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    Hi all, my first post here in clubwrx.net. I'm a Honda guy, so this is all relatively new to me, but I have been lurking around for quite some time regarding information about STi's. I'm looking into getting an 04 or 05 STi sometime by the end of this year and figured it would be the right time to join clubwrx forums. Learned that BOV's make you run rich in between shifts and that intakes usually make you lose power, so heh, no looking into upgrading any of that. ButI still have a few questions if you guys would be so kind to answer as my search brings up info mostly on regular WRX's.

    1.) I've learned that the stock turbo for the STi is good up to 300 or so whp and is relatively simple and cheap if I were to go with Cobb's Stage 2 Accessport and TBE, but I'm wondering is how much power can the EJ25 handle safely on a stock block?

    2.) Looking at Cobb's Stage 2 dynograph, it looks nice, but I'm wondering if tuning will be involved in order to achieve 300whp or so with it?

    3.) How expensive would it be to upgrade the STi's pea shooter for a larger snail?

    4.) Is it really expensive to maintain STi's? Aside from premium fuel and synthetic oil changes, is there anything in particular that I will have to be aware of?

    5.) And finally, to those who own STi's, what are some things you guys dislike about the STi?

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    STi expense:

    brake pads and rotors, but mainly pads. Must watch the pads.

    You won't need dedicated winters, being in FL. However, if you buy this car understand that you'll need to replace the tires with nice tires, or there's no point in even owning it. Depending on your preference, this means anywhere from $600-1000 for some nice tires, plus mounting and balancing.
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    its not the cheapest car to own but its not a porsche either. maintenance costs arent going to be close to luxury maintenance but its still not like owning a honda. as for the turbo, it depends on how big you wanna go. just look around at the turbo packages around. it could cost you from 800 or so for a slightly larger bolt on to several thousand dollars for a complete custom setup. the tires are not cheap. that is a definite thing you must be aware of. i mean, if you really want an sti, you know the answers to a lot of the do-i-want-it-or-not questions. i'd say go for it, not too many of us are lucky enough to just jump into an sti. welcome to the club man.
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    Wow, tires are really expensive, I wasn't expecting that. Now I got to ask, why are tires that expensive?

    I am still considering it despite the tires being expensive, especially over an Evo since this will be a daily driver.

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    Well, a performance car, needs performance tires, and they arent cheap. Sure you can get cheap tires, but why buy an expensive car and put cheap tires. Doesnt really make sense.

    You will probably spend 500-700 on tires if you know where to shop. Edgeracing is located in medley, so you can call them up and probably even pick up the tires from there, and they have pretty good prices too.

    As far as regular maintenance, its not that bad, especially if you do it yourself. Seeing you are in pembroke pines, the closest subaru dealer is pretty far so that gives you even more incentive to do it yourself. Stock up on some oil fitlers and oil and do your own oil changes.

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    go with Tirerack.com they're tire prices are cheap. If there's a Discount Tire and Auto where you live go there, they'll match any tire price. I just went to them to order some Pirelli P Zero Nero M+S and all total, tires, mounting, balancing etc. is just shy of $600(which I think is pretty cheap) but that was after I told 'em that I could get 'em from Tirerack for cheaper than they were selling 'em.

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