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View Poll Results: Which car to buy?
Toyota Tacoma 4-door 24 51.06%
Subaru WRX (not STi) 23 48.94%
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Which car to buy? - September 28, 2006, 08:42 AM

Ok, I've decided that the time is approaching for me to buy a new car. My budget is around $14,000. Right now, I have it narrowed to two choices:

2002 (ish) Subaru WRX (not STi)

http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail...0&aff=national

Bad things about Subaru:
insurance

Good things about Subaru:
fun and sporty
26 mpg highway
good suspension for "off-roading" through D.C.
Can drive in snow
love the look of it!



OR

2004 (ish) Toyota Tacoma V6, 4X4:


http://cars.com/go/search/detail.jsp...0&aff=national


Bad things about Toyota:
insurance
hard to park in D.C.
rides like a truck

Good things about Toyota:
I can finally take my own trash to the dump
Can haul bike
Can haul other things
Can drive in snow (and mud, and creeks)
Get to be that friend with a truck


Help? Any advice?


Tanya

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September 28, 2006, 08:44 AM

WRX!!!!!

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also, the V6 tacoma will get less for mileage than the WRX...well, unless you drive like, well, you. even still, I get >22 on the STi and I drive it like a mofo


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September 28, 2006, 08:46 AM

Though, I would question that WRX...non-stock (or even SPT/STi) wing? I would venture a guess at young owner who beat the christ out of it--something you don't want in a turbo car.


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September 28, 2006, 08:50 AM

I'm not looking at these, particularly, they're just examples. And WRXMeister Greg offered to come along and look at WRXs (you are welcome as well, Marc) and look for certain things that point towards mods.


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September 28, 2006, 08:53 AM

+1 to mark's last post

and 6 cylinder tacomas get shit for gas, and the four door cab on Tacomas is only for asians (the non-YaoMatt kind). On the other hand, if you have to park in DC anything bigger just isn't going to fit.
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September 28, 2006, 08:54 AM

id aim for what youre going to be using the car for *most* of the time. If youre driving in the city most of the time, the last thing you want is a long wheelbase 4x4.
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September 28, 2006, 08:56 AM

Another vote for the WRX. It'd be great to haul around your bike when you need to, but as you pointed out you get to "be that friend with a truck" and believe me it becomes a royal PITA!


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September 28, 2006, 08:57 AM

tanya, will you be needing the truck for carting crap around? towing?

If not, then i say the WRX. Its a great car and it rails. Track days will be fun too!



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September 28, 2006, 09:00 AM

Get the Toyota! Subarus are for chicks!






**Seriously though, unless you need the truck, go for the Subaru. It will be more fun and most likely more practical.

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September 28, 2006, 09:00 AM

Go for the car. If you need a pick up you can always get ole blue


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September 28, 2006, 09:08 AM

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Another vote for the WRX. It'd be great to haul around your bike when you need to, but as you pointed out you get to "be that friend with a truck" and believe me it becomes a royal PITA!
Do like the rest of us and say "Sorry, can't help."
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September 28, 2006, 09:09 AM

I agree with marc the WRX has an aftermarket spolier on it which means it probably wasn't stock at some point. I think your best bet on finding a non-abused WRX would be to look for a WRX wagon. Alot of those are left stock and are slightly cheaper as well.


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September 28, 2006, 09:10 AM

yeah, get the car


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September 28, 2006, 09:12 AM

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I agree with marc the WRX has an aftermarket spolier on it which means it probably wasn't stock at some point. I think your best bet on finding a non-abused WRX would be to look for a WRX wagon. Alot of those are left stock and are slightly cheaper as well.
yup, and a WRX can easily tow a small trailer w/ a bike on it.
+1 to the wagon, the wagon is only ~50lbs heavier than the sedan, lots more room, and actually has a better weight distribution

I'ld love to come along and look at rex's with you and greg...
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September 28, 2006, 09:12 AM

WRX vote hurrrr


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