Default Don't let your kid get killed please. Should I get my kid an STI?
One question that often comes up on IWSTI is some flavor of:
I'm 17 years old, but I'm a great driver, should I get an STI for myself/my kid?
Here's the thing... the answer is probably "no." An STI is a well made, safely designed car, that has excellent handling, excellent safety ratings, and that kids seem to kill themselves in despite that. They are not the fastest car on the road, but they are faster than the ability of most young/inexperienced drivers to handle. One of the problems is that by the time you exceed the limits of the car, you are going fast enough to have a fatal crash, regardless of how the car is built. Slide off the road in a 1986 Dodge Omni at 25 MPH and you'll probably live. Slide off it at 135 MPH in a 2013 STI and you probably won't.
Look, there are literally thousands of 17 year olds that are mature enough, and capable enough to safely own and operate these cars. But... many, if not most are not. I am willing to bet that any kid killed in an STI considered themselves an excellent driver of above average skill. By all accounts, they are now considered deceased.
If you ask this question for yourself: Please don't. Buy another car. Not an Evo, Not a Camaro or a Mustang with a V8, not a sports car, and not a performance car. Buy a Miata, buy a BRZ, go get a pick-up truck, but don't be foolish. Get some experience, some real world road experience, perhaps maybe 5 years worth, then consider it again.
Don't buy your kid an STI. Be an adult. I'm sure you love your kid, and want them to be happy. I know I love my kids, and want them to be happy... but sometime you need to a parent and not a friend.
I'm putting this thread here to give a place to point to when this question gets asked. I want it to be a shortcut.
I'm going to post links to threads here. These are horror stories, for the most part. This is not the normal experiences, but the worst case scenarios. I'm not trying to be gruesome, or scare people, I just want you to think before you make a decision about this question.