It's time for my WRX to go, I'll give more details when I get rid of it. So, I need to make a more informed decision in replacing it. It will be one of the following: 04-07 STi, 08 WRX, 02-03 WRX
I don't want to get the STi and have a piston go on it, I'm buying a new platform to wipe the slate clean. I want something unmolested and I don't want to have to worry about an engine rebuild again, so an STi worries me, since I've experienced an EJ257 blowing a piston already. But the transmission... yada yada, awesome.
How are the 08s? Problems? Is the block strong? Is the tranny strong? I like the 35 hp bump, (they jumped to 265 in 08 or 09, right?) regardless of what I get, it'll get a 16 or 18g eventually. But I need something that will last. The thing that sucks is I'm now so used a lot of power, I don't want to get a "new" 08 or 02 and not like it because it won't put me back in my seat as hard.
I wouldn't mind getting another bugeye. The advantage obviously is that it's cheap, and any problems with the weak tranny caould be fixed with the money I saved. But I really don't ever want to own another heavily modded daily driver, So I don't want to HAVE to put in a 6 speed or dogbox.
Sorry for the beat to death "What should I get?" discussion, but I need Suby enthusiast's input, my wife's opinion end's at "I hate wagons"