrx.

The STI and WRX are quiet different cars these day. In the GD era they were closer and swapping parts was easier.

Quiet honestly the FA motor is way better to daily drive.

The EJ is long in the tooth.

many of my buddies that have moved through the subaru line up and they said my option was the better one. The newer cars did not bring that much performance improvement. Though they are much better inside.

The STI costs much more to run that the WRX.
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Old 10-31-2019, 09:35 PM   #3
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I mean, what are you looking to get out of the experience? It sounds like you have such a nice WRX hatch (which they don't make anymore). Have you thought about modding your current car?
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Old 10-31-2019, 09:51 PM   #4
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I mean, what are you looking to get out of the experience? It sounds like you have such a nice WRX hatch (which they don't make anymore). Have you thought about modding your current car?
My question was "what would you do in my situation?". So, what would you do given the exact same situation? I already have an idea of what I'm going to do, but I'm looking for ideas and input from different perspectives that I may not have considered and do not have, such as from those that have driven previous gen WRX's on the EJ platform and that have gone to STI's.
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Old 10-31-2019, 10:12 PM   #5
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What would I do... Get rid of the hatch if you can afford the 2020... I've just never been a fan of the hatch
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Old 10-31-2019, 10:12 PM   #6
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Keep the wrx and buy the STI. . I'm dead serious.
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Old 10-31-2019, 10:26 PM   #7
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Keep the wrx and buy the STI. . I'm dead serious.
This or keep the hatch.
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Old 10-31-2019, 10:28 PM   #8
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I work from home, I have a 2011 WRX hatch and I was also thinking of trading in for a new STI. I ended up picking up a new Hybrid and keeping the hatch as my project. It allows me to tinker and work on the WRX without worrying about my daily. They dont make hatches anymore and I knew I would regret selling it. My new hybrid has a warranty, adaptive cruise control, gets 55 mpg, its $20 cheaper to fill up and get 200 more miles.

I could probably get 12k for my hatch and the hybrid cost 25k. That's pretty much the cost of a base STi. However, the STi would cost more to run and insure than both of my cars. If you have room for a second car, I would recommend it.
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Old 10-31-2019, 10:33 PM   #9
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What would I do... Get rid of the hatch if you can afford the 2020... I've just never been a fan of the hatch
I can afford the 2020 no issue. Itís just a matter of, is it worth it? And thatís something that I have to decide, I know.

I do love the hatch look with the wide body, but anymore I donít really use the hatch portion to its full extent that I would miss it if I lost it. And I do want an STI, which is the crux of the matter.

Appreciate the input.
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Old 10-31-2019, 10:43 PM   #10
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I work from home, I have a 2011 WRX hatch and I was also thinking of trading in for a new STI. I ended up picking up a new Hybrid and keeping the hatch as my project. It allows me to tinker and work on the WRX without worrying about my daily. They dont make hatches anymore and I knew I would regret selling it. My new hybrid has a warranty, adaptive cruise control, gets 55 mpg, its $20 cheaper to fill up and get 200 more miles.

I could probably get 12k for my hatch and the hybrid cost 25k. That's pretty much the cost of a base STi. However, the STi would cost more to run and insure than both of my cars. If you have room for a second car, I would recommend it.
That was another option. Just getting either a used truck or SUV and keeping the WRX in the garage. If Iím going anywhere on the weekend itís usually in the wifeís BMW.

Thing is I know if I had to pick either the WRX or whatever second practical option I had on hand, Iíd pick the WRX every time over the practical option, cost be damned, and the practical cost-sensitive car would go unused and in the end would be a waste. Which is why Iím in my current decision conundrum. Hell Iíd get a BRZ or Miata instead, but I live in the north and have snow on the road for nearly half the year which is why AWD for me is a must.

Appreciate the thorough input.
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Old 10-31-2019, 10:51 PM   #11
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What about selling the WRX hatch and patiently wait for a mint condition STi hatch?
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Old 10-31-2019, 11:22 PM   #12
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What about selling the WRX hatch and patiently wait for a mint condition STi hatch?
Haha. I may be without a car for a very, very long time in that case.
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Old 11-01-2019, 01:41 PM   #13
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ive seen a lot of them browsing craigslist...but I would just modify the hatch and call it a day...sti parts are plentiful if you want to swap some on, aftermarket will go a long way too...I love my hatch and will do everything I can to keep it goin...including probably swapping in an electric motor when gasoline goes away lol!
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Old 11-01-2019, 02:11 PM   #14
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My question was "what would you do in my situation?".
what I would do is ditch the hatch since hatches are cheeseball.

might as well drive a Golf and put a "got lame" bumper sticker on it
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Old 11-01-2019, 02:18 PM   #15
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Keep the hatch. The sti sedan WILL always be here for many years to come. The hatch might not ever return.
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Old 11-01-2019, 03:46 PM   #16
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^yeah the station wagon never returned either

there's a reason
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Old 11-01-2019, 03:58 PM   #17
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You find the EJ motor the reason why you'd want a 2020...? The thing that gave me 3 ringland failures?
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Old 11-01-2019, 04:33 PM   #18
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I ended up doing something very similar to what youíre suggesting. I bought a 2011 WRX hatch brand new and put roughly 100k miles on it through 2018. I then traded it on a 2018 STI. Car vs car, the STI is an awesome machine and itís no comparison. The STI is just flat out a better car while still retaining some semblance of feel and character relative to the competition.

However... if I could go back I would have kept the WRX hatch as a daily and sprung for some type of a garage queen. Having a hatch as a daily and an S2000/GT350/Cayman for sunny days would have been a better set up.
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Old 11-01-2019, 07:13 PM   #19
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^yeah the station wagon never returned either

there's a reason
And thats what makes it rare and highly sought after....
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Old 11-02-2019, 05:46 AM   #20
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Funny I did this exact thing! I had a paid off 2013 hatch (WRX first and only owner) and sold it to buy the 2020 STI.

Imo weíll worth the upgrade...yes payment sucks but the new car is way better!
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Old 11-02-2019, 10:20 AM   #21
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You find the EJ motor the reason why you'd want a 2020...? I gave it 3 ringland failures with either reckless tuning or reckless driving, but I'll blame the car anyway?
^there was a typo before
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Old 11-02-2019, 10:42 AM   #22
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Keep wrx and buy STI, either way you won’t regret getting the STI
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Old 11-02-2019, 08:08 PM   #23
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Build the hatchback up (doesnít take much at all to get power to sti level, downpipe, intercooler, tune and you are there or above ...not sure spending limit but 6 speed swap. Suspension work. Then slap an sti badge on it? Itís actually a year they have the same body I think? 2013 hatch built engine here. Donít loose the convenience of hatchback ah. I LOVE being able to throw my bikes etc in it. If that matters. Im so curious how many hatchbacks would be sold 1st year they brought them back! I didnít go 15+ for that reason alone.
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Old 11-03-2019, 01:56 AM   #24
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Where do you feel your 13 is lacking? Handling is probably the biggest difference between a WRX and STi when they were both running the EJ25 - so upgrade your suspension and tires. In terms of creature comforts/technology, there is a big difference between a 13 and a 20, but adding suspension bits and a new head unit is a whole lot cheaper than trading in a car and buying a new one! It's hard to beat the versatility of the hatch!
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Old 11-03-2019, 12:45 PM   #25
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My question was "what would you do in my situation?". So, what would you do given the exact same situation? I already have an idea of what I'm going to do, but I'm looking for ideas and input from different perspectives that I may not have considered and do not have, such as from those that have driven previous gen WRX's on the EJ platform and that have gone to STI's.
My situation was kind of similar. I had an 08 WRX hatch that I barely put miles on, after ~9 years I had 45K miles. My 08 was modded to be similar to 09-14 WRX performance levels. I do miss the hatch utility.
Ive never driven a VA STi, only stock and modded GR's. Why I never bought an STi over the years, is b/c for the driving I do (traffic/speed/road condition), I'd rarely ever get close to the limits. It comes down if youre actually able to use the STi's potential, otherwise it's a waste.
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