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  • Stick with your fast project/daily driver. Who needs luxury?

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  • Go with the the Cadillac Escalade EXT; it's fast enough, AWD....and it's a friggin Caddy.

    3 12.50%
  • Ask your wife & 3 kids...and still make the decision yourself.

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    If you really need a truck, take a look at the new Ram 1500 Hemi. My Grandpa has one and the interior is very very nice, really comfortable for trips. It's both classy, yet a hard working man's truck while the Caddy just seems like a rich man's truck who has no need for such a monstrosity.

    I vote keep the WRX.
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    You aren't going to get an un-biased opinion asking this question on these forums. It's the same as if you went on a Cadillac forum and asked this question, what answer do you think you'll get from them?

    My "professional"advice, ask on an impartial forum and see what answer you get.

    My "personal" advice, there isn't a person in the world that can ride around in a truck like that without looking like a complete tool. I second the opinion of the guy who said look into an F-150 EcoBoost. If you are going to get a truck, get a truck, not some gross exaggeration what happened when luxury and trucking combine.
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    Stick with the WRX IMO...or open your options up a LOT more.

    HUGE difference between a WRX and an Escalade obviously. But lets look at it realistically...I absolutely hate the asshats who fly by on highways and roads doing 75 in a 50 in their Escalades like they are sports cars. Goodluck stopping short when someone pulls out in front of you in that thing...(not saying you will be one of said asshats of course ). But you shouldn't be buying an Escalade because its a "fast" truck. Luxury is one thing, and yes they are nice...but fast IMO isn't the right reason. On top of that...goodluck with your gas mileage in a 6.2L V8.


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    Advice strikes me as being completely meaningless, regardless of the forum.

    WANT:
    What do you want to drive, a 3300 pound manual transmission sports sedan with turbocharger capable of mid-20'ish mpgs, or a 6000 pound (I looked it up, holy crap) luxury truck?

    NEED:
    What do you need to facilitate your lifestyle? Do you find yourself in tight parking lots? Do you need to tow heavy items? Do you need a truck bed? Does the WRX not give nearly enough room for your family's needs on the occasions that you use it?

    These vehicles are not remotely similar; evaluate your wants and needs and decide.

    (This of course ignores potentially important matters like what your finances look like, spousal input, etc..)
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    Thanks to all who posted and voted, I appreciate your imput.

    Quote Originally Posted by hunter20ga View Post
    ...I can guarantee you that gas mileage will be MUCH below what your are currently enjoying. Finally, every time you enter a parking lot and start looking for a place to park, you're going to wonder why in god's green earth you're driving such a big vehicle. Tires, BTW, can be pricey on this size vehicle depending on your needs/wants.

    ... I can say that I never had mechanical problems with any of the GM pickups that I owned.
    ...Good luck!
    Thanks much. I hadnt considered the parking issue. Guess I can just tell it to drop me off by the door and park itself. Hey, it's a Cadillac, right?!?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trainrex View Post
    It all comes down to this... Are you interested in exciting the girls, or exciting yourself?
    I dont care about the girls. Maybe you didnt notice the married part? My profile actually says HAPPILY MARRIED. Look up integrity...

    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    Consider whether you're willing to live with the dynamics and running costs too IMO. ... Given the kids I'd pick the safer of the two...
    Thanks for the safety reminder.

    Quote Originally Posted by ElVerde View Post
    Honestly...if you're going to buy a truck, BUY A TRUCK. An SUV with lawnmower cutout doesn't qualify as a truck..
    I'm full aware of what the EXT offers. If I ddnt think it would be sufficient, I would just get a truck.
    But, it seems like you're more interested in what OTHER people think about your car, so by all means blow 60k on something that works just as well as something that costs 30k..
    First off, where did you get that I care more about other's impression? Fact: you couldn't be more wrong. And PLEASE show us a vehicle for 30k that is equal to or greater than the EXT: powerful, luxurious, AWD, classy and well-made.

    Keep the subie, live without a car payment for 5 years, and put the 60k you saved into buying a house, investing, or retirement.
    ahhhhhhh....... Like I said, I will be able to pay off a preowned EXT in about the same time that I would have the WRX paid off. So there's no $60k problem. I already bought a house.

    Quote Originally Posted by Syncharmony View Post
    You aren't going to get an un-biased opinion asking this question on these forums. It's the same as if you went on a Cadillac forum and asked this question, what answer do you think you'll get from them?
    I know, I know....just thought I'd throw it out there. Was hoping I may hear from a few who had the EXT.
    ...My "personal" advice, there isn't a person in the world that can ride around in a truck like that without looking like a complete tool.
    This is rediculous...but it is your personal opinion. Thats kinda like saying "No one can drive a Suby rice burner and call themself a real man." Jealousy and insecurity tends to show forth in different ways. Not that you are, of course...
    I second the opinion of the guy who said look into an F-150 EcoBoost. If you are going to get a truck, get a truck, not some gross exaggeration what happened when luxury and trucking combine.
    I think I would be satisfied with having the "best of both worlds". Here's why: I had a modified Yamaha YZF-R1, 185hp INSANE. (175mph with more to go, but I digress). But after dumping it while doing tricks (not riding like an idiot, playing with it. BIG differance) my wife demanded that I get anything besides that beast, hence the family-friendly (4 door), safe (suby + awd) sports car. Sure, you can't compare it to that monster of a bike, but it's fast and fun enought to satisfy my speed addiction. I think I could take another step "down" and be ok with it. I think...

    Quote Originally Posted by RayfieldsWRX View Post
    Advice strikes me as being completely meaningless, regardless of the forum.
    I agree... Thanks for the rest of you post, too.
    ....I'm just sayin'....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~HolyNinja~ View Post
    I'm full aware of what the EXT offers. If I ddnt think it would be sufficient, I would just get a truck.
    Soooooooooooooooo...you want the EXT because.....

    You want it to be big like a truck, guzzle gas like a truck, stop like a truck, but not carry things like a truck? OK.

    I wasn't suggesting you could get something of comparable luxury to an Escalade for 30k. I was suggesting you can get just as capable (or more capable) of a vehicle for 30k (i.e. Ford F-150, Chevy 1500, etc.) that will do all the things that your Escalade will do and more. All the things, I guess, except for being "bling-bling" and making people say "Oh, he must be a big shot" when you drive by.

    Congrats on your house purchase. The first step to being an adult and growing your wealth.

    You asked for an opinion, so here's mine: Escalade=waste of money for a family man with bills to pay. You can do more with less money elsewhere.
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    If you need a truck, then get a truck. Don't screw around with a funny looking Tahoe.

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    why change?

    i'll start with asking why you thought about getting the caddy? then weigh your options...financial, etc... those are really two different car classes...

    then, while thinking about it, go out and take your wrx for a spin!

    no caddy can ever feel that way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElVerde View Post
    Soooooooooooooooo...you want the EXT because.....

    You want it to be big like a truck, guzzle gas like a truck, stop like a truck, but not carry things like a truck? OK.

    I wasn't suggesting you could get something of comparable luxury to an Escalade for 30k. I was suggesting you can get just as capable (or more capable) of a vehicle for 30k (i.e. Ford F-150, Chevy 1500, etc.) that will do all the things that your Escalade will do and more. All the things, I guess, except for being "bling-bling" and making people say "Oh, he must be a big shot" when you drive by.

    Congrats on your house purchase. The first step to being an adult and growing your wealth.

    You asked for an opinion, so here's mine: Escalade=waste of money for a family man with bills to pay. You can do more with less money elsewhere.
    Once again, I dont care about big-shot status. I appreciate fine things, luxury, quality, convienences, performance...seems like it never crosses sooo many peoples minds....

    Thanks bout the house. I dont think its the 1st step to adulthood, but it is a good step.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ~HolyNinja~ View Post
    Once again, I dont care about big-shot status. I appreciate fine things, luxury, quality, convienences, performance...seems like it never crosses sooo many peoples minds....

    Thanks bout the house. I dont think its the 1st step to adulthood, but it is a good step.
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    OK well ultimately if one vehicle suits your needs and another doesn't, that's that. It sounds like you like the Escalade a lot. Fantastic. If so, and if the $ makes $en$e -- and you have stated you've figured it out and it does -- then why not go for it. My reservations have to do with (a) liking it -- you do; (b) being OK with its dynamics -- you seem to be; and (c) reliability compared to your current car -- only you can answer that.

    I tend to be the type of person that prefers sticking with the devil I know as the saying goes. That's just me though.

    It has been said that this isn't the place for objective opinions but frankly I usually tell people to buy "the other" car vs. a Subaru, and I don't think many here are all that fanatic about a particular brand.

    If the Escalade were made by Honda I would be telling you to buy it tonight. It's not. Weight it all and see what sorts itself out.
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    Why not pay off the wrx and keep it then buy the caddi later on after saving up some money?
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    Given the choices...I'd take an 07+ quad cab 4x4 dodge 2500 with the cummins and 6spd AT. Better mpg than the EXT, better quality, lower cost of ownership and it will legally tow 2 exts. It's not slow by any means, is very comfy (just drove 12 hours straight to Vegas in one). It has 360hp 670ft-lbs tq, and gets around 17mpg combined. You'll be lucky to muster 12mpg from the EXT. And in 300k miles the cummins will still be movin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 06scoobyrex View Post
    Why not pay off the wrx and keep it then buy the caddi later on after saving up some money?
    Kinda likin that option......only thing is that I was tryin to be done with payments at about the same time. But I guess I cant have my cake and eat it, too. Thanks .

    Quote Originally Posted by petiks View Post
    ...then, while thinking about it, go out and take your wrx for a spin! no caddy can ever feel that way!
    Very true.
    ....I'm just sayin'....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~HolyNinja~ View Post
    Kinda likin that option......only thing is that I was tryin to be done with payments at about the same time. But I guess I cant have my cake and eat it, too. Thanks .
    Yeah I hear that... why not take the difference in payment while your paying off the wrx and stick it in the savings and keep it for a year or 2 after its paid off and just go down an put a large down payment on it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 06scoobyrex View Post
    Yeah I hear that... why not take the difference in payment while your paying off the wrx and stick it in the savings and keep it for a year or 2 after its paid off and just go down an put a large down payment on it?
    There is no differance in payment. When I priced a 2007 EXT, the payment came out to be a little less or around the same. Plus, I think I'd rather pay more to pay it off in 3 years rather than 5. Good idea though.

    Plus, if it was like that, ya know how hard it would be to not just spend a good chunk of that money on WRX mods?!?! Hahaha, very hard! At least for several months.
    ....I'm just sayin'....

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