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Ok...I've had the Civic for a month and I'm happy with it, only I just don't feel like building it up to make it fast. It's a nice car, heats up quick, good acceleration, wonderful power band, I love the 5 speed...

but I don't think it's me, my brother loved his...but I'm iffy about the car...

I've always loved the WRX. When the 2002 model came out in March of 2001 I ran out and bought ALL the magazines that had anything to do with the WRX and read through each of them 50 times. I still have half the magazines. I still love the look, the power, the quickness of the WRX. Wanting one will probably never fade away, I like them more than Mustangs, Camaros or anything at all. I have a dilemma though... WRXs would cost me more money, not payments wise but insurance wise. It's another 40 bucks a month through state farm over my Si. I can't afford to do that with my two jobs currently. BUT...if I were to keep working at OTS and quit Hungry Howies Pizza (HH Pizza), and get a job at a walmart express place for 10 bucks an hour, I could easily afford it. I'm trying to figure out if it's really worth it.

If I could get 15500 for my Civic on a trade in (which might just happen...you never know) I could trade it in for a used 02 WRX 5 speed. That way I could keep the same payments instead of them going up.

The Civic is more of a daily driver than anything. I don't race on city streets anymore, and there's no tracks close by to go to, even if I could on the weekends.

My brother in law was gonna go to Walmart and do this same Idea for two jobs, and it didn't sound like a bad idea. I know how to change oil, I've done it with minimal tools in my driveway in 20 degree weather. I've always liked doing it, so why not get paid for it?

So what do you guys think? I've been told to go ahead with my plan, I've been told to stop crybabying and stay where I'm at, and I've been told to get what I want.

Don't be rude, sarcastic, or go off topic because I won't even dignify your responses.
 

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Is your car gonna work for you, or are you gonna work for your car?

I guess what I'm trying yo say is, it sounds like most of your income and long working hours will go for just making car payment and insureance, I'v done that, and it's fun at first to have a nice car, but the high insureance and payments get old.
 

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Good point. But the thing is I am already working for THIS car, 500 a month for this car which I'm iffy about started making me think about it.

I've ALWAYS wanted a WRX, and now that it's feasible I realized that 540 a month for it isn't a bad price to pay. You're always going to have to work for something you want. For an extra 40 bucks a month I'm running 227 hp, 217 ft lbs, I have four doors, a 5 speed, (although an STi 6 sp will bolt up), the safety factor of ABS and AWD and a Turbocharged DOHC Boxer engine to boot.

The Civic has 160 hp, 111 ft lbs, a 5 sp, FWD, no ABS and a measily, expensive and hard to upgrade 1.6L that's pretty much already maxed out. To top that off it's not really that quick, and it only looks good, but doesn't have anything to back it up.

With a new job I could get this car running mid 13s and still have the traction to go with it in the snow/rain.
 

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I'v done it, when I was about 18 I allways wanted a second gen GSX Eclispe. So I got one, insureane and payment were high but I could do it. I managed to put some money into it and make it look good and go a little faster, was a lot of fun. But if I would of got a cheaper older car, the money I saved I could of had more fun with more mods and other hobbies.
Now I drive Escorts, no car payments and one month of Eclipse insureance pays for 6 months of Escort insureance.
Now my Escort is only .6 seconds slower than my old GSX in the 1/4, but that will change next summer.
I did get lucky and found a buyer for my GSX that gave me enough $$ to pay off the loan and buy a 96 lx.
 

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James..
I want a WRX or two.
I could afford one..
but I choose not to.

I like to drive fast,
and a WRX would be a blast,
but the payments would drag me down,
almost to the point where I couldn't leave this town.

It comes down to this,
and it's a fact most car guys miss,
A car's worth is not measured in it's speediness,
it's about taking you places you want to go, in happiness.

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Get one, don't get one.. it's up to you, of course. Cars are more fun when you aren't stressing over money. I got to drive my buddy's WRX a few weeks ago for the last 2 hours of our trip home from Charleston. I've been to Charleston about 5 times .. this was my buddy's first time. We both make about the same amount of money, it's just that he couldn't afford to go with me much because he had no spending money. .. anyway.. I got to drive the thing up the mountian (about a 2000' climb in the space of about 5 miles).. It was nice to drive.. stupid fast.. familiar to me in feel (because of other Subarus).. but it felt very small and cramped on the inside (I'm 6'2") compared to our Legacy, or even my scort... and the low compression motor doesn't give very good highway mileage. For the next few days I made some searches online for good deals on an '02 WRX.. which there were several of... but I had to come to terms with a few other things.

There's a girl I'm interested in.. she doesn't give a crap about what kind of car I drive.. and I'm not one to use a car as a penis extension. If I bought a WRX I wouldn't be able to afford to take her out.. treat her right.

Today I signed a lease on an apartment.. I'm finally moving out of my parents' house.. this is something else I wouldn't be able to do if I was paying for a WRX.

Now.. now that I've got the new place lined up, I've got an escort wagon that's race-worthy and road-trip worthy (mostly just reliable to-work transportation, to be honest) .. I'm looking into taking out a loan for a motorcycle. 8O That's right.. something fast, exciting and new to me. The $4k it will cost me for this particular motorcycle will be justified in me having an extra vehicle and helping to build my credit history.

If you get a WRX, more power to you.. gimme a ride sometime...

but if you're looking for my advice.. it's that you're the one responsible for bringing the fun to the car driving.. not the other way around. Keep the kickass Si and daily drive the crap out of it while saving up / going to school for that one day when you can afford to buy a ferrari comfortably and buy your girl a studded diamond necklace. No reason to stretch yourself thin over a car.
 

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well.. i love WRX's as well.. not only am i a huge fan of WRC.. but its a beautiful car with balls to spare. im not sure exactly what you should do, but i think, since you've ALWAYS liked them.. and i know thats true cuz since i met you thats all you talk about, you should.. money shmoney, They say you can't buy happiness.. im sure you could rent it for a couple years.. :D

:) im actually thinking about an WRX... i no im a student, but my rents hate my escort cuz its kinda a peice.. so they said if i were to buy a new car, they would split the cost.. so that sounds like a good deal to me :D.. anyways lemme know what your final choice is in this subject.
 

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a WRX...sweet car. i wish i could have one, or hell even afford one. Well in my opinion, if it was me atleast id keep the Si, and leave it at that. You know why...? well ill tell you. If your going to school, or saving up. keep a daily driver. Drive the crap out of it. And some day after school, and you started your grown up life. you knwo where your out of school. And starting at your "career". Then buy the car you want. Make the payments. For me im buying a 96 Base H/B escort...5spd. Nothign special. i want it for two reasons. Sounds and reliablity. The reliablity is more important. I can fix the car, and i have the tools, the time and a place. So thats not a problem. Now when i start my job after a smester of math in college, ill save up for a down payment on a truck. Im getting into construction. So ill need a truck. Proballay an F150 or a ranger. thats not important. Drive what you have, pay for it. keep it maintained, and its a honda...itll be there for quite a while. So save up for school or whatever, and drive what you got.
 

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Thanks guys.

A couple of things I need to add. I'm not in school as right now I'm working roughly 55 hours a week. I don't plan on going to school because the economy being not all that good, trying to find a specialty job isn't as good as it should be. I can find numerous jobs at 10/hr and do just little crappy things, like Home Depot or Walmart, etc.

I feel good about myself that I took it upon myself, got a loan, and signed over the car and did all the title/ins. stuff myself. But I'm just not feeling the car. I want something that I can feel good about, something different, like the WRX, which I know people will comment to me about. Not too many people really look at Civics. They're everywhere.

Keep the comments coming. I particularly enjoyed BeaverBoys comments as they gave me a different perspective that I had not thought about before. :wink:

Yes, nuke, You know it's true. I used to talk way too much about Subarus wonder car. :D
 

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well... My oppinion is if you want a WRX get one. However there are some things to consider. Will you modify it? I'd suggest getting a used one. I'd get as old as you can and still be able to modify it how you want. I'd go older for several reasons, its cheaper, if its used you are gambling either way. IF this is something you really want and will keep for many years to come you wont mind doing a little work to get into "like new" condition. However.... you are not likely to break even with your current car. If you really want a WRX dump any extra money you can into your loan so your pay off will match the sale price. Also this keeps you from paying even more in interest. When you feel like you can break even let it go.

PS progressive is way cheaper for younger drivers. Sometimes even if you are currently on your parents policy. You can get a quote online in no time.
 

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James92Scort said:
I used to talk way too much about Subarus wonder car. :D
Not possible. The WRX is the most practical performance car at a great value that has ever existed in the US... especially the wagon (even if it doesn't look that great). Show me any other car that has big brakes, big engine with advanced/adaptable engine management, full time AWD, lots of cargo room, a comfortable ride, quality interior and tight predictable handling for under $25k. The thing that will amaze most people 10 years down the road is how reliable they are.

My only real qualm with them is that the bugeyed headlamps (which I do like) are so easily recognizable.. cops can spot the hoodscoop and bugeyes from miles away. If I ever buy a WRX, It'll be without a rear wing and I'm also buying an FMIC and swapping hoods with a 2.5RS owner... screw the stupid hood scoop. :twisted:

EDIT: PS:

http://www.crownvic.us/~ronman/cartrouble2.wmv :rr:

Don't try this with your own WRX unless you like buying new diffs.
 

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I almost had my mind made up about gettin another job and using the money to get an apartment instead of the WRX for now....and you HAD to show me THAT?! 8O

8O 8O

Of course making almost 20 an hour between two good jobs, I could afford both, especially if my friends wise up and move out and help with the rent. :eek: 8)
 
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