Been a WRX admirer for years.
Went shopping and arranged a deal on a 2010 WRX wagon, blue, with STI shift knob (meh), Short shifter (Yeah!), boost guage (yeah!) for 24999. Love the color and the looks of the hatch.
Getting a fair trade on my 2004 Focus SVT.
I wanted a premium, but very hard to find with the 11's due in. (mainly for just the steering wheel controls and better stereo)
Comments on price?
Don't laugh but I am looking for versatility for this car.
This will be my DD 90% of the time, 72 mile RT commute, light traffic and few lights, 45-55 speed limit.
I am currently getting 30 mpg on the FSVT for this trip with a little spirited driving. I get 28 mpg highway on cruise at 77, drops 1 mpg at 80. The FSVT uses premium also.
I am in South Florida, so 93 octane and good gas is readily available.
I need the hatch for versatility. When I go cave diving I load up with about 400-500 lbs of gear and it's usually a 800 mile total trip for a long weekend. It does involve some light off-road stuff.
What are your opinions as a DD?
What can you get 'normal' driving for MPG?
What can you get on long highway cruises at 80?
How is it for light off road?
I am a bit of an enthusiast...
My other two vehicles are a 5.4l F250 4wd (for towing the boat and home depot runs)
...and a 500 rwhp turbo charged 03 Mercury Marauder (self installed) (low 12's with crappy 60', not bad for a 4400 lb luxury sedan)
and an 04 RK custom ---slightly modified