I've tired! I live in the LA county area and some dealerships I've tested around here won't let you test drive the STI. They say most new owners want it with 0 miles so they try keeping them with little to no miles. So unfortunately I haven had the opportunity. They give me a wrx and say "picture it with more power"..... riiigght. LolSome people argue that the jump in price on the STi isn't worth it. I beg to differ. Even a base STi has a few huge advantages over the wrx. For example the STi comes with brembo brakes, Si drive, DCCD, a stronger rear end, a much stronger gearbox and clutch, and has a lot stiffer mounts and bushings. Just buying a brembo brake kit and building a transmission for a wrx and you will be spending more than the extra premium for an STi.
Some other people dog on the old EJ257 engine used in the STi. I agree that it is a dated engine, but it is a tried and true engine that makes good power for a 2.5L 4 cylinder. Plus has an unlimited amount of aftermarket support.
Go test drive an STi if you haven't already. Flick the little knob over to S# and see what you think.
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