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Old 08-17-2003, 02:31 AM   #1
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i am thinking about trading im MY02 wrx for a sti, but i wanna know how much of a diff. there is , brakes , power and such i have a TBE, blitx sus, mbc 15.5 psi and some other minor mods how much of a diff well it be, like well i be like " oh well this is faster" or "holy crap this thing is fast"
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Old 08-17-2003, 02:55 AM   #2
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where in CT are you located? Maybe we can meet up and you can take mine for a test drive to see what think of it.
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Old 08-17-2003, 11:25 AM   #3
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2004 2.5 RS


"holy crap this thing is fast". They are really 2 different cars that share the same basic shell. I loved my WRX and I was afraid i would miss it. I don't. However this does not mean there are not a number of advantages to the WRX and it is still one of the best cars around.
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Old 08-17-2003, 11:39 AM   #4
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i am thinking about trading im MY02 wrx for a sti, but i wanna know how much of a diff. there is
Whelp, I don't know about your mods, but I traded an 02 rex for one. It is leaps and bounds over the stock WRX. The brakes have a better "feel" and stop much better. There is however (still) that jittery (when driven slow) over bumps to a stop sign wonder if the ABS is confused. The power is available in nearly any gear, because of the increased torque and gearing. You can cruise @ 35 mph in 4th (sorta feels like a "muscle car" of the 60's) then give it some throttle and off you go! In the handling area, you just point & shoot and adjust direction almost by thinking it. Some feel that the handling is vague with all of the differential controls pulling and releasing, but if you just "do it" the AWD does nothing but assist.
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Old 08-17-2003, 01:36 PM   #5
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2004 WRX STi


I traded my 02 wagon for the STi. All I can say if they are two differnt animals. I love the feel of the STi compared to the standard WRX. Other people have said it feels like a V8 and they are right. But if you have any doubts test one before you buy.

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Old 08-17-2003, 07:41 PM   #6
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totally different car.

much more power, much better suspension, a much more demanding car all in all. i always felt like i could push the wrx to it's limits, but the STi's limits are way beyond both my abilities and the limitations of the street.

it is way too much fun though...
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Old 08-17-2003, 10:32 PM   #7
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I havent driven an STi but I imagine that with the .5L of extra displacement you will notice a huge difference in the way these cars drive. There will be a lot more low end which is where I would imagine you will fell a major difference, I can feel the difference in my RS and a WRX, and that there will be more power across the whole powerband.
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Old 08-18-2003, 02:01 AM   #8
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thanks for all the imput, i just gotta figure out what color, they all look so good but i might just stay with the wrb cant go wrong with that
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Old 08-18-2003, 11:49 PM   #9
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2004 2004 WRX-STi


HUGE difference. I traded my '02 WRX (unmodded) for my '04 STi.

My WRX was fun. A lot of fun. I had it on the track with the Porsche Club and held my own with it. Many were impressed.

Fast forward to the STi... First impression after break-in was definitely, "holy crap!" Even my wife who is not a car freak said, "OMG! This one is MUCH faster!"

I agree with all the other comments about acceleration, braking, handling, etc. I will add that the track performance of the STi is a quantum leap ahead of the stock WRX. I had my STi on the track for the first time about 3 weeks ago. It was awesome. A COMPLETELY different car than the WRX. By comparison, the STi was MADE for the track. I passed every car in my group (Blue - intermediate drivers) and none passed me... ever... all day. I literally ran circles around some very high performance cars. Between sessions, a crowd formed around my STi to find out more about it. I have to admit it was fun being the center of attention!

This is not meant to diminish the WRX. It is a great car in its own right. Bang for the buck, there is nothing better. The same holds true for the STi. It's just a different pricing point. The STi is a very different car than the WRX.

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