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    Mazdaspeed3 to wrx or legacy gt spec b???

    Hello everyone at club wrx,

    I have a few questions that could only be answered by the daily drivers of these vehicles. I currently own a 07 mazdaspeed 3 gt with 32k miles and climbing. I am extremely worried about how many other owners are blowing up with no warning what so ever, both heavily modded and stock motors blowing up. I am worried to the point of parting my car out and checking out wither a 07 sti limited or a 06 spec b gt. I could use any insight whatsoever regarding both vehicles as far as reliability, and passenger comfort. I am going to be test driving each soon but I wanted to hear from the people that drive them on a daily basis. I am looking to start our family soon so are these vehicles easy to swap car seats and baby stuff in and out of? thanks for all the help.

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    The 07 STI's did have some issues with their ECU's leading to some engine failures. This is cured by getting a good tune on the vehicle.

    The Spec B is a wonderful option for the "family" vehicle. I'm not sure but I think the 06 is when they went to the 6 speed. If they didnt do that till 07 go find yourself a 07 with a 6 speed.

    A ton of aftermarket in both cases and really easy to make fun, reliable, streetable horsepower.

    Having owned a regular 07 STI I'd gladly take either and would lean towards the Spec. B for the family planning part.
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    just food for thought- the limited sti is VERY hard to come by and if you do happen to find one, they are still going for around $29-30k (atleast the ones here are)

    my vote goes to the spec b. i think it has the best of both worlds

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    Drive an STi first -- their suspension is, um, "purposeful". It's clearly designed to handle but you know it all the time. Child seats may be a tight fit.

    The Legacy SpecB got the 6spd in 2007. For 06 it's just off-red seats, nav, and of course the unique Bilstein suspension setup. It's not like the STi but it gets the job done well.

    I love my "regular" GT that I bought in Sept 2004. I'm free to mod the suspension to exactly the spot I want it. I'll start that journey soon now that I'm almost finished with the power production part of the equation.
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    Child seats fit just fine; I've been hauling kids around in my WRX sedan and then wagon since 2002.

    The rear-facing infant seats MAY be a problem if someone with long legs wants to sit in front of them. I never put that one to the test.
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    Well thanks for all the quick responses! I kind of failed to mention some more vital info that could factor into my decision making process:

    07 Subaru Sti Limited price for sale is $25,000 with 49,xxx miles...
    It looks like it has a COBB SFI already installed.
    Alreay a lot of miles for an expensive car is it really worth it?? reliability wise?
    06 LegacyGT Spec B price for sale is $14,500 with 18,000 miles...
    Dealer installed Sti springs, Sti short shifter, Sti trunk spoiler and tinted windows, along with the rest of the spec b bits.
    This is a private sale that is almost 120 miles away from my home but it seems like a great deal.
    Last edited by jwiist; 07-30-2009 at 11:09 PM.

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    for those prices, i cant even believe your considering the STI...with that difference you can drop in a 20g and still have 8k left over...plus you want your car more family oriented...spec B would be ideal for you...and as if it isnt an awesome car anyways

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    Thanks for your advice, I am trying to set up a meeting with the owner of the spec b on Monday, I will let you know how it goes. Thanks again for all the help.


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    wow thats real cheap for a spec b. jump on it
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    SpecB FTW. i have an 08 with the 6spd and its amazing. so much more comfortable and roomier than my 07 wrx limited. i dunno why i didnt get a specb to begin with. the wrx felt like more track car with leatehr seats, while the specb has a nice luxury factor and good power. im not sure when the legacy swithced to the 2.5 but the added torque is noticable and great
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwiist View Post
    06 LegacyGT Spec B price for sale is $14,500 with 18,000 miles...
    Dealer installed Sti springs, Sti short shifter, Sti trunk spoiler and tinted windows, along with the rest of the spec b bits.
    This is a private sale that is almost 120 miles away from my home but it seems like a great deal.
    I'd buy this one.
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