This is a discussion on WRX? or STI? or EVO? within the New Member Hangout forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; It's really just perspective but keep in mind you're taking a huge gamble when you buy a used EVO/WRX/STI because ...
It's really just perspective but keep in mind you're taking a huge gamble when you buy a used EVO/WRX/STI because most of the cars are owned by your peers and abuse them or neglect them when it comes to maintence.
I couldnt agree more with Clovis on this point. Not only do people do a poor job maintaining them, but they try to mod the car themselves and do a terrible job. If you are looking for a used one make sure to do your homework on that vehicle, and make sure you won't end up paying for someone else's terrible attempt at modding
I've had an Evo 8, then an 02 WRX w/ 2.5L swap, then another Evo 8, and now have an 11 WRX. If you want power or bragging rights, Evo all the way. They can handle 400whp all day and it takes very few mods to get there (any of them...Evo 8/9/10). They're loads of fun, handle amazingly well, and are nimble and enjoyable to drive. The downside is they're twitchy, they can't make u-turns worth a damn, the interior is cheap, and the sound-deadening is poor. But performance-wise they're the best deal out there IMO.
Subarus have smoother and better sounding engines and the extra torque of the 2.5L is really nice around town. Evo's spool quick to make up for it but generally speaking the WRX/STI have more usable power. The interiors are also a bit nicer so they're better daily drivers no question.
I was looking at the 2010 Evo X vs the STI and ended up waiting and getting an 11 WRX. For me it came down to the hatchback which I loved, the price being $7-8k cheaper, and the WRX being 150lbs or so lighter than the STI and 350lbs lighter than the Evo. So being down in power 40hp isn't such a big deal since there's less weight to haul.
Steve // 2008 Lexus IS-F // 2011 WRX hatchback (SOLD)
2006 Crystal Gray Metallic WRX
2011 WRX Hatch Black Pearl