I never thought I would find myself posting on a WRX forum having bought a BRZ back in June of 2013. First of all, the BRZ is a very special car to me. I have owned lots of cars over the years including (but not limited to) 3 RX-7's (three different generations), a Speed3, a BMW 325i, a Jetta VR6, a GTI, a Hyundai Genesis Coupe, and the most recently the BRZ. For the record the BRZ rates right up there as one of the most special cars I have ever owned just behind two of my RX-7's (87 turbo, and a 93). I will miss it very much but the WRX, I am happy to say, is growing on me quickly. Very quickly
So why am I here? Well, I have a wonderful wife and three great kids (ages 8, 6, and 3). Our other vehicle is a 2013 Honda Odyssey that I purchased before the BRZ and we owned a 2006 Odyssey prior to the 2013 Odyssey. Prior to this my car was strictly a commuter car to work and a grocery getter when either my wife and I don't have the kids. I test drove the BRZ and feel in love and, after talking to the wife, brought it home in June. Okay, I knew the backseat was a joke but the 7 and 5 year old at the time could fit in the back in their booster seats even though there is little to no legroom behind my drivers seat. But they only rode in the car every blue moon. Maybe a couple times a month. No biggie. The trips were short and they liked the car and did not complain.
Fast forward to September. The 7 year old has turned 8 and has grown about 4". The 5 year old is almost 6 and she has also grown about 3". The 8 year old is accepted into a masters black belt karate program that means I will be driving him 3 nights a week in my car and once on Saturday's. I can still make this work I tell myself in the BRZ. Then my 5 year old is just kicking butt in karate and also want to join the black belt program. Yikes. And the meantime my wife is a hardcore runner and is training 3-4 days a week in the evenings and I really don't want to be driving a minivan 4 nights a week. The BRZ was just not working with kids and I realize it is only getting worse. The kids are only going to keep growing, and our life is only going to get busier as the 3 year old is now in dance and swimming...
My wife has been a great sport about the BRZ but the hints were there that it is not practical. My wife knows how much I love the car, but it is not going to work and not being able to fit the whole family in our second car in a pinch could bite us down the road. So I talk to my wife and she agrees that it is probably better to sell it sooner than later and get something that is practical but still sporty. Target budget is $27K or less, and the search begins. I am a car guy and have been very impressed with all the Ford Focus ST reviews I have read and so I started doing research online and find some great deals out there right now on Focus ST's. The top of the line model is selling for $25-26K and so I stop in at the closest Ford dealer and give one a spin. You can read about it here:
drove a '13 Focus ST today
I just was not impressed. In fact, it left me rather sad to think I would have to give up the BRZ for something like a Focus ST. So begins the search for a 2014 WRX hatchback. I live in Minnesota (about 20 miles outside Minneapolis where I work) and it has been snowing a ton. On top of that WRX's have always been hard to get here even in the summer (Subaru keeps the supply low and the demand is always steady). I find a local dealer that has a 2014 hatch in premium trim online. I call and speak to the WRX sales expert and he is awesome. Been selling them since they first came out and he races them in rally races. Really cool guy and he gives me a lot of information on the 2015 (I was thinking about waiting) since he was flown out by Subaru to the press events in California I was able to pick his brain on the 2015 vs the 2014 (handling, interior, seats, engine, etc). The big issue for me is that I really wanted a hatchback and of course Subaru is only making sedans for the 2015 with no promise of a hatchback in the near future (which is very disappointing). He said the hatch I found online may be bought already but the deal may fall through due to financing issues. He told me he would call me back later that day if it was available. He called me back right before close and told me it was available and the deal fell through. He said he had another guy interested (this was a Friday) but that he was there first thing in the morning if I wanted to come by and test drive and he told me he looked into my car and that $24K was doable on the trade (suck it Superior Ford in Plymouth). I told him I will be there first thing. Well, I was literally 5 minutes from the dealer when he texted me to tell me the other guy was there before they even opened and bought the car... Dang! He did not have any more WRX's left but promised to try and find one for me or let me know when more come in.