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Old 12-19-2005, 08:09 PM   #1
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What is the difference in maintenance prices between the WRX and the WRX STI. I I have a mustang right now that I'm still trying to sell, and the prices I pay on maintenance aren't too bad. I was told that the prices for tune-ups, brakes, oil changes, etc for the STI would be way over what I pay for my current car. I figured I'd ask here considering a lot of you people have first hand experience.
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Old 12-19-2005, 09:09 PM   #2
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I pay $20 for oil changes at FireStone. If I wanted to get it done at a dealer, it would be $40.
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Old 12-19-2005, 09:20 PM   #3
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its cheap if you do it yourself, cheap as your stang
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Old 12-19-2005, 09:30 PM   #4
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I dont see why STI maintenance costs would be any higher than on a WRX, given both cars were driven as hard (or easy). Other than the brake pads, which may not even be that much more (Brembo versus 06 WRX pads), the cars will wear, and maintain, the same. Tickets on the otherhand, I'd say there's a bit more potential to be expensive driving an STI.
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Old 12-19-2005, 09:31 PM   #5
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You would need to get some kind of snow tire or all season tire due to the fact that STI comes with high performace summer tires.
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Old 12-19-2005, 10:08 PM   #6
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I've owned both, the STi has a much higher operating cost than the WRX.

If you live in an area that experiences winter, add $1200 for winter wheels and tires.

18 mpg with 93 octane vs 20 mpg with 91

Honestly, if you're thinking about both cars you need to do more research. The STi is nothing like a pumped up WRX, it's a completely different car. The cars appeal to different segments entirely.

Note that I have an 04 STi, and I had an 02 WRX. Perhaps the two have become closer since the WRX got the 2.5 and the STi got a softer ride... I suggest you take a few test drives in each and see which one appeals to your heart. Then do some calculations and see which one appeals to your finances.
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Old 12-19-2005, 10:32 PM   #7
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Replacement of normal wear items is cost significantly more cost than a Mustang. Things like brakes, struts, clutch, exhaust, etc. are 2 - 3 times as much. Of course your driving will determine how soon/often these items need replacing.
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Old 12-20-2005, 12:37 AM   #8
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putting good oil in the car costs a lot. good synthetic oil like mobil 1 or q power cost roughly $20 for 4. i'm not mistaken... last time i changed the oil on my old shop's 06 sti was 4.25q (what's in the user manual?), i end up putting in a little more. good thing that car was stock, i didn't even need to jack up the car to change oil and filter. i hate underplates!

i remember when evo8 first came out, mitsu charges $99 for an oil change? correct me if i'm wrong. not sure if they still do that rip-off.
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Old 12-20-2005, 12:39 AM   #9
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how much do brembo brake pads cost? Are they under warranty?
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Old 12-20-2005, 12:40 AM   #10
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I do everything myself because I don't trust a dealership to give my car as much love as I would.
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Old 12-20-2005, 01:51 AM   #11
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big difference, do not get an STi if you are thinking about this...

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Old 12-20-2005, 08:24 AM   #12
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Geez....the STi isn't *that* much to maintain.

Don't know how much the OEM Brembo pads are. They are fairly expensive though. I imagine that they are not covered under warranty as a wear item, but may be covered if they were defective and fractured or something like that. But just wearing them out fast probably isn't covered.

I would say 90% of STi & STI owners are *not* putting the OEM pads back on when they wear out. Instead they are going with higher performance ceramic pads, low dust pads, or lower cost AEM pads that meet or exceed OEM performance.

As for oil changes, I change it just as often as I did with my previous car ('95 Eagle Talon Turbo) and use Mobil 1 Syn. Even if I just had a regular WRX, I'd still use the same oil and change it just as often. The oil filters aren't really much more expensive than a good quality aftermarket filter. They cost less than $10. I'd argue that oil changes for your STi need not be any more expensive that what you should be doing for your Mustang.

Likely your first big maintenance expense will be tires. The OEM tires on the STi are "summer" tires in that they perform best on dry and wet tarmac/pavement. If you live in the southern states, they should be fine. If you live anywhere that you drive on snow or ice, you'll definitely want to consider other tires.

I have ~18k miles on my STi, and I still have plenty of tread on my original tires. I don't autocross or drive it on the track, but I do drive it hard and take corners fast. Originally I was going to be happy to get 20k miles out of them. I'm now certain I'll get at least 25k out of them, possibly up to 30k if I'm careful.

In my 18k miles so, all I've spent is about $25 for oil changes. I do them myself. I've also rotated the tires 3 times myself...takes me about 20 minutes, including time to inspect each tire for wear and/or damage.

I routinely get 22-23mpg on 93 octane. You should get around 25-26 on a 06 WRX, possibly more...still requires 91 octane or better.

So I'd argue that maintenance costs for the STi need not be higher than for a WRX for say, the first 30k miles except for fuel. Then you'll need new tires....but that could also be true of the WRX if you are accustomed to driving the stock RE92s past their limit frequently.

I'm expecting my brake pads to last at least 50k miles, which is reasonable for any "performance" car. I would say clutch life should be similar between the two, assuming similar service. Cost to replace the STi clutch will probably be higher than the WRX, but unless you drive like a maniac, it should last a good while.

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Old 12-20-2005, 07:31 PM   #13
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Sorry I couldn't reply back soon but I was busy. Thanks a lot for helping me out. I'm not worried about buying new tires because I live in California so thats an expense I won't have soon. I only drive about 6-8000 miles a year so I hope either car won't costs much in maintenance. I AM thinking of how the price difference in gas will effect me, considering my car takes 87 and the STI will be 91 (93 a little hard to find). Also, the difference in the costs of a new clutch has me worried, even though it shouldn't since I keep the miles low and I don't mistreat my cars. I think I'm just trying to look into the future when the times does come to switch it out you know. I have never delt with an AWD car before. By the way, how long are the standard warranty's on the STI?
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Old 12-20-2005, 08:28 PM   #14
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Standard warranty is 3/36, powertrain 5/60, brade pads ARE covered under the bumper to bumper (and almost everything else if you don't mod it to piss and void it or do something retarded)

The gas difference isn't THAT bad, I guess it's noticable (I had a 02 WRX that went from having an exhaust to bigger turbo/fuel system by the end of things), but it's still better than your mustang.

To me there's no choice, STI > WRX byfar and I dont' see the maintenence costs being any different, the STi even has iridium plugs stock, so what's to do except oil changes and air filters? (both super duper easy)

Get the STi, you won't be disappointed, but first drive both to see what i'm talking about (Subaru, take your 5spd and put it in a RS where it belongs, thanks)

*WARRANTY EDIT* My car had a subaru GOLD service plan added, bringing the warranty to 5/60 bumper to bumper (car had 15k on it at the time) and he paid $400... cheap insurance eh? It also tranferred to me for $35 (good for resale)
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Old 01-04-2006, 06:56 PM   #15
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The brake pads aren't covered under warranty on the '05 STi in Canada... I had to check the manual.

Not that it will hopefully make a difference, but a lot of the body panels on the STi are cheaper than their counterparts on the WRX... the body shop that I dealt with noted that for me when they bought the parts from Subaru.
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Old 01-06-2006, 10:26 AM   #16
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F4Phantom, If you're getting that kind of mileage, your either tuned for it, or not driving the car hard. No matter what I do in my mostly stock(no engine mods) WRX I get no more than 20mpg on 93 octane. Best I ever did was about 23mpg on a LONG road trip.

To the OP, most of the maintenance is easy and can be done yourself on the cheap. Buy the Sti and don't look back.
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