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Old 07-15-2013, 11:42 PM   #1
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Default Whats the difference between engines/years?

Is there a point to even buying a brand new wrx when you own an 06-07 wrx????

I feel as though if I do get a brand new 2013 one, I feel like I'm just selling my car for about 14k, then spending an additional 12-13 thousand dollars just to get the same thing, but new. I know its faster, larger turbo, multilink rear suspension, but is that really it? The brakes are worse off than the 06-07 as they are just sliding calipers instead of those brembo wannabes like in my 06-07 wrx.

It there really that big of a difference between an 06-07 wrx and a 2013 wrx? I even find it pointless to shell out 35k for a new sti since the 06-07 wrx already has an sti motor exact spec about 99% minus 1% for the slight difference in compression ratio from an EJ255 vs EJ257, just smaller turbo and smaller intercooler and minor things in drivetrain, with the exception of a 6spd bulletproof sti tranny. But I'm not ever shooting for more than 300whp so like the 5spd tranny is just fine as long as I don't do ridiculous clutch dumps and powershifts (you can't powershift subies or any cars in general, they will guarantee break) the 5spd is sufficient and reliable.

I never understood subaru, from what I see, they've been making the exact same sti since 2004 and the exact same WRX since 2006....so whats the point? especially if you already own a lowly 06 wrx. From what I see, it has nearly 90% (but better brakes and aluminum IM) of what a 2013 WRX has, and is about roughly 80% of any STI ever made. Just the tranny accounts for most of the missing 20%. Other than that, just put an sti turbo with supporting mods into an 06 wrx, and you have yourself the exact same thing as a 2013 WRX. And they even drive and feel the same, smooth and powerful.

This is mostly the reason why I feel so reluctant to buy a new WRX or STI, it really feels like paying a lot of extra money for what you already have if you own an 06-07 wrx non-sti or even if you own an 05-07 sti. Even the engines sound the exact same as they are the same. At this time I would like to buy brand new evo X, but I only want a manual car, so the GSR will have to do, but damn its only a lowly 5spd, which is greatly greatly inferior to the sti 6spd, not to mention greatly inferior to the evo 9's MR 6spd. Why put so much effort and time in developing a great engine, chassis and AWD system in the EVO X, and then to completely halfass the transmission and ruin it as a whole. I know mitsu in 07 only had enough R&D money to develop one type of 6spd, and it chose to try out the dual clutch automatic type. which was a fail since most evo owners will opt for the manual. Its just more fun for true hardcore sports compact enthusiast, and not to mention, the ralliart lancer only comes in the auto and costs 30k. So now I'm in a rut, I feel there is nothing to buy since I have an 06 wrx. The only thing I feel is right to do is to just wait for the new 2014 WRX and STI to come out and hope the new 2.0 FA series engines are good, but I have another problem, this is subaru we are talking about....they always half ass their cars for the first couple of years, like the 04-05 wrx and the 08 wrx, they give first customers the crappy end of the stick, then all of the sudden, gives customers that buy their cars two years down the road something epic, and then something even more epic another two years down the road. like how the 09 got such a good upgrade vs the 08, and then even better when 2011 when the beautiful wide body came out. Its like a mind-#$%#. So I would have to wait even longer like not until the next three years at least to buy my brand new car. WTF moments of these times for new car buyers for reals. Oh and the evo's last year is 2014, so bye bye to that. I don't want to wait though for all of those who say just wait three more years, I really want a new car now. So what now....WTF, I hate this dillemma. Some of you may have encountered some of the dillemmas that I have put forth here.

but yeah, is it really worth buying a new WRX or STI when you own an 06 wrx? Is it really worth the extra 13,000 for the almost exact same thing, or another 21,000 for a slightly better thing(sti)? This is a question that most wrx/sti owners face, most of us will never go past 300whp or 350whp to be satisfied with these cars.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:17 AM   #2
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Sounds like you already made up your mind... if you are happy with your current WRX, then why consider buying a new car? Just for the sake of buying a new car?
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:26 PM   #3
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15 STI miss my wrx


OP im going to have to agree with JPATT it sounds like you made your choice on what you want to do. Myself I have a 07 WRX paid off couldnt be happier with it. I work on it when I can and in my eyes its the best thing smoking. Pretty much at the end of the day it comes down to what you want.
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:48 PM   #4
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06-07 are great years for the WRX. You would probably end up regretting a decision to get rid of it. Got money to spend? Upgrade the sweet one you already have. I think the 06-07' was an absolute success. I'm head over heels in love with mine. Good luck either way. Buy a brand new 6 spd from Subaru. Sounds like you have the ability to spend some money.
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:54 PM   #5
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Buy me a 6 speed while your at it, my forth gear is grinding up in the rpms.
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