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Old 03-07-2013, 01:08 AM   #1
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Default Well I sold my car today...

I guess it's called growing up. I'm getting married this Summer and I need to get something a little more practical and comfortable as well as get rid of a high car payment. I used to commute 60 miles round trip each day until I transferred to another location and now my commute is 6 miles round trip so my STi wasn't getting the use it deserved. I sold it today and am driving a borrowed Dodge Ram 1500 until I figure out what I'm buying next, but it'll probably be a BMW 335i. After 3 Subarus, I'm feeling a bit sad, but hopefully one day I'll be back into another.

Here's my first WRX being cleaned up by my brother after driving it all the way up to Canada:



My 2nd WRX on the Midnight Madness run:



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It was sad letting her go, but I won't be sad having a little extra money in my bank each month!
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:37 AM   #2
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You'll regret it.

Good luck with the 335...I hear they never have issues ;-)
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:38 AM   #3
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You'll regret it.

Good luck with the 335...I hear they never have issues ;-)
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:00 AM   #4
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Yeah I seem to have a problem with growing up! I only get one life as far as I know so I'm going to enjoy this one!!!!! And drive the hell outta my sti
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:12 AM   #5
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FXT's or LGT's are the grown up versions
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:13 AM   #6
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I "grew up" once. Didn't like it so I bought another bugeye.

But this time I paid cash so I sto have extra money in the bank.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:46 AM   #7
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335 is more comfortable but no way it is more practical than the sti
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:52 AM   #8
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I thought subarus were practical? I treat my wagon as a light duty pick up truck. Also how is going from an 8 year old sti to a 335 going to lower your monthly spending?

congrats anyhows. Get a brz for yourself and a minivan for the new wife. win/win
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:04 AM   #9
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I thought subarus were practical? I treat my wagon as a light duty pick up truck. Also how is going from an 8 year old sti to a 335 going to lower your monthly spending?

congrats anyhows. Get a brz for yourself and a minivan for the new wife. win/win
I was stupid when I bought the STi (not saying I'm not anymore!) and because I owed more on my trade in than I got (I was hit hard because SOA had to replace the motor at 17k miles and repaint the front end because of paint defects) I ended up with a $475 a month car payment. I'm going to still have to finance the next car but at a lower interest rate and a larger down payment and I will be paying less than half of what I used to. When I say that Subarus aren't practical, I guess I should have said modded STis aren't very practical. Engine noise, hard, stiff ride, etc. I'd still drive a modded STi myself, but somewhere down the line when we get settled in.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:41 AM   #10
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Obviously the opinions here will be biased, I got the same treatment from m3forums when I switched from an m3 to an STI. You'll enjoy the change at least for a little while- no more rattle city cabin, and much more comfort and quiet, heavier steering, etc... I'm sure your new wife will appreciate it too. However, get ready to shell out much more for mods and maintenance. Everytime I turned on my m3, I had my fingers crossed & did a little rain dance in hopes no dash lights illuminated. I live in fear no longer!
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:54 AM   #11
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The solution to the conundrum of "I want a fun car -and- a practical car" is to get two cars.

For the BMW thing, go get you an old ass mid-80's e30/e28 and mod that. The old ones are pretty robust (the m30 and m20 motors are legendary for longevity), easy to work on, and fairly cheap to own. Fuel pumps... aftermarket solutions exist for about $100 (main pump) and $40 (helper pump). Try -that- with a 335!

I have an '85 e28 beater... and I've had to do a fair amount of work to get it mostly right, it wasn't hard to do or even expensive. A set of Bilsteins was no more than any other car... about $120/corner. It actually rides pretty nice even on the slightly lower H&R springs. It's pretty good at toting people around .. 4drs, fairly roomy for the size of the car.

Return the STi to 'stock' and you then can have your cake and eat it too... a reliable daily-driver that's still fun, and a cheap beater/fun car that if it blew up tomorrow, you wouldn't care -that- much.

It looks like you have a fair bit of land, so parking can't be the issue.


now, yeah, this isn't really a super-cereal suggestion, but since people are giving you a little grief about your car choices... might as well have more fun with it.
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:34 PM   #12
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Congrats on a smart move, 475 a month for an 05 STi is way too much. Save some money and get what you really want, at a much more reasonable price
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:17 PM   #13
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It looks like you have a fair bit of land, so parking can't be the issue.


now, yeah, this isn't really a super-cereal suggestion, but since people are giving you a little grief about your car choices... might as well have more fun with it.
Good point about the older BMW. I work a ton and don't have time to play around with cars so that's why I want something that's fun to drive but not heavily modded. I actually don't have any land - the last picture was taken at my family's house. I live in the city and park on the street! No room for much here.



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Congrats on a smart move, 475 a month for an 05 STi is way too much. Save some money and get what you really want, at a much more reasonable price
Thanks! It was too much indeed, but because I didn't have many responsibilities I didn't mind paying the price. Now that my priorities have changed a bit, I don't mind too much getting rid of the payment a putting away my toys for now and then down the road getting something I can afford...like an Elise.
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:30 PM   #14
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Just curious on what's making you decide on a BMW ?
I have considered selling my 05 in the past but after lots of thinking and research only I really can't think of another car in or above the price range that can compete...except and EVO..
4 door , awd, safe , big brake and decent power. Maintenance is going to be way high on a German car.
How is that more practical?
An Elise would be even worse...I sold my rx7 a while back because it sucks having a 2 seater..
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:55 PM   #15
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The solution to the conundrum of "I want a fun car -and- a practical car" is to get two cars.
nah, just get a FXT Touring and slap some sprangs and a rsb on it

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Old 03-07-2013, 01:58 PM   #16
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don't think so

i see the guy that looks a whole lot like you in your HS yearbook giving you the finger

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Old 03-07-2013, 02:01 PM   #17
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Left subaru for bmw, havent looked back. I kept both for a few months, drove the wrx after a while and sold it the next day. This TT inline 6 is a beast.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:30 PM   #18
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Just curious on what's making you decide on a BMW ?
I have considered selling my 05 in the past but after lots of thinking and research only I really can't think of another car in or above the price range that can compete...except and EVO..
4 door , awd, safe , big brake and decent power. Maintenance is going to be way high on a German car.
How is that more practical?
An Elise would be even worse...I sold my rx7 a while back because it sucks having a 2 seater..
I guess I started looking at BMW because I wanted something comfortable without sacrificing much power. My fiancee and I drove up to Canada last year in my STi and while it was fun on some of the roads, it just wasn't comfortable. Stiff ride, loud, constantly talking over engine noise. I would probably pick up a stock STi if I could find a decent one, but everything I've seen has been beat up, modded, or has too high of miles.

The Elise would just be a weekend car for me, and I'm talking about sometime in a year or so. There's a guy here at work who's well over 6' and he daily drives his Elise! A long time ago I had a del Sol and I know what you mean about a 2 seater, but it sure was fun!

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Left subaru for bmw, havent looked back. I kept both for a few months, drove the wrx after a while and sold it the next day. This TT inline 6 is a beast.
That's encouraging to hear!
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:31 PM   #19
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I grew up too - and bought a '12 LGT.... Family sedan. I get my Subie love, AWD, and its pushing 315whp/353lbs of wtq. Insurance is much cheaper than the "fancy" cars and so are the repairs. BMWs are nice cars... ain't no doubt about it. But I'm loving my choice. Good luck.. maybe you'll return someday.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:40 PM   #20
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...as well as get rid of a high car payment...

it'll probably be a BMW 335i
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First time I've ever heard someone switch TO a BMW to save money.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:42 PM   #21
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If you're buying a new 335, get a used CTS-V instead. Or find and test drive a cts-v in your price range before deciding. I want one
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:50 PM   #22
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If you're buying a new 335, get a used CTS-V instead. Or find and test drive a cts-v in your price range before deciding. I want one
I went and looked at one the other day at a dealer in town. I happened to see it before it was "reconditioned" and to see the shape it was traded in scared me! The tires were bald all the way down to the wire, looking like someone did a few burnouts before trading it in! There was an obvious oil leak just looking under the hood, and the car looked like it had never been washed in its life. It only had 60k miles and it was pretty sad to see a car like that being abused. They said they could make me a "good deal" and I could drive it off the lot for $18.5 but if I waited till they reconditioned it, they'd bump the price up by $2k.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:50 PM   #23
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First time I've ever heard someone switch TO a BMW to save money.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:56 PM   #24
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^ its true, say hello to 120 dollar oil changes (still about 80 if you do it yourself)

If you are trying to save money, i would steer clear of BMW. MOST people who jump into these things prepare for the maintenance costs ahead of us.. some people dont.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:21 PM   #25
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^ its true, say hello to 120 dollar oil changes (still about 80 if you do it yourself)

If you are trying to save money, i would steer clear of BMW. MOST people who jump into these things prepare for the maintenance costs ahead of us.. some people dont.
*any* European car, for that fact. I bought a Volvo XC90 as a daily driver. This thing has been less reliable and cost me more money than my project car

Can't exactly say I didn't expect this - I bought the Volvo knowing it was going to be this way though

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Nothing like the smooth powerful kick in the ass of a Swedish Japanese American er, Chinese V8 in a luxo-barge SUV

(for those of you that don't get the joke - Volvo is a Swedish brand once owned by Ford, but is now owned by a Chinese company. The V8 engine in the XC90 is built by Yamaha in Japan)
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