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Old 09-16-2012, 05:26 PM   #151
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21 when i bought my sti. all cash money though, I work full time, training to be a pro fighter, and go to university. if you can balance a job and have the funds, get a car. if you want free time then...
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:32 PM   #152
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I was 20 when I bought my '02 (read dream car) outright. If you can find an unmolested one, buying used it awesome. I loved not having a car payment.
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:51 PM   #153
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21 when I bought mine and I'm 21
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:38 PM   #154
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23. I have a decent part time job,trying to get picked up full time. I pay for my insurance,car payment,cell phone,anything else i want. Helps that i still live with my parents.



Minus the strut clunk and my center diff going out, its awesome. Also i cant put a different exhaust on it without my dad getting mad.

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Old 09-16-2012, 07:57 PM   #155
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Don't make that mistake. Find a storage to hold it for your first year.should be about $20 a month.
I don't know, I really want to keep it but it seems hard, i just assume cut my losses and pick up an sti as a graduation present in five or so years.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:24 PM   #156
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Bought my '03 WRX wagon a few months ago at the age of 27. Kids are coming up soon so had to think of a 'family car' to grab. We've had a couple Outbacks (had a 2001 for a while, bought our 2012 last December), so I couldn't think anything better than a smaller, sportier Subaru wagon. It is pretty beat so I don't mind using it as a utility vehicle.

In terms of the original question, it is tough to say as every situation is unique. I got a small car loan my senior year as I was making decent money and thought I'd build up my credit. Don't regret the loan, but I do regret the car (2000 Honda Prelude). My credit was top notch when we bought our house when I was 24, so I guess it worked.

My wife and I's theory is that we have one solid, reliable car with a loan (the Outback) and I get a fun car that is paid for. My last ride was a 2002 BMW 330i... definitely miss that car.
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Old 09-17-2012, 05:38 AM   #157
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34 - bought a 2011 STI
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Old 09-17-2012, 05:48 AM   #158
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Don't make that mistake. Find a storage to hold it for your first year.should be about $20 a month.
I wish i could find storage units for that cheap haha
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:16 PM   #159
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I'm 34 (almost 35 ) and picked up my first WRX in late July. It's a 2012 pearl white hatchback. I freaking love this car.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:40 PM   #160
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31 when I bought a 2013.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:47 PM   #161
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Age is not a factor. It all depends on whether or not you can afford the car and insurance as well as other more necessary things. Like food.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:47 PM   #162
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I was just about 18 when i bought my 2.5RS... mind you, 2.5RS was the top model Subaru at the time.. WRX had only just come out, and i was not that ballin, This was early 2002.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:52 PM   #163
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31 right before I had my first kid.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:56 PM   #164
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21 when I bought my '12 wrx. I knew I had to buy a car soon. I had been given a car from my parents, but it was tough with both of them working (dad travels a lot) and me driving to/from school and work. I was planning on leasing something much more conservative, but I was hit by a car while riding my bike a few months ago and used some of the settlement money to finance my wrx. I was able to put enough down to offset enough of the costs so I could still take money from my paycheck for monthly payments and still have enough left over to pay for tuition, books, etc. funny how things work out.

once you buy, you're in for the long haul. there's nothing better than car that's already paid off. make sure you can commit to the long-term commitment. keep in mind of other expenses you'll want to make in your near-future (wedding, down payment on a house, next car, future living expenses, etc).

food for thought
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:59 PM   #165
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Never bought a WRX or STI Impreza.

Bought my RS at 21, my Forester XT at 24 which eventually got all the STI and Prodrive goodies thrown at it. now I'm 31 and tinkering with an old VW

I want to build another GF swap.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:18 PM   #166
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Never bought a WRX or STI Impreza.

Bought my RS at 21, my Forester XT at 24 which eventually got all the STI and Prodrive goodies thrown at it. now I'm 31 and tinkering with an old VW

I want to build another GF swap.
Sounds Kinky, your such a swinger.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:35 PM   #167
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I bought my 04 at 17 (now 18). It took me two full years of working at King Soopers to save enough money for it. The guy I bought it from trashed the axels and the turbo was leaking oil. I dumped $1200 bucks into it and now there are no problems with it. I love it.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:50 PM   #168
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25 - Ordered my car 2 months ago, came in last Tuesday. Just graduated in May, so the "Graduate Program" indulged me to get my car. Start paying my loans probably tomorrow cause they give you a 6 month grace period after graduation and it's about that time. I'll tell you how it's going some day maybe.

P.S. I bought my WRX as an excuse for a family car for the future to my father who wanted to go for a double-buy deal. What I mean by that is we both buy cars from the same dealership. He wants a new Charger and I would get stuck with a Challenger or Fiat. Challenger body style is too heavy looking and they haven't come out with any news of revising their current look, and I wanted a turbo. I think Fiat Abarth's are real cool but too... it's not for me.

P.P.S. This was my first post and relief to get my intro out of the way on this forum since I'm new to the "Subaru Ownership Club".
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:53 PM   #169
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15- '97 Impreza.
17- '04 Impreza WRX.

At this rate I'll be driving Veyrons by the time I'm 50.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:01 PM   #170
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i was 18 when i bought my 05 STi. i did it shortly after i signed into the Air Force. im 19 now and still have it.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:04 PM   #171
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LOL nice! My pops owns a towing yard (no rexs at the moment sorry guys) and a beat to hell 03 wrx came in, owner left it to pay for the storage fees. diffs were shredded, wingless but holes in the trunk, curbed stock wheels, sideskirt holes but no sideskirts.... etc... Fixed er up, 16g'd, sti injectors tmic and been boostin since i was 17. so coming up on a whopping 2 years now..
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:37 PM   #172
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How old were you when you bought your first wrx or sti? I am in college and trying to decide if it is acceptable for me to spend money towards a car when it could be spent towards paying off loans.. Also if you were in college or high school a story about how you paid for it would be interesting.
After reading this thread I am the exception to the rule or odd man out. So read carefully with caution.

Note: Wisdom is knowledge with experience.


I was 35 and bought a brand new WRX 04.
It was all cash (no financing).

Up until that point I had NEVER EVER owned a new car.
My two primary cars that I bought with my own money were:

1974 VW Beetle (worked and paid $800 for it in 1992 and sold it in an auction ($10 tickets) and collected over $1000 years later.)

1984 Jeep CJ7 (worked an paid $2500 for it in the late 1990s and kept it until I bought a new WRX).


In high school I had a family station wagon (1970s) and also a Sentra - both were crap, but they got me to and from school.




My Advice:

First a little rant: This nation is full of credit-hungry, debt-ridden, entitled people that have buried themselves in so much debt they can't even pay the principal down. It is NO FUN being one of those people and it is SO EASY to become one of them. Buying stuff you don't need, spending money you don't have, and to forever be in debt. It makes many people jealous, vengeful, entitled, and co-dependent.

Sorry about the rant - but many friends of mine in the 1990s bought homes they couldn't afford, lease cars, finance this or that. I saw them ALL imploded in the Dot.com bubble and lose everything - including their money, credit, and standing. Then they did it all again during early 2000-2010 time with the housing bubble, again losing everything.

While I could have financed a home, a car, and lots of stuff, I didn't. In the 1990s as my 20 year-old friends were mounting up their credit cards, I was a cash and gold hoarder. So I rented and drove my old Beetle and then my old Jeep, while ever friend I knew had a BMW, AUDI, or some other new car. When I turned 35 I had so much saved I bought a WRX (brand new with cash). When I turned 40 I bought my house with cash, picked it up in foreclosure.

My parents and grandparents taught me the value of saving money.

I have a son now, 8 years old. He earns some money doing chores around the house. He has a safe and saves everything. He has set his OWN spending policy of 20% of what he has saved.


Sorry about the long-winded story, but I think in our troubled economic times we need to value hard work and more importantly saving for the future.

While it is true that most of my friends (in fact almost all) had new cars in their 20s and lots of other cool stuff and even new houses. None of those friends (NONE) have what they had and ALL are in debt and struggling. Not because they are necessarily out of work, but rather that they dug such a massive debt hole they will NEVER EVER get totally out of.

They consumed.

My recommendation is save up, buy a used car now, continue to save and buy latter when you can AFFORD to without huge debts hanging over your head.

When you can't buy new, buy used. When you can afford it, rent.


There are tons of early 2003-2005 WRX / STI that you could pick up for less than 1/3rd of a new one. Get one, have fun, your insurance will cost less, and you will be less inclined to have sleepless nights.


Having no debt or very little over your head gives you power and control over your life. You never ever want to be beholden to creditors.

I am fortunate that my grandparents and parents taught me the value of saving, being independent, and living within one's means. It's hard and believe me I have been tempted to buy stuff that I probably shouldn't and in some cases did - only to regret it later. Luckily none of my purchases put me into any considerable debt.

As the Stone's sang: "You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find, you get what you need!"

Easy to sing, hard to live by.

Good luck...
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:51 PM   #173
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2001, I was 21 making $20/hour at a co-op in college. While I guess I could technically afford it (paid the car off a few years in advance )...I regretted it.

Things change. You may decide to go to grad school. You might meet a girl, want to buy a home, etc.

Buy a used one...nohting fancy. Believe me, you'll want that $10-15k in your pocket. This is especially true beause there are so many used WRXs out there (that wasn't an option when I was buying).


Are you loans high-interest? If so, then it's a no-brainer. Pay the loans off.

Take it from someone with $170k in student loans, $90k of which was at 10% interest.

C/N: You can enjoy a used WRX just as much. Pay off any high-interest debt asap...you'll enjoy the freedom that beings later on in life.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:52 PM   #174
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19. Full time student. Full time employed.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:01 PM   #175
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I was 21 when I bought my 2007 STI limited. I was 25 when I bought my 2011 STI limited. I live more than comfortably and have cash in the bank. It's all a question of how you manage your money and your credit.
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