What would you do?
Hi all, first time poster been reading this forum for last week or so. I've been doing google searches, forum searches, and just general research to help in my decision, but it's still not clear. Here's my problem:
Two weeks or so ago now I had an affair on my current car. I took a WRX STI (07) for a test drive wanted to see what all the hype was about. I currently drive an 03, tiburon GT, v6, 6spd. Wow the STI is nice, but with a 34k price tag just wow.... My tiburon is a bit over stock: intake, exhaust, tint, wheels etc... I was going to take the tib to the FI stage either turbo or s/c but after getting it all down on paper it's just not worth it considering the block is only supposed to be able to handle 300hp before everyone recomends a built block.
The tib is worth 8-9.5k to private buyer, crap if it's traded in, and I owe 5k or so on it. That being said I won't spend more then 30k to start with, and prefer the 20-25k range. The problem I have is finding out the main difference between the WRX (05 - 06) and the STI. I know the STI is a 6spd and is rated 50hp higher then the WRX. Is the STI just modded? Are they the same 2.5L engine just different turbo's? It seems the earlier WRX's were a 2.0L or are they all 2.0L? What is max HP for block on WRX vs STI? And then to top off my questions a co-worker has a 05, legacy GT limited, 22k miles, zero mods for sale he wants 19.5k for it. I think that's a great price but only reference is browsing autotrader and ebay for pricing....(he's also been trying to sell for last 2mo hence the low price, may go lower)
So what would you do?
A. Buy a new/used 05-06 WRX and mod it
B. Buy a used STI and mod at later date (doesn't seem smart, hard to find one I'm sure that's not beat on)
C. Buy co-workers Legacy GT, it's got leather and will still be fast when modded.
Very sorry this is long, but after reading the threads about this and seeing how this forum is run it looks like this is a great place for information. So thank you for reading all this, and whatever opinion you have i'm all ears! I'm into performance over looks and just want a fast car.