Hey, whats up everybody? This may be a long post, sorry in advance!! This is my first time posting here, and I am not an owner of a Subaru...not yet
When I became old enough to drive is when I really started getting into cars. I heard about a WRX and an STI and knew that was the car that I wanted!! Well about 3.5 years later here I am, now searching for the right Subaru. Ive been reading up on this site alot just trying to gain all the knowledge I can. I just sold my RWD summer car ( 89 5.0 Mustang GT ), and am left with my winter car ( VW ) I am a college student, have a good job and Im now looking to get into a car that I will be in for 5 years or so. Now is the time for the Subaru I have always wanted! Now, I have a few questions. I would not like to ask things that are posted elsewhere, so feel free to lead me there if they are.. I would just like some opinions for my current situation. I KNOW that the next car I buy will be a Subaru. I deal with winter, do alot of outdoorsy things, need reliabilitly with performance so the AWD is a must.. I am looking for somewhat low mileage (40,000 - 60,000)..What are your opinions on getting an earlier model with the 2.0 vs the 2.5? Is the power basically the same? I plan on doing very minor mods including TBE, CAI, and a short throw shifter. Will they each handle the mods equally? Has either been shown to be more reliable? Was the transmission improved with the 2.5? Any comparison information is greatly appreciated.
I will be driving this car hard, and this will be my DD.I doubt I will be taking it to a track... I have seemed to read alot about a weak 5 speed transmission? Like I mentioned, Im going to hammer down on this car once and awhile...aw who am I kidding..Im going to hammer down about 70% of the time I am driving! The LAST thing I want to deal with is a damaged tranny, halfway through paying this car off..Is it that unreliable? Any cheap ways to improve it without a straight up rebuild/swap?
I also want decent MPG and some practicality..which is why I am here. It ( WRX ) will be slightly less power than what I am used to, but the other pros to this car outweigh that..here is where my next question comes in. Should I wait up to two years to get an STI? I am pretty aware of the performance differences, and of course the STI is very, very appealing.. I am impatient which could be my downfall! It would be a step up for power, and just seems like an all around performance vehicle.. What are your opinions on this? Get a WRX asap, or ride it out with my lack luster VW for a few years and get an STI?
I guess thats about it, figured I would introduce myself..pop in now and again..learn as much as I can. Once I get my subaru though, I am sure I will be on here all the time haha!
Thanks for all the assistance and opinions!