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    Hey guys, new user here. I have been browsing for a while (bout 3 weeks) and now I have finally joined. I am about to get a WRX soon for my first car, and I am wondering your opinions about the car.

    Some questions:

    How is the maintenance?
    Ease of driving
    How easy is it to work on?

    When I am going to be getting the car it is going to be used, preferably 2004-2005 and what would you guys say would be a good price/mileage?

    Thanks,

    -Will

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    Hi Will, welcome to The Club!

    First of all, I recommend you do a little searching/browsing because you will get information a lot quicker (not to mention these topics have been done to death!).

    The maintainence is fairly easy. The ease of driving....well are you getting auto or manual? I learned to drive stick on my WRX and picked it up quickly. It's also fairly easy to work on, depending what your mod plans are. The 04/05 model WRXes are great cars, with an improved tranny, and very reliable. As for good price/mileage...well you should pay what you think is reasonable. '04's with an average of 24-36k miles you can find for right around $20k. '05's with an average of 12-24k miles you can find for right around $24k. Best to blue book it, but be aware that WRXes tend to hold thier value (as a car that's part of an enthusiasm community). Also, word of warning: it's not a smart idea to buy a car that has been previously modded as it's more likely to have been abused. So do some research and know what you're looking for.

    Speaking of mods, here are some links to give you a little guidance:
    The "Good first mods" sticky
    And here's great coverage of FAQs from NASIOC.

    Good luck on your search!
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    yes welcome -

    ill second the recomendation for a manual tranny. not only is it better for you as a human being. but resale on a manual wrx is just better. there's no denying it.

    the wrx was my 3rd car, 2nd with a manual, and i had no trouble getting used to its clutch. i dont know if it would be the EASIEST to learn on, but it would certainly be possible.

    do your price research and be vigilant about it, im assuming your folks are gonna help you out ( i apologize if i am wrong here) but they will be much more comfortable if you show them that you have covered all the angles and arent just expecting them to do all the work. and dont say you want it just because you want a fast car that just wont work haha.

    and as far as price, i got extremely lucky because i got my 06 with 2100 miles on it for $22.5k

    there are loads of deals to be had but just be sure to check the car out in person,
    im confident that you would be able to find an 04/05 with less than 30k miles for less than $20k im positive of it in fact because that is exactly what i was looking for, and had found, before i spotted this 06 in my hometown and picked it up the day it was listed lol!

    check autotrader, even craigslist.org, and of course these and other subaru forums.


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    Yeah I am looking to get a 05 with under 30k miles for as cheap as I can get it. Unless I can get a good deal on a 04 STi with around 30k miles. What would you guys say a 04 STi with 30k miles and a new exhaust go for, 22-24k? Oh and of course a manual, is that even a question?!

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orion.
    What would you guys say a 04 STi with 30k miles and a new exhaust go for, 22-24k?
    Yeah, if you buy private party. From a dealer, you may be looking at upwards of $26k.
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    I am wondering if it would be better, performance wise to get a Impreza 2.5 and get a turbo/intercooler and exhuast system along with a 6 speed transmission; instead of getting a WRX and upgrading that. I think it would be better because of the 2.5 engine and I would have a choice on what to do regarding the turbo and intercooler and all other upgrades. All comments necessary.

    One more question, if I were to get a 2.5 what would it cost to get around 350whp?

    Thanks!

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    (still searching the forum, but what is the disadvantage of a BOV in a impreza?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orion.
    I am wondering if it would be better, performance wise to get a Impreza 2.5 and get a turbo/intercooler and exhuast system along with a 6 speed transmission; instead of getting a WRX and upgrading that. I think it would be better because of the 2.5 engine and I would have a choice on what to do regarding the turbo and intercooler and all other upgrades. All comments necessary.

    One more question, if I were to get a 2.5 what would it cost to get around 350whp?

    Thanks!

    -Will

    (still searching the forum, but what is the disadvantage of a BOV in a impreza?)
    nope the 2.5 impreza non turbo engine is not desiged to have a turbo and it wont last long with one
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orion.
    (still searching the forum, but what is the disadvantage of a BOV in a impreza?)
    Here is the information you seek: BOV FAQ


    Here are some more links I suggest you check out!
    The "Good first mods" sticky
    And here's great coverage of FAQs from NASIOC.
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