I am a long time VW fan. I am in the market to buy a car. I was looking real hard at the new VW GTI 2.0t. I drove it, and it had pretty good acceleration and handling.
Well, I wasn't complety sold on the VW and began searching the web for other sporty cars in that price range. That is when I came across the WRX. I noticed that the front clip on these cars seemed to change every couple of years for the last four-five years. I personally like the front end on the 2002-2003 WRX best, but all of them look very nice.
I found a used 2003 WRX (blue) with five-speed, STI spoiler, and only 24XXX miles on it. The asking price is 19,995. You can find it on autotrader.com, use zip code 63376 and search for a car like that within 30 miles, you'll see it. It is at Dean Team dealership. They have two of them.
Anyway, I test drove it today...WOW!
The car was awesome and totally unlike anything I had ever driven. The all wheel drive was superb. The turbo boxer engine performed flawlessly and was begging to be opened up to the redline. the car flat out stuck to the road through the twisties. I must have one!!!!!!!!!!
I guess my question to everyone here is, are these cars as reliable as everyone says they are? Someone told me a used WRX is OK, but not to buy a used WRX STI because it probably was driven too hard and abused by the previous owner. Is there truth to that? Can these cars take the abuse of hard driving? Are repairs insanely expensive after the warranties expire (because of the complexity of all wheel drive, turbo, intercooler, etc)?
I nee help to make an informed decision. Any comments are welcome. Thank you.