My name is Denis Kefallinos and I'm a new member here! How's everyone doing?
I joined because I will be in the market for a new/used car next summer and am starting my research now. Candidates for purchase are either a BMW 325/330 xi series or a Subie WRX/Sti.
I am not new to the Subaru, turbo power nor vehicle mechanics. I am an original owner of a 1993 Impreza L AWD wagon (hunter green!) with nearly 130k miles and have owned my '86 Buick Grand National since 1992. I do all work and mods myself except for work that requires good skill/experience and tools (i.e. tranny rebuilds). I have carried out numerous engine rebuilds and electronic/ecm mods.
For all you new subaru owners/drivers, my impreza has been a great car quality wise, its totally underrated and up there with toyota/honda, but it is starting to show its age. A little rust here and there, and some of the other subsystems are slowly starting to go. In another post later on I may expound on my just completed steering rack replacement project, or last year's fuel tank replacement - ug! talk about rusty bolts, snapped exhaust studs, drilling and tapping threads on your back while rust flakes fall in your eyes!
The GN of course is a beast and I did all my turbo learning on that thing over the past 14-15 years. There's a lot of mis-information out there. Ran into a relatively new WRX owner at the Worcester Summer Nationals just yesterday and had more than a few adjustments to make to his turbo knowledge..
In any case, I'm here to learn all about WRX/Sti's. Its clear there's a strong community and good vendor support. I'm most curious to get into the bowels of the differences between the STI and WRX. I'd like to know which one I should buy as there is a significant price difference and performance difference, and, is it cost effective to make up that difference with mods to the WRX. This car will be my year round daily driver.
I'll close my intro by saying EVERY WRX/STI owner who is serious about performance should be running out and buying a water/alcohol injection system, or the pieces to make a DIY kit right now. I have been using this on the Buick for many years, and let me tell you, there is no more effective power adder, PERIOD. Its simple and very effective at allowing you to run high boost levels with pump gas and no detonation. I would be happy to share my knowledge here.
Nice to meet you!