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Old 01-12-2001, 09:49 PM   #1
RedDawgg
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Unhappy Need some advice please

Ok, first i'd like to say that this isn't an idea i came up with recently , i've been struggling with this problem for at least 3 months now. I've been planning on buying a 2001 RS this coming spring (waiting for the snow to melt) but i'm not sure if it's the best thing to do. I live around the Buffalo, NY area and the main reason i'd buy the RS would be to race, mainly other imports. My problem is that there are no imports around here and the extremely small percentage of people that do buy imports do not mod them, they leave them completely stock. So if i bought the RS the only people i would have to race would be mustangs and camaros, we too many of those. This problem has caused me to consider buying a bike, preferably a kawasaki ninja. This would satisfy my "need or speed" and save myself lots of money, but i am also in love with the subaru. Also i am feeling pressure from parents to not buy a new car for at least a couple more years but i cannot stand my slow mobile, so this spring its either the bike or the scooby. This problem has been bothering me for a long long time so i turn to you guys to help me, i would appreciate some unbiased opinions please. I realize this is an impreza post board and that you all love your cars but please dont leave a million response that say "SUBARU ALL THE WAY!!!" i really need some help. Thanks
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Old 01-12-2001, 10:34 PM   #2
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hey if your tight on money get the bike and save up for a wrx in a couple of years. cuz if u get the car now youll be spending crazy money on it. ever since i got my ride all i can think about is how to hook it up and being on this board with some good vendors that give great deals you can easily spend alot of money.

peace out!
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Old 01-12-2001, 11:05 PM   #3
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The solution to your problem is simple in my eyes. Don't get a bike if you live in NY!!! You can't ride it all year. I've got a bike in Houston, and I can pretty much ride all year. In LA no bike, but I could DEFINITELY ride all year.

If you want to race, a 2.5 RS isn't the way to go without major mods. GET a WRX.

Parents don't want you to get a new car. No problem. Get a USED Impreza, one that's already been modded with a turbo. There are plenty for sale in the classifieds here on the board. That way, you can race all the time, beat a lot of other cars (even domestics) and EVEN make the parents happy

Subaru all the WAY!!
next question !

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Old 01-12-2001, 11:10 PM   #4
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My 2000 2.5RS is for sale. 14000 miles. All the mods are there except for the turbo. I'm in Ithaca, which is pretty close by. Check my post in the private classifieds if you're interested.
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Old 01-13-2001, 12:21 AM   #5
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I would save my money for a WRX, its just that i dont like the styling and i guess that 2001 is the last year for this style and i'm not a big fan of the new style, i like the big front end with the big lights.
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Old 01-13-2001, 01:44 AM   #6
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Hell go with a slightly used but well modded Impreza that Might be able to statisfy all your needs.
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Old 01-13-2001, 10:09 AM   #7
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If you live in the Buffalo area, I don't think you'll get to ride your bike much.
If you own a scooby, you'll love snow more than you ever thought possible. <- That's not an exaggeration.

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Old 01-13-2001, 11:40 AM   #8
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Stay away from the BIKE!!! I speak from experience. I live in Phoenix, alot better riding weather, and I have owned a CBR 600 since 1993. That was alot of fun for a while, until all of my freinds that had them too started winding up dead. I finally had the last straw when on Dec. 28th a good friend of mine was mowed over by a stupid man in a F-150. I have had cars too during that time period, but I always loved riding my bike. But I don't want to end up on some slab of concrete, praying the ambulance gets there in time to save me. I sold my bike and used the money for a downpayment on a MY 01 RS coupe. A car that I have wanted for a long time. I am so happy I did that, not just because I feel like I have saved my life and also my wife from having to be a widow, but also this car is so much fun, I don't even think about bikes any more.
Do yourself a favor and forget the bike. You cannot control other people on the street, and you will be able to kick just about anybodies butt come winter time.

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Old 01-14-2001, 06:36 AM   #9
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I would buy the RS from RidinLow.

You would have a Scooby and would be able to drive year round. Bikes are to dangerous. The car would be much safer.

Then you can safe up little by little to get a new WRX...by that time the newer WRX will have the kinks worked out, and probably have more options on it.
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Old 01-14-2001, 02:44 PM   #10
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I feel ya,

I bought a 01 RS and am loving it. Last spring I bought a 99 Yamaha R6. This is indeed a very fast bike, and it did quench my thirst for speed until my truck was done. My truck is a 93 S-10 with a 383 stroker in it. When I got my truck done I kept the bike because nothing compares to the bike and going riding around town with your buddies. Still, I needed something dependable and next thing you know I go a bad ass scooby in my driveway. It took me a while to save up for all of my toys and I work hard to earn them. Just take your time save!

Have fun,
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Old 01-14-2001, 11:25 PM   #11
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Thanks guys, i think i'm leaning towards getting the RS now that i've read all your feedback. But its probally gonna depend on how much money i have this spring so i can put a good downpayment down and hopefully keep the monthly payments around something i can afford :-)
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Old 01-15-2001, 02:13 AM   #12
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Yeah, don't get a bike. You know you won't be able to drive it a big part of the year with the weather we get. Get a used RS from someone on the board and save $$$. Also, there is a good amount of people on campus here at UB that have imports. I'm sure someone would be willing to race you or at least hang with you and talk about modding it. I think there are 4 other people w/ RS's but none are on the board.
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Old 01-15-2001, 05:57 AM   #13
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I know someone at UB with an rs, it's a 99 I think, his names Bun.
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Old 01-15-2001, 08:59 AM   #14
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I know there's a black one on campus. It's all modded out, has v5??? spoiler. I know he's registered but I don't think he's on the board anymore.
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Old 01-16-2001, 02:07 AM   #15
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Bike Bad, get hurt easy. RS good car, good fun! But if all you are thinking about doing is dragging with the locals....... get a mustang. It is a pos american pile but for the money you cant beet it going straight for a short distance. And chicks like'm too.
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Old 01-16-2001, 09:30 PM   #16
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Theres a bunch of RS's at UB really? I got to ECC but i have a bunch of friends at UB and i'm there all the time, i've never seen an RS. What campus do they hang out at mostly?
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Old 01-17-2001, 12:49 AM   #17
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Whether you should get a bike depends on your riding experience and self control. If you tend to "race" people a lot on the street when challenged, stick with a car, you'll live longer. Cars aren't really much of a challenge anyway when you're on a bike, they're too damn slow.

There's no comparison in the fun factor between an RS and a modern sportbike, assuming you know how to ride it. Bikes kick ass, and cars lean the wrong way in turns. Cars are much safer in general, but you can decrease your risk on a bike by wearing proper safety gear and learning to ride defensively.

Regardless of which way you decide to go, try some track schools or the local dragstrip if you have one. They're a much safer place to get your speed kicks.
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Old 01-17-2001, 08:10 AM   #18
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Ok, here goes my speal... Last summer I was in your same boat. I too wanted a little crotch rocket. I had the need for speed. I actually came really close to taking the keys to a 94 CBR 600. I didn't here are my reasons why:
- Wouldn't really go well with my parents.
- I live in Washington it rains a good portion of the year here.
- Too expensive at the time.
- Driving a motorcycle is dangerous.
- My friend ended up in a horrible accident involving his motorcycle at the end of summer.


This is what ended up happening. I saved my money. I recently purchased MY01 RS in late November and haven't looked back. The RS doesn't give me a rush like a bike would. All in all I think it will be better for me in the long run.
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Old 01-17-2001, 08:12 AM   #19
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Now that I've reread the initial post a little more closely, I recommend avoiding a bike and sticking with the car for three reasons:

1) money is tight: the temptation is to get a fast bike and skimp on safety gear after the purchase, which is a recipe for disaster followed by many squids with the scars or headstones to prove it.

2) speed is the big consideration: the RS isn't fast, but its fast enough to be fun to drive and to surprise other cars on a twisty road; OTOH, sportbikes are really fast, and will get you killed quickly if you don't learn to ride on slower models first.

3) no experience with bikes? This seems implied, but I could be mistaken. If so, you should not be starting out on any of the ninja models other than the 250 or 500 (which will still beat most cars anyway)
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