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Old 01-10-2013, 10:15 AM   #2804
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Originally Posted by vwgti123 View Post
I friggin hate this car. 2013 SWP Sport Limited Moonroof/CVT. Willing to sell. No matter what I do I cannot break 30mpg. It has actually consumed me. My commute is about 20miles one way, mostly highway/bumper to bumper, and no matter how I drive.. I cannot break 30mpg Hand Calc.. screw the subaru trip computer.. thing is just dead wrong!!

My 2010 VW GTI 6spd was more fun, had better refinement, no rattles, a ton more power/torque, torque is the key to good MPG, handled better, and if driven the same way could easily break 30mpg. This the last Subaru I will ever buy.. gonna have to keep until warranty is close to running out and then probably going to buy the new MkVII GTI. I made a huge mistake, I needed an A/T transmission once Buick daily commter was totalled, did my research but to my own fault did not research enough I guess and actually feel violated by Subaru Of America for the innacurate MPG's this car can achieve.

If I could go back in time I would soo have kept the GTI. It is is a joke how off the MPG's are for this car. All these owners posting about getting well above 30mpg are either not hand calc or doing something that I am not aware of. We should all file a law suit. If anyone wants to be William Wallace.. I will gladly join the cause. Oh and by the way, my VW was a PZEV also.. but did not rev at 2k for 15mins and lose 4 mpg going a mile down the road.

Car is still on the lot.. go buy it.. I wish I could get it back, I am the original owner, even tried to trade the Impreza back to the clowns at Lester Glenn, offering them over 1k for usage for a car I had for not even 2mos and 1,500 but they tried to screw me for 4k in depreciation and told me that it was hit in parking lot there so I would not just travel and show up from NY to NJ to come get it and make a scene. I traded the VW in for 19k, worth more than that. I messed up, car was prestine and awesome. At least you will know that they paid 19k for the car.

Sorry for ranting... and if you love your imprezza, God Bless.. But for me this car falls way short on what was advertised all over the web and by reviewers. Truley Disapointed.
What were your reasons for getting rid of the GTI? It sounds like the only reasons were to get an automatic tranny and better MPGs. Or were there other features of the Impreza that caused you to make that choice, like that it has 4 doors?

As someone who went from a TDI to an Impreza (although mine has the manual tranny), I have the following comments and perspective:
  • You said "but did not rev at 2k for 15mins and lose 4 mpg going a mile down the road". The only way you will see that kind of change in your average MPG reading is if you recently filled the tank and zeroed the trip odometer. Average MPG won't change that quickly once you have more miles on the trip.
  • Don't forget to factor in the higher price of the premium gas the GTI requires compared to the regular gas you're feeding the Impreza. You say that you could easily get more than 30 MPG in the GTI. Now I'm not going to call you a liar, but just for the record, the average MPG for the Impreza on Fuelly is 28 MPG, and the average for the GTI on Fuelly is 26 MPG. Regardless, the GTI wasn't cheaper to operate because of the more expensive gas it requires. I see from the GTI's ad that you only put 17k miles on a 2010 car. So you're only driving something like 5k miles/year, and as such, fuel economy shouldn't be a big concern for you.
  • I can understand why the GTI was a more pleasurable drive for you than the Impreza. To go from a sporty car with a stick to an Impreza with a CVT is bound to disappoint. The Impreza is a more practical car, but if you were looking to match the GTI's fun factor, well, you made a poor choice. You probably should have traded it in on another GTI with the DSG tranny and 4 doors. Or a WRX would have given you the fun factor and more reliability than the GTI, and could also be purchased with 4 doors and an auto tranny.

I suggest that you sell the Impreza via a private sale out of your own driveway to get more money for it (you should have done the same with your GTI), and then buy the car you really want. When I was buying my Impreza, the Subaru dealership would only offer $16.5k for my TDI in trade. I sold it myself for $22k.

And don't let any car's fuel economy be a major factor in your purchase decision. You drive so little miles/year that it just doesn't make much difference.

Good luck!
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