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Old 09-30-2020, 11:01 PM   #1
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Question Should I Comeback to Subaru?

I Purchased 3 brand new STI's (04-10-11). I went to Audi (S3) & to BMW M2-6spd
I am in the market for a daily driver under $25K, Searching all makes/models I thought of a WRX & frankly really never considered getting one until now.
Feedback wanted/support. I loved my STI's and my wife drives an Outback Limited.
Here is the kicker. . . .i'm 52 yrs young. Ur thoughts?
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Old 09-30-2020, 11:58 PM   #2
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Im 37, just picked up my 3rd WRX for a daily. Went old school with an 02 BUGEYE. DO IT!
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Old 10-01-2020, 08:26 AM   #3
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What's wrong with the M2? Snow performance?
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Old 10-01-2020, 10:23 AM   #4
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Feedback wanted/support. I loved my STI's and my wife drives an Outback Limited.
Here is the kicker. . . .i'm 52 yrs young. Ur thoughts?
I'm not seeing any problem here, unless it's a case of the STi wing being a bit much. In which case the FA-engine WRX trims probably deserve a closer look (in stock forms, the WRX's FA part throttle response around town is apt to be better than that of the STi's EJ, the WRX's 18" 40-series tires ought to ride a little better than the STi's 19" 35's, and seating in the Limited trim is not as confining as either Recaros or the seating in the lower WRX trims).


72 years not-old here, 71 when we bought our '19.


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Old 10-01-2020, 10:31 AM   #5
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Get another STI, wrx are ok but not the same...
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Old 10-01-2020, 11:05 AM   #6
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I am 57 and you need to ask, your not ready
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Old 10-01-2020, 11:31 AM   #7
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What's wrong with the M2? Snow performance?
Sold the M2-sold it to purchase home and it was a pain to get in/out of. I will never purchase a German car again=resale value/can't work on them/expensive to own/operate.
Also I have Subaru dealer less than a 1/4 mile from my house now.
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Old 10-01-2020, 11:40 AM   #8
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For a daily a WRX or STI would be great.
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Old 10-01-2020, 11:51 AM   #9
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72 years not-old here, 71 when we bought our '19.


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Old 10-01-2020, 11:54 AM   #10
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I Purchased 3 brand new STI's (04-10-11). I went to Audi (S3) & to BMW M2-6spd
I am in the market for a daily driver under $25K, Searching all makes/models I thought of a WRX & frankly really never considered getting one until now.
Feedback wanted/support. I loved my STI's and my wife drives an Outback Limited.
Here is the kicker. . . .i'm 52 yrs young. Ur thoughts?
Daily driver under $25K.. I would probably take a look at the CivicSi's if FWD does not bother you. Although the Impreza is a decent car for the normal folk, it was pretty horrible in terms of driving dynamics with the wobbly MT, dog slow and all. It does not resemble your STI at all.

I would spend another $10K and get a WRX Limited. My daily driver is a 19 WRX Limited and I love it. It's not slow (can still hit 60mph in about 5sec) but a more relaxed drive and feel than my STI.
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Old 10-01-2020, 01:14 PM   #11
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Sold the M2-sold it to purchase home and it was a pain to get in/out of. I will never purchase a German car again=resale value/can't work on them/expensive to own/operate.
Also I have Subaru dealer less than a 1/4 mile from my house now.
I get the difficulty getting in/out. I had a Lotus Elise. Certainly test drive an STi first and be sure you're happy with getting in and out of it. I don't know that it's much different from a 2 series, but certainly check it out.

Any Subaru will be more DIY friendly than a BMW. No requirement to program a new battery to the car, not overly plastic covered. If you buy a limited, the materials and build quality tends to be better. For the money difference, also test drive a WRX. Back in the olden days, STis were worlds higher performance. These days, it's fractions more for ten grand more money. Many of the STi upgrades can be done on a WRX if you want (brakes, for example). I will say that the STi transmission is far nicer than that in the WRX. Drive them yourself and make your own mind up.

I've exited the sport/luxury market years ago (E30 M3, B5 A4 2.8Q, B5 S4) and am happy driving a premium 19 Crosstrek 6M. It's no BMW which is bad but also good.
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Old 10-01-2020, 03:20 PM   #12
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I daily my 07 wrx and well everyone else I know hates the ride and rattles. The 2015+ wrx is definitely great as a daily. You can find those all day for around 20K
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Old 10-04-2020, 02:11 PM   #13
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The 2015+ wrx is definitely great as a daily. You can find those all day for around 20K
Mine is great as a daily driver. Now that there is no traffic on my 30 mile commute around Baltimore, I average 36 MPG. And it's comfortable.

My only complaint now is that the backseat could bigger since I have my kid's carseat is back there. ...but may not a problem that a 52 year old has?
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Old 10-10-2020, 12:22 PM   #14
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My daily driver is a 3rd WRX too, you should go for it.
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Old 10-11-2020, 12:00 PM   #15
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My daily is a 17 Impreza Sport CVT. You wanna save money? Bam. It not "fast" but it's still quick in corners and the new SGP (well, new in '17) is very, very nice in cornering.

I'm just done with speed and power for a bit.

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Old 10-11-2020, 10:37 PM   #16
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I'd say do it! The wing maybe a negative factor for the 30+ crowd (myself included), but you can easily find a 20 year old on FB willing to do a trunk swap and pay cash on top. Of course, there is also the option of the WRX.

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I'm not seeing any problem here, unless it's a case of the STi wing being a bit much. In which case the FA-engine WRX trims probably deserve a closer look (in stock forms, the WRX's FA part throttle response around town is apt to be better than that of the STi's EJ, the WRX's 18" 40-series tires ought to ride a little better than the STi's 19" 35's, and seating in the Limited trim is not as confining as either Recaros or the seating in the lower WRX trims).


72 years not-old here, 71 when we bought our '19.


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Old 10-13-2020, 12:11 PM   #17
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My daily is my first WRX bought back in 2003. Yeah it***8217;s an old car, but she***8217;s still fun. Only feels old if I drive it after I drive my wife***8217;s 17 IS300. Then it***8217;s loud and creaky, but it has character.
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Old 10-13-2020, 08:48 PM   #18
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I just turned 50 and I still drive the same 04 STi that I bought new when I was 32.
I hope this helps.
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Old 10-14-2020, 10:05 AM   #19
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Get another STI, wrx are ok but not the same...
T R U T H
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Old 10-14-2020, 10:20 AM   #20
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I Purchased 3 brand new STI's (04-10-11). I went to Audi (S3) & to BMW M2-6spd
I am in the market for a daily driver under $25K, Searching all makes/models I thought of a WRX & frankly really never considered getting one until now.
Feedback wanted/support. I loved my STI's and my wife drives an Outback Limited.
Here is the kicker. . . .i'm 52 yrs young. Ur thoughts?
Go back to a Subaru. Age is just a number. You still have time to enjoy a Subaru.
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Old 10-14-2020, 08:04 PM   #21
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I came back to Subaru's after a few years off. Ever since I had got rid of my last one, I had missed them. Now I have a 2018 STI Limited. The cars I had inbetween was a 14 Focus ST, 16 Focus RS, 16 S550 GT.
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Old 10-21-2020, 12:04 PM   #22
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I regret selling my STI ever since I sold it. I***8217;m back in the market for one myself. Buy what you want to drive. Driving is passion until tech takes that from us.
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Old 10-22-2020, 05:03 PM   #23
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Now I have a 2018 STI Limited.
I daily my '18 STi (w/ wing) and 2 1/2 years later I still effin' love it!! Now, it's no 25K soooo. I also get to stare at it out my office window!

But I agree with go drive both before you make a decision.

and 45 here.
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Old 10-26-2020, 10:16 PM   #24
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I'd say do it! The wing maybe a negative factor for the 30+ crowd (myself included), but you can easily find a 20 year old on FB willing to do a trunk swap and pay cash on top. Of course, there is also the option of the WRX.
Funny Iím 35 and the wing was a must for me
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Old Yesterday, 10:15 AM   #25
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I doubt there's any particular age where desire to have a wing goes away.

I'd already been driving for 5 or 6 years when the Dodge Daytona and the Plymouth Superbird came out with high impossible-to-miss wings. They were a bit too much for me even back then when I was in my early 20's.

The much more subdued "wing" on my 2008 Mustang was a must-have at age 60.


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