First off, I am a serious buyer, a grown adult and not a kid with a good job.
Went to my local dealership in Newport News and not only do they mark up all the WRX and STI's 3k-5k, which other dealers in this area do not, but they would not let me drive the STI unless I was going to buy it.
I laughed in the Sales Managers face and told him, that if I am about to spend thousands of dollars on a car I either get to drive it or I won't buy it.
Thus, I drove a WRX instead of the STI and he lost the sale due to that attitude and their marked up prices.
Anyway, I was VERY impressed by the WRX, as it had a factory/dealer installed (?) cat back exhaust that made it sound bad ass...better than the STI with stock exhaust.
The acceleration was incredible as was the handling.
The only thing I did not like was the plastic intake(?) versus the metal on the STI.
Thus, I am now trying to decide shoudl I get a 2013 or wait for the redesign next year?