I've been doing some homework, but I find it's often best to ask the experienced.
I'm looking for a reliable AWD with performance. Between the later 2.5RS's and the early ('02ish) WRX, which would be the best bang for the buck? I plan on leaving them stock for awhile (which is about a week in my world, the one with no self restraint), but will eventually begin with modest mods.
I've found some heavily modded RS's for about 10k, and the cheapest WRX I've stumbled upon was about 14k. Not exactly close, but in the long run, making payments...I wouldn't notice too much. I know the newer car will be just that, newer, so it should be in better shape, but it hasn't been "broken in" the way the RS probably is (or broken, for that matter)
I know the WRX has more Hp from the get go, but which is more "buildable" in the long run without swapping engines?
I'm sure if I did a search, I might come up with some answers, but I'm asking you.