Just joined, first post to introduce myself.
long-time shadetree mechanic and enthusiast driver... of 4 wheeled vehicles that are not conventionally popular, usually.
About 6 years back I bought a used Miata, which has been a great car- but has no cargo room, etc. And is now getting "tired."
Been thinking about a new car (one with more room, for one thing!) for a few years now, and after getting stuck driving a Saturn FWD on snow and ice recently, because the Miata didn't have room for Christmas presents....
I went car shopping.
Only two cars on my list which was based on cars I actually LIKED:
Chrysler 300 (and vehicles based on it)
The Chrysler was out fast, as my minimum requirements are manual transmission, sunroof or convertible and NOT front wheel drive.
The 300 series cars do NOT come with standard transmissions.
Tested a Mustang GT, and it was great in a lot of ways: classic "muscle car" feel, plenty of power, comfortable to sit in and drive.
Since I refuse to spend that kind of money without doing some "shopping around" I tried to think of what else would meet my minimum requirements.
Subaru was it, unless I spent a bucketload more money.
Understand that I have never liked the "boy racer" looks of the top WRX models- I prefer to drive fast WITHOUT attracting any more attention than possible, for one thing...
But Subaru has a reputation for durability and longevity that is great, as well as having developed a rep. for great performers in recent years (yeah, I ain't a kid.)
So I looked at an Impreza WRX.
Didn't like the look, but test drove one anyway.
The drive was fairly mild, but nevertheless, all the right cues were there-
responsiveness, stable, quick, comfortable and so on.
On the strength of the test drive, and the reputation Subaru has- and the fact that the salesman dropped the price to 22K with a dealer-installed sunroof....(after trading the Mazda)-
Well, my new car should be ready monday.
Not planning to rally, or race the car at all, and no, NOT getting an STi, but the 2008 Impreza WRX does have a lot going for it.
But I might have to do a few tweaks here and there, just because...
Yeah, I kinda tweak everything I own a bit.