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    possible new wrx owner

    hey all, im new here, my name is cory and im going to see about joining you all in subaru ownership :P

    right now i have a mk3 VW jetta with a crap ton of stuff done to it, complete with a broken standalone ecu
    as well as a 91 MR2 turbo with a gen3 shipped over from japan.

    i absolutely love the cars, but the vw doesnt run because the ecu fried itself.
    the mr2 decided to self destruct the other day too and im completing my AA and will head off to real college in the fall :laugh: so i need a reliable car.

    one of my options is fix of the VW and sell the mr2 after i get it running. its been very tempermental.

    the other is fix both just enough to sell them and look into a 05 WRX or STi
    it would be toward the end of the summer, unless i decide too finance part of it.
    theres a wrx i like for 12k and has 70k miles on it
    and theres a few STi's floating around for 16-17k and 90-100k on them.

    a few questions, is it worth the few extra thousand to get an STi?
    back in 05 is when i was just getting into cars even though i couldnt drive. i sat in an 05 STi and felt right at home. i knew i'd own one one day, and until i realized how much money i wasted keeping these two cars alive, didnt think i could own one.

    so what are some pros and cons from the WRX vs the STi.
    it will be a daily, and need to be as reliable as possible.
    the only mods in the next few years would be coilovers, intake exhaust and tune. nothing crazy at all.
    im going to school in idaho, so i will have nice hot summers and cold snows winters (everyone i know says WRX/STi's are excellent on the white stuff)

    are there any common problems with either?
    any reason to go with one vs the other?
    how is reliability on both of the cars?

    any articles i can read for a crash course on subys?
    ive been a VW guy for the past 3 years with a bunch of work on hondas for my friends and then the whole mr2 swap dealeo. so i can handle just about any mechanical task needed, and i do have experience with cars

    thanks for any and all help guys!
    i hope to get to know you guys and join the ownership! :P

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    Its worth the extra few thousand if you want the extra power, otherwise no. Both cars are very reliable, pending on the previous owners.

    When you buy, buy a unmodded car, otherwise you may have bad suprises. And no intake, until you get to high power levels.

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    how much extra power is there? i thought i read its only 1psi extra. thats what 20-30hp tops?

    good to know they are reliable. im sick of every weekend a new thing popping up

    really? no intake? interesting.

    and thanks for the link! ill check it out

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    Horsepower for a stock 2005 wrx is 227 and for the sti it is 300. The sti also has a 6 speed, while the wrx has a 5 speed transmission.

    The wrx/sti has a ram intake which can last up most mods. Once you get into the higher hp then you need an intake.
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    oh wow! from one psi?
    or is the motor or turbo different too?

    i did know the sti has a 6speed and the wrx had a 5speed.
    i read the 6speed is much stronger too

    and i actually just read about the intake too!
    but thanks!
    this is the first car ive read about that doesnt benefit from an intake, or at least an intake mod.

    my mr2 i have a giant 4" intake in the sidescoop and you can hear the turbo spool up real nice in your ear :P
    its also map based so i can run the bov atmospheric.
    i learned the subys have metered air ems so it has to be a BPV not a bov

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    2.5L in the STI vs a 2.0L in the wrx, wrx's got a 2.5L in 2006
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    OOOH!!! ok
    my friend was trying to explain that to me. but he kept saying it wrong saying the 2.0 and 2.5 came in both. i was like uh???? i dont think so.

    he mentioned the 2.5's like to blow headgaskets easier? at about 100k?

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    I haven't personally heard that... From my knowledge these cars don't get that problem to much.
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    good to know!
    any known problems you have heard of?

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    If you're buying a used car, a complete pre-purchase inspection along with compression/leakdown tests should be on your "to-do" list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocklizzard91 View Post
    OOOH!!! ok
    my friend was trying to explain that to me. but he kept saying it wrong saying the 2.0 and 2.5 came in both. i was like uh???? i dont think so.
    He's right, to an extent. Other markets received 2.0L (EJ207) STis up until 2006. This was due to WRC homologation rules. When WRC homologation rules changed, all markets received the EJ257. Still, many believe the EJ207 to be a superior motor. The 2002-2005 USDM WRX have the EJ205, which, for all intents and purposes, is an inferior motor to the EJ255, EJ257, and EJ207.


    Quote Originally Posted by rocklizzard91 View Post
    he mentioned the 2.5's like to blow headgaskets easier? at about 100k?
    Not head gasket -- the head gaskets on the EJ series are actually very strong -- but the 2.5L was plagued with a lot of ringland problems; especially the 2008 STi.
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    dont plan on buying a modded car
    i will for sure do a leakdown and compression test. i own a leakdown test. i might as well buy the compression too itll be usefull to have

    hmmmm ringland issues huh? how are the 04-05 sti's?
    im really thinking about getting one of those. its a little extra, but could be worth it in the long run

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    Alright, so after a lot of looking I found an 02 wrx I'm going to look at on Sunday. I've heard its difficult/inconvenient to do spark plugs on these motors. How long would you guys say it takes? I'm thinking about bringing my compression tester to go check out the car, but I don't want to waste his time if its going to take all day, ya know? Is it going to be a timely affair?

    And if I wanted to look for a shop to do a pre purchase inspection, where would I look for that? The car is is Spokane Washington

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