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    im looking for a WRX or may be a STi, i was wondering what you guys think which is better for the money? i would either get a 02/03 WRX or a 04 STi. i know that the STi is a 2.5L and is much better in everything. a 02/03 around here with 30kmils is about $17000 and i have seen a few 04 STi's with 45k miles for $24000 what would you choose? im not sur ei have the money for a STi with insurance and a payment. but what is the mainly better about the STi?

    i dont think i would race it. i mostly want a fun car that will get me to the snow in the winter and fun in the summer. right now i have a 96 Mustang GT that i love working on but i cant get to the snow. i rebuilt a 5.4 and swaped it in. i know a stock 02/03 will be slower.

    how much HP does a Stock WRX put to the wheels?

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    the wrx puts anywhere from 160-180 awhp...about 800-1400 bucks will get you to stage 2 and about 225 awhp either way i guess if ur in the financial stability the sti is always the way to go because its faster but the wrx does make for a lil bit better DD the ride isnt as stiff and it makes good power either or i think u will be happy...guess the answer is to go over the price differences and rather or not you wanna swing it...when and if u pick up a wrx make sure to get a catless uppipe!


    ps. if u think ur so use to driving a modded gt and you dont want a slower car then ur gonna have to get the sti unless your a serious mod head and wanna swap turbos in the wrx....or get an srt4 i heard those things are like space rocket fast

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    i want AWD though other wise i would look at SRT-4s, my buddy has a SRT-4(intake, MSD, Catless exhaust, boosting 13PSI), we raced from stop and he got me by 1 car length. i was spinning really bad 1st and most of 2nd.

    i would really love a STi but im not 100% if i can afford it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugeye02WRX

    i would really love a STi but im not 100% if i can afford it.
    Then don't get it!!! If you're not totally sure you can afford it, you're better off buying a WRX and having money for mods! Plus, insurance is a killer! So make sure you have the money to cover that first!

    Also, why are you choosing between the 02/03 WRX or the '04 STi....why not the 04/05 WRX? Just seems like a big jump! Definitely huge range in price as well!?!
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    because 04/05 is the first year of STI in US right? and if i got 02/03 it would be cheaper to find so i would have more money left

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugeye02WRX
    because 04/05 is the first year of STI in US right? and if i got 02/03 it would be cheaper to find so i would have more money left
    I understand you logic, but the prices of most WRXes are set by the amount of miles they have. I've seen many 02/03 with less miles going for $1-2k more than newr 04/05's with higher mileage.
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    just for reference .

    i got my 06 for less than ive seen stock 04s lol. the guy i got my 06 from basically broke the car in for me, and he kept it cleaner than anything youve ever seen, so its like it had a pampering before i got it.

    it had 2100 miles, a new set of prodrive P1s and it only cost me $22.5k

    but insurance is bad news ( for me especially, i made a couple boo boos ) the 06 has the 2.5L as well dont forget.


    just shop around, youre bound to find a good deal, and dont "settle" for a car, make sure it is exactly what you are looking for. trust me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedette
    I understand you logic, but the prices of most WRXes are set by the amount of miles they have. I've seen many 02/03 with less miles going for $1-2k more than newr 04/05's with higher mileage.


    this ive seen...but teh bugeyes = greatest wrx ever created

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    well. that answers that then. if youve got bugeye fever. there just isnt any substitute.

    i would drive a bugeye if i could take my 06 seats with me lol i like my seats better. ( and if i could swap my engine in too. man id be happy
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    i like the blob eyes the best. i think the white 04/05 STi's look awsome. no i remember hearing on car and drive when the STI frist cam here that the 04's dont have raidos is this true? but the 05's do right? im looking for a low miliage 02+ like 30k miles for about $17k i have seen a few 02's for about that. how bad is you guys insurance? and how much gas do you use? in my 5.4 mustang i get about 170 miles out of 12 gallons so about 14mpg just regular driving

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    yeah the 04 sti was the closest thing to a Spec C that we ever got here.

    as far as insurance. well there was a large thread posted and even though my driving record wasnt the worst. my insurance is higher than everyone else that posted.

    i pay $384 a month ( 2 tickets, 2 accidents )

    as far as gas. because i commute i can get decent miles. about 250-260miles on a tank but around town, lol forget it, i get butchered, and in rush hour traffic. UGH!
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    how old are you? im 18 and no accidents and no tickets. luckly... how many gallons do you put in? only 260 miles? i was expecting a little more like 280 or something on freeway.

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    im 20. i had two tickets ( i was acting irresponsibly. noones fault but my own )
    one accident was not my fault, and the other one was. however it was a minor fender bender.

    i fill and drain the tank each time. so approx 13 gal. each fillup. if i could get 280 or 300 i would be thrilled. i used to get almost 400 miles on a good day in my vw passat.

    the AWD really screws the pooch on that one.
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