Last post on Nov 07, 2006 at 12:43 PM
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Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Sedan
#371 of 377 Re: Pre-purchase inspection [zhanwen7]
Oct 23, 2006 (8:56 am)
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.
Oct 25, 2006 (12:39 pm)
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.
#373 of 377 RE: Just Wondering
Oct 26, 2006 (2:08 pm)
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.
#374 of 377 RE: Just Wondering....
Oct 26, 2006 (2:15 pm)
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.
#375 of 377 Thanks for the help
Oct 26, 2006 (6:33 pm)
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.
#376 of 377 Re: Thanks for the help [osucowboy]
Oct 27, 2006 (7:18 am)
A lot of stuff...
* 6 speed manual trans
* different AWD system
* different suspension
* different seats
* different wheels and tires
* engine tuning
* bigger brakes
And that's just off the top of my head...