I have been mulling this over for awhile, trying to come up with a fun to drive car that could get around in the winter. I had the 4G63T in my Laser and loved it... and the only newer car I can get that engine in also happens to be AWD for winter, win-win.
What are problem areas to look at with these? (rust, mechanical problems...)
I might get in trouble for this but is there somewhere on the net that breaks down what models are what? It is confusing because you get into other generations and even other countries and things don't always seem to line up.
I want a fairly well equipt car, AC, cruise, PW, PL, 5-speed, radio, and a turbo of course. I really don't care for a sunroof.
I did find something in this thread that just touched on it:
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MODEL YEARS:
'03 AND '04 models- 271hp 273tq
RS model available in '04 (Front LSD, aluminum roof, no ABS, no power features)
'05 models - 276hp 286tq
Active Center Differential (ACD) on all models
Front LSD on all models
Intercooler sprayer no longer available
10.5 hotside on turbocharger
MR model now available (aluminum roof, Bilstein Shocks, 17.74lb BBS charcoal grey multispoke rims, 6spd trans, vortex generators)
RS still available
Sun, Sound, Leather (SSL) model of base VIII available (subwoofer, power sunroof, leather seats, HIDs)
No HIDs on base VIII
It just seems odd you from a stripped down RS to a leather seated SSL with nothing in the middle.
I would really rather not have a sunroof, it seems they kill the headroom that I need.
I mainly want something like my Laser RS, something that was fun to drive that I didn't have to "put up with" I may autocross it against my brother's Mustang for giggles but that would be it. I prefer the 5 speed because after driving a couple sixes it seems under normal driving you have a lot more gears than you need and end up skipping half of them, and I read on here the 5 speeds in the EVO's are somewhat stronger as well.
This is all hypothetical, I am still trying to convince myself I could get by without my fullsize truck.