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Old 05-03-2012, 07:01 PM
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Hi I was just wondering what 3 series owners think about a WRX? I used to have a Saab and I think because of some of the problems I experienced when it started getting high in the mileage (110k), I am starting to get really paranoid about repairs with my bmw. My car is at 80k. Unfortunately I can't afford a new bmw at this time, but the WRX intrigues me. I could get a brand new one that would have warranty and be paying a couple dollars per month than I am paying right now for my car. My car has 80k miles on it, and I'm starting to freak out a bit.

Am I going to regret getting this car? Aside from it not being a premium brand what do you guys think about them?

I plan on being a BMW guy again once I can afford the higher end ones haha! I just feel stuck in this car

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Old 05-03-2012, 07:35 PM
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Hi I was just wondering what 3 series owners think about a WRX? I used to have a Saab and I think because of some of the problems I experienced when it started getting high in the mileage (110k), I am starting to get really paranoid about repairs with my bmw. Unfortunately I can't afford a new bmw at this time, but the WRX intrigues me. I could get a brand new one that would have warranty and be paying a couple dollars per month than I am paying right now for my car. My car has 80k miles on it, and I'm starting to freak out a bit.

Am I going to regret getting this car? Aside from it not being a premium brand what do you guys think about them?

I plan on being a BMW guy again once I can afford the higher end ones haha! I just feel stuck in this car
Kids car with good speed on the cheap also tacky as it gets but to each his own...If $$ is the prob. I would rather by a used cpo bimmer.
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:49 PM
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Lol money is not a "problem" I could easily handle a 600 a month car payment but I'd have to watch my spending. With this I would actually be saving money, and I just really want a manual car, that's brand new
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:53 PM
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Kids car with good speed on the cheap also tacky as it gets but to each his own...If $$ is the prob. I would rather by a used cpo bimmer.
If you look at OP's "mein auto" he is alread in a used CPO bimmer.

VWolf, there is nothing wrong with taking a step back and re-grouping if you are over burdened. There are a lot of knowledegable people on this forum who applaud the WRX. Send a PM to THEHACK and see what he has to say about the WRX.

You are young and still in school. There is plenty of time in your future for a BMW on terms that don't leave you stressed and overextended.
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:54 PM
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:07 PM
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Joe isn't that fwd though, plus I see VW as an even lower step on the totem pole than Subaru? I don't care that much about interior, the more stuff in it the more it weighs imo. But that will change once I'm older and have a family and stuff.

And thanks Kat! I mean I can afford to keep this car but I just don't want to put a bunch of money into a 6 year old car. The other day I almost ordered the BMW PE for my car, but then I was like why am I gonna upgrade this??

I love BMW!! In the correct places, for example walmart at night people stare at me and think it's a brand new car. But I feel like I really messed up by not getting a manual.. And now everyday I kick myself for falling in love with this car so much instead of just finding a 335i
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:19 PM
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Sounds like you sold yourself a car...Then why ask??
Well I need to put like 4k into it this summer (I can pay it but that's a big chunk of cash for a student working), brakes, tires, oil change, fix the a/c, and spark plugs. Not to mention I think my car is on it's stock suspension.

I just feel like that is silly for a used car, I mean I can pay it and whatever, but I just want some warranty haha!

I was kind of hoping to her some BMW sided views like Against subaru (aside from the interior sucking), like how against bmw people would mention high repair costs, electrical issues, and hpfp problems. I know bmw is better, but I just feel like this is a better financial decision because I would actually be saving money and who knows maybe in 3 years buy a new M3 haha
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:23 PM
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Well....I'd kind of prefer the Evo X over the WRX, myself. If I had to go to one of the AWD rally racers, that is.

Sharper car than the WRX, IMO.
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I had a WRX loaner and it was a lot of fun to drive. A Cobb tuned STi is even better (my buddy has one). You have to work harder with the gears to find the power, but that just helps with the fun. The gear stick is a bit crap.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:49 PM
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Funny you should bring up the Evo I was cross shopping it again the WRX, I wasn't sure if the money was worth it. Plus I like the idea of having a 2.5 vs a 2.0, I guess it makes me think that it can take more? I'm probably wrong haha!

OHH, now I remember why I want the wrxd more than the EVO I want a 5 door I think it looks really cool!

Is the evo in a whole nother league or is it a personally preference thing? I do like the EVO GSR, crap now I have to think about more stuff
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:51 PM
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Yeah MRated I've heard the same thing, the short throw kit has been said to make the shifter a whole lot better!
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:03 PM
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I traded my 2010 STi for my 335is. The STi had aftermarket springs, sway bars, 3" exhaust, Cobb stg1, upgraded audio, etc. It was a great performing car when called upon, but for day to day driving, too much compromise in areas of comfort and quality feel compared to the BMW.

You really shouldn't have any serious problems with a new WRX, so making the move out of fear of upkeep costs on your Bimmer makes complete sense. There is no getting away from the econo-box interior though.
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If you look at OP's "mein auto" he is alread in a used CPO bimmer.

VWolf, there is nothing wrong with taking a step back and re-grouping if you are over burdened. There are a lot of knowledegable people on this forum who applaud the WRX. Send a PM to THEHACK and see what he has to say about the WRX.

You are young and still in school. There is plenty of time in your future for a BMW on terms that don't leave you stressed and overextended.
Uhhh yeah I realize this..Thanks Teach
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If you look at OP's "mein auto" he is alread in a used CPO bimmer.

VWolf, there is nothing wrong with taking a step back and re-grouping if you are over burdened. There are a lot of knowledegable people on this forum who applaud the WRX. Send a PM to THEHACK and see what he has to say about the WRX.

You are young and still in school. There is plenty of time in your future for a BMW on terms that don't leave you stressed and overextended.
He stated he has 600 a month to spend and is not over extended...Didn't you notice teacher??
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I've driven the STI, thought the steering was a little slow, liked the EVO better (but it's clearly not as practical), but I think the $41,423 MSRP for building it the way I like it, is a little steep.
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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.
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I've driven the STI, thought the steering was a little slow, liked the EVO better (but it's clearly not as practical), but I think the $41,423 MSRP for building it the way I like it, is a little steep.
Well I'd want the GSR so it's a bit cheaper, why isn't as practical the mpg and the space? Thanks

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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.
Thanks a lot for the replies, I'm not dead set on it or anything, I just feel like I could save money and then buy a small house, instead of staying in the dorms

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I bet the WRX will be fantastic.

A lot of people believe you should get your BS, MS, and PhD, all in different schools. In a way, you want to have a resume with a wide variety of cars in your past too, I think.

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All great fun for what they were. (OK... so the Odyssey wasn't "fun" but it was a great vehicle.) You should have seen me drift in that RWD station wagon in the snow! What a blast!
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It's a really decent (if not a bit ugly) car for the money and has the advantage of being a good tuning platform so you can play with it like the BMW. For STI money though, you can be driving a 135i also (just not with as many options) or even an 11 335i sedan with super low miles and a CPO warranty - just had a buddy pickup a loaded CPO 335i sedan 2011 with 15k miles for 35k - less than an STI and not much different than a loaded up WRX.

I prefer the Evo myself, but it isn't as cheap as the WRX, more in line with the STI price. Good luck with whatever you get, if I wanted to spend less, I would be looking at those cars also.
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Hi I was just wondering what 3 series owners think about a WRX? I used to have a Saab and I think because of some of the problems I experienced when it started getting high in the mileage (110k), I am starting to get really paranoid about repairs with my bmw. My car is at 80k. Unfortunately I can't afford a new bmw at this time, but the WRX intrigues me. I could get a brand new one that would have warranty and be paying a couple dollars per month than I am paying right now for my car. My car has 80k miles on it, and I'm starting to freak out a bit.

Am I going to regret getting this car? Aside from it not being a premium brand what do you guys think about them?

I plan on being a BMW guy again once I can afford the higher end ones haha! I just feel stuck in this car
I think a brand new WRX is the perfect car for you. Although, if you could somehow get your hands on a Subaru BRZ or Scion FR-S, that would probably be even better.

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I love BMW!! In the correct places, for example walmart at night people stare at me and think it's a brand new car.
Quite commendable to step back a little as Kat says for the opportunity to own a newer BMW sometime down the line.

But your immediate goal should be to achieve a status in life where you don't feel compelled to go to Wal-Mart at night (or any other time for that matter). But being seen in a used Bimmer at Wal-Mart might be better than being seen in a brand-new WRX at say, the country club. You know what they say, "Being a big fish in a little pond is better than being a little fish in a big pond".

The best track day I ever had was when my S2000 was probably 2-3 years old. There was a modified WRX there, both of us on race tires, and we played tag for an entire session. One of us would lead until it was just too tiring holding the other car off, so we would swap places and go at it again, over and over. I don't even remember any other cars being the track. Lots of fun. What this has to do with you buying a new WRX I don't really know, but I have a fond memory every time I see a WRX.
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