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    Need some advice for or against a 2011 WRX (new) or 2008 STI

    My current daily driver is a 2010 BMW 335i Coupe. I LOVE this car, but it's not very practical and seeing as I now have a house, I need something with more space. All the SUVs/Crossovers out there are plain boring or overpriced for what I want in a second car (I'm keeping the BMW). I've started looking at 5 door WRX's. My local dealers are all out of the WRX 5Door and a few have new STI's but frankly, I don't need the STI. A WRX is good enough for me performance wise. I found a 2008 White STI with 40K miles on it. It has BBS wheels as well. Dealer wants $29 for it which is about the same as a new WRX. It is however white, which is the color I want.

    That being said..any thoughts or suggestions? Any major differences between the 2008 and 2011 versions? I've always been a new car owner. I don't mind waiting if I have to for a WRX, but all my dealers said they are not in big supply so getting the color and trim I want is going to be tough.

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    but frankly, I don't need the STI.
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    Go for the wrx its nice
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drews View Post
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    Definitely agree with Drews here. You know you don't need it, why spend the extra money on it.
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    You've identified that you don't need an STi. A new WRX will be everything you want since you can spec the options, color, etc.
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    I agree I don't need an STI but for roughly the same money, I can get a used STI or a new WRX..granted I'll have to wait for a WRX.

    Comparing 2008 vs 2011 STIs..are they any differences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by djseto View Post
    Comparing 2008 vs 2011 STIs..are they any differences?
    I think they are nearly Identical, I don't know of any differences
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    I think the 11's have a meaner front end.
    If you decide on a 08 sti I think the value will last longer than a Rex

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    Between the 2008 & 2011 STI,exterior is different.Specs are the same 305 HP,torque 290 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
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    Quote Originally Posted by jd92677 View Post
    I think they are nearly Identical, I don't know of any differences
    11's have better suspension, it was the whole big thing, besides the return of the sedan
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    you mentioned you thought you would pay around the same for a 2011 wrx as the 08 sti your looking at? maybe it depends on availability in your area but 29 sounds like alot. i got my '11 for 25,700 off the lot. maybe you can shop around a little more?

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    The 08 STI sold when I finally got around to looking at it. There are no WRX 5 doors in my area (Raleigh, NC). There is ONE 2011 STI in NC that I was able to test drive today. I really liked it. Having not driven the WRX, I have nothing to compare it to other than my 335i. Definitely two different cars (it's almost not fair to compare them). The dealer basically said sticker but came $1000 of MSRP of $37,434 (they also marked it up $995 because it's "rare"). The trade amount on my 335 was not what I wanted and I needed to think about it. I'm afraid now that I've driven the STI, I won't like the WRX. The price difference is tough because in one respect, I think it's a lot, but truth be told, the 8K doesn't really bother me financially either. Every dealer I've called has no idea when WRXs will come in..esp in 5 doors. Add the fact that my BMW needs new tires at almost $2000 a set and I almost feel like now is the time to just trade vs. putting new tires on only to trade in the next few months...

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    The Wrx is just as quick off the line as the Sti for a fraction of the price. The Sti has summer cool performance options compared to the Wrx; however, those features are for dirt track racing. I think you can save a lot of money if you get a Wrx and modify it to your needs
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    If you have the money,don't mind the insurance rates or the price of the car,then you should get the STI.
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    Insurance rates are identical to my 335i now (well...$5 more).

    How's the avg. tire wear on this car? It's the $2000 or so every year and a half on the BMW that I really don't like...

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