Just a small amount of info about myself. I am 29 and have owned 35 cars, most were rebuildables that I would flip...none of which are Subarus. They just aren't that popular in state (Kentucky), or at least in my neck of the woods, but I have always wanted one and will get one soon. I have a bit of experience with turbos, I have swapped 2 sr20det's into Nissan 240sx's, so I'm not a complete rookie, but no experience with the WRX.
Im married and hopefully having a kid soon. I currently drive a 2010 fusion. Nice car but its a 4 banger with zero power. Its just not fun to drive and I have the itch for power.
After seeing a wrx in California I was hooked. I miss the manual trannys very bad and def miss the power and ability to mod. Hoping the WRX will meet all of my needs: Room for family, look good for work, and ability to handle play time
Here is my question: Is it worth it to buy new? I have seen a few, not many, 2011-2012 WRX limited within 300 miles of me. Now, I really want the leather, I sweat from playing basketball 3-5 days a week, MTB, running, and working out. I am very active and I hate to have sweat soaked into cloth seats, so with that said I really want leather.
Now back to the question new or used?? I fear that a used WRX, say 2011 model will be abused, almost out of warranty and a waste of my money. Im not experienced enough with the boxer engine and subie tranny to have an appropriate feel for them. I have looked at a 2011 limited with 25k miles that they are asking $26k. Would you guys spend the extra 4k and buy new or are there many concerns with buying used WRXs. I would also hate to drive 5 hrs and the car be ragged out. I have a Subaru dealer within an hour of me, however they are having a hard time locating what I want.
Thoughts and advice will be greatly appreciated.