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    Better option for $16,000

    Hey all, I'm a Subie Nooby, and was initially interested in a WRX but my budget is fairly small.

    On the used car hunt I saw locally a pretty nice '09 WRX with Navigation with 53k miles for $16k
    http://bit.ly/1isGBy1

    Secondly you can obtain a 2011 Impreza 2.5i with less than 20k miles for the same price or a little less.
    http://bit.ly/Heoqk6

    What are some opinions of the pros and cons (besides Horsepower)? Will the WRX last another 100k miles with that turbo engine? Any more costly to repair than the regualr 2.5i?

    Ideally I'd like to own either of the cars for 100k miles or less and was looking for some input.
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    depends if you want a family car or a fun car to drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianthebballa View Post
    depends if you want a family car or a fun car to drive.
    They're both family oriented they are both a sedan the only difference is the rex has a turbo a wrx can be a family car no problem o_O. In my experience almost all subarus last a long time depending on how hard you are on a wrx, but of course if you drive any car hard its not gonna last. The pros are the wrx is a fun very quick for a daily driver and awd drive beast in the snow (much fun to be had) really no cons to getting a wrx. IMO I would get the wrx much more fun to drive around town it's practical even if you have a family don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Maintenance wise a wrx is relatively cheap to maintain much cheaper than some other cars out there.

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    You mention you have a small budget. A few other things to weigh in on is the difference between Regular and Premium Fuel and Insurance cost differences.

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    I've been reading about the engine issues with the 2009s. Seems like it mostly happened under the first 7,500 miles. Something to be concerned about with a wrx at 53k miles?

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    The turbocharger isn't the only difference between an Impreza 2.5i and a WRX. The OP will want to actually drive examples of the cars in question to see which suits his driving preferences; I suspect that they will feel different going over bumpy roads and around corners, and that there will be other nuances.

    Also to note; The odds of a 53K WRX having been driven hard or perhaps modified (and then maybe returned to stock) are MUCH higher than a low-mileage 2.5i, which people buy to be a family-hauler or a commuter. An improperly-modified WRX can be a can of worms, and I'd recommend getting a (Subaru WRX-experienced) mechanic to look at anything that you're considering.
    Best of luck.

    Quote Originally Posted by frenziedcage View Post
    They're both family oriented they are both a sedan the only difference is the rex has a turbo a wrx can be a family car no problem o_O. In my experience almost all subarus last a long time depending on how hard you are on a wrx, but of course if you drive any car hard its not gonna last. The pros are the wrx is a fun very quick for a daily driver and awd drive beast in the snow (much fun to be had) really no cons to getting a wrx. IMO I would get the wrx much more fun to drive around town it's practical even if you have a family don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Maintenance wise a wrx is relatively cheap to maintain much cheaper than some other cars out there.
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    All depends on what you want out of the car. Do you care for performance? WRX isn't just a "more powerful" car...it's virtually different in almost every way, other than interior space than the base Impreza.
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