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    Got some new guy questions...

    Hi all,

    Quick history, I went from an 07 lightly modded GTI to an 09 MS3 and now after 3 crappy winters in FWD turbo cars, I've decided to pull the trigger and go for a 2011 WRX or STI.

    While the STI comes with some extra stuff (bigger brakes, bigger IC, 6 gears..etc) I would like to go after the WRX since my finance wants to lease a car (if I get one, she wants a new car too..whatever I love her) Anyways, my concern is that the WRX from what I've heard/read has some transmission issues with upgraded power. If I got the WRX I would be looking to do the typical modding I'm use to doing which consists of stage 1, intake, BV, catch can, motor mounts, exhaust, intercooler, give or take. What concerns are there with a set-up like this? if any? With this set-up would getting an STI make more sense and not modding? Thanks so much for the help! Any other insight for a potential WRX/STI owner you have would be much appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMM-BACONSTRIPS View Post
    What concerns are there with a set-up like this?
    The gearbox is said to be improved. I don't know if it is. I don't know anyone that does either. The parts you listed are not all typical of what Impreza owners instal, but in general you would not be alone if having an entry-level modded car.

    With this set-up would getting an STI make more sense and not modding?
    In my view not modding makes sense with almost any setup. Subaru is much better at making Subarus, and with the STi car you are getting better dynamics and a better gearbox. Your suggested mods are not unreasonable but they won't improve longevity. Whether they will affect it at all depends on how severe you are with the car, how well they are implemented, and luck. The only way to be sure is in retrospect.

    Any other insight for a potential WRX/STI owner you have would be much appreciated!
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    Oh yeah, I understand that modding,however involved or light in nature, will affect the longevity of the engine. I've just heard that the transmission really doesn't like added power on the WRX's. With that said, I'm not sure how a WRX would handle a stage 1 tune, if I would run into a issue. I guess I'm still stuck in the VW mindset where in order to make it move, I had to do stupid amounts of work to do so. I'm new to the Subaru scene so I really don't know how chip tuning and modding goes, if what I've mentioned is move involved, clearly I need to do more research. I guess really the question is, with what I'm looking at doing is it worth going for the WRX or just moving up to an STI and doing nothing? Thanks for the help! I hope to be in a Subaru either way, I've heard nothing but awesome things and have been envious soo many times when I see wrx's and stis and soo happy I get the opportunity to finally own one.

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    Almost everyone on here that owns a WRX and has ended up modifying it has wished they would have started with the STi.

    You need to decide what your goal is. If you want to have a very streetable comfortable daily driver that is fun to get on once in a while, then the WRX should be more than enough. If you are more focused on handling, braking, speed, and all around performance... then the STi is your best choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMM-BACONSTRIPS View Post
    I'm not sure how a WRX would handle a stage 1 tune, if I would run into a issue.
    Stage 1 (no engine mods, just a tune - AP or Protune) adds a nice bit of power to the 2011s, but more than anything it really just smooths things out. It is not a change that should significantly reduce reliability or longevity. The further the mod bug takes you, of course, the more things are affected, but Stage 1 is generally considered a safe start. (It can impact warranties, depending on different factors).
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    I wouldnt be too concerned about the ware on the tranny till your doing turbo swaps as far as modding is concerned... The biggest adverse effect that causes tranny damage is driving habit, meaning avoid launching and tearing in and out of gears and you'll be fine...
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