Trying to avoid buying a MS3 (owned by ford, which is typically a huge no no for me), and joining the cult my friends seem to be starting now...
I can find a used STI, usually 05's and 06's in a comparable price range to a new MS3. I don't mind the extra milage, my question is:
Stock, what has the STI got over the MS3 that would convince me to pick one up over it? Off the line, it seems like the STI's a little bit faster. Handling, should it handle better in fast turns? On a roll, why does it seem like the STI is so much slower than a car that's 10k less sticker?
Drove an STI today, grant you the suspension seemed to have been made softer and the tires were pretty crappy, but in terms of acceleration and handling, it was a major disappointment compared to the MS3. What gives? Was it just a crappy STI, or does an STI struggle to compete with a car a whole pricing/performance rated tier below it?