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The E9X is the 4th evolution of the BMW 3 series including a highly tuned twin turbo 335i variant pushing out 300hp and 300 ft. lbs. of torque. BMW continues to show that it sets the bar for true driving performance! -- View the E9X Wiki

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One thing to bear in mind is that you really need to change the oil every 3K (straight from a Subaru tech buddy's mouth) in the WRX's. The piston seals are prone to coking up and breaking, causing an expensive repair, if you aren't fairly rigorous about this.
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get a mk7 gti when it comes out, great car in and out... much nicer than subi...
I agree on the engine/transmission in the VW, but the interior build quality is absolute sh*t. All the recent VWs I've been in, are rattle traps, creak traps, far worse plastic than the BMWs you'd have to spring for the high end audio to drown out the noises in those things. Subbies are worse, I wouldn't even consider one of those things, plus all Subbies sound like crap after a few years. It's too bad, the current GTI would have served well for the SO after we turned in the 335i, but after driving several in the area, the interior was so far below par for the price, we lost consideration.
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One thing to bear in mind is that you really need to change the oil every 3K (straight from a Subaru tech buddy's mouth) in the WRX's. The piston seals are prone to coking up and breaking, causing an expensive repair, if you aren't fairly rigorous about this.
Should we potentially have the WRX check into rehab?
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:12 AM
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I agree on the engine/transmission in the VW, but the interior build quality is absolute sh*t. All the recent VWs I've been in, are rattle traps, creak traps, far worse plastic than the BMWs you'd have to spring for the high end audio to drown out the noises in those things. Subbies are worse, I wouldn't even consider one of those things, plus all Subbies sound like crap after a few years. It's too bad, the current GTI would have served well for the SO after we turned in the 335i, but after driving several in the area, the interior was so far below par for the price, we lost consideration.
So, what do you really think? The OP is in college and looking for a reliable car that will be fun to drive and won't nickle and dime him to death, while he is in school and later getting started in life. BMW does not fit that bill, IMO.

We had an aftermarket Injen cat-back exhaust on the WRX that sounded great. The interior is spartan but it still looked like new in 8 1/2 years of ownership during high school and college years. I wonder if the BMW interior would have fared as well?
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So, what do you really think? The OP is in college and looking for a reliable car that will be fun to drive and won't nickle and dime him to death, while he is in school and later getting started in life. BMW does not fit that bill, IMO.

We had an aftermarket Injen cat-back exhaust on the WRX that sounded great. The interior is spartan but it still looked like new in 8 1/2 years of ownership during high school and college years. I wonder if the BMW interior would have fared as well?
He can afford $600 while in college, that's quite a bit for someone "getting started in life". Toyota Camry will be extremely reliable; he needs to figure out his priorities, education/cost savings or trendy car. GTI and the WRX are not cheap.

If you like your injen whatever, great, good for you, I think the engines sound like crap, it's just my opinion, and I'm welcome to it.
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:25 AM
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Very different cars I think. I really like the look of the new STI sedan. I did not check to see if you had a 335 or 328. R&T had a comparison of the 335 xi, STI and Evo. The BMW was more refined and had much more usable power. The others have econo car platforms and interiors, and you really need to rev them to get to the power band. I am sure they make better track cars.

Its really a personal preference in what you are looking for.

My plan FWIW is to keep my 2007 335i. I have 66K miles on it and my goal is 150+. With a good indy dealer you should be fine.
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Wolf, what do you think about the 128i? Compared to your ride, you do lose some ponies, but you also lose more than a couple of hundred lbs I think. It might not touch the STI in some categories, but it's more affordable, and it's a BMW. I personally think they're fun. Brand new Bimmer with three pedals, Babee!

I bet one of the dealers here at BF can locate you a nice one . . .
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Hi I was just wondering what 3 series owners think about a WRX?
One of the best opportunities around is an off-lease 09+ 335i....real potential; price is right!
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One of the best opportunities around is an off-lease 09+ 335i....real potential; price is right!
Yeah that's a good point, I decided to abandon my WRX plan, I'm just so confused about stuff right now and for some reason I feel like having a new car will make me feel better.

I'm gonna go test drive a 2012 EVO MR or even a gsr if they don't have the MR on the lot. If I don't like it, I will just keep this car and check out the 2013 335i next year and take advantage of the college grad incentive. I'm just gonna bite the bullet and mod my car a bit this summer, I think I will feel more attached after I do.
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:24 PM
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What is it you're really looking for?

These are fast, fun cars, but of a different breed the BMW.

I was interested in a fun car, but in the end (and at my age, a tad or so older than you...) I wanted a mature car that stated excellent handling and feel as well as poise and presence, a car I would enjoy driving to the symphony and out to fine restaurants (which I do).

BMW was the clear choice for me. I just couldn't take myself seriously in a WRX.

To be perfectly clear, I am not knocking the performance at all. You'd smoke me around the track in one of those.
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Well I'd want the GSR so it's a bit cheaper, why isn't as practical the mpg and the space? Thanks
Perhaps I wasn't clear - the EVO is not nearly as practical as the Subaru - the Mitsubishi is a rough riding boy-racer and little more.
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I may be in the minority here but 80k on any car is not a lot of mileage. I have a y2k Maxima with 220k on it and it runs great. I understand that BMW parts and labor is high when things break, but these cars are designed if maintained to easily go 200k. If you purchased your car bank the payment to cover maintenance. I keep my cars for at least 10 years and since this is my first bimmer I have no data other than I drive 20k a year and plan to get 200k out of this car.. Anyway as others have stated drive what makes you happy and live within your means so you can retire early!
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And its and amazing drive . However if you are a big guy 6 feet or over maybe 5' 5" its
a tight fit, which leaves you sitting pretty upright and cramped.
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We recently sold my son's 2004 WRX. It's retail sticker was $26,100 in 8/2003 (I paid about $24,000) and we sold it for $12,500 8 1/2 years later. The car was clean with about 75,000 miles and it returned the best resale value of any car I have owned.

The car was also cheap to own and had no problems related to the car itself. The problems we did have resulted from modifications that my son did.

I would not hesitate to get another Subaru. I also really like the new body style for both the WRX and STi.
I have a budy who is a big Subaru fan and he said the same thing about resale of his WRX. He is in his second one and when I rode in it I didn't think the interor was bad. That car is not focused on luxury like a Bimmer but more on performance. He says it is unstoppable in the snow with good tires.
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And its and amazing drive . However if you are a big guy 6 feet or over maybe 5' 5" its
a tight fit, which leaves you sitting pretty upright and cramped.
Are you doing it right? The headroom in a WRX is 39.3 inches, whereas a E92 3 series is 38.4 without the sunroof. It is 37.somehting with the sunroof. I looked at this when test driving one and thinking that I could get a helmet in a WRX much more easily.
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You can't stretch out in it (its the legroom)

Trying putting the seat all the way back .
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... If you purchased your car bank the payment to cover maintenance. I keep my cars for at least 10 years and since this is my first bimmer I have no data other than I drive 20k a year and plan to get 200k out of this car.. Anyway as others have stated drive what makes you happy and live within your means so you can retire early!
Great post! Instead of leasing, pay yourself the payment and watch how it piles up in your favor
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Hi I was just wondering what 3 series owners think about a WRX?
I had a Cobb-tubed WRX and loved it. Fun to drive with a decent interior, and it's not ricer/tacky at all unless you go crazy with the fanboy body mods, then you might as have bought an STi.

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the EVO is not nearly as practical as the Subaru - the Mitsubishi is a rough riding boy-racer and little more.
Agreed. Tuned or not the Evo is an excellent performance car, but IMO it's not a practical daily driver for someone used to the refinement of an E9x.

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