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Old 01-17-2011, 02:01 PM   #1
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It was a fun 5 months, but I got rid of the Camaro already

hey all - I got rid of my Camaro already. I think this is the shortest time frame I've ever owned and let go of a car. I wish I could have kept it as a weekend cruiser/drag car, but I'm not really in a position to own multiple cars . for now, I'd rather just have a new single car that handles all aspects of driving.

my first car was a 68 Camaro, naturally when the new Camaro concept came out, I fell in love and wanted it. I feel like I had a dream that finally got fulfilled, and then the car was not what I wanted out of it. My only problem with the car was that it didn't inspire confidence, due to size and visibility. it became a pretty big issue with how tight parking is at work and at home. I kind of adjusted to it, but I was always uneasy about it, and sometimes I'd have to park between two cars and practically climb out the window, then I had to worry about door dings all day :[. I needed something smaller, with better visibility.

I traded in for something still fun, not as powerful, but a little more practical. I like having AWD here in the pacific north west. it's 15 inches narrower in overall width, which helps me tremendously. it's a 2011 Subaru WRX - my first manual trans car. I can see why the manual enthusiasts wouldn't have it any other way, it's a lot more engaging and fun to drive.

here's a few pictures, I imagine it won't be everyone's cup of tea here, but my choices were pretty limited for the criteria I set on my new car.
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Old 01-17-2011, 02:15 PM   #2
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Those are a lot of fun and can be very fast. I've flirted with the idea of buying one more than once. Enjoy!
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Old 01-17-2011, 02:19 PM   #3
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Totally feel you bro. I am lucky that I have 4 other cars to drive and my camaro is a weekend warrior.

The WRX was a great choice and with a little turbo you can still run with the big boys...lol

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Old 01-17-2011, 02:31 PM   #4
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to each there own...the wrx is a great platform...hate to see u go brother..but see u in my rear view
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Old 01-17-2011, 02:52 PM   #5
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Grats on the new car. If it wasn't for the body style (which just wasn't for me), I would have cross-shopped that when I was looking too. They're nice cars.
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:07 PM   #6
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Too bad, but I still like that WRX
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:07 PM   #7
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Great decision. If I had to own just one car it would be a 2011 WRX. If I wouldn't of been able to get financed on my 2011 GT500 I was going to get a 2011 WRX due to the practically. They are an awesome all around car and now that the WRX get's the STI wide body it has the looks to back up its performance. 0-60 in 4.7 seconds all day every day and 13.5's if you decide to take it to the track. My buddies has gone 13.3 and I think the record is a 12.9 stock, which should keep the SS in your rear view all the way to the posted speed limit.

My buddies 09 WRX came with the optional short shifter and it's a must have and get's even better with a TMW weighted knob.
http://www.3gwrx.com/forum/index.php?topic=3508.0

Also get Rally Armour mud flaps, you're definitely going to need them to keep the side of you car clean and rock chip free because Subaru paint is way thin.
http://www.rallyarmor.com/

The Huskey Liner's floor liner's should also be at the top of your list.
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:11 PM   #8
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:42 PM   #9
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thanks all, and thanks for the great ideas Dan. I was looking into the rally flaps since I saw the amount of shit I was kicking up already..

I had some mods on the Camaro so I had them throw in a couple things for the car, one of which was the STi short-throw shifter. I'll definitely look into a heavier knob in the future too.
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:45 PM   #10
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meh. You should never go backwards IMO, but to each their own. If that's the car for you, enjoy it.
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:47 PM   #11
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If you had to go, you chose a pretty cool car to go to. The WRX/STI would probably be the only Japanese car I would ever consider.

Be safe and enjoy.
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:50 PM   #12
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No STI I think the hatchback looks better, but I did like the body styling of the last gen WRX STI sedan
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:54 PM   #13
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I didn't want to pony up for the STi, looking at the performance numbers on paper. the WRX is faster to 60, faster to the quarter mile, and puts down the same on the skid pad. I am not seeing the value in the STi in it's current form, short of the BBS wheels . I would have considered it if it performed better.
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Old 01-17-2011, 04:25 PM   #14
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The STI is only a good idea if you plan on modding a WRX because the 5 speed trans/ clutch in the WRX barley hold's together at stock hp levels where as the STI 6 speed is good for 800 hp and all the diff's are stronger as well.

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No STI I think the hatchback looks better, but I did like the body styling of the last gen WRX STI sedan
The STI comes in both wagon and sedan.

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These guys LOVE the Camaro: BigDan, wbt, THE EVIL TWIN, ViperTomcat
What's up with your sig? Are you going out of you way to put us down by username in your sig or are you serious, because I do LOVE Camaro's? Do you want to see pic's of my red/black 67 I bought when I was 18? I was just like you and all excited about the concept Camaro and was ready to buy but realized I wouldn't be happy unless it was supercharged and since I didn't have the $10k cash on hand for a SC and full exhaust I decided on something that was already supercharged and fully forged from the factory with a warranty and my payment is only a hundred bucks more a month then my would be SS.

If it's an attack then I take back every thing I said in my previous post's.

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Old 01-17-2011, 04:58 PM   #15
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The STI comes in both wagon and sedan.
I know, I was saying I like the current gen STI hatchback over the STI sedan. But I liked the styling on the last gen STI sedan.
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:02 PM   #16
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When the times comes for our 01 AWD Sub Forest to end, I want to keep the AWD drive train but shoe horn a classic V8 under the hood

AWD should be standard on everything.

Should have to order it special without.

This is the best forum for a Sub / most helpful.
within days I gave a donation and stopped visiting the rest.

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I love everything about the WRX except for its "boy racer" styling. Good in your 20s, not so much in your 30s. Yours looks nice with the non-wing spoiler though. I would have politely kept my mouth shut if you were sporting a giant wing out the back.
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:21 PM   #18
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:36 PM   #19
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Dan, don't take offense to it, the sig is merely a joke. I like you as a poster, you're helpful and informative and pretty damn factual. I just started a list of users who are very openly voiced about Car X/Y/Z being faster then the Camaro, the folks I've seen in a number of debates over it : )
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:48 PM   #20
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Old 01-17-2011, 06:33 PM   #21
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That is a damned nice wrx, if I wasn't hellbent on my next vehicle having a slushbox (the daily grind gets kinda tiresome with a stick), I would be really cosindering one of those!
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You're right about the sti. It's only worth it if you plan on racing a lot because of the stronger trans/diffs, better brakes, etc. The 2011 wrx is great. With a turboback and tune you'll love it even more.

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Only the sti's come with the big wing. I wish it was optional and not standard. I am scouring the planet looking for a modellista wing to replace it.

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That is a damned nice wrx, if I wasn't hellbent on my next vehicle having a slushbox (the daily grind gets kinda tiresome with a stick), I would be really cosindering one of those!
You can still buy a new 2010 Impreza GT which has the 08 WRX's 224hp 2.5L turbo but with an automatic. 2010 was the last year and there are still plenty new ones sitting on dealer lots.

I searched auto trader for you
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Like that better than the hatch...good choice!!
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:09 PM   #25
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they are great cars! my friend has an 07 STI and its a really nice ride. you should give autocross a try with that. i do a little autox'n in my civic and the WRXs/STIs clean up there!
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