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    Why do wrx's cost so much? esp Used!

    If you are in the snow belt and want AWD nothing else will do, even though FWD is closer than RWD to your goals (winter mobility).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zman13 View Post
    How is the performance compaired to the MS3 are they both fast?
    I can't answer that because I don't know much about it. I've owned or had company cars my whole life that were almost exclusively FWD hot hatches. As excellent as some of them were, I wasn't in the market for another. And Mazda has never done anything for me. Although I could see an MX5 being a blast if it had considerably more power. A friend of mine had a Caterham 7 for a while and that was a proper drivers' car. If the MX5 had that kind of power-to-weight ratio.... But I digress.

    Yeah, if I was in your position with having to drive in snow often and I could afford a WRX without making life difficult, 2WD wouldn't even make the short list for me. There are some things I really dislike about the WRX, but in certain conditions they become unimportant compared to the benefit of AWD. A few days ago I had my first opportunity - in the six months I've owned the car - to drive on wet roads. It was incredibly satisfying to be able to plant my right foot and leave everyone else without AWD behind

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soobvirgin View Post
    I can't answer that because I don't know much about it. I've owned or had company cars my whole life that were almost exclusively FWD hot hatches. As excellent as some of them were, I wasn't in the market for another. And Mazda has never done anything for me. Although I could see an MX5 being a blast if it had considerably more power. A friend of mine had a Caterham 7 for a while and that was a proper drivers' car. If the MX5 had that kind of power-to-weight ratio.... But I digress.

    Yeah, if I was in your position with having to drive in snow often and I could afford a WRX without making life difficult, 2WD wouldn't even make the short list for me. There are some things I really dislike about the WRX, but in certain conditions they become unimportant compared to the benefit of AWD. A few days ago I had my first opportunity - in the six months I've owned the car - to drive on wet roads. It was incredibly satisfying to be able to plant my right foot and leave everyone else without AWD behind
    Ya that would be great. AWD is deff the best option for me especially living on top of a Mountain!

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    Re: Why do wrx's cost so much? esp Used!

    Quote Originally Posted by Soobvirgin View Post
    I can't answer that because I don't know much about it. I've owned or had company cars my whole life that were almost exclusively FWD hot hatches. As excellent as some of them were, I wasn't in the market for another. And Mazda has never done anything for me. Although I could see an MX5 being a blast if it had considerably more power. A friend of mine had a Caterham 7 for a while and that was a proper drivers' car. If the MX5 had that kind of power-to-weight ratio.... But I digress.

    Yeah, if I was in your position with having to drive in snow often and I could afford a WRX without making life difficult, 2WD wouldn't even make the short list for me. There are some things I really dislike about the WRX, but in certain conditions they become unimportant compared to the benefit of AWD. A few days ago I had my first opportunity - in the six months I've owned the car - to drive on wet roads. It was incredibly satisfying to be able to plant my right foot and leave everyone else without AWD behind
    Don't be one of those people that assumes AWD is a save-all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zman13 View Post
    Well what i want is the WRX..LOL The AWD would be perfect for where i live. How is the performance compaired to the MS3 are they both fast?
    You won't care about a few grand difference in purchase price 5-10 years from now, but you will likely regret not getting the car you really wanted. I wouldn't even consider a wrong-wheel drive (fwd) car when shopping for a sporty car. The WRX is actually cheap for what it offers, what other car can you get with AWD, turbo and the practicality of a WRX for $25-26k? Performance wise the WRX will win a 0-60 and 1/4 mile race and they will be very close from a roll. The MS3 pulls good numbers in the slalom and skidpad, but FWD can't put the power down as effectively out of a corner as AWD and in inclement weather AWD wins every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    Don't be one of those people that assumes AWD is a save-all.

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    No, I wouldn't assume that it would be effortless cruising through snow, but it's got to be better than 2WD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soobvirgin View Post
    No, I wouldn't assume that it would be effortless cruising through snow, but it's got to be better than 2WD.
    Coming from an old cavalier z24 (front wheel drive). The new 2013 wrx with winter tires absolutley is effortless driving through the snow. It honestly feels like a tank.
    My biggest and really only complaint so far though is, the interior already squeaks and rattles as if the car was 10 years old.....

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    Look out of state. The dealership I get parts from has about 10 WRX/STIs on the lot. People in FL are having a very hard time selling their WRX/STIs. Ask me how I know. I have my 06 listed for 13,500 and have barely had any bites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drews View Post
    Look out of state. The dealership I get parts from has about 10 WRX/STIs on the lot. People in FL are having a very hard time selling their WRX/STIs. Ask me how I know. I have my 06 listed for 13,500 and have barely had any bites.
    I have been looking at other states near buy but not as far as Florida. If i went that far it would cost a easy 1k to ship and it would be hard to look at the car as well.. But i will keep that in mind for sure. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zman13 View Post
    I have been looking at other states near buy but not as far as Florida. If i went that far it would cost a easy 1k to ship and it would be hard to look at the car as well.. But i will keep that in mind for sure. Thanks
    Depending on how friendly the dealers are you could try and negotiate a trade. Contact Mastro Subaru of Tampa and ask them about anything they may be able to do. Everyone that I know that has dealt with them have nothing but great things to say about them. They may help you out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drews View Post
    Depending on how friendly the dealers are you could try and negotiate a trade. Contact Mastro Subaru of Tampa and ask them about anything they may be able to do. Everyone that I know that has dealt with them have nothing but great things to say about them. They may help you out.
    I will thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drews View Post
    Depending on how friendly the dealers are you could try and negotiate a trade. Contact Mastro Subaru of Tampa and ask them about anything they may be able to do. Everyone that I know that has dealt with them have nothing but great things to say about them. They may help you out.
    Man you werent kidding they do have a ton in stock looks like 17 to be exact counting the STI's. Id have to see what shipping would cost and stuff. I have a feeling in the end it would be the same as what i would end up paying up this way because of the shipping. But its worth a try..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drews
    People in FL are having a very hard time selling their WRX/STIs. Ask me how I know. I have my 06 listed for 13,500 and have barely had any bites.
    That's because AWD isn't really needed in FL. List your car up by me, and you could probably get $15K without much effort...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zman13 View Post
    Man you werent kidding they do have a ton in stock looks like 17 to be exact counting the STI's. Id have to see what shipping would cost and stuff. I have a feeling in the end it would be the same as what i would end up paying up this way because of the shipping. But its worth a try..
    Well they have a ton, so they'd probably be willing to work with you on price to make a sale.

    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    That's because AWD isn't really needed in FL. List your car up by me, and you could probably get $15K without much effort...
    Would people be willing to pay shipping though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drews
    Would people be willing to pay shipping though?
    How much would it cost to get your WRX up here? You could probably drive it here and fly home for less than $1500. You certainly have a place to stay while you broker the deal...
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