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    sti or base

    I have officially decided on a wrx. Here is the hard question "which one should I get sti of base wrx?" Iíve eliminated many cars including the ms3 after some extensive research. I post the question on clubwrx before wrx or ms3. i have a rule of thumb only one car payment in the house. My tundra will be paid off as soon as I sell my s2000 . Not a kid friendly car. Whichever model I decide on it will be a white hatch. this will have to happen in the next several months. by the photos i don't think i wil like the next gen wrx.

    wrx base: cheaper, still fun to drive, ez to mod......

    sti: a lot more expensive, would not have to mod except for maybe a axel back exhaust. The car will most likely stay stock.

    I know the sti comes with more powerful motor, 6 speed trans, different suspension setup, and minor interior and exterior parts witch is not very important to me. Trans and suspension is the more important to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by atranz View Post
    by the photos i don't think i wil like the next gen wrx.
    What photos. No one knows what the next gen wrx is going to be. Anything you've seen is wild speculation. Hell, there were people coming on the forum here posting up pics of "the next wrx" which were photos of the exact same mule car everyone was convinced was the BRZ 3 years ago. And the BRZ looked nothing like it, because it was a mule.

    Now that I got that off my chest...you should try and go drive them back to back. That's going to be the best way to decide which fits your needs better. But I will ask, what are you intending to use the car for?
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    The tech specs and opinions should be only the beginning of the process. For a motoring enthusiast, the feel and fun factor of the car is what it's about. You have very little to go on until you drive both cars and see which one puts the bigger smile on your face, and balances out with your other needs, which may include factors like price, and which is the better daily driver for you. Those are personal choices. Good luck!
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    I went with the wrx over sti. Mainly because i dont plan to race often and dont need the stiff suspension. It is also very easy to obtain sti power with few mods and a tune. The six speed was my main decision point and for the price i was fine with the 5.
    Driving them is absolutly the best thing to do. You can also control some of the aspect of AWD in sti to favor RW. This is not an option on base wrx. I belive they are the same engines with diffrent turbos but im not positive. When u drive them you can decide if price diffrence is worth it for you........it wasnt for me.
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    Don't forget to check out insurance rates?? Go for the STI!!!
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    The STI is a more track ready car, so if you have any plans to race it (AutoX, track days, etc.) the money is well spent. As a daily driver the WRX is a comfortable car with strong performance and can be modded easily enough. Both cars can be optioned similarly in terms of the interior, and they really don't look very different, so in the end it comes down to what you want to use it for and how you plan to drive it.

    If I had the money for an STI, I may have shopped around my options a bit more, but since I was shopping with WRX money in mind, the choice was easy, as IMHO the WRX is the best car in its class.
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    all comes down to what you can offord. Is an STi worth the extra $10k? Yes, it sure is. There actually is a lot more to an STi. Far as suspension, brakes, drive-train, internals, interior and apperance.
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    If it's affordable with insurance I'd get an STI. Better handling and stock performance. Stronger transmission has me sold. But you can still mod it the same a WRX. It's a better buy IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfieldsWRX View Post
    Welcome to the forum!
    The tech specs and opinions should be only the beginning of the process. For a motoring enthusiast, the feel and fun factor of the car is what it's about. You have very little to go on until you drive both cars and see which one puts the bigger smile on your face, and balances out with your other needs, which may include factors like price, and which is the better daily driver for you. Those are personal choices. Good luck!

    Yes I will have to test drive both cars.


    I will also look into insurance rates that will be the determining factor in my decision.
    Thank you guys/girls for the informative information and opinions

    After years of modding civic, rsx type s, 600rr, and current s2000 Iím unsure if I want to get in to it again. We all know all of us gets that more power itch, which opens a Pandoraís Box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atranz View Post
    I know the sti comes with more powerful motor, 6 speed trans, different suspension setup, and minor interior and exterior parts witch is not very important to me. Trans and suspension is the more important to me
    Along with the braking, these are far superior. I LOVE the STI 6spd. These all make it worth it to me...
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    ^^ The ratio jump from 1st to 2nd in a WRX gets annoying.

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    There is only a 10$$ difference in insurance cost between the wrx and sti (95 vs. 105). Which is not bad. I remember replacing brakes on my friends 350z. brembo pads cost over 150$ as far as pads go oem is the way to go. They seem to last longer. I replaced my front pads in 2008 and rear in 2010. Front pads I got from honda and the rear I got thermal quiets. Yesterday I had to replace the rears and the front still had lots of life left. I compared the material oem and aftermarket (oreilly’s). Oem’s quality seams a lot better.

    Back to decision making. I’m starting to lean towards a base wrx. i think sway bars and end links, short shifter, and axel back would hold me down for a bit.

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