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I've been looking for two weeks and I'm sold on the grey color. I found a dealer that's close (35 miles from me) and also gave the cheapest price so far. I drove down to check it out. It drives like a dream and I *LOVE* the ipod hook up (I have an iphone). Being able to throw my phone in the center console, control the music from the streering wheel and use the bluetooth for the phone while also charging my phone at the same time is slick.
I drove home and took my wife back - I'm trying to get her to give me her blessing even though I'm doing it on my own as far as financing/title -- the reality is the money for the payments still come sout of our checking account and she's just nerious because we have always bought used, inexpensive cars before. This is our first brand new car and the most expensive (we're 29 and 26 - marred for 6 years)-- ie I don't want to be sleeping in my new car for a few nights She really liked the car and started asking me things like "well, what does the premium include? is there a leather option? Oh, I like heated seats"
(I've been looking solely at the base models - I like the clean look of a wingless WRX and I've had 4 cars with sunroofs, and rarely used them. Heated seats are nice but not enough to justify the extra $2500 in my mind for what you get with a premium or $3500 for the limited.
Anyhow, so here's the details.
My sales tax is 5.9% and title is like $18.
I lost the actual sales price but with the $499 dealer fee included the out-the-door everything price is $26,055 for a brand new 2011 gray WRX. If I remember the break down correctly it's something like invoice of $24k plus $1k for the options (the special auto dimming mirror w/ compass and home link), all weather floor mats and center arm rest) then minus $1000.
So a tad over $24,000 sales price with some basic add-ons plus $499 dealer handling and $18 title and 5.9% sales tax. Comes out to the $26,055. We're putting $3,055 down to finance $23k even - gives a payment of $349/mo over 72months (2.99%). The insurance will be $600 every 6 months, or $100/mo.
Oddly enough an used 09 was $750 every 6 months but apparently Allstate gives "new car" discounts. I highly recommend IF you have a clean MVR for 3 years (no tickets or accidents) - because once you have them, they never check your MVR again - in other words traffic tickets do not effect your premium!!
Good deal? I think so but I don't really know how it compares to what others have paid. Please share your opinions and the deal you guys got? Should I ask for more or is this as good as it gets? I thought about the Suby short throw but the general opinion is a kart boy is way better and being mechanically inclined I can install it myself.
The stock shifter didn't seem to bother me but I like short throws (my folks have a Audi TT that has one, I think it was even standard, its great). The hatch versions, at least the 09 I drove seemed to have a very tall stick and the clutch was very heavy and required being fully depressed to dis-engage - which leads me to believe even though it appeared "stock" in the engine bay, it had some work done, at least a clutch replacement with a ****ty calibrated clutch peddle.