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Hey guys new to forum. Bout 2-3 months out from making purchase. Deciding between si and wrx? What is cost of maintenance? This will be a daily driver in Nw Pa. lots of snow and roads suck. My 98 civic hatch was a legendary vehicle amongst my friends and it had the basic nonvtech 5mt. I test drove the 17 si and it is the first time was impressed and really liked the car. I'm not a racer and have never modified a car. My other vehicle is a ram 2500 which will become family / severe weather vehicle. For work I must be able to do my 30 mile drive no matter conditions.
I live off a dirt road and love flying down back roads and dirt roads. My plan at this point is to get si and put good skid plates and flaps on. Haven't been able to find many after market for the si, is that because it is so new? Also would put short throw shifter. Would I also need a shift stop? Due to lousy roads up here I'd rather go smaller wheel and larger tires so I'm not constantly bending wheels? Can you recommend a good size that won't kill my handling? Eventually do intake, exhaust and hondata. Would those mods kill reliability?
Eventually I would like to get into rally's with this being my first vehicle! One step at a time! I'm sorry if a lot of these questions have been answered already. I'm trying to do all the reading I can. So much to learn!
Thanks is advanced for any input!
 

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If you are going to be going through lots of mud, dirt, snow, and ice I would go wrx. FWD is good but AWD is much better for those conditions. Plus the ease of upgrades for rally stuff is going to be much better as well.
 

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I agree wrx is totally superior in those conditions. Friend of mine that works at DSRLeasing has one, he is using it in such conditions and he maintains really nice ride.
 

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I agree wrx is totally superior in those conditions. Friend of mine that works at DSRLeasing has one, he is using it in such conditions and he maintains really nice ride.
Agreed with what the others have said. WRX will be better suited for the road conditions you are driving on. WRX has been around longer then the new si so plenty of mods for it currently. Yes, because of how new the Si is there is not many mods out though the big companies are currently developing new mods for the Si but can't say when they will start to roll these out. I do know there are already a few mods out you can throw on the Si but again in a couple years that pool will be much larger. The Si will probably get a little better mpgs and I also believe the new Si has more tech then a WRX but nothing you have to have. Both cars have great space so no big loss there going with either. More power in the wrx then the Si at stock. Maintenance wise I would say the Si might be better but unsure about that since I have never owned a WRX but Honda parts are usually easy to get and at a decent price. Hope this helps.
 

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The Civic and Civic SI are designed to be comfortable road handling daily drivers that are sporty and fun to drive. Constant dirt roads and dirt rally will destroy the suspension, bushings, and steering components on the car! This is a no brainer get the WRX.
 

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The Civic and Civic SI are designed to be comfortable road handling daily drivers that are sporty and fun to drive. Constant dirt roads and dirt rally will destroy the suspension, bushings, and steering components on the car! This is a no brainer get the WRX.
I bet if it wasn't for the American public wanting that out of the Civic so much, then just maybe it would have been sportier and more nimble instead of what we now have. Even considering that fact, i'm still content with the new line of Civic's.
 
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