Hey all. I signed up for the forum because I've decided I'm getting a Subie and I can't find the info I need to feel like I'm making an educated decision. Hopefully you can help.
I'm looking at one of 3 options. 1. 2011 WRX 2. 2008 STI or 3. Waiting until my wife finds a job at getting a 2011 STI. I put 15k-20k miles a year on a car and replace it every 2-3 years, so buying new doesn't make sense for me.
So here is my dilemma. An '08 STI with 40k miles runs only slightly more than an '11 WRX with 10k. Having driven both, the '11 WRXs feel like they pull harder than the '08 STIs. The numbers suggest otherwise, but the WRX just feels quicker to my butt speedo. I'm also a bit concerned about what I've heard about the engines on the STIs. Seems a number of the shops I've talked with said they've had STIs come in with issues in one of the cylinders. Last, is the '11 version of the STI that much better than the '08-'10 version?
Ultimately, no matter what I get, I'm not looking to do a lot of power mods. Probably a Stage 2 power upgrade is it. I'll be doing some suspension mods (for autocross), but nothing crazy.
Thanks for the input!