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Old 05-30-2014, 07:05 PM   #1
SubieMonte
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I know at the end of the day the decision is mine to live with, but it's a hard one.




I've owned my first and only Subaru for almost nine years. I know everything that has been done to the car, where every nick, scratch, dent, ding and rust spot is. It has been an awesome ride and will continue to be. My struggle is that my daily drive has become so boring and so stop and go that quite frankly, it's like watching your best dog die a slow death. No open field. No dirt roads. No curvy roads (unless,you count the ones at 5 miles per hour). In the evening and on weekends, I'm driving the same flat, stop light every mile, traffic filled roads and it sucks. I used to take long drives to visit the out-of-state girlfriend that is now my wife living in the same house. Our lives are filled with driving kids here and there and extra funds always seems to be an issue to take the car to the next level. Even so, what will Stage 2 get me around town in these driving conditions....to me, there will be no gain, only pain knowing what it can do but not able to do. I am envious of those that find time to run the open road, attend autox and rallyx. My car has probably seen less than 100 miles of dirt out of the 121k on the clock...and that is being generous. The hard part is that I don't see a worthy replacement in the Subaru lineup. Or any lineup. We have a 2010 FXT in the driveway so adding another one doesn't make sense...or does it? I've considered the XV but feel as if I have been neutered. Praying 2015 will bring some exciting albeit minor changes. Not looking to go lower so a BRZ is out and the Legacy or Outback are just out of the question. The other option is to put on my big girl pants, suck it up and keep rowing the gears in stop n go traffic. I have thought about going with a 1" lift and taller tires to get near an XV height which may give me a new perspective on things....but before I do that the clutch will burn out, the power steering pump will give way, the trans will go kaplow and the AC will stop working again.... Yea, it's dumb to ask for opinions on an enthusiast forum regarding what the next steps will be.....so please feel free to blast away or give your opinion or both! I hate you Subaru for making me love you so much. Thank you!
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Old 05-30-2014, 09:33 PM   #2
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Sell it, to another car loving prospect. I have kids my self and car modding is down to whats necessary at the time.
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Old 05-30-2014, 10:56 PM   #3
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Suck it up, mine just sits in the garage and I may wipe it off every now and then with a diaper.
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Old 06-03-2014, 08:32 AM   #4
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Why not the automatic(cvt) wrx? My friend just traded his 05 for one after 9 years. He got tired of shifting also. He had his radiator, ps pump, and fuel lines replaced and he got tired of fixing it at outrageous dealer prices.

For me, after 9 years of ownership, I just can't find anything as much fun to drive for the money. And, knock on wood, mine still runs like a champ.
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Old 06-03-2014, 08:41 AM   #5
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Hey look at this way shifting might be the only exercise us old farts get.
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Old 06-03-2014, 10:13 AM   #6
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I have a 2015 auto wrx instock..... lol
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Old 06-06-2014, 04:09 PM   #7
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I'm a little confused. it sounds like you're saying you want to get a different car because you don't like your stop and go commute, and you feel that modding is the only thing left to try and ring some last minute enjoyment out of the car? well a new car won't change your commute, granted maybe make it a little easier. but it won't change it. and you don't have to mod to enjoy the car either. I've had my 07 since new and having modded much at all. only lately when something breaks i fix with mod. I've also spent nearly every mile commuting myself.

that said, the cars getting on, maybe you're just trying to talk yourself into the inevitable replacement.
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Old 06-08-2014, 02:44 PM   #8
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The only way of fixing a ****ty commute is a different job. Just sayin.
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Old 06-08-2014, 07:08 PM   #9
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If you get a more commute-friendly gas sipper you will miss that third pedal. If you get a new auto sports car with more power than the Outback and XV, it might make you happy, but car payments suck.

Fix stuff when it breaks, take half the money you would spend every month on your new car payment and put it in savings. Take a day off with your family and enjoy some spirited back road driving, then look at your savings account statement.

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Old 06-14-2014, 01:10 PM   #10
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Decision made.

Car has been traded in
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Old 06-14-2014, 01:16 PM   #11
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Decision made.

Car has been traded in
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