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    For the first car, as I prefer awd, I would go with regular manual impreza. It is very reliable, good pick-up, and very safe. Insurance would be much less, and you will have a good mileage. Any car nowadays can go 100+, it only depends on driver. So be smart and safe.

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    wrx in general is great. 2007 wrx is my first and still is my car. I've driven it all throughout california, las vegas, oregon and canada with no problems. I'm reaching my 60k mile mark and it's still runnin after almost 11 autocross events ( i started last year).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrd View Post
    For the first car, as I prefer awd, I would go with regular manual impreza. It is very reliable, good pick-up, and very safe. Insurance would be much less, and you will have a good mileage. Any car nowadays can go 100+, it only depends on driver. So be smart and safe.
    Have to agree. My very first car lasted all of 5 days! Then it was on it's roof in the middle of the street. I've done some stupid stuff you wouldn't believe. One of my early rally escorts I chased thru my housing area any time of day or night. Once (drunk) on 2 wheels! A slight pull on the wheel and it would have gone over. Sorry, but as a beginner you're just going to try and if I had been with more horses I'd prob'ly be long dead and buried. I have had several $500 - 1K cars and don't regret tearing those up. Also learned a lot in the repair/maintenance dept, got tools collected and so on. Now I've got most tools and if I need a special tool, I'll just go and buy it. It is worth it when you don't need everything, just that one special. It usually pays for itself with the first use, and then it's still there for future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSfriscoe View Post
    Thanks for the replies! I think i get where your coming from. The reason i can get such a good car right off the bat is that i am helping pay for it (5000 saved up as of right now), and my parents want me to get a good car right out the gate since they did for my sister. so, i want to make sure that i get a car that is practical, and fun! Was there any other reason that you didnt think it would be a good first car?
    From your perspective, mortality and repair/maintenance/insurance costs. From my perspective, my insurance rates.

    Also, how has the low MPG been affecting you guys recently with the high gas prices? Thanks for the help.
    Subaru has had a shameful past regarding fuel efficiency -- or in their case lack thereof. There is talk that the non-turbo Impreza fixes this; however I do not know if they have done enough to improve the turbo motors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    From your perspective, mortality and repair/maintenance/insurance costs. From my perspective, my insurance rates.



    Subaru has had a shameful past regarding fuel efficiency -- or in their case lack thereof. There is talk that the non-turbo Impreza fixes this; however I do not know if they have done enough to improve the turbo motors.
    My 2007 Impreza Wagon is non-turbo and I get around 26 MPG average, that's town and highway driving. Not really a very impressive gas mileage but it is AWD and not too light.

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    Just gasssed up my modded wrx, had it only one week. Got 22.22 mpg... That's about 60% country roads and 40% city driving. I try to keep my foot out of the turbo, but everyone knows how that goes...
    But: my on-board display claims 35 mpg, on the run from Denver to home (Interstate) it even claimed 42.3, so that's clearly not working right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by THE SHIRMINATOR View Post
    it really depends on the person.
    Eh. I see how a lot of everything thats been said so far makes sense, but in the end, I think The Shirminator put it most accurately. You can drive whatever you want however you want, but it takes a responsible person to understand when and where different styles are appropriate. Take it slowly, get a feel for your vehicle, auto cross it a bit to see how it handles, and be smart. Not everyone can do that though, so it all depends. Figure out what you want and then ask yourself why you want it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatOneGuy18 View Post
    Eh. I see how a lot of everything thats been said so far makes sense, but in the end, I think The Shirminator put it most accurately. You can drive whatever you want however you want, but it takes a responsible person to understand when and where different styles are appropriate. Take it slowly, get a feel for your vehicle, auto cross it a bit to see how it handles, and be smart. Not everyone can do that though, so it all depends. Figure out what you want and then ask yourself why you want it?
    That's right, it all comes down to personal responsibilty. Take the time to learn how to be a skilled driver. Even the Stig stalled his first car with a manual transmission.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tibetski View Post
    That's right, it all comes down to personal responsibilty. Take the time to learn how to be a skilled driver. Even the Stig stalled his first car with a manual transmission.
    I didn't. I did have a motorcycle first that I stalled extensively though.
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    Thanks for the feedback. If a community of WRX enthusiasts persuades me to not get one, then i know it probably is for the best. I will check out some other safer cars, and once i get a few years of experience, i will probably return to the WRX! thanks for the support!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSfriscoe View Post
    Thanks for the replies! I think i get where your coming from. The reason i can get such a good car right off the bat is that i am helping pay for it (5000 saved up as of right now), and my parents want me to get a good car right out the gate since they did for my sister. so, i want to make sure that i get a car that is practical, and fun! Was there any other reason that you didnt think it would be a good first car? Also, how has the low MPG been affecting you guys recently with the high gas prices? Thanks for the help.
    There are plenty of better alternatives for a fun first car that is practical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSfriscoe View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. If a community of WRX enthusiasts persuades me to not get one, then i know it probably is for the best. I will check out some other safer cars, and once i get a few years of experience, i will probably return to the WRX! thanks for the support!
    Good luck on your search. I'm a fan of volvos. They have a fun spunky turbo, plenty of space, and a whole lot of safety features. They don't cost too much to insure, but if they break, they can be pricey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinister View Post
    Good luck on your search. I'm a fan of volvos. They have a fun spunky turbo, plenty of space, and a whole lot of safety features. They don't cost too much to insure, but if they break, they can be pricey.
    Thanks, i will definitely look into them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSfriscoe View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. If a community of WRX enthusiasts persuades me to not get one, then i know it probably is for the best. I will check out some other safer cars, and once i get a few years of experience, i will probably return to the WRX! thanks for the support!
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