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#1 2017-03-21 16:07:32

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So now that my Saabaru has been retired

I need to find something else to drive. I know I will not be buying anything new. Probably something 2-4 years old. 

A little about me:
I went Stage 2 in the Saab and never used it, so modding anything will probably be minimal.
I still cycle, golf and play volleyball frequently
Occasional snowboarding, and camping.
Luxury is not something I am into, performance is, but can be swayed by other benefits
Will have to throw 2 kids in occasionally but not frequently
Love AWD.
28 mile round trip commute.
Own house, but not a pickup, absolutely cannot drive a pickup as a daily

Wrangler Unlimiteds have always caught my eye

WRX/STI

Crosstrek

A3 TDI Wagon but the repair costs scare me

Golfs

Haven't really looked at cars since I purchased the Saab so I am at a complete loss and don't want to buy something that I will not be happy with in 2 years.


'05 92x Stage 2 181k miles lost to an old man and a Ram
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'17 FoST
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#2 2017-03-21 16:28:52

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Re: So now that my Saabaru has been retired

Crosstrek is practical, relatively slow, good space for Home Depot and snowboarding gear. If you want a hatch WRX/STI you need to go back to the GR series which ended around 2014 and hold their value far too well to buy IMO. But I really enjoy my 2011 WRX hatch, much more comfortable than the 92x, a significantly improved albeit bigger vehicle. EJ255 has nice grunt, the only real complaint I have are the pancake flat seats.

I'd buy a GTI and hope they've improved their reliability.

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#3 2017-03-21 17:29:59

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Re: So now that my Saabaru has been retired

Price range? 

2-4 year old WRX/STis have held their value stupidly well.

Get a Miata.  cool


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#4 2017-03-21 18:36:03

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Re: So now that my Saabaru has been retired

snowphun wrote:

I'd buy a GTI and hope they've improved their reliability.

Only had my 2016 GTI for a couple months but so far it's an awesome car.  Quick and refined, a lot of standard options.  I also don't feel like a teenager driving it since GTI owners tend to be a little older than wrx/sti owners.  Only complaint so far is FWD.  Been looking into the Cobb catback to maybe make her a little noisier   cool


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#5 2017-03-21 19:16:36

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Re: So now that my Saabaru has been retired

hammyt wrote:

Price range? 

2-4 year old WRX/STis have held their value stupidly well.

Get a Miata.  cool

Trying to stay below 30k


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#6 2017-03-21 19:22:22

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Re: So now that my Saabaru has been retired

Nightcrawler wrote:

hammyt wrote:

Price range? 

2-4 year old WRX/STis have held their value stupidly well.

Get a Miata.  cool

Trying to stay below 30k

GTI is pretty damn hard to beat.  You can be put into one for well under $30k and get an extended warranty.


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#7 2017-03-21 19:39:54

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Re: So now that my Saabaru has been retired

Jameson wrote:

Nightcrawler wrote:

hammyt wrote:

Price range? 

2-4 year old WRX/STis have held their value stupidly well.

Get a Miata.  cool

Trying to stay below 30k

GTI is pretty damn hard to beat.  You can be put into one for well under $30k and get an extended warranty.

And either a the Performance Package or Sport trim if its a 2017 or newer.


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#8 2017-03-21 19:40:56

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Re: So now that my Saabaru has been retired

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale … ode1=GOLFR



That linked, I drove a base GTI and came away a bit underwhelmed. Yes, my Aero is Stage 2; while I enjoy driving it in a somewhat sporty manner. The VW felt more refined, a bit more grown up- but it also felt a bit lacking in the character department. I don't find the current gen to be particularly attractive. Not ugly, just rather bland. But deals on new ones can  be had. The Golf R a bit less so, but used they are coming down into your price range (as evidenced in my link) and keep you in AWD.

The Crosstrek is basically a large Impreza, and underpowered IMHO. You'd be better served if you need the space by checking out a Golf Sportwagen-  available with a stick and AWD. Same can be said for the Alltrack, but those are a bit luxified and may not have the same sort of deals. While not a stoplight racer, it has a crucial 20 or so more hp than the Crosstrek.

I am following this thread with interest as I have many of the same generic requirements as you, only I actually do want my vehicle to drive sportingly. If I liked the Focus ST better, or the Fiesta ST was just a bit bigger / had roof rack attachment points, I think I would already have moved on. As is, still looking for a reasonably practical (room for 2 small dogs, a passenger and luggage for 3-5 day trips), stick-shift available, decent handling and decently powered vehicle with good to great fuel mileage. I might just throw in the towel and rent for any road trips and buy a FiST.

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#9 2017-03-21 20:01:56

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Re: So now that my Saabaru has been retired

Ford Mustang GT. Great in snow. star


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#10 2017-03-21 21:38:44

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Re: So now that my Saabaru has been retired

snowphun wrote:

Crosstrek is practical, relatively slow, good space for Home Depot and snowboarding gear.

Correction - outrageously slow.

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#11 2017-03-21 21:44:35

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Re: So now that my Saabaru has been retired

Get a new Wrx. They can be had for well under $30,000 new and are actually really practical. The interior has tons of space along with the trunk which with the seats folded down easily provides enough space for a bike without removing the front wheel. I really don't even miss having a hatch. Not to mention the interior quality and features especially compared to Subarus of old are more than adequate.  I also regularly get 30MPG and above on the highway.

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-White 2015 WRX - Whiteline rear swaybar, Perrin Spherical endlinks, Perrin brass shifter bushing, Cobb J pipe, Cobb Accessport, custom buzzard damage, Cobb Catback
-1968 Land Rover Seres IIA 88in- Top speed 65ish downhill, 0-60 if you're lucky, RHD, 2 1/4 liter diesel, a mess but it's my mess

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#12 2017-03-21 21:47:05

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Re: So now that my Saabaru has been retired

I really like my '15 Forester XT Touring.  It came with most of the goodies except nav stereo (but still HK, which sounds nice) and no eyesight.  I paid 30k out the door for it with a CPO warranty good for 5 years total/100k miles.  I got a used AP and run a stage one tune on it.  I don't plan on doing anything else to the drivetrain because the CVT is the weak link but should be fine ripping around Stg 1.  Doing lots of suspension work to it and once I get the recent parts installed it will be a copy of a Forester TS from Japan.  WRX/STI seats for the driver are a must, as well as some wider rims/tires and an STI swaybar if you want to keep modding to a minimum.  A very capable vehicle and even with the way I drive I see 24mpg around town.
It's basically on the same platform as the new WRX/Legacy as far as parts so tons of stuff out there to swap out if you want.  Just a poofed up WRX.  If you get the 2017 or up version, you can get one with brake based vectoring to make it go round corners better smile

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#13 2017-03-21 21:54:01

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Re: So now that my Saabaru has been retired

itsnotmeitsyou wrote:

I really like my '15 Forester XT Touring.  It came with most of the goodies except nav stereo (but still HK, which sounds nice) and no eyesight.  I paid 30k out the door for it with a CPO warranty good for 5 years total/100k miles.  I got a used AP and run a stage one tune on it.  I don't plan on doing anything else to the drivetrain because the CVT is the weak link but should be fine ripping around Stg 1.  Doing lots of suspension work to it and once I get the recent parts installed it will be a copy of a Forester TS from Japan.  WRX/STI seats for the driver are a must, as well as some wider rims/tires and an STI swaybar if you want to keep modding to a minimum.  A very capable vehicle and even with the way I drive I see 24mpg around town.
It's basically on the same platform as the new WRX/Legacy as far as parts so tons of stuff out there to swap out if you want.  Just a poofed up WRX.  If you get the 2017 or up version, you can get one with brake based vectoring to make it go round corners better smile

My mom has one which I took up the tail of the dragon a few years ago. Great car, but man that CVT is a deal breaker.


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-White 2015 WRX - Whiteline rear swaybar, Perrin Spherical endlinks, Perrin brass shifter bushing, Cobb J pipe, Cobb Accessport, custom buzzard damage, Cobb Catback
-1968 Land Rover Seres IIA 88in- Top speed 65ish downhill, 0-60 if you're lucky, RHD, 2 1/4 liter diesel, a mess but it's my mess

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#14 2017-03-22 08:51:21

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Re: So now that my Saabaru has been retired

Yeah, my wife has a 2015 Outback and the CVT in that thing is dreadful (not sure it's the same CVT as the Forester).


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#15 2017-03-22 09:43:23

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Re: So now that my Saabaru has been retired

High torque CVT that's in the turbo vehicles is different.  Stg 1 helps make things better with improved throttle tip-in.  You can put it in sport sharp and manual mode and it will hold that gear till you're bouncing off the rev limiter.


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#16 2017-03-22 10:18:22

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Re: So now that my Saabaru has been retired

There was a CVT WRX with an exhaust getting on it from a dig while I was walking down the street, it sounded so pathetic lol.


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#17 2017-03-22 10:57:29

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Re: So now that my Saabaru has been retired

This is my friend's Golf R.  He is so anal about his cars, this things is cherry.  Check it out if you're interested.

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale … ode1=GOLFR


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#18 2017-03-22 11:34:08

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Re: So now that my Saabaru has been retired

It only has 2 pedals. driving

Pyromancy5 wrote:

This is my friend's Golf R.  He is so anal about his cars, this things is cherry.  Check it out if you're interested.

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale … ode1=GOLFR


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#19 2017-03-22 11:37:04

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Re: So now that my Saabaru has been retired

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/573/21176480325_25bf855a9c_b.jpg


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#20 2017-03-22 11:57:54

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Re: So now that my Saabaru has been retired

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Can you photoshop 2 feet of snow around that? lol lol


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#21 2017-03-22 12:04:52

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Re: So now that my Saabaru has been retired

Wranglers are super cool, but not "sporty". You will be driving a truck basically. They are also pretty damn expensive, even used. A Nissan Xterra can be had with more options for less. Go for a ProX4 trim 2014 -2015 if you go the truck route.

The A3 is way too small. the back seat is almost a joke in those, even for kids.

The Golf Alltrack seems like a fun option. AWD, Manual, room, roof rack capable, ground clearance for snow, decent turbo motor. It checks all the boxes. My mom has had 0 problems with her 2016 GTI and I am impressed with the quality of that car every time I drive it.

Now a days, the manual option is getting harder and harder to find unfortunately sad

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#22 2017-03-22 12:16:14

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Re: So now that my Saabaru has been retired

I know the Wrangler is not sporty, but the cool factor could come into play. The homeowner useful factor also comes into play with the Jeep.  My rental is a Dodge Journey, I hate it. No feel to it, you just sit in it an hit the go button on the floor. I need to feel like I am driving, like I have some input into the experience of driving, so the hunt for a manual must be done.


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#23 2017-03-22 12:19:19

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Re: So now that my Saabaru has been retired

Nightcrawler wrote:

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Can you photoshop 2 feet of snow around that? lol lol

A few more than 2 here:

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/5WLql-5_R7E/maxresdefault.jpg


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#24 2017-03-22 13:51:21

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Re: So now that my Saabaru has been retired

Nightcrawler wrote:

I know the Wrangler is not sporty, but the cool factor could come into play. The homeowner useful factor also comes into play with the Jeep.  My rental is a Dodge Journey, I hate it. No feel to it, you just sit in it an hit the go button on the floor. I need to feel like I am driving, like I have some input into the experience of driving, so the hunt for a manual must be done.

Yeah, it's not sporty in that you can't corner around a curve as fast, but it's sporty when you can go straight instead of following the curve.
Go the Wrangler route, then I'll have someone to wheel with.  I love my Wrangler.  I always say, it's the best vehicle for the nicest summer day and the worst winter day.  Nothing more fun than bombing through snowbanks last week.
That being said, I don't DD mine and the resale can be prohibitive.


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#25 2017-03-22 14:00:24

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Re: So now that my Saabaru has been retired

hammyt wrote:

Nightcrawler wrote:

arrow-up arrow-up

Can you photoshop 2 feet of snow around that? lol lol

A few more than 2 here:

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/5WLql-5_R7E/maxresdefault.jpg

Well done.


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