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I'm 17, been driving in total for about 2+ years but started driving by myself (got license) in march of this year. (I got my license late because my grandma had some health problems, I wasn't available at all).
Anyway. I've been driving a 2009 ford escape hybrid for the past few years. I am looking at a subaru wrx for a first car (of my own) for many reasons but I am concerned if the car is too fast because it's turbo.
I am in chicagoland so I need an AWD car for the awful winters. The weather here is awful and I would like a nicer, sportier car like the WRX. I need 4 doors.

I'm looking at a 2008-2015 WRX. The 2015 would be most expensive obviously and I don't want to spend too much. I don't want a car that I have to work on constantly. I want to be able to do minor modifications and upgrades. thoughts? Opinions? Suggetsions? Thanks
 

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I would advise finding something more reliable, cheaper to insure, and less prone to being driven like a fool.

We can go round and round about the WRX being fast or not, that isn't the point. What is the point is the type of driving that it promotes. At your experience a Civic se is fast, faster than you have the ability to control. However it doesn't promote driving like a tool as much as a type r, Evo, sti, focus RS, etc. It is also far cheaper to maintain, easier to work on, and cheaper to insure.

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Haha kid. It would have been better if it was your first post, though. But not bad.......
 

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I would advise finding something more reliable, cheaper to insure, and less prone to being driven like a fool.

We can go round and round about the WRX being fast or not, that isn't the point. What is the point is the type of driving that it promotes. At your experience a Civic se is fast, faster than you have the ability to control. However it doesn't promote driving like a tool as much as a type r, Evo, sti, focus RS, etc. It is also far cheaper to maintain, easier to work on, and cheaper to insure.

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I can understand your concern and the point you bring up. The car is a faster car.. But obviously I want a faster car. not a crazy fast car but that's why I chose the WRX because I THOUGHT it was a good choice being equally fast and reliable.

There are a few other cars I'm considering but again, they are faster cars.
What's wrong with a focus RS?


And please don't suggest a civic... dude the SE looks like a damn prius.

I talked to insurance and it will be expensive to ensure any car I choose, it doesn't really matter as long as I'm not getting a "super" car.
 

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If you like Subarus I suggest looking into an Impreza.. AWD, four door, $9000 cheaper when new, more reliable, less things to go wrong and work on. The price difference between that and the WRX will allow for more amenities. Plus, if you're buying used an Impreza will be far less likely to have been abused than a WRX. Insurance rates will also be much lower. Insurance on a WRX for a 17 year old male is going to be insane.
 

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please don't suggest a civic...

You do realize the new Civic Type R outperforms the WRX in virtually every way.. it accelerates faster, stops faster, has a higher top speed, handles better, AND gets better gas mileage. I don't think it looks that bad either.. only problem is the totally ridiculous dealer markup.

 

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You do realize the new Civic Type R outperforms the WRX in virtually every way.. it accelerates faster, stops faster, has a higher top speed, handles better, AND gets better gas mileage. I don't think it looks that bad either.. only problem is the totally ridiculous dealer markup.

Civic Type R is godly... but the Type R only.

And even then I can't get my hands on a type r
 

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I talked to insurance and it will be expensive to ensure any car I choose, it doesn't really matter as long as I'm not getting a "super" car.

I guess if you have tons of money to throw away it doesn't matter (I know at 17 I sure didn't).. A WRX is going to cost more to insure than any other car in its class. It is THE most likely car to be crashed in the US with greater monetary damage than any other car on the road, and insurance rates reflect that.
 

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I second the Impreza. If you like cars you can focus on some appearance mods--new wheels, etc.

Then down the road you can look at more performance-oriented cars.

My 22-y/o daughter just got a nice job and bought herself a (used) Legacy sedan. That's a great first car.

My boys are 25 and 27 and I still don't think they're quite ready for a WRX...
 

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I can understand your concern and the point you bring up. The car is a faster car.. But obviously I want a faster car. not a crazy fast car but that's why I chose the WRX because I THOUGHT it was a good choice being equally fast and reliable.

There are a few other cars I'm considering but again, they are faster cars.
What's wrong with a focus RS?


And please don't suggest a civic... dude the SE looks like a damn prius.

I talked to insurance and it will be expensive to ensure any car I choose, it doesn't really matter as long as I'm not getting a "super" car.
Plenty of kids want faster cars, and their parents, siblings, friends, and family are glad they got it as the road crew are picking up parts of their bodies and vehicle from the accident they caused being an idiot.

Do whst you want. Just enjoy having no money to go and do anything with friends because you are busy paying a 400 dollar a month car note on top of the insane insurance premium.

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So Ive been in your shoes, lets just say after one ticket insurance went from do-able to absolutely outrageous. and it takes 3 years for it to go away. at you age you don't want to end up in a car that's draining all your money, look into an Impreza, they hold their value very well. once you get past that cusp of expensive insurance trade it for a WRX.

Just my .02
 

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