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    Recommendations for a used WRX?

    Hi guys, a new WRX might not be in the cards for me right now, been doing some figuring with the calculator.
    What would you guys recommend in the $5,000 to $10,000 range for a WRX 5-door model? Any models and years to avoid? This would become my daily driver after the smoke settles.

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    $5K-10K will buy you a 2002-2004 WRX or possibly a higher-mileage 2005 WRX.

    I would avoid any vehicle with significant modifications. Other than that, there are various improvements to each model year:

    1.) 2002 WRX, WRX released to USDM
    2.) 2003 WRX, loses brake ducts and gains uprated transmission
    3.) 2004 WRX, better stock struts (dual-phase) and shim-less buckets on heads, ECU reflash, dual-cone first gear synchros, facelift
    4.) 2005 WRX, received STi steering rack, bushing improvements

    IMO, the improvements over these years are not significant. Perhaps the -BA transmission upgrade is worth noting if you plan on modifying. However, be aware that some 2002 WRX also received this upgrade and some 2003 WRX did not.
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    Definitely don't want a modified WRX, who needs to inherit some "Fast and the Furious" wannabee's problems. Thanks for the input Zax.

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    Good luck. Post what you find.

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    good luck with your search
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    2004 also got different seats and taillights/rear bumper, center tachometer
    2005 also got different dash and cd changer (lost the tape deck/cd changer), STi exhaust, painted side skirts, different wheels
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    Quote Originally Posted by T0rque View Post
    2004 also got different seats and taillights/rear bumper
    2005 also got different dash and cd changer (lost the tape deck/cd changer), STi exhaust, painted side skirts, and center tachometer
    The 2004 got the center tach Bo
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    The 2004 got the center tach Bo
    Well **** balls.


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