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Old 01-29-2020, 09:01 PM   #1
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I'm looking to get a new daily driver to stop putting so many miles on my Jeep Wrangler and save it for offroad stuff. Can you all give me any tips on which years to avoid or any outstanding issues with 2015 to 2019 STIs? I know there were some engine internal and electronic upgrades in 2019, but if I can start out a little cheaper with a used car, I'd consider that to save some money for possible upgrades and maintenance.

I owned two 2005 STIs over the years. They were fun cars that I never did more than a cobb tuner and downpipe on. I changed the clutch on the last one. Not real fun, but nothing out of the ordinary. Thanks for any advice.

The WRB 2005 on blizzaks from years ago:

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Old 01-30-2020, 12:07 AM   #2
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Get the 2019+ with the updated internals. I find my 2019 more enjoyable than my 2016 STI, but YMMV.
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Old 01-30-2020, 02:02 AM   #3
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Loving my 18' . Surprisingly my favorite part is the steering controlled headlights. I think it started on the 18's.
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Old 01-30-2020, 07:30 PM   #4
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Loving my 18' . Surprisingly my favorite part is the steering controlled headlights. I think it started on the 18's.
SRH I always thought as gimmicky, but I was pleasantly surprised when I found it actual helps to illuminate the road better when turning.
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Old 01-31-2020, 03:30 PM   #5
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the STI is a rougher ride than the WRX. but if you plan on any track days the upgrades of the STI is worth it just for the better Diffs and suspension.
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Old 01-31-2020, 04:31 PM   #6
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1. The 19+ has the RA internals - likely a lot of long term reliability has been added.
2. The data online at COBB was digitized by me and it looks like the RA and 19 have about 30 to 40 more hp than the 18....sort of like a factory stage 1. You get a better intake, better tune, and better exhaust.
3. You get apple carplay/android auto....they are actually really nice.
4. Ride....the quality of the STI ride is better. Hard to explain. Have driven the wrx limitted (17). I feel the STi is actually nicer. Both stock. YMMV, but have had track cars in the past and really like the connected/feel of the STI more. It is just about the best analog car out there under 50k. Perhaps under 120k..the next one I'd actually buy with my own dollars is a gt3.
5. And the better tranny in all of them...and the better by far awd system....and the better brakes....


I have a 19 and am biased. But I could have also gotten an 18 and chose the 19 for the above reasons. To me they mattered a lot and the cost differential was not that much.

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Old 02-03-2020, 05:37 PM   #7
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Thanks for the feedback, all. I'm getting old, so I'm taking my time looking at cars. I probably should ask for an insurance quote too. Cost to repair is quite high for the STI.
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Old 02-03-2020, 05:50 PM   #8
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"2. The data online at COBB was digitized by me and it looks like the RA and 19 have about 30 to 40 more hp than the 18....sort of like a factory stage 1. You get a better intake, better tune, and better exhaust. "

I thought the 2019's got a bump to 310hp from 305hp on 2018. You are stating that you are seeing a 30 or 40 hp difference on the dyno?
and what of the S209 then, that says 340hp, is that somehow 380? confused.
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Old 02-06-2020, 10:15 AM   #9
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I mean you will get the newer and upgraded internals that would maybe be a bit better in the long run, especially if you plan on doing power upgrades in the future. But I have a 2015 that I've done flex fuel, FBO and it's still a blast to drive. Can't speak much on the 18s or 19s but you'd probably be happy with either. Plus you can probably snag a 2015 or 2016 for under 25k if you find the right deal.
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