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Old 01-17-2013, 10:40 AM   #301
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I am a 20 year old college student and bought my WRX last April when I was 19.

Right out of high school I decided to take a year away from college and work offshore in the oil fields where I knew I would make some STUPID money. I've had my eyes on a Subaru since I can remember and knew that this would be my opportunity to get one. The entire year I worked offshore I browsed and browsed the online ads looking for my perfect REX (I knew an STI would be out of the question insurance wise). And after many almost-buys I started to get discouraged that I would come across a worthwhile find and started looking into other cars....
But then, on my second to last week of working offshore before starting school I found it.

There she was, an aspen white 2002 WRX on Prodrive P1's. Bone stock engine. Exactly what I was looking for. And the best part, the guy only wanted 7k for it (pocket change at that time) since the radiator had a crack (big surprise on the 02's haha). I called him up and told him I would be at his door the day I got off the ship with cash in hand.

The day came and I went and picked up my baby, and so the love story began...
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:32 PM   #302
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Why do people get so defensive about how they acquired a car?

I'm fairly positive nobody really gives a damn about how you got the car, as long as you don't act like a douche while you're driving it

No I only put that because a page or two ago some guy got all mad that younger people were driving STIs and he wanted to assert his place as a responsible adult by claiming that no one who is younger than him and owns an STI pays a mortgage. His comment went something like, "I wonder how many of these young STI owners pay a mortgage? Yeah... That's what I thought". Just thought it was a funny, sarcastic retort that's all.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:37 PM   #303
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I'm 20 and own a 02 wrx and a 05 its called workin your ass off! Iv worked in a garage sense I was 16 and I saved money up and paid in cash for both cars not that hard to do it just takes time
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:43 PM   #304
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21- 04 WRX
25- 06 STi
29- 02 WRX with EJ207
Im military so dont have to worry about money for college.........
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:45 PM   #305
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I'm 20 and own a 02 wrx and a 05 its called workin your ass off! Iv worked in a garage sense I was 16 and I saved money up and paid in cash for both cars not that hard to do it just takes time
This. I bought my STi when I was 19 after saving for what felt like forever.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:57 PM   #306
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26. Six years after I started my career and three years after I bought my first house.
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:09 PM   #307
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In 2002 I was 25 and bought a new 2.5rs Bugeye. Took out a 6 year loan and payed it off in 2-1/2 years, then 04 STi swapped the motor in 2006. Still have it to this day as a show car.
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:11 PM   #308
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This. I bought my STi when I was 19 after saving for what felt like forever.
Exactly it may seem like forever but in the its worth the wait.
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:12 PM   #309
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I was 20 when I got my job when I finished school
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:54 PM   #310
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+1 I'd also like to know what he thought. I've been throwing around the idea of going from my 11 WRX to a 05 STi and would love some feedback from someone who recently owned both.
Sorry Just saw the replies.

I do not like to heavily mod. I enjoy spirited driving stage 2 max with some autocrossing here and there.

My 05 Sti was stage 2 on coilovers, I did all the maintenance myself and it was my daily driver /family hauler as well. I drove that car like i stole it every day and i never got tired of it. Loved it. Paid it off and planned on using it as a track only car. Never had a single issue with it outside of normal wear after about 5 years.

Then my wife's explorer well.. exploded. So at the time we were in a bit of a financial crunch and i decided screw it the STi might go any day and then we would have no realible cars. So i traded her in got myself the 12 wrx hatch and my wifey the 11 outback. We had just purchased our dream home and i figured i could sacrifice the old STI for 2 reliable cars under warranty.

The 12 wrx was okay, it was left unmodded and for 10,000 miles took me from point a to point be. The hatch styling felt very blah, no one ever asked me what kinda car it was. When people rode with me they never mentioned the car or the ride. It was a very blah experience.

Fast forward to last month, hard work lead to a new job offer without getting into details the wifey was pleased enough to tell me go get your baby back

Impressions from the 13 Sti over my past subies is pretty much straight forward. Very familiar to the 05 STI, heart pumping, familiar handling and awesome little touches that improve on the old girl. The S# drive feature is neat, the DCC is awesome to just hit + or - and the styling is much improved and now brings on many a double takes. I feeling I can go stage 2 through on some coil overs and hold on to it as i wanted to my 05 years ago. I was spolied by my first STI and even after test driving some higher class cars out there (BMW,Merceds, Audi) I felt that with a couple mods the STI is just the perfect fit to me between all around performance, reliability and a very familiar engine that I that I have no problems jumping right into if any repairs are needed.

Anyways sorry to highjack thread but to sum it up, if you can afford an STi then by all means get one. A WRX is a great car with awesome value! For me though the STI holds a special place in my heart that I don't think a lot of people would agree with our understand. My wife loves her Outback and my 13 year old son is excited about his base impreza he will be getting his senior year if he keeps up his awesome grades.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:05 PM   #311
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I love all the bitter old guys that bitch and moan when a college student has a car equal to or better than there's.
Nobody's bitching or moaning, more power to you. The problems come from wrecked/horribly modded subies killing the resale value/insurance rates for said older guys.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:48 PM   #312
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22 when I bought my 2010 STI brand new paid in full.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:08 PM   #313
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22 when I purchased my 2010 WRX brand new. Put $20k down and financed the rest. My dad cosigned the loan, which was the only help I received from my parents. If you have the extra money, go for it.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:44 PM   #314
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22, 5 years into my career, bought the 11' STi
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:52 PM   #315
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20 and bought my 2012 wrx hactchback. Financed 10k and looking to trade in May for a orange 2013 sti and owe around 10k again
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:22 PM   #316
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Age: 24

Car: 2012 wrx new

I graduated college.. Got a job and bought the car 15 days later. I always wanted a wrx or STI but could never afford it.. I do not have any student loans so that's a plus.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:44 PM   #317
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Bought my 2011 WRX new after my 25th birthday as a gift to myself. I had always wanted one but couldnt afford one and my parents wouldnt let me own one. After a couple successful years in the workforce I decided to pull the trigger and bought the car I had always wanted.

The worst part, now I want a bugeye or a GC8 to fix up on the side and add to the stable lol.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:49 PM   #318
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20 srp wrx wagon. Been through many expensive cars since then and now I'm back to a bug eye because I'm old now and realize expensive car payments suck even if you can afford them. I have 3 cars and money left over for what my sti monthly was.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:50 PM   #319
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I was 24.

I saved up for 6 months after graduation until I had 25% to put down and then went and bought it 1 year used. Ended up paying it off early when I moved out of my Mom's house just to have one less thing to worry about.

Bought my most recent truck at 29 with a 50% downpayment. Set my payment equal to what I was spending on student loans so my monthly budgeting didn't change. Hopefully I get 15 years out of it. Working on planning the jump to a house next. I wish this economy was more stable.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:00 PM   #320
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20. After my 1st deployment in affdurkastan.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:23 PM   #321
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16-2002 WRX
A lot of saving and help from my parents. Still paying them back. Owe just about 1.5k left.
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:10 AM   #322
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:14 AM   #323
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I was 22 when I got my 06 2.5i right out of college. Monthly payments nothing close to what a wrx would of cost me but student loans hurt any chance of upgrading to my wrx soon. My plan is to pay this car off and just save. Hoping for that 300000 mile impreza!
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:49 AM   #324
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There are A LOT of young people buying a wrx or sti I am very surprised. I am 19 freshmen in college and have a job and my parents bought me a 06 2.5i a few years ago, even if I sold that I still dont feel like I'd have the money for an older model wrx +insurance.
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:33 AM   #325
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I was 20 when i purchased my 1st brand new 2.5ts
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