I have been looking at different Subarus for a couple months now. I'm down with what Subaru is all about and would like to get into one. I originally was looking at the Outback, until I drove a used STI.
Here's the quick story - I currently have a Prius and a Jeep Wrangler. I'm thinking of selling the Jeep to pay off some debt, and trading the Prius because without the Jeep, my driving experience will become very dull. The STI seems to be a natural replacement because it is a driving thrill and it also is a car I can use in the winter (with the right tires of course) thanks to all-wheel drive.
Here's some questions I have for those that want to help me out. I have been going through threads already but will probably be asking some of those newbie questions that have been asked before.
1. There is not an STI to be had on a lot in the state. Therefore, I'm wondering what is involved with ordering one at my local dealer? Is there a fee to do this? Will the dealer still make a deal on the car? Do I have to take the car when it comes in if for some reason I don't want it?
2. Do dealers sell these below sticker, and if so, what kind of money off can a person get? I read a thread on here from a salesman in Jersey that is selling them to members for $500 under invoice. That seems not possible around here since there are none as it is. I would expect they could get a premium price. Perhaps going to Jersey is a fiscally good choice?
3. Seems to be that a body change is not happening until 2014, but I've not seen any info on whether the new engine is going in the 2013 or not. Any news on that?
4. I am at a point in my life where I have figured out that I get tired of cars and trade fairly quickly. More honestly, I just like a lot of different cars and want to own them. I'm not opposed to leasing. But, in case I decide to keep this car to 4 or 5 years and 100K miles, is there anything I should know about the engine and what I've heard about this "ring problem"? I don't plan to be do any tuning or modification of the engine.