Alright guys, I need some advice from the people who know.
I have about 8 grand in the bank right now, and I can get another 3 grand once I sell my current ride. I am looking to buy a WRX, preferrably 02-06. I know the later models come with the 2.5l engine over the 2.0, but thats not a big deal for me.
I found this ad on a local listing:
Subaru Impreza | ksl.com
Its a dealership, which sucks, but I figure I might talk them down to the 12 grand neighborhood, maybe even pick it up for around 11,500. What do you think? I know there is only so much to be gleaned from an ad, and that I would have to go test drive it to see how it really is, but do you think the price would be reasonable for what the car is?
I would prefer not to take a loan out, I'm a student and I don't want to go in debt. I love all the years I listed, but its proven very difficult to find one that hasn't been modded or has some issue, like "Threw a rod at 90k miles" that makes you wonder how hard its been driven. The car above looks pretty stock, although the fact that it has been de-badged in the back makes me a little weary, only the "racerboy" kids do that usually. It looks like it still has the stock airbox though, which is a very good sign.
I simply want this car because its quick, fun, and not too "Hey look at me, look how fast I am". I considered a Dodge SRT4, but have since dismissed it for that very reason. I don't plan on modding it much or "street racing" it, I just want a fast, fun, clean ride.
What are your opinions? Should I look into this one? Would I be just as satisfied with an earlier year model? I assume, despite the .5l difference in size, that mpg will be roughly the same for both engines. Thanks ahead for your time!