I wouldn't buy an EJ205 with an auto. The old 2.0L had no low end torque and the auto takes forever to get past 3500 RPM. 3500RPM is no biggie in a 5-speed manual. In a 4-speed auto it's life-sucking. The EJ255 was available with the auto in 06-08 and in 09 in the "GT" (not the WRX).
The new FB 2.0L and the CVT is pretty cool, but no out till 2015 and probably out of your pricerange.
04 STi 16G powered lagless fun
04 WRX: SOLD
Last edited by mosc; 03-24-2014 at 12:59 PM.