I'm not looking to start the flame war between these two cars, or make the "oh, here we go again" topic, but I want personal honest opinions on what the pros/cons are of the WRX and SI. I have decided against the MS3 due to major reliability issues and the GTI because I just can't fit in it!
Reason I am asking this question is because I will be on the market for a new DD in the next few months. I am 21 now with a decent job, so I want something fun to drive. I am wondering if all of you with the newer gen WRX can chime in on these questions, such as; decent on gas (not tree hugger decent, but good enough to where I still have a dollar or two at the end of the week), relaibility (i.e. noises, common problems, etc.), personal cost-to-own, price OTD, insurance prices/differences (if you have had both WRX and SI, this would help immensly), and most importantly, how fun is it to drive?
Before these are answered, this is my common scenario. I live in Chicago, IL, so traffic is quite an issue. I am usually about 95/5 city/hwy so I always keep that in mind for gas concerns. I have only been to a track a couple times in my life, so I couldn't honestly say I would use it on the track often. I am looking more for something I can have fun with on weekends, but still DD durung the week. I would also need it for the awkward weather (especially winters here), but either a FWD or an AWD vehicle should do just fine for myself. I also have ~$10k to put down as well as a trade-in, so the $2-3k price difference won't break the bank.
I know I am asking on a pro subie forum, so I am expecting little to no justice for the Si. I have posted this on a civic site as well just to try go get everything I can know about these cars, and what is best for me.
Also, before anyone says that the '13s aren't out yet, I know that lol. I am just comparing the WRX to the '13 civic due to the "remodeling" that is to occur for the better interior. I would also wait for the '13s to be released before I buy anyway.
Any help or info is greatly appreciated, thanks!