Originally Posted by urabuster
Keep the XT. Your current payments are next to nothing and it won't be the same with an STI. I would use the 3k on the forester and if that's not enough, then you could always swap to a manual transmission later on. You said yourself it didn't take too long to save up that 3k. It'd be more fun and quicker to put the same amount of money into your XT as you would your STI because you would have less payments. I have a feeling that you won't enjoy a stock STI as much as you would enjoy a tailored XT. It's a hobby. There would probably be a part of you that wished your STI wasn't stock...
Well let me say something and see if you still agree because this is what i keep going back and forth with. Im a law enforcement officer and i dont want to be seen pulling into work in anything crazy sounding or modified heavily, hence why i thought a stock sti (i would be removing the wing) would be the perfect choice because its a blast to drive and not loud or obnoxious. So im trying to find exactly what I can do to the forester thats subtle but will still give it a nice rumble and would just be a blast to drive. Its like i dont want to cross that boundary of looking like im driving a kids car. Sorry if that offends anyone.