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I'm really starting to seriously consider a new (06+) STi... Right now I have a 215whp MINI Cooper S... The car is fast and fun as all get out. It's my first car that I've had since I was 16, so I'm really like sentimental to say the least, I vowed the day I bought it to keep it until I die. Around here there are very few MINIs and only one other that is modded. It's a very unique car, everywhere I go people are always starring at me, I dunno if that's because of the catless, straight exhaust, or because it's a mini The car is an attention getter, and I like that about it. Unfortunetly it also grabs people's attention at my high school. You would think being a starter on both the varsity football team and the basketball team would earn you some respect... but twice in the last 6 months i have had people carve hateful anti homosexual phrases in my nice paint. The funny thing is, I have a girlfriend, and shes popular and extremely good looking, and everyone knows it. Everyone knows my car, and quite frequently, prolly at least once a day I get some idiot ask me "How's the b!tch car doing?" It's getting tiring. What sucks the most though is that this car is constantly in for repairs. In the past 3 months I have only had it a total of 3 weeks. My parents were so mad they bought me an Explorer so that I could drive again. In the past 8 months or so it has been to the dealer no less than 19 times. I live in South Bend, IN, the nearest MINI dealer is in Indianapolis, 3 hours away, and no one in my area can service it. Off the dealer floor in early 05 this car put me out just shy of 29k, it's completely decked out including custom leather, nice stereo etc, but as of the other day my dad informed me that with the latest round of repairs I have spent a total of $63,216.47 on this car so that means I've payed more than the car is worth in repairs and modifications in the last 2 years than I actually did on the car itself.
So I'm really on the wall here. I'm extremely sentimental about my car, I love it, it's me in like every way I can imagine. I've put so much work into it and am naturally very proud of what I have done. It's causing alot of drama as you can tell, and while when I do have it, it's extremely fun, but it only stays that way for a few weeks max before it breaks again.
So my question(s) are, if I buy an STi, will my want for Unique-ness be satisfied? I have not driven one yet and I don't know if I will, I'm only 18 and I'm not sure the subi dealer here would be that excited to hand me the keys for a test drive. I do know though that I'll be satisfied with the performance straight off the showroom floor, it will be far better than the MINI's. But really I like having a car that people are drawn to, and preferably not with their keys. I just don't know what to do... Please help me out here.
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