Stick with an 05, the 05's had a bunch of upgrades over the 04's, including a wider track, more durable and larger wheel hubs, completely different interior, wider wheels, better bolt pattern 5x114.3, steering, ect. ect.Hey guys!! First of all I suppose I should introduce myself (I didn't see another area to do so, so forgive me if this is in the wrong place). Anyway, my name's Charlie, and for the last few weeks I've been looking at a few various STI's to purchase around Denver, mainly in the '04-'05 range. My previous car was a lightly modded '00 Eclipse GT and I've had a decent amount of experience with 350Z's, so the majority of my real-world car knowledge comes from NA V6's.... meaning that, aside from the things written on the "Spec-sheet", I'm not too familiar with the world of STIs.
Anyway, just had a few questions for all of you:
-As I mentioned, the STI's I've been looking at are mainly '04s and '05s with close to 50k miles on them. Anything in particular I should be watching out for while I'm looking around?
-As a lot of STI owners, I'm pretty into the world of modding. The Eclipse really made things difficult (not to mention expensive) due to the FWD drivetrain and the fact that it was never designed to go FI, which is why I'm really leaning towards an STI. So, my question is, after purchasing it, what modifications would you guys recommend for around $4000? As far as my preference, I'd be looking at tint and a lower set of springs / struts first, then moving onto the engine.... but aside from a decent turbo-back exhaust and an intake, what are my best options for horsepower gain? I've been told to go with a new downpipe and ECU flash, but with this budget could I get a little more out of the engine than that? Maybe larger turbos?
As you can see I'm not too familiar with the proper modification options on factory-turbo cars, so bear with me.... but thanks in advance!!
Damn, that's pretty cheap. Most of the things he mentioned comes with the car from factory. From the pictures I can see that he has an exhaust(maybe dp too?). I'd call and see if it has been in any crashes, ask for vin and check carfax(send me pm. I can check for you), etc.Also, if any of you are interested, here's the one I'm looking at the most:
2005 Subaru WRX STI Black Low Mile (((Only 47K))) 6 Speed
Hopefully I'll be getting in contact with the guy sometime next weekend
i do it every day but yea its better to play it safe at the track. stg2 gives a good gain over stock power with out spending serious money, anything over stg2 will cost a good amount. and that car on craigslist looks pretty good but you'll never know untill you take a look at it in person.while the mountains are a LOT of fun to carve up, they tend to have dirt and gravel on them so you can't safely push a car like an STI to its limits without things getting dangerous.
If you see a Rally Blue 04 in the Highlands Ranch area near Highlands Ranch High School, its probably meThanks!! During the school year I'll actually be up at CU Engineering, but on breaks I'm down in the Parker / Highlands Ranch area (hence another reason to get an STI, it'll be a great car for getting back home should I feel the need.... with plenty of room for all the laundry if I get to stingy to do it up there :lol. And thanks for the suggestion!! The STI's in their website inventory seem to be a little over-budget for me (I'm really trying to stay under $18k if possible), but I'll definitely drop by to see if they can make a deal. And thanks for the offer!! The 3G Eclipse community is essentially non-existent up here, so it'd be a lot of fun to finally get involved with a legitimate car crowd. Plus, never been to HPR, but I've been dying to ever since they opened!!