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Subaru Impreza WRX STi



  • Hi all,

    I would like to bring an STi to one of the Subaru dealership to check out if the pre-own STi has been wrecked or signs of major issues going in the car but not visible to me.

    The STi i am intending to get is from a private seller. Do you guys think it is advisable to bring it to the dealership to get their opinions? I feel its stupid of me, because dealers are not making money to help me make good decision on a private seller's pre-owned. But i'm desperate to get some specialist in STi to help me evaluate the STi i am getting.

    Please advise.
  • IMHO it's a very good idea. It always a good idea to have a used car inspectied by a mechanic before a purchase, why not have a specialist do it? This is probably even more important with a vehicle like an STi, which has such promising performance and may have been used with, eh, lets say over exuberence. You will probably be charged for this service. Make sure you find a good dealership, they're not all the same. Heck, who ever does this inspection for you, might end up getting further business from you. Hopefully just routine maintance.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Mechanics do this all the time. But I'm not sure if dealerships do, because they might end up competing with their own CPO models, since Subaru has such a program now.

    FWIW, I've heard it costs a bundle to CPO a car, too.

  • Lately I have been considering purchasing an STi, I'm not quite sure whether it will be new or used. I haven't got the chance to test drive one yet so I was wondering how this car would do on a trip in excess of one or two hours in terms of comfort because I have heard a lot about the STi's comfort and I'm not sure what to think.
  • I would not get a used STi. Here are the reasons:

    1. They are not much cheaper than a new one since they are more or less in high demand either way.
    2. They may have been abused in ways even the most "passionate drivers" among us cannot imagine. Once I saw a guy drive one over a 1-ft curb to beat a Vette...
    3. Turbo cars need good care to prevent damage to the turbine casing and airfoils. A turbo must be properly warmed up in any weather (especially in cold weather) and allowed to run to cool down for a few minutes with the engine running after driving them. Most people are either unaware of this or just choose to not care.
    4. Even modern, high-tech cars must be properly broken in. This includes staying under 70 mph and 3,000 RPM for the first 500 miles (these number can be argued but the principle holds). This is important to properly wear in the engine and transmission components that must work together for a long time after. Most people, again, either don't know or don't care, and beat the snot out of their new STi as soon as they're out of sight of the dealer lot.

    All in all, you are better off saving cashe for a few more months for a down payment on a new STi that's under full warranty and has not not been abused.
  • I forgot to comment on the comfort question you posed, osucowboy. My advice is that if you will drive the car more than 1 hr at a time, you're going to need new kidneys after a year. The STi is all performance, very little comfort. I think you should take a look at cars like the Infiniti G35 Sedan. A new G35 sedan sells in the low 30k's. I also sports 300 hp and handles really well (6-speed manual is also available). An STi will beat it, but it won't embarass it, and the G35 is 10 times more comfortable.
  • Just curious, what exactly is in an STi that isn't in a regular WRX sedan? because I know the STi gives about 70 more horses.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    A lot of stuff...

    * 6 speed manual trans
    * different AWD system
    * different suspension
    * different seats
    * different wheels and tires
    * engine tuning
    * HIDs
    * bigger brakes

    And that's just off the top of my head...

  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    As part of our forums reorganiazation, we're closing the general, everything in one pile discussions like this one and breaking out smaller discussions that deal with various aspects of the ownership and upkeep of the Impreza.

    Here in the Subaru Impreza Group you will now find discussions such as:

    New Subaru Impreza Owners - Give Us Your Report!
    Subaru Impreza Test Drive - What Did You Think?
    Subaru Impreza Real World MPG Numbers
    How Much Can My WRX Wagon Carry?
    Subaru Impreza Accesories & Modifications
    Changes You'd Like To See in the Subaru Impreza
    to mention a few.

    You will also now notice the Subaru Impreza Maintenance & Repair Folder which you can find above the list of discussions on the main group page. In that folder you will find the "problems" discussions set up to cover the major areas where you may have a question or problem, such as:
    Subaru Impreza Engine Issues
    Subaru Impreza Brake Questions
    Subaru Impreza Tire/Wheel Questions

    When you are ready to post, please check the discussion list for the appropriate place for your comment or question. If you have a question or issue that doesn't yet have a discussion set up for it, please use the Add A Discussion link to create a new one. This is especially true of comparison discussions. Rather than try to set up all the possible combinations of vehciles you may be shopping beforehand, these will come up as users create them for vehicles they are comparison shopping.

    There will be a bit of dust until we get things moved around, but we're getting there.

    Thanks for your help in making this group a great source of information on the Impreza.


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