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#1 2016-06-27 21:01:21

meisen
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From: New Paltz, NY
Registered: 2007-09-28
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The one here I let you tell me about what my next car should be

Well, after 9 good years (2nd owner of my Aero) I'm starting to think it's time to move on. Not really sure where to go next, the budget is pretty small for a car purchase (damn mortgages and house shit!) so might be a lease, might be used. So what should I look at?

I'd prefer something with AWD, wife sometimes has to drive no matter what the weather is. And I like it for ski trips and dicey 15% grade driveways in winter. I don't care about power as much as I used to (I won't mod or tune it most likely), would like something that handles reasonably well. Price range is realistically 15-20k, might stretch to 25K if we do OK on the VW refund.

Crosstrek- I'm not sure why I want one of these.....but it's better than a minivan, right?
Outback probably out of my price range & maybe larger than I really need
Audi A3 I'm still mildly pissedat VAG about our TDI. But with that refund check in hand, I probably won't be.
Golf R- VAG  sadbanana as above. And definitely out of my price range and used ones are pretty freaking used....but maybe the money fairy will come?
Forester-not jazzed about a mini truck..but that's kind of what the crosstrek is isn't it?
Honda Crosstour- I can't figure out wtf this car is supposed to be. But rode in one and it seems pretty slick. Fits four road bikes in the backseat without major disassembly.

I can get ford family pricing but not feeling it really...

What else am I missing?


His:05 Aero 5MT back from the near dead, arctic silver, premium,cold and sport packages, Cobb Stage II with Cobb DP and P&P catless UP, STI catback, Cobb RSB, Prodrive Wagon Springs, ixizshift II w/momo knob, homelink mirror, OEM gauge pod, Paranoid Fabrications subframe.  17" stockers with Dunlop Direzza Star Specs, 16" stockers w/blizzak WS-60s.  Hers: Jetta Sportwagen TDI

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#2 2016-06-27 22:36:00

dotmaster206
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Re: The one here I let you tell me about what my next car should be

meisen wrote:

Crosstrek- I'm not sure why I want one of these.....but it's better than a minivan, right?

It's a good thing you don't care about power, because that is the biggest problem the Crosstrek has. My fiance has one, and it is a generally good car. But holy shit, it is woefully under powered. Foot to the floor, revving the shit out of that thing, it is barely picking up speed in 2nd gear. No joke.

Really, though, if you don't care about that, it is surprisingly capable with the bigger suspension and whatnot. I think some of them look pretty awesome when done up a little bit, too. Mudflaps, some knobby-ish tires, roof basket, etc...pretty sweet.

Also, it's way different from a minivan. I mean, this is a very compact car. 5 people can fit, but its really tight and the trunk space is quite minimal as well. It has the same amount of space as a Toyota Corolla or something like that. Apples and oranges.

Honda Crosstour- I can't figure out wtf this car is supposed to be. But rode in one and it seems pretty slick. Fits four road bikes in the backseat without major disassembly.

Kill it with fire. On par with the PT Cruiser or Pontiac Aztec in terms of aesthetics.

Maybe look at a Mazda CX-5 if you're looking at Foresters and Crosstreks.

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#3 2016-06-27 22:55:10

sohlman
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Re: The one here I let you tell me about what my next car should be

I see quiet a few used 2015 WRXs going for around $20,000 so that might be something to consider.


06' Silver Aero 5MT - Cobb Turboback, Stage II  93 octane tune, ST coilovers (KW Variant1s), Cobb short shifter, 22mm front and 24mm rear whiteline sways and endlinks, engine rebuild (Manley forged rods and pistons)
White 2015 WRX - Whiteline rear swaybar, Perrin brass shifter bushing, Cobb J pipe, Cobb Accessport, custom buzzard damage

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#4 2016-06-28 09:54:34

eazy-e
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Re: The one here I let you tell me about what my next car should be

ford has some sport hatch offerings if I remember correctly  spider


'05 AERO 5mt - Desert Silver - IHI VF39 - Mishimoto TMIC - STI pink injectors - Cobb EBCS - AEM 320 fuel pump - Cobb XLE BPV - Mishimoto radiator - Cobb springs - Kartboy short shifter - Godspeed swaybar - 92k mi.

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#5 2016-06-28 09:59:50

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Re: The one here I let you tell me about what my next car should be

meisen wrote:

I can get ford family pricing but not feeling it really...

What can you get for a Focus RS?

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#6 2016-06-28 10:21:48

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From: Greenwood Village, CO
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Re: The one here I let you tell me about what my next car should be

iamchris wrote:

meisen wrote:

I can get ford family pricing but not feeling it really...

What can you get for a Focus RS?

Or a Fusion Sport?

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#7 2016-07-05 19:27:48

meisen
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From: New Paltz, NY
Registered: 2007-09-28
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Re: The one here I let you tell me about what my next car should be

deliverator wrote:

iamchris wrote:

meisen wrote:

I can get ford family pricing but not feeling it really...

What can you get for a Focus RS?

Or a Fusion Sport?

Good questions...I suppose I should find out. Its usually a bit below dealer invoice pricing. Basically, at least from what dealers have told me, (and could be total bs) what a hard/well-done negotiation on a plentiful car should net you.


His:05 Aero 5MT back from the near dead, arctic silver, premium,cold and sport packages, Cobb Stage II with Cobb DP and P&P catless UP, STI catback, Cobb RSB, Prodrive Wagon Springs, ixizshift II w/momo knob, homelink mirror, OEM gauge pod, Paranoid Fabrications subframe.  17" stockers with Dunlop Direzza Star Specs, 16" stockers w/blizzak WS-60s.  Hers: Jetta Sportwagen TDI

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#8 2016-07-05 19:30:23

meisen
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Re: The one here I let you tell me about what my next car should be

dotmaster206 wrote:

meisen wrote:

Crosstrek- I'm not sure why I want one of these.....but it's better than a minivan, right?

It's a good thing you don't care about power, because that is the biggest problem the Crosstrek has. My fiance has one, and it is a generally good car. But holy shit, it is woefully under powered. Foot to the floor, revving the shit out of that thing, it is barely picking up speed in 2nd gear. No joke.

Really, though, if you don't care about that, it is surprisingly capable with the bigger suspension and whatnot. I think some of them look pretty awesome when done up a little bit, too. Mudflaps, some knobby-ish tires, roof basket, etc...pretty sweet.

Also, it's way different from a minivan. I mean, this is a very compact car. 5 people can fit, but its really tight and the trunk space is quite minimal as well. It has the same amount of space as a Toyota Corolla or something like that. Apples and oranges.

Honda Crosstour- I can't figure out wtf this car is supposed to be. But rode in one and it seems pretty slick. Fits four road bikes in the backseat without major disassembly.

Kill it with fire. On par with the PT Cruiser or Pontiac Aztec in terms of aesthetics.

Maybe look at a Mazda CX-5 if you're looking at Foresters and Crosstreks.

lol lol lol lol

Thanks for the input. Yeah, not a minivan is key. I won't succumb! I dunno, perhaps hard to go from 285ish hp to nada.

Ill check the cx-5.


His:05 Aero 5MT back from the near dead, arctic silver, premium,cold and sport packages, Cobb Stage II with Cobb DP and P&P catless UP, STI catback, Cobb RSB, Prodrive Wagon Springs, ixizshift II w/momo knob, homelink mirror, OEM gauge pod, Paranoid Fabrications subframe.  17" stockers with Dunlop Direzza Star Specs, 16" stockers w/blizzak WS-60s.  Hers: Jetta Sportwagen TDI

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#9 2016-07-06 12:07:48

ikbrown
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Re: The one here I let you tell me about what my next car should be

If AWD is a concern and you don't want a minivan but aren't huge on losing power, what about the Forester XT? I see you mentioned it and the Crosstek, but size-wise it's completely different than the Crosstek. You have to determine how much space you realistically need and go from there. My wife is very happy with the power from our NA 2014 Forester, and I don't mind it when driving it either. Sure I could've been upsold on the XT but the NA motor does the job just fine.


2005 Saab 92x Aero 5MT | The basic mods, Stage 2.04
1968 Dodge Charger 383 | WIP, restored almost everything but body work
2014 Subaru Forester | Wife's car

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#10 2016-07-06 15:55:31

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Re: The one here I let you tell me about what my next car should be

I'm happy with my XT.  Got a Touring without Eyesight or Nav but not a biggie.  Love the keyless entry and push button start.  Already installed Hella horns, rear tonneau cover and oem mud flaps.  Next up is led bulbs for the fog lights, a 20mm rear sway bar, fumoto valve, 400ft range remote start kit, shock sensor kit, red footwell lighting kit, and some spare keys.  Installing all I can but some bits will still need to be activated by the dealership sad
Oh, price was 30k out the door, it is a 15 with 12k miles on it.


2005 Saab 9-2x Aero:  More than you've had done to your car.
2015 Forester XT Touring

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#11 2016-10-11 19:59:43

meisen
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From: New Paltz, NY
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Re: The one here I let you tell me about what my next car should be

I think the forester is growing on me. Nice amount of space, extra clearance for those tough slogs in deep snow and not bad looking. Next week putting my car up for sale, will start shopping 2014-15 foresters when it's gone


His:05 Aero 5MT back from the near dead, arctic silver, premium,cold and sport packages, Cobb Stage II with Cobb DP and P&P catless UP, STI catback, Cobb RSB, Prodrive Wagon Springs, ixizshift II w/momo knob, homelink mirror, OEM gauge pod, Paranoid Fabrications subframe.  17" stockers with Dunlop Direzza Star Specs, 16" stockers w/blizzak WS-60s.  Hers: Jetta Sportwagen TDI

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#12 2016-10-11 21:38:51

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Re: The one here I let you tell me about what my next car should be

I looked at almost identical cars for my wife.  We ended up with a Focus hatch.  We picked up a 2013 with leather, 23k miles for a little over 10K.  The C max felt too close to a van.

We looked at a 2012 Impreza and it was much noisier and I really disliked the CVT.  MT would have been OK, but it's still a lot noisier than a Crossteck.

Volvo V40 if you can find one low miles and good condition.  S60 if it's not out of your price range, it has an AWD and is so nice to drive.  Fantastic cars. We also looked at older, cleaner examples of foresters, but 2009 is when they got huge, so not as easy to find a 2008 that is nice and low miles.


2005 Linear, 5mt, Satin Gray Metallic, moonroof, ixizsclutch, ixizhood, FHI 21 mm rear sway bar, rear dif guard
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#13 2016-10-12 14:52:26

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Re: The one here I let you tell me about what my next car should be


2005 Linear, 5mt, Satin Gray Metallic, moonroof, ixizsclutch, ixizhood, FHI 21 mm rear sway bar, rear dif guard
1981 Yamaha SR500

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#14 2016-10-12 15:41:44

jixaw
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From: Cambridge, MA
Registered: 2016-02-22
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Re: The one here I let you tell me about what my next car should be

hey there....my girlfriend bought a new Crosstrek....its a great car...its pretty much just an impreza up about 8 inches...great amenities....its a beast in foul weather....she likes that its footprint is similar to a small car


2005 Saab 9-2x Linear - Auto - Deep Mica Blue - Cold Weather Package - - Mods: Saabaru badges (+3 hp gain)

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#15 2016-10-14 08:30:17

meisen
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Re: The one here I let you tell me about what my next car should be

Pyromancy5 wrote:

https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/inventorylisting/viewDetailsFilterViewInventoryListing.action?sourceContext=carGurusHomePage_false_0&formSourceTag=104&entitySelectingHelper.selectedEntity=d2266&zip=43209#listing=152932023

Damn that's a nice looking wagon


His:05 Aero 5MT back from the near dead, arctic silver, premium,cold and sport packages, Cobb Stage II with Cobb DP and P&P catless UP, STI catback, Cobb RSB, Prodrive Wagon Springs, ixizshift II w/momo knob, homelink mirror, OEM gauge pod, Paranoid Fabrications subframe.  17" stockers with Dunlop Direzza Star Specs, 16" stockers w/blizzak WS-60s.  Hers: Jetta Sportwagen TDI

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#16 2016-10-16 12:52:14

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Re: The one here I let you tell me about what my next car should be

lickolepi wrote:

If you want to do something really nice for your Saab:
http://luxxio.co.nz/

This guy a spammer.    Do not open

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