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Subaru WRX STI

I'm in the market for a sporty type car that I'm going to baby and drive it until it dies.
I feel like I love everything about the car and not sure if I should buy used or new.. as used you have no idea what the owners did to it.

Saying that, are they reliable? I won't be modifying or anything.. I just heard a lot about subaru's engines blowing.
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STI still uses a timing belt, under stock tuning it can be reliable.
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This is definitely one of those cars you want to buy new. Buying used doesn't get you much savings since they hold their value very well. You will need the longest warranty possible because it's a Subaru. Ringland failures still happen and head gaskets are routine maintenance with a Subaru. Tires will be finished after 30,000km and you're gas bill will be through the roof, premium required. They like to heat soak so expect possible turbo issues if you're going to daily it. The EJ257 also likes to throw an occasional rod because they like to play knock knock, knock knock against the block. Other than that it's solid, great car.
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ottofly wrote:
Dec 1st, 2018 9:20 am
This is definitely one of those cars you want to buy new. Buying used doesn't get you much savings since they hold their value very well. You will need the longest warranty possible because it's a Subaru. Ringland failures still happen and head gaskets are routine maintenance with a Subaru. Tires will be finished after 30,000km and you're gas bill will be through the roof, premium required. They like to heat soak so expect possible turbo issues if you're going to daily it. The EJ257 also likes to throw an occasional rod because they like to play knock knock, knock knock against the block. Other than that it's solid, great car.
Wow, that's quite the list of serious issues. It's been in production so long you'd think it would be sorted by now.
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Subaru and head gasket maintenance go hand in hand.
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I'd wait for the 2020 update, possibly the FA24 engine.
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Gord18Stirr wrote:
Dec 1st, 2018 3:16 am
I'm in the market for a sporty type car that I'm going to baby and drive it until it dies.
I feel like I love everything about the car and not sure if I should buy used or new.. as used you have no idea what the owners did to it.

Saying that, are they reliable? I won't be modifying or anything.. I just heard a lot about subaru's engines blowing.
May want to check your insurance first. STIs are pretty much at the top of the insurance risk scale. Apparently people think they make great lamppole ornaments.
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I would also wait for the 2020 update - I most definitely wouldn't buy a new STI at this point in time.
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If you want a sporty car get a new Miata or BRZ. If you want power, Mustang GT.
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Gord18Stirr wrote:
Dec 1st, 2018 3:16 am
I'm in the market for a sporty type car that I'm going to baby and drive it until it dies.
I feel like I love everything about the car and not sure if I should buy used or new.. as used you have no idea what the owners did to it.

Saying that, are they reliable? I won't be modifying or anything.. I just heard a lot about subaru's engines blowing.
I've found that any 'general' non-car specific forum doesn't have the most recent (or even accurate) information on a specific car. They are generally filled with old news about failures that have long since been addressed being spread by either former owners who was affected by the failure or people who just parrot what they heard years ago but have no direct knowledge of the issue.

If you want to know what's going on with any particular car, go find a dedicated forum to that car or at least the manufacturer as they will have all the current dirt and probably helpful advice rather than just old or inaccurate information.
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craftsman wrote:
Dec 1st, 2018 1:52 pm
I've found that any 'general' non-car specific forum doesn't have the most recent (or even accurate) information on a specific car. They are generally filled with old news about failures that have long since been addressed being spread by either former owners who was affected by the failure or people who just parrot what they heard years ago but have no direct knowledge of the issue.

If you want to know what's going on with any particular car, go find a dedicated forum to that car or at least the manufacturer as they will have all the current dirt and probably helpful advice rather than just old or inaccurate information.
I find in any internet forum, there are always people who know what they are talking about, people who pretend to know what they are talking about, and people who just like to bash others whether they know or don't know what they are talking about.
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Mrs drives a '12 sti. We bought it used at 60k. We're at 130k now.

No ringland (seriously who made up this term?). No head gasket issues. There seems to be a gas quality related knocking in 3rd gear at full throttle. Other than that, nothing really besides standard wear and tear.

The older engine isn't great on gas (13.x L/100km with mixed spirited driving) but we haven't had any reliability issues.

The awd works well. It's been a great family vehicle otherwise. We can fit 3 car seats across the back and hockey bag in the trunk.
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Stock R wrote:
Dec 1st, 2018 11:06 pm
Mrs drives a '12 sti. We bought it used at 60k. We're at 130k now.

No ringland (seriously who made up this term?). .
Lol. Not a made up term but okay...

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Jan 3rd, 2015 5:41 pm
We voted him in as God of RFD last month. Where were you during elections...?
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Don't forget about the gas money it's roughly $80 for 400kms
But for the power it might be worth it

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