Before my "First off" statement, I'd like to not have this thread go in the "Whichever you can afford" or "are you taking it to the track" discussion.
Hello, I'll just start off by saying my name is Chris and yes, I am 18, I finally broke down and joined the forum because I've been sitting in the background doing all of my studying on the Subaru WRX and STi in the dark, alone. My first car(Which i purchased myself) was a 2001 Mustang GT and it's recently decided to give out on me, it was a good ride though and I enjoyed it, but now it's time to move onto something new. Currently I have no means of transportation between work and home, although I have family that is taking the time to get me back and forth or lend me a vehicle from time to time, but I'm trying to decide which vehicle I would prefer.
I don't consider myself to be a horrible driver, I enjoy a manual transmission although I do not have very much practice with it. I've test-driven two manual Mustang GT's and I got to where I could drive and shift without an issue, although That was a year ago and this is now. My current GT is an automatic(Ew) I know there is a difference between the 5speed and 6speed transmission in the WRX and the STi, people considering the STi clutch almost "Bullet Proof" and I'm wondering if that should be a factor between the $10,000 more the STI is on the Subaru website.
I don't expect to be taking the car out to the track much, or spinning around in some random field filled with dirt and gravel, so when it comes to handling, something that can take a low/mid-grade corner at 40 is all a need, let's be honest. A Civic could do it.
I'm not one to speed, but I do however love to get to the speed-limit REALLY QUICKLY. I figured the WRX and the STi could both do this, although I couldn't find accurate information it seemed, but it looked like a red-line launch on the stock 2012 WRX could hit 4.7-4.9 timing for the 0-60, no information on the STi that I've seen. I'd like something that pulls, so from a 40 roll -> 80 relatively quickly would be nice, for quick passing.
Gas-Mileage isn't really an issue, as the GT i'm driving gets about 16, and the truck I have gets about 8, I figured the WRX and the STi would top both of those.
As far as parts, I'm thinking about getting the CobbAP Stage 2 kit for the car (Leaning towards WRX) and purchasing a spoiler on my own, because I like that sport feel and hate wagons. I hear so much about 6speed being better than the 5speed, but I'm not sure if I should let that be a long-term factor. Besides, It's going to be my car, I need to see what suits me better, but I'm still asking, because lets be honest. I'm 18. What dealership in their right mind is going to let me test-drive a vehicle worth so much, that is known for the power a subi has. Especially after I have some fail shifts and possibly even a stall on the first one. LOL.
Either way, My budget can't really work in a STi at this point, but I'd love to have one because they are well known, and have a 6-speed which I keep hearing has better durability, and I have this strange feeling I'm going to wreck clutches for awhile. What do you guys suggest? Waiting 3-4 more months for the STi... or the WRX? Either way I'm sure it will be a great car, but nobody will let you just test an STi at my age, I've tried. I've tested the BRZ however, and I did not like it... My 1991 Acura Legend had more acceleration, honestly.. and more horsepower, lmao.