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Old 12-02-2003, 01:41 PM   #1
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Default WRX/RS Owners - How old are you?

Reason Im asking about age is that Im 18. I just started college and as of now I drive a 94 Civic (automatic ), but I REALLY want a WRX. Everyone is telling me to wait until I graduate since it seems as if Im gonna have to pay for it myself. And after reading the forums, I see some people saying they're "in their 30s", and they "have families of their own".

Ive been studying/researching the WRX for months now, lurking on these forums learning all I can before I actually buy one. (Ive even picked out all my mods already ).

I keep getting the feeling that by the time I buy one, the WRX wont be a big deal and almost everyone will have one. (I live south of Atlanta, GA and Ive seen about 7 in the last 7 months in this area, and have never rode in one or test drove one [cant drive stick yet ]) Im hoping that ALL you people cant be around my age and it will make me feel a lot better if I see that most the people here are at least my age and waaay older

How old are YOU?
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Old 12-02-2003, 01:48 PM   #2
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I'm 22 (got my WRX when I was 21). Until you start making a bit more money though, I would wait too. Trust me, man, get a cool used car (like a 240sx or Integra or just keep your Civic). You'll love having a cool car, but regret it when you're working all the time instead of partying with your college friends. Think about how much alcohol a $400/mo payment will buy you if you're not tied to a car loan!

Plus, if you're living on campus your car is exposed to a lot of elements (drunk college kids, rain, ice, etc). I'd let my Civic sit out there and get to beat to piss by everything and hook up my nice ride when I get out of school. Besides, your priorities may have changed by then, and you'll be glad you weren't held down by a car loan.
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Old 12-02-2003, 02:01 PM   #3
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im 20, soon to be 21... possibly buying an STi in the spring...

it really doesnt matter how old you are, its more about how much money you make/have/ are willing to spend on monthly payments... I bought my RS when I was 19, should have bought the WRX then but i decided the RS was a better deal. I saved about 200$ a month with my decision to buy the RS over the rex.
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Old 12-02-2003, 02:11 PM   #4
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Wait till your out of school.........

Im 24, got a good job out of school, bought an STI instead of the WRX I wanted 2 years ago while still in school.
I drove a 2.5rs automatic for 3 years (of the 4 years at college in Upstate NY). My Bronco blew the hell up after freshman year.

You could still use some driving experience at that age in a car a little less potent than a rex.

Mod your civic a little or get a used/cheap RS, just to keep you happy till you graduate. then the fun begins......you won't even blink and college will be over. Take my word for it. I had the same dilemma. Save yo dough! You will thank me in 4 years.

Have some freakin fun at school, don't worry about working and car payments, you have the rest of your life for that (god knows I'm in the beginning of this part of my life now)......I know what the "getting a new car" urge feels like, you gotta be tough.
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Old 12-02-2003, 02:16 PM   #5
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23 in two weeks. Got a great steady job and I went with the STI. Um lets see bad ass ride or drinking money... dude go with the car.
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Old 12-02-2003, 02:19 PM   #6
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23 when I got it - waited a year after college, had to move out and get settled first, and then saved up a downpayment and waited for the STi to be released. Just turned 24 last month.
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Old 12-02-2003, 02:20 PM   #7
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i'm 24 and agree with everyone else. college isn't the time to worry about your car ($$, mods, parking, repairing, etc) I had a 95 integra for those four years and left it at home. drove it in the summers and the past year i was working then i got a wrx. if it was anything other than a honda i would have avoided the depreciation hit and sold it
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Old 12-02-2003, 02:22 PM   #8
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Input from someone waaaaay older, I would first buy another mid 90's Civic with a five speed. Learn how to drive a straight shift for a year or so (rip up the clutch on it) and then sell it. Then get your WRX. You may even have enough change to buy a STI.
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Old 12-02-2003, 02:38 PM   #9
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I just turned 21 and I bought a 2000 RS a couple months ago and couldn't be happier. The payments aren't nearly as much as a new WRX plus I think it looks better too. I think alamike has some good advice, but I also think an older RS might be right up your alley. It's plenty fast and you can still save up for a WRX later.

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Old 12-02-2003, 02:39 PM   #10
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23...I used to have a 2000 Legacy but just had to get a WRX when i heard about their 0% offer...damn $564/monthly payment is killing me
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Old 12-02-2003, 02:43 PM   #11
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Try this to see if you can manage the "payments + college" lifestyle:

Instead of running out and buying the car, figure out what you would be making in payments if you were to buy a wrx today.

If you can comfortably save this amount every month for at least 6 months, you are probably stable enough to handle car payments in college.
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Old 12-02-2003, 02:48 PM   #12
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I'm 25, almost 26 and I bought mine last fall when I was 24 and had been working full time in my field for a year and a half.

I'm glad I waited until after school. I didn't have to worry about car payments as an undergrad, and I was able to put a nice downpayment on my WRX and after only a year I'm already halfway to paying it off. Having a wife with a similar income helps, but we are also paying way too much on the car she just 'had to have' when she was in college.
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Old 12-02-2003, 02:52 PM   #13
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im 21 got my WRX when I was 19. Wait until you are out of school. Take it from experience, having a lot of bills sucks
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Old 12-02-2003, 02:57 PM   #14
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27 with a wife who makes almost as much as I do. I am very thankful that I didn't have to make car payments in college because I wouldn't be able to afford a house now. Trust me on this one--go cheap in college. College fun can often be directly proportional to the amount of money you have available. Several hundred extra a month toward a car means you have several hundred less a month towards trips, activities, stuff, and savings.
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Old 12-02-2003, 03:05 PM   #15
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45 with wife, kid, big mortgage...
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Old 12-02-2003, 03:11 PM   #16
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im 21 in school with a job. i financed at 0% for 2 years in june.

I live in midtown atlanta, if you wanna drop by one day we 'll go for a ride....heh.
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Old 12-02-2003, 03:21 PM   #17
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20, I bought my RS this summer but I have been saving for about 4 years and paid cash for it, I would not take a loan out since I didnt want to be in debt which is why I got an RS as opposed to a WRX.
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Old 12-02-2003, 03:27 PM   #18
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29 bought my WRX in Sept, previously I spent 5 years in the military and ran up some debt so I spent some time getting that under control before finally buying my ride, although I did buy my old L wagon in March of last year.

Save your money and have some fun but try and stay out of debt aka don't use them credit cards to much. If I hadn't done that I might've gotten an STI instead but I'm more then happy with the WRX. I'll get an STI in several years after I buy a house or something.
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Old 12-02-2003, 03:28 PM   #19
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(STi) 26, married and just bought a house. Wife and I both have good corporate jobs so its all good........
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Old 12-02-2003, 03:32 PM   #20
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25 Signed papers on an 04 WRX Wagon today. Needless to say I am a lil bit excited
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Old 12-02-2003, 03:45 PM   #21
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19, got my rs for my graduation when i was 18, i had to pay tax right off and have to pay another 2g's after that, but it seems worth it

i would wait if i were u, i have to drop like 10g's in a year on my car and its starting to get stressful w/ all my other bills, <cell phone, activities, snowboarding> you catch my drift

i know you want it bad, but get an rs, ull figure out more about scoobs and wanna get it even more, once you realize theyre spendy
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Old 12-02-2003, 03:54 PM   #22
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27, got my car with my first job out of school. I worked in college, too, but that went to support the cycling habit. wait. By the time you're out, there'll be a car you want that you can afford.

Edit: If you must, find a used old skool RS with a stick and learn on it. You can mod it a bit if you want as you go, and you won't be out much. Best of all worlds!
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Old 12-02-2003, 03:54 PM   #23
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I waited 2 years before I finally got my rex and I love her. I bought her used and learned to drive stick with her too.

I would wait a bit more if I were you...trust me, I know it sucks. I was on the waiting list for an STi but pulled out a month before mine showed up. I just could'nt fathom paying over $600/month for a car.

So, I'm waiting until used STi's start appearing in the next 2 years. By that time there will be tons of mods available, both power and appearance-wise. Getting to 450 hp should be no sweat.

So wait a bit and then buy used. Get a nice '03 (bugeyes only!!) w/low miles for around 16-18 grand, do about 3-4 grand in mods and you'll have one bad-ass machine.
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Old 12-02-2003, 03:55 PM   #24
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was 19 when I bought my first car: A 91 Subaru Legacy Turbo. Crashed it 10 months later Saved up for 2 years, bought a 2002 RS, $8,000 ca$h down. I know owe $6,000 more with a 5.3% interest and $260 a month payment. I think I got an awesome deal. Just wished I got a WRX, but didn't have enough money at the time. I'm 22 now. Work full time for Quiksilver. In school full time, no girlfriend (yes a money saver) and still live with my parents (saves a TON of money) I pay for school, insurance, gas, mods, you name it. It all depends on what you're willing to sacrifice. I still have money left over for fun. Think about it.
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Old 12-02-2003, 04:26 PM   #25
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29yrs old, just bought a 04 WRX. Making $400 a month payments with teachers pay.... My rent is 3 times that... Blaaa....
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