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    Default WRX Limited or Base Sti

    Bored of my current cars and thinking of trading out.

    I figured the limited WRX would be sufficient until I inspected a base Sti. I always thought they were $50k base plus options but found that the base starts at $39K There's really only $4k difference between the two, mind you the Limited WRX has some of the tech options (DVD, moonroof etc.) that the base sti doesn't.

    I know the WRX can match the sti hp#'s easily with $4000 in mods, but I really like the overall look of the STi vs. the WRX. I am looking for level headed opinions as to why the Sti is worth the $4000 more while losing a few tech options, or why the WRX should be sufficient and kee some cash in pocket.
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    the tranny itself is worth the difference. you also get brembos, more power (although the wrx265 can outrun it). not to mention better suspension. you also get better diffs.

    you depends what you want.
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    Default Re: WRX Limited or Base Sti

    Originally posted by jonnycat
    Bored of my current cars and thinking of trading out.

    I figured the limited WRX would be sufficient until I inspected a base Sti. I always thought they were $50k base plus options but found that the base starts at $39K There's really only $4k difference between the two, mind you the Limited WRX has some of the tech options (DVD, moonroof etc.) that the base sti doesn't.

    I know the WRX can match the sti hp#'s easily with $4000 in mods, but I really like the overall look of the STi vs. the WRX. I am looking for level headed opinions as to why the Sti is worth the $4000 more while losing a few tech options, or why the WRX should be sufficient and kee some cash in pocket.
    What about getting a 2007 Sti from the States for around 24g's ($31,000 CDN imported). My favorite body style.

    Or an Sti limited: http://www.iwsti.com/forums/cars-sal...e-dropped.html

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    It has to be the hatchback. Otherwise it's just not feasible.
    I want to lease one so no matter what I'd need to buy up here.
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    The wide body and transmission alone is worth $4000.

    If you want the moonroof and nav than IMO you are looking at the wrong vehicle. The STI is still a bit too raw to be a comfortable daily driver, there is no point trying to add accessories to try to make it that which it is not. It still rattles like a 25k Impreza, possibly worse because the suspension is a lot firmer. In actual city driving you would hard pressed to find a difference in performance between the Spec B and STI. The difference being that get a bit of luxury with the Legacy and it's a more grown up image.

    Have you considered the Spec B?

    If you choose to go with an WRX or STI get a 2010. 08/09 models have a bad tune and/or poor engine tolerances and keep blowing ringlands. Yes Subaru is replacing all these engines but it definitely is a hassle. I know you aren't planning on keeping the car a long time (leasing) but having a motor replaced definitely affects resale and limits potential buyers. Sucks being without a car for two or three weeks as well.

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    I say STI, you will regret it later.
    Just because you can make it just as fast in a straight line doesnt make it just as good. STI handles,brakes and looks way better.
    Plus like you said you could spend $4000 later to make it just as fast. Might as well do it right away.

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    Either base WRX or STI.

    Base WRX is cheap to lease, STI is more fun to drive and looks better. In a straight line there is no difference. Both cars have ran high 12s stock in US.

    WRX is very soft. Good for DD. STI is a bit firmer, has better feeling shifter and suspension but still not that great. In the end I chose the WRX because it was cheaper to lease than a Corolla when I bought mine.

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    Assuming test drive goes well Saturday, I just bought a Base 2010 WRB STi. I never even got around to sitting in a WRX. Everything about the STi gave me wood. It was as if this car was built just for me.

    Biggest problem is now I have to stop flipping cars for at least 3 years. My lifetime average is now at 1.667 years per car.
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    Yeah if the STi doesn't work out, the WRX is a great alternative.

    And you don't need $4000 in mods to match/beat it in a straight line, a Cobb reflash for $700 will do the trick.

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    Originally posted by max_boost

    And you don't need $4000 in mods to match/beat it in a straight line, a Cobb reflash for $700 will do the trick.
    It aint no STI. Can't you get a Cobb reflash for the STI?

    It's about the SUM of the parts. That is why an STI, M, AMG, etc... will always be better than the next model down with mods.

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    Originally posted by max_boost
    And you don't need $4000 in mods to match/beat it in a straight line, a Cobb reflash for $700 will do the trick.
    Buying an Accessport produces STI performance?
    Keep dreaming.

    Good call in test driving the STI! I'll wager that the people downplaying the advantages of the STI are driving base model WRX's.
    I love mine. It melts tires at +30c and fires happily at -30c.
    Every time I drive base model WRX's, I feel like I'm driving an Accord.

    The only negative aspect is that your lease option won't let you modify

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    ^ a wrx 265 with a a/p will match or beat the STi in straight line performance.
    corners.. probably not.
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    Default Re: WRX Limited or Base Sti

    Originally posted by jonnycat


    I know the WRX can match the sti hp#'s easily with $4000 in mods

    Originally posted by max_boost

    And you don't need $4000 in mods to match/beat it in a straight line, a Cobb reflash for $700 will do the trick.

    You mofo's! We are talking strictly straight line and horsepower numbers, not talking about the brakes, suspension, seats, wheels or taking it around corners and whatever else makes the STi superior.

    Of course the 265 is no STi. I'm not stupid, I drive a _____

    Anyway, how stiff is the STi? I've never driven one but always assumed they were track oriented. I prefer the WRX because I like the Accord comfort but with wicked straight line go.

    I'm also not quite sold on the hatch. I very much prefer the sedan.

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    ^^^

    WTF?

    Someone ban this mofo

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    Originally posted by donaldjeo
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    the wrx is not only faster in a straight line, but around a race track as well.

    http://www.caranddriver.com/features..._3a16.6_page_4

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    Originally posted by KandabashiDevil


    Buying an Accessport produces STI performance?
    Keep dreaming.

    Good call in test driving the STI! I'll wager that the people downplaying the advantages of the STI are driving base model WRX's.
    I love mine. It melts tires at +30c and fires happily at -30c.
    Every time I drive base model WRX's, I feel like I'm driving an Accord.

    The only negative aspect is that your lease option won't let you modify
    Originally posted by gpomp
    the wrx is not only faster in a straight line, but around a race track as well.

    http://www.caranddriver.com/features..._3a16.6_page_4


    .."The latest WRX still has us scratching our collective heads. On a drag strip, it equals the quarter-mile time (13.5 seconds) of its big brother, the STI, and is 2.4 seconds quicker around the Virginia racetrack than the STI we lapped in 2008. Subaru, tell us: Why does the more expensive, presumably higher-zoot STI exist if it canít outperform its little brother, the WRX?.."

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    Originally posted by gpomp
    the wrx is not only faster in a straight line, but around a race track as well.

    http://www.caranddriver.com/features..._3a16.6_page_4
    http://www.caranddriver.com/features...p_2009-feature

    Scroll down for the list at the bottom of the page and you will see that both cars are pretty slow when compared to cars like the MS3 or even Genesis V6 and not even close to the EVO X MR, IX MR, 135i, or Mustang GT on a track. The WRX and STI are great cars in a straight line but below average in the handling department. They are more for the driver that likes to have a fast street car but not for people that like to track their cars.
    Last edited by heavyD; 01-08-2010 at 08:06 AM.

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    Originally posted by Aleks






    .."The latest WRX still has us scratching our collective heads. On a drag strip, it equals the quarter-mile time (13.5 seconds) of its big brother, the STI, and is 2.4 seconds quicker around the Virginia racetrack than the STI we lapped in 2008. Subaru, tell us: Why does the more expensive, presumably higher-zoot STI exist if it canít outperform its little brother, the WRX?.."
    WTF

    That's a joke right?

    Originally posted by heavyD


    http://www.caranddriver.com/features...p_2009-feature

    Scroll down for the list at the bottom of the page and you will see that both cars are pretty slow when compared to cars like the MS3 or even Genesis V6 and not even close to the EVO X MR, IX MR, 135i, or Mustang GT on a track. The WRX and STI are great cars in a straight line but below average in the handling department. They are more for the driver that likes to have a fast street car but not for people that like to track their cars.
    Yeah, people like me who never go to the track haha

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