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Old 10-18-19, 05:01 PM   #11
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Default Re: Is the 04/05 STi a good choice?

The 2004 is not a good year for the STi -- I've driven 391k in mine, and I still can't break it!
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Old 11-01-19, 08:08 PM   #12
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Hello everybody, I am new here. My reasonable dream car is the 04/05 STi, though im starting to think its not a very good idea. From scrolling through forums I'm noticing people having big issues with their cars like engine blow outs, turbo inlets breaking, timing belt going out, and all of this stuff that sounds very expensive.

I just wanted this car to have fun with it, and I don't really plan on modifying the engine at all, just a fun daily driver. Is this year of the car able to do that? Or is it more of a project car where you have to rebuild the engine? Thanks.

I hate to say this, especially since I own an 04, but not really. You have to understand no matter what, you're likely buying a 15 year old turbo'd car. Its not that it wouldn't be a fun daily driver, its the fact that at its age it will undoubtedly require maintenance in its near future. The only way I would answer yes to this question is if you truly love the GD or particular year. Other than that, you're much better off saving up a bit more and buying a newer, slightly used model year.
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Old 11-02-19, 05:05 AM   #13
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If your looking into buying an older car like this, it will need work. Im not saying it wont be a good DD if you find the right car. If you're not really looking to mod the car or really do any kind of work to it then i think you should consider a new car. The money GD's go for, you can put a real hefty down payment on a brand new sti.
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Old 11-02-19, 06:57 AM   #14
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The 2004 is not a good year for the STi -- I've driven 391k in mine, and I still can't break it!
Good to see you are still around, and where the car is. Didn't you rebuild after 300K?
I will probably make the 250K club this year. Hoping to keep the car on the road till 300K

I know thread hijack - but its old anyway.
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IMHO, to justify its' price, the S209 needs to perform at least as well as my moderately powered 05 built beater, and even that might not convince me to buy one cause my next STI isn't likely to be moderately powered.

I'm putting IAG back in here. Engine wise the car hase been trouble free for 56K. My STI is nearing the 60K minimum JJ led meto expect from a 2618 piston equipped block and it's still running strong.
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