I am looking to replace DD with a fun fast car that can do ski trip duty. So, something out of subaru's higher performance line up has been a top consideration.
Street performance in terms of what I am looking for means "fun" handling, decent braking and a good amount of punch, I know that to get it to pull like my sportbike is out of the question.(at least from a $ standpoint) But if it can give my supercharged tundra a run for its $ that would be fine. ( a 5000lb truck with 500+ HP, should about equal a 3000lb car with 300HP right? haha)I dont need racecar performance on the street anyway. I have learned that lesson a little bit having something that you can legally tap 10% of the potential out of and have to put up with track oriented ride and ergonomics can get tiring. (the aforementioned sport bike) So, Comfortable ride, It can certainly be firm, but I dont arrive at my destination 3 hours later worn out from a concrete freeway.
I am thinking used, and while I would love to spend $7500, Id say id be willing to spend 20-25k if it was worth it. Part of the idea is to have something I wouldn't need a therapy for every new door ding.
So, that puts me thinking looking for a used WRX (hatch maybe?)with a few tasteful modifications?
I am also casually considering an 06-07 sti for the market value. (obviously not a hatchback option, thats fine)
i am also considering an 08+ Sti hatchback, although I have heard the earlier STI's are more fun, although a bit more crude.
I have experience with high performance vehicles and have managed to do so with no tickets, so I think I should be able to responsibly drive the mentioned cars...knock on wood.
Its a bit hard to really determine what I like and or want out of the lot, so I am asking for input. I don't want to be "that guy" and go out tire kicking cars for sale. BUT I would like to get a tour and a ride in a few different cars at some point, I would be willing to buy a tank of gas as compensation. fair deal?