Advantages Sticks to the road. Embarrasses Porche and 3-Series owners.
Disadvantages Drinks petrol at a ferocious rate (anywhere from 12-25 mpg)
I got the Impreza WRX STi Version 5 after having a spin in my friend's wagon, which was an Impreza WRX. I remember him informing me that WRX meant "World Rally Cross" and a half hour later I could see why. This car loves to be driven hard - at 2000rpm the boost starts to kick in and, unless you're a total boring sad act, you'll have an emotional - almost religious experience. This is a car that just brings me to tears of joy. The steering is perfect, two and a half turns lock to lock, not a trace of understeer and yet it still isn't nervous at the back. It looks fantastic too. They're both grey imports, but don't let that put you off. Half way up the twenty thousands or so, you'll get a car that is in great condition and has only done city miles. I live in Ireland so I have to deal with a lot of B roads, but there's no car that gives you greater confidence around the twisty bits. It's so surefooted that it'll take whatever you dare to give it and more.
Don't worry about insurance and parts and all that stuff, it's not that hard to get the proper parts for the machine. OK, it drinks petrol like there's no tomorrow, but once you own one you cease to care.
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