I know it is a rhetorical question, but I think you hit the right ballpark. Somewhere in the 3-4k range you get the best of both form and function.
Are you being serious? So you need to spend that much to get form and function I call B.S!
I think "best of" was key in my post. If you look at the pictures on the original post there are marks that can be seen when the gun is dissasembled and the slide to frame fit is on the 'make er run' side instead of the make it showy side.
STI is basically a competition based company and silly customers like me don't care greatly about stuff you can't see or showy stuff, as long as the gun runs hard and well and the manufacturer keeps it that way.
If you can find everything that anybody might care about for 2k, great!
Yeah, I have a new Jeep I paid a lot for. The back door rattles, the roof leaks, it has a lot of wind noise, under the carpet it looks like 4 year old put down some sound deadening stuff but it will go pretty much anywhere. If I just wanted it to look pretty I would have bought a Hummer... Some people choose performance over cosmetics and some don't. I like a good balance, your gun looks fine on the outside and had you chose to shoot it it may very well have run fine. It is your choice to send it back and I am sure they will make it more to your liking. Good luck with it. You should have it back by now let us all know how it turned out.
I got a good laugh out of this one, paid alot for a vehicle that leaks ect you must have very low standards and I would take that pos back because you can pay alot and have something nice Next time buy a Chevy lol