Okay, I think we're getting closer to the car I'm looking for now.Super duper true... I've had a rally where I won my class, clenched a championship and had almost no fun. and I've finished dead last and had a blast..
All you can get out of rally is Fun, improved driving skills, and amazing experiences. the real secret is to "race to the bottom" and find the cheapest formula that works for YOU to have fun.
I'm partial to FWD imprezas, because I got my start there. .and I have figured out a fairly cheap formula for them (finally, though a bit too late)
really an OBX torsen front diff for $370 + $260 for a 4.44 final drive (would have to be a 95 Gear box, not a 93 or 94) and labor which is either free because its you and friends. or a ton at a shop ... ($750 ish) and your slow fwd IMP is a ... less slow FWD Imp..
BUT others have figured out cheapy formulas for other cars as well. the big advantage to doing an impreza (fwd) is that you can bum parts off all the other impreza teams.
The big down side is your car will weight 400 pounds over that of a Golf or something, and they will likely beat you every time.. LOL but I had a lot of fun.
Golfs seem to have better gear box and final drive options, but you also have to PAY for that.
Repairs In the USA, for imprezas of the GC era are still dirt cheap. super cheap. but that will probably change in about 5 to 10 years. maybe sooner.
I hardly see any GD era imprezas coming into pick and pulls but soon really soon that will change.
I want something that's 1) cheap 2) Easy to find parts for if they break and 3) Those parts are cheap
Secondary priority is given to being cheap to upgrade.
From what I'm hearing, the golf has 1) and 2), it may have 3, but it doesn't have 4. The impreza has 1 and 4, it doesn't have 2 and 3.
Which car has 1, 2, 3 AND 4 ? That's the car I'm looking for.