Anyone here got a WRX STi?

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Anyone here got a WRX STi?

Reliability?
Fun factor?
How often do they need servicing?

Only third party info from mates butReliability - GoodFun factor - ExcellentHow often do they need servicing - Frequently but can't remember figure.Biggest killer is fuel.  Drive it "properly" and you'll get about 6mpg

i have a 911 turbo, my mate has a 95 wrx sti. i can tell you now, on twisty a roads and b roads the subaru will piss on my porsche, and anybody tells you any different is a liar.his car has expensive kayaba suspension, but i was amazed at the handling on greasy back roads.book a parking place down your local magistrates court

oh and by the way, a lot more expensive to run than my porsche.insurance is about the same.

Had a WRX Wagon (Estate) before i bought the RS6, cracking car but the new 2.5 litre ones alot better to drive but lost the rawness compared to the 2 litre ones!!! Was nearly about to buy a Forester's STI from Litchfields (google them, best importer for subaru's by a long way, and he's just bought a new GTR 35 Skyline, Bastard!!!) But the Mrs Alex J drove the RS and fell in love with it!!!Also there is a fantastic Subaru Specialist in Wheelers Hill, just off the A130 near Chelmsford. Hope that helps!

Big Nige,I have owned 5 Impreza Turbos all bought brand new over the last ten years. The current one is a 2.5 WRX STi Type UK which I have owned for 2 years and the one before was a MY02 STi Type UK Prodrive Style with PPP (300bhp) kit and owned that one for 4 years.The previous 3 were standard UK spec Impreza turbos of the classic style.Reliability has been 100% but I have had to have sticking/knocking rear struts changed on both STi's.The anti roll bar bushes and drop links went on the first one at about 3 1/2 years old but was under warranty as I had taken out the extended warranty.The bleed nipples in the Brembos can corrode and strip the thread in the alloy caliper when you come to bleed them. The calipers are £500 each, (warranty job again).I removed the nipples and greased the threads wih copper ease grease to try and stop the corrosion on my latest car.They point vertically so water runs down the threads after you have washed the car and if it isn't run and the brakes heated up a great deal the moisture corrodes the poorly plated nipples. New front discs were £208 each plus vat and the front pads are £170 a set + vat all plus fitting, so over £700 to swap at the dealers.!!!!!Front pads last about 13,000 miles for me.You can use Alfa Romeo 166 or EVo 6,7 front pads which are available far cheaper, and lotus elise front pads fit the rear.Pattern front discs were about £160 a pair a couple of years back.Fuel consumption about 20/22 pretty much all the time.Service every 10,000 miles or every year on the latest cars, every 7,500 or 6 months on the older cars, but I do my oil and filter every three months or 3000 miles.Tyres last about 11000 miles if you are lucky, but I have gone through two sets of Bridgestone RE070's in 14,000 miles.They are the ones with a semi slick outer edge and are very soft.You could destroy them in a couple of thousand miles very easily on the road, and in an afternoon on track.I wouldn't own any other car, as it fits 5 adults plus luggage, does acceleration on par with very expensive exotica, can top 160 mph and can switch from 4 wheel to two wheel drive (rwd) with the centre diff control on STi's  MY05 and onwards IIRC.So for the money there is nothing that comes close just on performance on public roads in my opinion.There are cars that are better on circuits, but you will waste them on bumpy pot holed badly cambered public roads, and if it's raining then it becomes a joke watching BMW M3's dissapear in your mirror from a standing start.Even in the dry a Audi RS4 V8 is no quicker from a standing start if you have no mechanical sympathy, as I demonstrated to one chap recently.The STi is no faster than M3's or RS4's and on paper should be slower but the differences can become academic under favourable conditions, and both of those other cars are considerably more expensive than I can afford. Only EVER run on 97 or 98 octane fuel.Edited to say tyres last about 10/11,000 miles not 15,000 as I first said. Sorry.CheersMTR

I should point out it's because I own an Impreza I ended up buying  a KTM Duke II as Robinsons of Rochdale are a Subaru and KTM dealer.I happened to be in getting my new rear struts organised when I was told about the KTM open day  in 2006 and ended up having a ride and buying a bike after a 30 year lay off from bikes.CheersMTR

Cheers all, some good stuff there. Looking for a replacement for the Monaro and the STi seems to be a good fit at the moment.

MTR always puts a good post together Nige.

Have you also considered a Mitsubishi Evo ?Would buy 2nd hand as they heamorage cash if you buy new unless desirable special editions.Great to drive but terrible interiors.  Brilliant fun per £ though !

This was my MY02 STi Prodrive style with Prodrive Performance Pack (PPP).I don't have a picture of my latest one but it's the one that looks like a Seat from the front.CheersMTR 

wavydave wrote (see)

i have a 911 turbo, my mate has a 95 wrx sti. i can tell you now, on twisty a roads and b roads the subaru will piss on my porsche, and anybody tells you any different is a liar.his car has expensive kayaba suspension, but i was amazed at the handling on greasy back roads.book a parking place down your local magistrates court

Are you sure your driving it right, i can only assume you have an old 930 Turbo, or no balls.

I got a 03.Only got it as it had a towbar fitted for taking the bike to the track.Attracts way too much ned (chav) attention so im choping it in for an M5.

Scoobies along with Evos are undoubtedly the UGLIEST  cars around. It's like the designers copied a drawing his 5 yr old had done. 

ive got the gb270 wagon on a 57 plate...great car to drive...fuel consumption crap...but who cares...you dont  buy a car like that and worry about mpg! they only made 100 of these..300 saloons...in blue..and 100 wagons in grey..mines got the 18inch black aloys which really finish the car off...i think servicing is every 10k..unlike the evo..which is every 4.5k!!done 7k so far with no problems...its got the short shift box as standard and a few other goodies..ppp kit upgrading to 270bhp...i totally love it...

So far nothing's putting me off - fuel & serviceable consumption seems on a par with the Monaro with the adv of 4wd for trackdays etc.I think I prefer the earlier model (as per MTR's pic) to the Seat looking model but aren't terribly fussed.Evo's seem ok if a bit too clinical IYSIM.

Whats your budget?

Whatever I get for the Monaro when it sells - £16k I suppose.

i talk through the mouth not the ass. there is no way my 05 996 turbo will live with a subaru on b roads and tight a roads. give me a circuit and i'll prove that to be different.but as i stated on the tighter roads a well sorted subaru or evo is unbeatable.as for no balls.....i've seen you on track.

I'll take on anything / one on 4 wheels in my Bedford Rascal soft-top.

Most fun car I've ever driven. But I couldn't live with the 1970's interior. Bought an Alfa 147 GTA and never regretted it. THE best engine ever built

davevmax wrote (see)

Ducati Pete wrote (see)

I'll take on anything / one on 4 wheels in my Bedford Rascal soft-top.

zeroseven wrote (see)

Most fun car I've ever driven. But I couldn't live with the 1970's interior. Bought an Alfa 147 GTA and never regretted it. THE best engine ever built

Did they make Bedford rascals in the 70's?

Ok, second best engine

Very fast particularly in depreciation ........... well mine was! But look at Scooby net, they'll advise you.http://www.scoobynet.com/

wavydave wrote (see)

i talk through the mouth not the ass. there is no way my 05 996 turbo will live with a subaru on b roads and tight a roads. give me a circuit and i'll prove that to be different.but as i stated on the tighter roads a well sorted subaru or evo is unbeatable.as for no balls.....i've seen you on track.

It would need to be a very special Subaru or Evo to out do a 996 Turbo, your selling it short that 911 of yours, it is a very capable car in the right hands and no run of the mill EVO or Scoob is gonna get a sniff.As for seeing me on track, when and where may that of been?

had your afternoon nap have you ?right ,if  a 911 turbo is quicker on b roads than a subaru,how come they don't use 911 turbos for rallying ?answers on a postcard to...............

Porsche did do rallying, that would of been the group B era, when the motors were 500 hp or more, the day of Audi Quattro's etc, they did very well at it aswell.Porsche are into bigger things now, where their technical and engineering prowess can be showed off in full, im not saying that a 911 Turbo would do a rally stage, not even likely in todays trim, the point was that unless your mate has a VERYYYYYYYY special Scoob then it shouldn't touch that 911 of yours on most b roads, very slim country lanes point to point in 1st and 2nd gear maybe, but how often do you take to those roads for sport in a 50k car? Or any car for that matter.That was what drew me to the suggestion that you may of not been trying as hard as your buddy does in his Scoob, which you can justify as the car you have demands respect.I was looking at one my self (996 Turbo), but it will be the GT3 instead i think, ive been too used to powerful n/a to go back to turbo motors.What is more relevant here is the bang per buck, a Scoob has great value and unmatched real world performance for what they fetch.As for me nap, well no we've been upto Matlock on the SM's and then to Darly Moor to watch the club racing, cold but worth it.

i think you are totaly missing my point.i have two bikes here. 1; kawasaki kx450f mx bike2;suzuki k6 1000the suzuki is the faster bike. but, if i took them both to the nearest field which would be quicker ?porsche never did that well in rallying. a few class win in the sixties and seventies but could never compete with the real rally cars.i fancied a gt3 but my old bones went with the comfort of the turbo. i think next ,maybe  a gt2.my main point is having driven both these cars, if i were on a good "a" road the porsche would win,but on rough"b" roads the subaru would win. on rough "b"roads the tyre width on the porsche make it drift all over the road. take a test drive in a gt3 and take to some remote rough lane and you will see exactly what i mean.

I understand what your saying to a point, but i honestly belive the type of B roads where the Scoob would have the upper hand (unless were talking something tasty and well enhanced) are fairly minimal, ie the odd tight and bumpy country lane where it doesn't really matter in the real world what car is quicker.There are hundreds of B roads around where i live that i just know a Scoob wouldnt touch your 911 T.You should be happy, you own an icon, i know they are tricky to drive quick, ive had 2 993's they were very hard to get rewards, i think that draws us to another important fact - the Scoob is more user friendly than say your 911.As for taking a GT3 near a rough B road, i think we both know that wont happen, have you felt how stiff they are!

The new 997 Turbo is a very forgiving car and would piss on any scooby in any road conditions IMOH.The only Jap car I would think might have a shout would be an FQ400 Evo but they are undriveable in the real world.Most M3 / Z4M or M5's would give an STI a real struggle in normal driving conditions.

oh yes they do use porkers on rallys still

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m7Wff2p-2w&feature=related

MTR wrote (see)

Reliability has been 100% but I have had to have sticking/knocking rear struts changed on both STi's.

Interesting idea of what 100% reliability means. 

my old man has got an 02 wrx sti and he loves it he did a 8min 40secs around the ring last year on only his 4th ever lap.
he can handle a car and it does go well.
if you keep it standard ish,his one has a full stanless system one cat removed,and had the engine re-maped.
he says its ok on petrol till you start to have a play.
he goes out and plays in the rain mostly.

My ring record's even faster.

good for you as it's not a race track the 62 yr old bloke did well.

and what ring are you talking about perv ?

Why are you so interested in my ring?

i was told i took 8mins to get around it as it is so big.

Want to go for the record?rex judd clothing - "shameless profiteering"

burty wrote (see)

MTR wrote (see)

Reliability has been 100% but I have had to have sticking/knocking rear struts changed on both STi's.

Interesting idea of what 100% reliability means. 

Fair point, but the cars have never failed to run and left me stranded. The knocking strurt issue was a irritating but doesn't actually cause any issues when driving quickly, it's only at low speed town work that they became annoying.So I would still rate the cars 100% IYSWIM as the fit form and function of the components didn't actually compromise safety or reliability,  but did irritate.CheersMTR

you should be able to pick up a bagain as they aint shifting second hand because of rising fuel prices and image problems.

are they gonna be in the new £455 a year road tax bracket?

Probably.

Adam K wrote (see)

are they gonna be in the new £455 a year road tax bracket?

Pretty well any car worth having, will be. it'll be the next big status symbol - if you're not paying top whack on road tax, then your car's not good enough for the school run.

for £16k i would get a Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo. damn cool and a lot rarer than an impreza.

Good for you

Big Nige wrote (see)

Good for you

lol

They are the biggest Chav car around!!

Have you got one then?

Have you looked into the new shape Audi S3?

For 16k?

Well, they are a little more i agree, but you get more for your money (lovely interior more widely liked as the base ball cap brigade havent had their hands on them) and they are a better investment - you'll loose alot less in value and thats for sure.

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