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Old 09-27-2009, 12:03 AM   #1
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Next time you see a Subaru Impreza WRX in your review mirror, get out of its way. Speed up. Slow down. Pull over to the side of the road and let it pass. Whatever it takes - just get away from it. If you don't, you may regret it.

Edmunds Straightline Blog explains, "Every couple years, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the non-profit testing and research agency supported by auto insurance companies, releases its model-by-model insurance loss rate scores. And it just so happens that among 2005-2007 models, the Subaru Impreza WRX had the highest loss rate among all types of coverage."

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That means insurers paid out more to repair WRXs than any other model of car. Insurers paid out more claims to repair cars hit by WRXs than those hit by anything else. WRX owners even claimed more non-crash-related damage than owners of any other car.

The Wall Street Journal notes, "Auto insurance costs aren't the first thing most shoppers think about when they evaluate a new car to buy. But it's an important cost to consider." For example, the Journal notes, a car shopper who buys "a big car that gets 20 miles to the gallon, instead of a small car that sips fuel at the rate of 30 miles to the gallon...could pay about $625 a year more for fuel." But if that small car is a WRX, the owner could quickly erase those savings with insurance payments.

The Journal obtained quotes from Allstate Insurance Corp, and assuming a Washington, D.C. address and a good driving record, found that the WRX could cost nearly $600 more per year to insure than a comparable Ford Taurus.

Your own perfect driving record won't necessarily help you avoid those charges. The Journal explains, "Even if you have a spotless record of safe, accident-free driving in a Subaru WRX, you are also paying for the damage racked up by the other WRX drivers who aren't as careful as you are with this high-performance, turbo-charged machine."

That may ultimately be the problem with the WRX - it's not the car, it's the people who drive it. After all, Edmunds Straightline notes, the WRX offers a lot of horsepower for a low price. "Build a performance car and price it low enough for younger drivers to afford, and then, the insurance companies step into to ruin the fun," they comment.

It's actually possible, IIHS data show, to buy a powerful sports car that's relatively easy to insure. The Corvette Convertible, for instance, makes the list of the ten best insurance risks. Even some relatively affordable sports cars, like the Mazda MX-5 Miata, crack the top ten.
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Old 09-27-2009, 12:48 AM   #2
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Next time you see a Subaru Impreza WRX in your review mirror, get out of its way. Speed up. Slow down. Pull over to the side of the road and let it pass. Whatever it takes - just get away from it. If you don't, you may regret it.

I spit my soda out after reading that part lol
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Old 09-27-2009, 03:33 AM   #3
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"...the WRX could cost nearly $600 more per year to insure than a comparable Ford Taurus."

Really?
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Old 09-27-2009, 04:08 AM   #4
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lol

Didn't know there was a comparable Ford Taurus. Guess everyone is missing out.
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Old 09-27-2009, 06:44 AM   #5
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Didn't know there was a comparable Ford Taurus. Guess everyone is missing out.
I would think the twin turbocharged, 365 hp AWD Taurus SHO is probably more than comparable.
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Old 09-27-2009, 09:49 AM   #6
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whoo go MX5
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Old 09-27-2009, 12:09 PM   #7
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I would think the twin turbocharged, 365 hp AWD Taurus SHO is probably more than comparable.
"...among 2005-2007 models..."

Sorry, no Taurus SHO between this time, so no comparison can be made.

Although the 2010 sounds nice.
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Old 09-27-2009, 02:52 PM   #8
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This is why I can't get one. Insurance is killer
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Old 09-27-2009, 05:31 PM   #9
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Haha thats funny when i was at school in wyoming i put full coverage on my car and it was 85 a month since i was in wyoming...
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Old 09-27-2009, 05:51 PM   #10
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Read.

It said 2005-2007 models.
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Old 09-27-2009, 06:06 PM   #11
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Doesn't matter the year. I had a 2003 before my audi and my insurance dropped $1200 a year for the switch and I had a clean record.
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Old 09-27-2009, 06:24 PM   #12
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another reason i did a swap. lol i have a 06 wrx and the insurence thinks its a 97 lol. plus i only have half the doors
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Old 09-27-2009, 06:30 PM   #13
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Doesn't matter the year. I had a 2003 before my audi and my insurance dropped $1200 a year for the switch and I had a clean record.
My insurance dropped when I went from an SRT-4 to the Evo.
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Old 09-27-2009, 06:43 PM   #14
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Thats b/c you got old rusty.
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Old 09-27-2009, 06:47 PM   #15
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Thats b/c you got old rusty.
actually I was already married and 25 when I got the SRT-4, so there was no change in my policy between the time I bought it and got rid of it.
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Old 09-27-2009, 06:50 PM   #16
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yeah insurance is a jip, anybody wanna buy my wagon
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Old 09-27-2009, 06:53 PM   #17
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actually I was already married and 25 when I got the SRT-4, so there was no change in my policy between the time I bought it and got rid of it.

Yeah i am waiting to get old to see if my insurance drops anymore. :-/
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Old 09-27-2009, 06:56 PM   #18
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it was nice when my wife turned 25 last year and lowered our insurance again.
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Old 09-27-2009, 11:21 PM   #19
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Mine went down a LOT when I turned 21 this year
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Old 09-28-2009, 01:58 AM   #20
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What's INSURANCE?
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Old 09-28-2009, 04:08 AM   #21
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What's INSURANCE?

It's more like ASSURANCE, right? For just in case the gods smile upon thee and ye pockets remain unchanged following an unseen occurance and are provided with that peace of mind.
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Old 09-28-2009, 04:21 AM   #22
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My insurance company was confused when I applied for coverage and they found out I was 65 retired and had 10 grand kids.


Go dill and I for our swaps!
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Old 09-28-2009, 06:20 AM   #23
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the thing the bastard in the scion who hit me didn't have
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Old 09-28-2009, 11:54 AM   #24
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My insurance dropped when I went from an SRT-4 to the Evo.
Really? Imagine that! Haha.

The neon's a death trap. Two airbags? 2500lbs? Yeah, you're in a tin can friend. At least with the Evo's you have side airbags and a bit more stability. My insurance would drop $80 if I went from the Neon to an e46 m3, $60 if I went to a new STi, and another $80 if I went to a 335xi. Really....the reoccurring theme here is the neon.

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Old 09-28-2009, 12:49 PM   #25
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For $580/month in insurance I can own a Porsche GT3 RS.
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