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Old 01-06-2003, 03:03 PM   #1
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So your local dealship finaly gets an STi in. Anyone have any good ideas on how to get them to let you drive it?
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Old 01-06-2003, 03:04 PM   #2
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A test drive on a limited production car like this where most dealers have a longer wait list than cars they'll get in?

If you can even find a non-paid for STi on a lot, I'll be impressed, much less be able to drive it.

It could happen though, but would be a pretty rare case.

Personally, I don't wanna drive it until I take it off the lot to my house
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Old 01-06-2003, 03:04 PM   #3
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Uhhh...............pull up in your WRX and ask nicely?
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Old 01-06-2003, 03:05 PM   #4
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Not gonna happen. Unless you plop down a briefcase full of cash!
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Old 01-06-2003, 03:07 PM   #5
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Find a person who took early delivery and try to get a ride (unlikely you'll get to drive--you wouldn't if it was my STI!)
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Old 01-06-2003, 03:13 PM   #6
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on these car test drive arent available usualy
tro to go to your mercedes benz dealer and ask about test driving an sl55 amg, they dont even have one in stock, they are all presold
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Old 01-06-2003, 03:19 PM   #7
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rent a limo...go to car dealership. tell the guy you want 2 matching STi's.
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Old 01-06-2003, 03:29 PM   #8
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All you have to do is get your business card in the hands of the internet sales mgr (or whatever they are called at the given dealership) and let him know you are interested in buying one.

Make sure your business card has an over-paid executive title on it and you're in.

It has worked for me 99% of the time. the 1 time a guy was kind of saying no, I mentioned that I was buying it as a birthday present for my wife so I needed it ASAP and didn't have time to mess around, I needed to drive it.

Then again, I'm in the SF bay area... This probably wouldn't work as well in Montana, etc. You've got to be someplace where there actually are people so loaded they do stuff like that.

Its not enough for them to think they might sell you a car. They have to think that you are one of those rare buyers they hear stories about where they'll make $5000 in commission because you paid way too much cuz you have enough $$ you don't care.

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Old 01-06-2003, 03:35 PM   #9
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stracos, for what kind of car did you did that? certainly not a low production limited edition car
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Old 01-06-2003, 03:40 PM   #10
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Don't worry, I'm buying two cars and one will be available for test drives to anyone who wants to swing by.
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Old 01-06-2003, 03:43 PM   #11
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$200/hr in my STi.
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Old 01-06-2003, 04:11 PM   #12
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Holy freaking cow.

The hype is so thick, you can spread it like pea-nut-butter!
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Old 01-06-2003, 04:26 PM   #13
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FHI is reading this forum and bumping the price of the STI up $10 for every new post.
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Old 01-06-2003, 04:52 PM   #14
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Easy - Walk in to the dealer in '01 and pay $30K for a LL Bean outback. Two weeks later show up and test drive a WRX. Find out the STi is even better. Keep in touch with her every two months for new info so she doesn't forget you. Let her know you are VERY interested.

BTW, i read on one of the forums that dealers are supposed to get test drive cars in the April to May time frame.
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Old 01-06-2003, 04:54 PM   #15
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the best way to drive one will be to go to a meet and ask someone who has one if you can drive theirs. maybe you don't live in southern california where there are 4 meets every week (i'm not joking), but they should still be showing up shortly after they are released.

i'm sure that until the end of the year all STi models that come in will be snatched up fairly quickly.
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Old 01-08-2003, 10:41 PM   #16
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My dealer sends me B-day and Christmas cards. They will let me test drive one!

If only they really cared....
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Old 01-08-2003, 10:51 PM   #17
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Well actually one day I heard that my local ford dealer had a Cobra R. So me and my cousin go to the dealer in my cousins GT. The dealer says that he cannot allow us to drive the car. So we go home and decide to go over there the next day with my brothers X5 4.6. We ask a different dealer, which saw us pull in, if he had any mustangs. He immediatly shows us the Cobra R and we get a test drive. So I guess you could get a test drive of the STi if you pull in with a nice car. Just my opinion though.
Thats what ill try.
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Old 01-09-2003, 12:02 AM   #18
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I was turned down by two dealers in late 01 trying to test drive wrx's, prolly cause i pulled up in my corolla. A few months ago my mother came with me to 1 of the same dealers, we pulled in with her passat(not that it made a diff.), but as soon as i step outta the car, a salesman was right there asking if i preferred manuel or auto. I immediately answered and off we went in a 5 speed. The whole time we talked about aftermarket performance, and he was boasting what was available in the AM, he was encouraging me to go faster, etc... Well, I can say 1 thing about this experience, he may have only been helpful and friendly cause, My mother was with me(considering it was in a town full of spoiled rich kids) but when i buy my next subaru it will be from that guy. And not the other fu(kholes that turned me down.
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Old 01-09-2003, 12:09 AM   #19
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I test drove a WRX in Sydney Australia in January 2001 just after they announced the WRX in the US. I test drove the STI in Sydney on my last trip a few months ago, obviously the US one will be better.

If they allow you to test drive the STi it means it will not be able to be sold as new so it will need to be sold as a demonstrator with significant discount. NOt going to happen.!!
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Old 01-09-2003, 12:59 AM   #20
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were family friends with the dealer so i might get a shot at it, when i first went in to get my wrx he asked if we wanted to drive it, we said sure he told someone to take it off the showroom and told us to have fun we were only gone for about 2 hours though, but it was still cool, we tried with the s2000 and the guy said we could have it for 10 or 15 mins! so we came back an hour later and i thought he was gunna kill us
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Old 01-09-2003, 02:20 AM   #21
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the best way to drive one will be to go to a meet and ask someone who has one if you can drive theirs. maybe you don't live in southern california where there are 4 meets every week (i'm not joking), but they should still be showing up shortly after they are released.

i'm sure that until the end of the year all STi models that come in will be snatched up fairly quickly.
The way we do it at our dealership is too work out the terms and deal before we let the customer drive a high ticket item. The return of the Supra later this year will command the same type of transaction. Most dealers are not willing to put miles on the car without a commitment. The reason why is that serious buyers do not want wasted 'miles' on their car, especially if they are paying full price or a premium. Also, not everyone who comes to the dealership are responsible drivers. I've had to stop a few test drives with retarded customers. That is quite a bit of power to entrust to someone you met 5 minutes ago. If you are under 25 or need your parents to help you with the deal, you can forget it unless you got the cash or credit to back you up.

Go to a SoCal meet and beg someone for a test drive. I will be there as soon as my white one comes in!

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Old 01-09-2003, 03:48 AM   #22
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If they allow you to test drive the STi it means it will not be able to be sold as new so it will need to be sold as a demonstrator with significant discount. NOt going to happen.!!
Sure they can sell it as new, they do it all the time. If the Dealer holds a Manufacturers Statement of Origin (Not a title), then it is technically a *new* car and able to be sold as such. Perhaps you wouldn't be interested in an STI with 100 miles on the Odometer but I can betcha there are 100 people behind you that would gladly pay MSRP for that new STI. If you're serious, have the cash AND the dealer has one, you can get a test drive. Perfect Example: Bimmer M3 SMG.

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Old 01-09-2003, 10:59 AM   #23
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I'm going to be standing in the parking lot when my car rolls off the truck and it's never going to leave my sight until I get in it to drive it home. That's my perfect plan at least.

- Kevin.
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Old 01-09-2003, 12:22 PM   #24
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That's what I call commitment. When I bought my WRX I had to wait 3 days before they finished the detailing etc, if they screw me round this time I will have to camp out next to the STI while they get it ready. Its like when i take it in for repairs or service, I like to watch but they keep kicking me out of the garage. So now I do most of my own service.

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I'm going to be standing in the parking lot when my car rolls off the truck and it's never going to leave my sight until I get in it to drive it home. That's my perfect plan at least.

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Old 01-09-2003, 12:23 PM   #25
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The speculation of how hard it is going to be to get one of these is being blown way out of proportion. Check out the thread in this forum called 'How many are really getting one?'
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=298178

Most the people on here that are talking about getting one aren't planning on buying one from the first shipment.

You'll be able to test drive one next fall if the dealer thinks you're a serious buyer.

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