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Richard_Gud.
08-13-2009, 03:48 PM
I'm so split on what I want to do its killing me. :(

This is what I have right now. It has 50k miles on it.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2639/3719114901_9d94db50f2.jpg


The plans for its future were:
full STI engine and drivetrain swap.
wider barrels for the volks
stance coilovers

this would cost me around 15 grand in all.

OR

sell it for this. This has 75k miles on it.

http://images.autotrader.com/images/2009/7/23/264/830/12422320447.264830445.IM1.MAIN.565x421_A.562x421.j pg


The plans for this would be:
18x9 some crazy offset flat black face high gloss black lips CCWs
baller coilovers or maybe just air
whole bunch of body and interior pieces
some mild engine work

Kelly blue book values my car at $11,500. I can get the bimmer wagon for $7,960 more or less based on pullin' at the dealer and what not.
This would mean that I could get the bimmer, and still have at LEAST $3,000 to spend on parts for the bimmer...mostly the CCWs hehe.

Notes: I snowboard over 60 days a season. But I live in socal, it is rare to be in a snowstorm, but it happens. I need to know that with a good set of all seasons, this car won't leave me stuck on the side of the road missing out on a fresh dumping of pow.

Also, I want a decent amount of power...possibly around 300. Is this at all possible with the bimmer?

My car is entirely paid off, so no payments would be needed, making it easy to sell.

I'm used to japanese cars...so knowledge about bimmers isn't that extensive.
I'm 19 years old and just want a gangster daily driver that can get me to school and back. :eyebrows

Please, any help would be great.

I love all your guys style and honestly, it is entirely this sites fault that I have decided I want a bimmer.

B Rod
08-13-2009, 04:34 PM
I don't see the power you are looking for at all possible without quite a bit more money into the Bimmer. What model is it? 323? Yes the bimmer is more classy, but being it so that you snowboard 60 days each season, I would probably stick with the AWD suby. Just my opinion of course.

EDIT: Keep your motor and just upgrade to the STi tranny, driveshaft, and rear end. I know how much needs to be changed to make that happen, but you can make PLENTY of power with your motor. The tranny is the weak area.

Richard_Gud.
08-13-2009, 05:01 PM
its the 2002 325iT. Alright, I'll settle for 250 haha. I just want a decent pull that can get me where I wanna go.

As for the car I have now, I agree with the AWD, but thats it. My motor is actually VERY weak. Open deck, low compression, weak as hell internals. It would cost me over 10 grand just to get 250hp out of this motor.

B Rod
08-13-2009, 05:36 PM
Hahaha...riiiiight. My bad. Just realized your car is an Impreza, not a WRX. Get the bimmer. :D

vdubkid
08-13-2009, 07:39 PM
I would have said keep the Subaru, but after seeing that it's not a WRX I'd go with the BMW.

But don't expect a race car

schroedin
08-14-2009, 12:13 PM
Get teh touring.

Stolzy
08-16-2009, 06:56 PM
thats tough. cause just some ccw's, even if its only like that for a month haha, would not look good without a drop + more. and in the long run the bimmer i feel wouldnt be as much fun to drive after the sti swap...

id keep the subaru

rubadub
08-16-2009, 07:48 PM
Keep the subbie. I've seen tons of stanced BMWs, not so many Imprezas...or at least stanced correctly.

Besides, I think the Impreza/WRX/STI wagon looks far better than the BMW wagon...and this is coming from a guy who wants a BMW pretty badly.

Dmasters
08-16-2009, 08:04 PM
get the E46 touring! Slam it, put some Brock B1's on it, M-tech bumpers, clear corners and tails and you're good to go ;) I'd personally get a different color though...silver is my least favorite color for a car.

87e30
08-16-2009, 10:53 PM
You always think another car will be cheaper to mod than what you have. Then you get it, and all of the little mods come to your mind that you hadn't thought of before. Modding is pretty much expensive no matter how you look at it.

I'd say keep the impreza, or maybe sell and get a WRX wagon.

Stolzy
08-19-2009, 01:44 AM
You always think another car will be cheaper to mod than what you have. Then you get it, and all of the little mods come to your mind that you hadn't thought of before. Modding is pretty much expensive no matter how you look at it.

I'd say keep the impreza, or maybe sell and get a WRX wagon.

well said

Richard_Gud.
08-21-2009, 09:47 PM
Okay guys, going to update a little bit real quick.

Things I dislike about the subaru:
Cheaply made interior. Everything just feels cheap.
Incredibly bumpy ride.
STI swap would be upwards of FIFTEEN grand...thats alot of money.

Things I like:
Exterior. I love her, she always looks so good and gets alot of looks.
As said, a stanced wagon is not seen very often.
It can look good, with alot of power.

Now for the bimmer.

Things I dislike:
Maintance more expensive.
Still an automatic, shame I can't find a manual.
Not very fast.

Things I like:
Looks much more classy.
Interior contains heated leather seats and a much better feel.
Ride a lot smoother.

decisions...decisions. I honestly just want a more luxorious car, I'm trying to grow up a little. Subaru feels too much like a toy.
On another note, I found a better bimmer. What do you guys think of this one?

Used 2003 BMW 325iT Sport Package $13,325 75k miles on it. Automatic.

http://images.autotrader.com/images/2009/8/17/261/962/12725210422.261962105.IM1.MAIN.565x421_A.562x421.j pg

JSanders
08-21-2009, 11:24 PM
I vote touring. Take a look: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=536138&highlight=touring

sergov
08-22-2009, 06:51 AM
fck it take the beemer
u don't need all that problems with engine swaping and stuff
and ur right the beemer feels more expensive although e46 is one on my never to.. list
cuz it's quite expensive to run this car once it has started breaking

for example a friend of mine owns a E46 330D on automatic with M-pack
he spent over a 10k in one year ! that includes change of the gearbox and almost full suspension (because both failed so..)

anyways good luck with whatever u decide to go

OSSHWA
08-22-2009, 11:34 AM
Just keep the Wagon and mod the EJ. You don't need the STI motor to make power. My former friend (long story) used to have a nuts '07 WRX. Just do a turbo/fuel system upgrade, get the new barrels for the wheels and the Stance coilovers, and you'll have a whole new beast.

And 50k isn't anything.....my '07 has 67k on it and i'm still driving it :P

Stolzy
08-22-2009, 01:22 PM
im still gonna stick with saying keep the subi. I really dont think a sti swap could cost over $15k but thats just me. youve probly done more research than I.

But...in order to make that bimmer fast, your gonna spend more and itll be even more high maintenance and to do any exterior, interior, suspension, or anything mods, its gonna be more expensive

SeanDub
08-22-2009, 01:29 PM
Just keep the Wagon and mod the EJ. You don't need the STI motor to make power. My former friend (long story) used to have a nuts '07 WRX. Just do a turbo/fuel system upgrade, get the new barrels for the wheels and the Stance coilovers, and you'll have a whole new beast.

And 50k isn't anything.....my '07 has 67k on it and i'm still driving it :P

Its a impreza not a wrx

87e30
08-22-2009, 02:07 PM
If you want something classier and cheaper too why not look at legacy GT's. WRX motors+mods with a nicer look.

You've glorified the e46 wagon, at the end of the day you're looking at slow auto's. Nothing about that sounds fun. And yeah, even oil changes are going to run you more.

Stephen
08-22-2009, 02:26 PM
If you can find a manual, take the e46.

I dunno, i just like it more.

Richard_Gud.
08-22-2009, 05:13 PM
yeah, i can see and agree with all of your guys points...but when i look at this.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=536138&highlight=touring&page=24

i can't help but want one so badly. and yes, the STI swap would, in the end run me about that much.

motor + all electrical needs = about 6k. FULL drivetrain = 6k any odd pieces, labor, etc = the rest.

dO-bOy
08-23-2009, 06:28 AM
i like those subies and you don't see enough of them properly stanced, way too many "rally" enthusiasts when that just means people keep their stock suspension and call it rally. i wouldn't bother with the engine swap though, unless you could find a cheap complete donor car and do the swap yourself if you're mechanically inclined. i think it would be cheaper/better/easier to sell your car and buy a WRX and mod it to 300 crank HP.

ps: love your car, but not a fan of the sideskirts

grippymonkey
08-23-2009, 10:42 AM
I would just buy a 06 WRX with a 2.5 turbo in it. I had a 06 WRX and now a 04 STi and there isn't much difference except for the 5 vs. 6speed. The braking is nearly identical between the older 4 pots and the newer 4 pots. The engine response on the two is very similar also. You just get a better feel from the motor because the 6 speed is so close range, but the 5 speed is nice also. You will get more miles out of your tank, and boost likes taller gears sometimes. You just can't be as hard on the 5 speed.

The BMW would be dope, but I wouldn't see it being anything more than a nice daily. If you are looking for more power then you'll get a little bored with the BMW. A WRX with some boltons would put a smile on your face. I've had a number of BMW's myself also. They are definately a solid car and has all the goodies you'd expect. A subaru isn't made to wow you with interior design. It's more about the handling and engine.