I currently drive a 2004 Mazda RX8. Before this, I had a 1988 RX7 Turbo2...and, to put it simply, I caught the "boost bug".
The RX8, while it is a TON of fun, and I love the looks, is not the car for me. I'm looking for something that I can have fun in, is turbo, and yet can be daily driven (hint: AWD).
I have a couple of cars I'm looking at right now, but for the most part, the WRX is at the top of my list. I would just like to ask a few questions, sorry if they've already been answered, I'm horrible at searching :-P!
-On average, how long would you say the typical WRX engine would last? I only ask because, within my price range, I am only finding WRX's with 40,000 and up on the odometer. I'm not familiar with Scoobie's at all, so I'd just like to get an idea of what I'm up against.
-What is the most power that can be made on the stock WRX, or STi, turbo? Also, what do the terms "VF34" and "VF39" mean? Are those the stock WRX and STi turbo models? I have seen them thrown around a lot on the forum, and am just wondering.
-When doing full flow-mods (read: intake, exhaust) what mods must be performed to avoid..a bad situation? I know with RX7 turbos, when doing full intake and exhaust, wastegate porting + fuel mods are necessary. What about on the WRX/STi?
-This goes along with the above questions. What driveline modifications must be done with uping the power output? I've heard a lot (possibly just rumors, but I'd rather put them to rest or hear the truth) about the transmissions and clutches in the WRX being a very weak point. If this if true, what is the fix for this? The obvious choice for the clutch is to upgrade..but what of the transmission? STi swap, etc?
Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, I hope to be "officially" joining the club very soon