So far I have test drove a 2003 and a 2005 standard WRX turbo. Today, I wanted to drive an STI for a little comparison. That was a mistake! Because now all I can think about is owning an STI.
The car I drove was a 2004 WRX STI with 29,xxx miles on it. It was silver. Their starting price on the car is pretty reasonable I think at $24,995.
The car was awesome! I loved it in every sense of the word . If I had to pick one word to describe the STI, it would be Supercar! The car had some amazing muscle, even from down low in the RPMs. I tried to drive it normally and follow the speed limit, but it was impossible. The car just begged to be run. There was an endless supply of power through every gear and the car stuck like glue to the road...Amazing!
So anyway, I think I will now focus my search to low mileage used STI's, as long as they can fit neatly below my $25,000 spending limit. There is another STI across town for the same price with similar mileage. I plan on looking at it tommorow if the weather is nice. I'll keep you posted.