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So I currently have a 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX. The only mods I have was what came with the car used.

Which was:
-Pro Drive Exhaust
-Pro Drive Tune up
-HKS Ground Kit
-K&N Intake
-Pro Drive Wheels
-Track Brake Pads
-Everything else is OEM

I use it as a daily commuter but I recently took my WRX to an open track in Thunderhill for the first time. I had a freaking blast out there but my car crapped out after 3 sessions due to misfiring on one of the cylinder. I got the car used and it has over 130K miles - I believe it's starting to fall apart.

All my buddies seem to have fast cars (C6, 370z, Mini Cooper S, G35, 350z, S2K, etc) and I thought to myself, I really want to spend some money in either, 1) fixing up this WRX for track or 2) buy a new car (Perhaps a BRZ STi) that I can enjoy in both everyday driving and on track as well.

What do you guys think?
Should I just get an everyday practical ride (Honda Civic) and throw money into turning my 2003 WRX into a track beast? As I am calculating in the cost of buying new suspension, bigger brakes, a new turbo Turbo, this is adding up fast!
Or should I just get a BRZ STi (newer, more reliable with a better platform & less things I need to fix/upgrade).

I'm so lost and I guess I just wanted some insights in what's the best way to spend my money.
 

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Get a used but mint WRX STi.

Don't wait for the BRZ STi. Not going to be worth it. It'll likely just be a BRZ with some suspension mods.

With some suspension mods, a larger turbo, and some tuning. You'll be showing your buddies who is boss.
 

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Your car is almost 10 years old, I wouldn't both dumping more coin into it. Just drive it as is for now and save up for the BRZ STI.

BUT the wait for a BRZ STI will be at least a year if not a bit more, are you willing to wait that long?
 

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brz sti won't be worth the wait, like what import nation said it will have some suspension mods, turbo and some tuning. Are you really going to wait 1+ year for a car with minor performance mods?

a used newer WRX STI seems like a better idea with a civic as your beater car. Funny thing is a WRX STI might perform better than the BRZ STI
 

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A WRX STI or tuned WRX will get you faster lap times. A BRZ or BRZ STI will be more fun, and a hell of a lot cheaper as a track car (if you don't mod it much). So it's up to you - what's more important - your lap times or handling fun/involvement?

I think the reason to get the STI BRZ is (1) it'll probably be 250 hp non-turbo, with a track-ready suspension and brakes so you don't need to mod, and (2) it should have crazy high resale value.
 

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First I think you should decide if you want to track an all wheel drive car or rear wheel. Ask the regulars out at thunderhill what they think & try to drive a RWD car. I personally think you should build your WRX and then buy a regular BRZ later on. Make the WRX your track car and the BRZ your daily driver. You can still take your BRZ to the track once in a while but the WRX will be the dedicated race car. If you buy a BRZ or BRZ STI and make it your track car, it will get beat to hell. Then you will have the costs of a new car and repair/upgrade costs to keep it on the track. Just my 2 cents. Also, I am wondering where you are from. I am from Redding/Chico, pretty close to Thunderhill and definitely want to get out there someday. There is autocross in Redding once a month too and I strongly recommend bringing the WRX sometime. It is a blast.... (even in my crappy civic):)
 

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t hill is an awesome course. Will my old sti I did 2 consecutive days with 2 run groups in a row no cool down letting my old man drive the car. It was perfect compression and tip top even 30k later. Most recently ran my 350whp sti out there 2 days in a row but only 1 group this time :), and it did great. One thing is with a subaru turbo motor you don't want any engine performance mods without a custom tune to be safe. Don't ever skimp on that. T hill has so many off camber turns awd is hard to beat there, depending on the config i guess.
 
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