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Old 03-13-2003, 12:59 AM   #1
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Default Price drop and patience with the STi

In looking at the Subaru UK website, I noted that the new STi has dropped in price by 2500 pounds as compared to the previous MY while the new WRX has dropped in price by 1500 lbs. Whether this price drop is due to market forces or deflationary pressures (which certainly are hitting the US economy as well) is unknown. Nevertheless, this decrease in price may bode well for those who have the patience and the ability to defer gratification to wait for the 2005 STi. Just a thought for those who are short on cash.

BTW, for those of you who are chomping at the bit and can't wait for this car, just realize that the more you express the "gotta have it right now" and "can't live without it" attitude, the greater tha likelihood of the price moving upwards. Manufacturers are no fools and obviously monitor forums such as to assess buyer sentiment and are influenced to some degree by the consumers' attitudes and responses. Just a heads up.
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Old 03-13-2003, 12:14 PM   #2
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In looking at the Subaru UK website, I noted that the new STi has dropped in price by 2500 pounds as compared to the previous MY while the new WRX has dropped in price by 1500 lbs. Whether this price drop is due to market forces or deflationary pressures (which certainly are hitting the US economy as well) is unknown. Nevertheless, this decrease in price may bode well for those who have the patience and the ability to defer gratification to wait for the 2005 STi. Just a thought for those who are short on cash.

BTW, for those of you who are chomping at the bit and can't wait for this car, just realize that the more you express the "gotta have it right now" and "can't live without it" attitude, the greater tha likelihood of the price moving upwards. Manufacturers are no fools and obviously monitor forums such as to assess buyer sentiment and are influenced to some degree by the consumers' attitudes and responses. Just a heads up.
I've actually thought about what the price will do for MY05, and it could go either way. I don't think that we can fairly compare the market in the US and UK at this point, given that the first year of the car's existence hasn't come and gone yet. I would like to see the price fall, but cars typically go up a few hundred dollars every year or two. What do other cars do in the UK? Is it typical to see a price drop over a model year?
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Old 03-13-2003, 06:53 PM   #3
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One thing we know is that in a year or two supply will not be such an issue. The true price will likely drop through negotiation because the cars will be available to meet the (reduced) demand. These cars are not so unique that they will always have to be special ordered. Like most cars, you will be able to negotiate somewhere between invoice and MSRP. I may be wrong. but I don't think so. Also, in a year or so, there will be even more options available to prospective buyers, including, hopefully, a Legacy GT with a 2.5 turbo
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Old 03-14-2003, 05:34 PM   #4
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BTW, for those of you who are chomping at the bit and can't wait for this car, just realize that the more you express the "gotta have it right now" and "can't live without it" attitude, the greater tha likelihood of the price moving upwards. Manufacturers are no fools and obviously monitor forums such as to assess buyer sentiment and are influenced to some degree by the consumers' attitudes and responses. Just a heads up.
Good post. Although I'm kinda comparing apples & oranges, I saw an ad for my local Nissan dealer & it said they have 60 350Z's in stock right now. I'm sure they're selling below MSRP, unlike all those suckas that bought it full price not 3 months ago.
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Old 03-15-2003, 01:08 AM   #5
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Default It all about production...

I believe that if the production of STis increase, the price will become more negotiable. As for California, all of the STis allocated for the first year are already sold or have deposits on them. This would mean that they could hold sticker very easily as compared to the EVO which will be negotiable within the next few months.

The greatest thing about Subaru is that they are encouraging the dealerships to not mark up the car over sticker. They understand that the car will be hard to compete with the luxury class of G35 and others as far as style and finish. They want to let the enthusiasts have an enthusiast car at the best price possible.

I have a feeling that those that will get the car this summer, will have no problem paying the price at sticker for hottest car in the US.
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