I've been a member of this forum for a while and have mostly stuck in the shadows seeking information on my quest to become a DIY mechanic. I have a stock 2006 WRX (WRB) with 84,000 miles on it. The car was in a great condition when I bought it, and in my opinion, even better condition now due to extensive maintenance and functional upgrades.
The reason I am posting is because ever since I got my car I have been itching to upgrade to an STi. I know that you can modify your WRX pretty easily (Stage 2+) to compete with a stock STi, but it is more of a snob factor that is urging me to upgrade.
I have been searching for a good deal on a 2006-2007 STi in the Maine and New Hampshire area and I finally found one. The car is a 2006 STi with 98,000 miles on it. It is currently stock (the salesman had no idea if it has always been stock) and it runs great. Inside and outside, the car is in great condition. I think that after trading in my WRX, I could probably only be on the hook for $6K or $7K (my WRX is fully paid off). My question is not if it is worth it to upgrade to the same model year but an STi. My question is, if kept in good condition, how high is too high for mileage? Whatever car I keep/buy needs to last me a long time (I only drive 10,000 miles a year). Obviously the STi, being at 98,000 miles, would need a timing belt change.
So, thoughts? Is 98,000 too much? Is giving up a sure thing (my awesome WRX) not worth it to add another 14,000 miles to my vehicle?