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    Ok, so I'm getting my license in a few months and I have been doing some research on the WRX. I was looking to get one between 02-04. My main question was that does the WRX in these models come in automatic. I am just going to be driving around town. Should i learn how to drive stick if there are no automatics?

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    They do come in auto. I'd learn to drive manual though. More fun.

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    You should learn to drive manual.

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    Manual is definitely worth it and not hard, but I see autos for sale as well. I'd say 1 out of every 7 or so around where I live is an auto in that year range.

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    I live in MA and my uncle is going to take me for one at an auction. The only Standard Ive driven is a 98 Jeep Wrangler for a half hour. Im assuming there is a big difference as the jeep is older and was hard to shift.

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    The wrx is a hydraulic clutch, jeep could have been a cable. The shifter will also be shorter than the jeep. ...all I know is the wrx is not hard to shift after some seat time, it's a little harder than a honda and a little easier than a big vehicle like truck or jeep.

    If you have a choice between standard or auto, I'd go with standard. It's definitely worth it.

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    thanks for the help. Ill let you guys know what I get depending on what they have.

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    Driving a manual, once you get the hang of it, is just a much more enjoyable experience.

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    Manual is a lot more fun...plus it builds skill and character. It also helps you pay attention to driving and operating the car more: something that I believe is very necessary for a youngin.

    I'd be careful about finding cars at an auction...what you think is going to be a heck of a deal, could seriously end up becoming a headache since many of the older WRXs have been modded and beat up on.

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    Automatic transmission vehicles will have a lower resale value, so be aware that they should be purchased for less than a comparable one with a manual transmission (~$1000-1500). As such, you will not get as much money down the road when you go to sell it again.

    I prefer a manual transmission in any vehicle I drive, but especially one that's "sporty".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    Manual is a lot more fun...plus it builds skill and character. It also helps you pay attention to driving and operating the car more: something that I believe is very necessary for a youngin.

    I'd be careful about finding cars at an auction...what you think is going to be a heck of a deal, could seriously end up becoming a headache since many of the older WRXs have been modded and beat up on.

    Do a LOT of research before you purchase.
    +1 ^ You'll learn what driving is all about. But practice driving a stick on a beater. As I'm sure you'll surmise from some of the posts on this forum.
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    i think everyone should learn how to drive stick for safety/emergency purposes

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