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Hi All,

I’ve been lurking in the forums for a few months now, and want to finally get into a WRX. I’ve never been much of a performance car person…I had never even heard of a WRX until I got married a few years back. My wife’s 2 dream cars were a WRX or a Nissan Xterra. Well, I owned an Xterra, so she married into 1 of the 2 cars. She now drives the Xterra to tote around the kids, while I inherited her POS ’97 Jetta as my daily driver…broken AC, Stereo and all. :unhappy:

I first saw a WRX up close at a car expo in Jan 2011 and fell in love. We talked about paying down some debt and possibly getting into a WRX later that year. Needless to say, over a year later, I’m still in the Jetta. I'd like to be rid of the Jetta before registration comes due again this Sep.

My heart is telling me to bite the bullet and just get a new WRX (’12 WRX Premium Sedan DGM).
My head is saying, all I really need is a reliable economic daily driver to get me to work and back (‘08+ generic compact).

Has anyone else struggled in their decision process with practicality vs. performance when purchasing their WRX. Any regrets after the purchase? Should I just take the middle ground and find a good used WRX? Any thoughts are appreciated.
 

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Peugeot ran an ad campaign a while back with the slogan, If you want something sensible, buy an anorak.

That said, the Civic or Corolla make a lot more sense than the Impreza.

Your call.
 

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Interesting, my fiance drives an Xterra and I have the WRX!

I came from driving a 94 Integra and it got 33 MPGs. Honestly I don't miss it. I still get 24 MPG's in the WRX and have a load more fun. I wouldn't go back to driving an "economy" car anytime in the near future.
 

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I currently drive a 98 v6 accord. I probably get around 20-25 mpg.

You really have to weigh out your options. Do you need the AWD? Do you do more city or highway driving?

My daily commute is 5 miles to and from work(city). Which is not bad at all. So i do not drive much which is why a WRX is cool for me.
 

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Head > Anything

Wait...
 

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mines on order and im still going back and forth ....part of me is like ok get something normal like a civic or focus
(just sold my 09 focus ) and drive back and forth to work and be like everyone else.....or......get my dream car and say i did it .....im going to go for it and take the plunge...worse case they hold great resale ...i think im going to be going back in forth in my head untill i hold the keys
 

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mines on order and im still going back and forth ....part of me is like ok get something normal like a civic or focus
(just sold my 09 focus ) and drive back and forth to work and be like everyone else.....or......get my dream car and say i did it .....im going to go for it and take the plunge...worse case they hold great resale ...i think im going to be going back in forth in my head untill i hold the keys
haha im in the same boat. i ordered the car, but im fighting with myself to see if i really need it or not. i was looking at an accord before the WRX. i realized, im still young why not get something fun to drive. :D
 

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My GF's mom had a '97 Jetta. I feel for you man.

I was in the same situation, looking at the practical non-smilee-faced Mazda3 wagons and the fun 04-07 WRX wagon.
Student, part time job barely enough to make payments and eat.
I ended up getting my 2005 WRX wagon with a 2 year 40k mile warranty and 2 year free oil change for a grand less than a used Mazda3 with no warranty. Same year. These cars depreciate real fast, was good for me.

My old civic got 28 MPG, thats how heavy footed I was, so 22-23 MPG was stomach-able. I just budgeted more sensibility while Subie got premium gas.

I dun know about you but, I love driving. I can't stand driving a bulky SUV that can't corner. But since you said you were never the performance car guy and never mentioned driving the WRX.
DRIVE THE WRX BEFORE DOING ANYTHING.
Its not anything like a plush SUV and requires more driving effort compared to say a Corolla/Civic
 

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everytime i start to second guess myself i order parts for the car..... it makes me feel better...:p....i would rather buy it and mybe regret it then to not buy it and always say i should have got it
 

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Peugeot ran an ad campaign a while back with the slogan, If you want something sensible, buy an anorak.

That said, the Civic or Corolla make a lot more sense than the Impreza.

Your call.
So not true, the new Impreza gets 36mpg with awd and it starts at less than 19k! That blows away any Civic or Corolla. With that said, BUY THE WRX and don't look back!
 

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Anyone here getting 36 mpg?
 

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So not true, the new Impreza gets 36mpg with awd and it starts at less than 19k! That blows away any Civic or Corolla. With that said, BUY THE WRX and don't look back!
you live on mars? the 2012 IMPREZA is supposedly listed near 36mpg.

The WRX is rated at 18.
 

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True. I use Impreza for anything from a 1993 1,6L FWD to a full works Gr A/8 UK-handmade competition car, causing confusion and am at fault there.

I'd still buy a Honda if I wanted sensible.
 

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Understandable, and more reasonable than me I have to admit.
 

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Ride the Jetta into the ground man. Go get your AC and stereo fixed and pay the guy cash so he will do it cheaper. That raises the POS resale value. (Don't go with a JBL system and pioneer touch screen head unit... just get the thing fixed so you can stand it).

I drove my Celica for 13 years. A bit different situation because I actually loved that car, but I wanted a new car for the last 6 years and it just wasn't in the budget.

BUT, when my Celica did finally die, we had the funds to get a brand new car and not even feel it. It isn't a blip on the radar financially (even with premium gas). It is only because we just spent the last 6 years getting out of debt and making wiser $$ decisions.

Drive the Jetta. You are going to LOVE the 2014 WRXs!!
 
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