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Subaru Impreza WRX STi



  • m382m382 Posts: 35
    well congrats, it's a great car. I don't happen to like the way it looks at all, and I live right near a Subaru dealership so I see them quite often, and it just can't grow on me. I now will consider swithcing sides to Mitsu and grabbing myself an Evo MR when the time is right, (considering the looks of the present STi). Again congrats on perhaps getting an STi, it's an amazing car.
  • I looked at the Evo MR. In my mind (and Road and Track's too) it's the competitor to the STI, as opposed to the Evo IX. I liked it (even if it just had a single disc player in dash) But dealers around here lean on the MSRP which is higher, and then try to mark it up beyond that. I just got a voice mail from a dealer saying that they want $33K for the Evo IX! The looks can't get me to pay more for a car that is at the most comparable (MR) and slightly less equiped (Evo IX).
    But that's my taste. I agree with you that you've gotta like looking at your ride. :shades:
  • I couldn't agree with you more. The MR is the real deal when all is factored when it comes down to competing with the STi. The Evo in my mind with the MR now pulls ahead in the looks department, but in terms of Evo IX against a matter of preference I have to go with the STi like yourself...again...just my opinion
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    Again, the EVO wins.

    But guess what? I'd still pick an STI over the EVO. The STI is the better daily driver, and I support Subaru's commitment to AWD. Whatever advantages the EVO has over the STI, would be lost on me, as I'm sure the STI is still a very satisfying car to drive.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    They got the slowest STI ever...5.4 seconds to 60? Most mags are in the mid 4s! The Legacy spec.B is quicker than that. Weird.

  • Does anyone know of a trustworthy subaru mechanic in northern ca?
  • Hey
    My name is mike, i actually work at a subaru dealership, dont feel bad, they have very strict rules against that. Hell i cant even take it out without, a manager driving it. They have to do it for insurance purposes.
  • "get ready to sign if everything checks out then we take you on an orientation. NO TEST DRIVES"

    That is really weird. Dont know if the policy changed recently but i just test drove one and the salesman didnt even look at my ID. I could very possibly have not even been licensed.
  • needstineedsti Posts: 2
    looking to buy a 04 or05 black sti actually foung 1 at carmax drove 5 hours to go get it and it got it ripped out from under me.... PURE TORTURE even got to stand next to it and drool on it.. anyway still in the market for 1 and wondering about a good sounding exhaust? does a aftermarket blowoff actually hurt the car? read it would make the car miss ang gurgle whan ur on the throttle.wanting to order some stuff before i get it. thanks alot for any replys
  • faust54faust54 Posts: 4
    Aftermarket exhausts like the APS, AVO, Invidia etc... all sound mean and can add some power to your STI. Look around on various forums, you can usually get sound clips of installed exhausts.

    BOV's can be tricky since the STI is a bit tempermental in regard to sensors. I have a friend who installed a BOV and threw a CEL soon after. Not a huge deal, but you never like seeing a CEL on a car with less that than 6k miles on it ;)
  • It is possible to get an STi test drive, if the dealer seriously thinks you're about to buy the car. I was able to get a very short demo, and others have told me the same thing. They'll want a credit check to be sure you're qualified to buy it.

  • I agree with rsholland. I tested both Evo and STi and bought the Subaru. Obviously both are fantastic cars, so it does come down to personal preference. But IMHO, the couple tenths of a second speed differences would take a _very_ good driver to achieve, and I think the STi is much more manageable. To me it feels much less jumpy, and the handling is significantly more predictable. The turbo kicks in when you want it to instead of out of the blue, and the steering is telepathic. The interior is much more comfortable, and cruise control (unavailable so far on Evo)is awfully helpful if you spend time on highways at close-to-legal speeds. Finally, I have a lot more respect for Subaru's maintenance and service than Mitsubishi's, based on everything I've read. And the MSRP on the STi is a bit lower than the Evo MR.
  • Here's a small blog I've been keeping of my car-shopping and test drive experiences, including thoughts about the STi I finally bought.
  • needstineedsti Posts: 2
    bought a 05 black sti today and loving it. its even better than i thought it would be.thanks for reply faust54, but im wondering does anybody in here have an an aftermarket BOV that didnt set off there CEL? if so which one?if anybody has some tips or good websites that have good deals please let me know.also wondering will a full exhaust set the CEL on as well? thanks for replys guys!!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    To both of you.

  • faust54faust54 Posts: 4
    You know, I had no problem getting a test drive (Bob Baker Subaru/VW Carlsbad, San Diego, CA).

    I was a little surprised. They had 3 06 STI's on the lot, two blue, one OBP in the showroom. The one I test drove was on "sale" with the boost gauge and short throw. 1100 miles on it. The dealer pulled her out and didn't even ask to see my ID. He then let me drive it like I stole it. Didn't hard launch but did rush it past 3k and fished it on a turn. He didn't even squeak.
    Long story short he tried to sell me that car. I told him nope, i want the one in the showroom with 17 miles on it. No way i was going to buy a car he let me test drive like that.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    A demo like that is a good idea for dealers. I wish him luck selling it, though.

  • faust54faust54 Posts: 4
    What a great blog!

    My experience was similar- driving a 350z track, an Evo IX MR, a Mazdaspeed 6 and finally the STI. Once I figured out that I HAD to have AWD after driving an Audi A4 for so long it was the battle between the Evo and the STI. The final straw? Price. I was able to get the STI, black with silver, short shifter, and the super extended warranty for around 33k all told. The Evo would have set me back 36k. After driving the two i couldn't justify an additional 3k for virtually the same vehicle, they are THAT close.
  • nazdebonazdebo Posts: 1
    U think it would be possible to put it in the new setnra se-r spec v?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,072
    well, first off, why?
    second of all, no. AWD vs FWD. Plus, I'd be surprised if the sentra's engine compartment is high enough. So your first hurdles would be relocating the intercooler to cut down on the engine height (if that would even be enough) and then your 2nd issue is either making the sti engine work as a FWD'er only OR cutting up the floor in the sentra to accomodate all the AWD components. Of course, I'm oversimplifying all of this. There are MANY more problems with this idea.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'll go all out and say no, it's not possible.

    You've got a wide, flat, pancake engine that certainly won't mate up to any Nissan trannies nor would it likely fit in the engine bay designed for a transverse in-line 4.

    I doubt the engine bay is long enough, either.

    I can't think of a more complex swap. Bring cubic money.

  • bigpapidobigpapido Posts: 18
    hey great blog man. you basically saved me a lot of time test driving the same cars i've been looking at. i'm seriously considering the STI too...i'm 25 now and am also worried that this is my last chance at something fast and impractical. the only concerns i have is that i live in LA/Orange county and so traffic is a concern. also, i've never actually owned a i'm worried that the STI may be too much car for a first timer. should i go with a WRX limited instead of the STI?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    A WRX Limited wagon will be a lot more practical, even if you do end up getting married and having 2.3 kids (I think the .3 means a dog).

    STI in traffic is like a bull in a china shop.

  • john500john500 Posts: 409
    Anyone have any pointers on how to actually record a 0-60 mph time of 5 seconds with a Subaru STI? I bought one about a month ago and I'm just starting to punish it now. The first three times I've pushed it, I smelled fried clutch and the acceleration was poor. I believe I'm not used to the turbo lag. How do you optimize the launch without popping the clutch?

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'd avoid slipping the clutch entirely. Not worth the $$$ for the 2 seconds of fun you get in return.

    Legacy owners report that they get the best rolling acceleration by slowly rolling into the throttle, i.e. not just flooring it.

  • fisherboyfisherboy Posts: 16
    First get your WRC credentials. Then rev to 5k and drop clutch. Keep foot down to 6800 rpm or so and shift to 2nd in a nanosecond. 60 should be coming up in 5sec, - 10th if you are a pro on a grippy surface and it is not to hot out.

    Oh, be prepared to write checks if you do that very often. I take the rolling start approach and save the driveline the shock of the dropped clutch. Slipping the clutch gets you up speed fast enough for most mortals.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
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  • iowadociowadoc Posts: 2
    Clunky thunky noise from trunk wing area since new 55,000 miles/16 months ago. Or maybe it's the rear shock area. It is beginning to get to me. Any suggestions regarding what it is/ is it fixable. 2nd WRX. 1st was a wagon. I need an STi wagon for my dog/bike/stuff. Dont make me go EVO. Only problem other than the noise was that it ate the turbo at 145. fixed under warranty....had 48K the time. I'm 50 y.o. and it's the most enjoyable ride Ive ever had. More stable than any beemer at warp-speed....but THE NOISE... help would be appreciated.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Wheel bearings?

    Do you hear it when you're coasting in neutral? That would help narrow it down. Is the pitch speed-dependent?

  • hypovhypov Posts: 3,068
    it's stock I suppose?

    adding to juice; going over bump, turning, stopping?

    I have a clunky thunky noises in my wagon too, but I know what they are. Too much slack on one brakeline and it knocks against the inside wheel well when the strut rises and drops.
    The other is the endlinks.

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