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Old 07-01-2003, 01:11 PM   #1
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Default AHH!!!ej20swap or new 04 WRX..HELP!!

I need some serious advice. From what ive read, the general concensus is that to get the best results with a turbo, u have to turbocharge a 00 2.5RS by swapping a WRX USDM or JDM EJ20 engine into it. i talked to the guys over at rallispec, and they said a wrx USDM ej20 engine with parts and labor will run me 6500. This sounds reallllly good to me cuz from what i hear, they do top of the line work. With upgraded transmission it will run me 9k. ouch. that hurts. I love my 2.5RS, but simply put, it is not fast enough. it's quick as hell off the line, but i need TURBO. i like the look of the 04 WRX's. I talked to my car dealer today, and with around 12k and trading in my 2.5RS, i can get a silver 04 WRX sedan with 15 miles on the odo, no spoiler, and no moonroof. this is completely straight, i love the look of a WRX sans spoiler, and i don't even use the moonroof in my RS. from what i see, clearly, the upgrades for a WRX are ENDLESS. What should i do?
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Old 07-01-2003, 05:09 PM   #2
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The upgrades for an EJ20'd RS are endless as well. This is a drivetrain that has existed since the dawn of time; as long as you have a turbocharged EJ2X series motor, your upgrade path is limitless.

That being said, unless you are totally and completely sold out and hooked on the looks of your GC8-body impreza, trade it in and get a new one. I have a completely new STi V underneath my 99RS, but I don't get that new car smell. Or that new car warranty.. etc.. etc.. and you will never ever in a million years get out of your RS what you put into it money-wise. So unless you are gonna keep it forever, GET THE NEW CAR!
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Old 07-01-2003, 05:20 PM   #3
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I concur. Get the new car - maybe get the 03 and save some money?
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