Originally Posted by blehhh
I probably could have afforded the STi, but it just didn't seem like the responsible decision for me at this point in my life. I'd feel guilty about it on so many levels.
This to a degree... Could I afford a STI? Yeah, it would have just been $135 more a month for the one I wanted, and for some reason my insurance rate would be exactly the same for the two. But being a grad/PhD student, that money is better used in other ways... Plus the little things like it's generally cheaper to buy snow tires and replacements for the WRX.
Plasma, if you're not satisfied with your WRX, go STI. It's as simple as that. Obviously it's cheaper to start with that platform versus playing catch up. Looks are completely subjective between the new widebody WRX and the STI... Unless you're dying for painted calipers and the wing (except you're going hatch so that's even less of a difference) unless you can't paint and find someone willing to trade... For everyone that complements the 6 speed, the longer ratios of the 5 make it a better road warrior, although the 6 obviously keeps you on boil better in the twisties and it feels better...
What it comes down to is what you already stated in your OP... Your own personal priorities. I've never questioned the WRX after spending seat time in both... And when I'm a doctor... I'll buy a GT-R...
Blehhh, you sound like someone who should've started out with the STI.