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    New Car Options

    I want to buy a new car within the next 6-8 months. I currenlty have an 04 WRX sedan that I love. Interior isn't the greatest but the performance and fun factor of the car make it all worth it.

    I want to stay in the "sport compact" market. I'd like to stay with 4 doors as well. I've done lots of research and here are my two options:

    2010 Mazdaspeed3 - Not released yet but I've seen photos and it looks decent. It follows and builds on the previous version. It looks more aggressive and they moved the intercooler to a top mount from the front mount so it now has a hood scoop. The MS3 wins every editor review comparison I've ever read between other sport compacts (exluding STI and EVO - they are whole different level). The MS3 does the best job of balancing the practicality with performance. It has a great interior and lots of options for a low price tag. This car gets great reviews and great ratings. I'm not in love with the looks but they aren't bad either.

    2009-10 Subaru WRX Hatch - They upped the power for 2009 to 265 hp and increased the torque as well. Edmunds ran it to 60 in 5.2 seconds...and that is really fast straight line. You have AWD which the MS3 does not. BUT...I can't get past the looks of the car. I think the new models are ugly and bland compared to past years - like my 2004. I think the sedan is even uglier so that is why I'm considering the hatch. The hatch reminds of a Ford Aspire. What was subaru thinking? I still am drawn to the performance of this car though. It is fast, sounds great, and is practical. It cost a lot more than the MS3, though.

    Which would you get? I know there are going to peope who say "neither" and don't like the segment. But this is the segment I enjoy driving.


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    Re: New Car Options

    You can count me in the segment that says "neither" because I only buy American cars. I have a Honda motorcycle, but that's just a toy, even though I do use it as transportation when the weather is good. However, if I were going to buy a foreign car, it would definitely be a WRX.



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    Re: New Car Options

    Go with the Mazda. It still has plenty of performance but doesn't make you look like a high school street racer.



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    Re: New Car Options

    neither



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    Re: New Car Options

    No offense... but are you a fan of Fast n the Furious and or the video game Gran Turismo?!?


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    Re: New Car Options

    Quote Originally Posted by ripvdub View Post
    No offense... but are you a fan of Fast n the Furious and or the video game Gran Turismo?!?
    I love GT. I am not a fan of the movies..


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    Re: New Car Options

    Quote Originally Posted by SeattleClone View Post
    You can count me in the segment that says "neither" because I only buy American cars. I have a Honda motorcycle, but that's just a toy, even though I do use it as transportation when the weather is good. However, if I were going to buy a foreign car, it would definitely be a WRX.
    The Mazda 3 platform is essentially the same as the Ford Focus platform. Ford could produce a similar car in the Focus model but they haven't. The Focus competes in the WRC a makes a decent rally car. Why wouldn't they release a performance version of the focus that has similar traits? Give me an American option to consider in this segment and I'd give it a fair chance. There really isn't any options. The Neon SRT-4 was probably the only option I can think of and I wouldn't be caught dead in a neon. The Cobalt SS does well but it needs a body make-over. It looks like a rental car.

    Edit: Europe has a Focus version called the RS that will run with the STI and EVO but it isn't avialable in the states, to my knowledge:

    http://www.edmunds.com/apps/vdpconta...9/pageNumber=1


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    Re: New Car Options

    I would get the current MS3 model. Same motor, less weight. If I didn't need more space, that's the car I would have owned.

    That said, the new WRX has made some big strides. Can't go wrong either way it that's the type of car you want.



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    Re: New Car Options

    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    Edit: Europe has a Focus version called the RS that will run with the STI and EVO but it isn't avialable in the states, to my knowledge:
    Won't be here either. It's the equivalent of a $45,000 car here. It would be 335i competition here.



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    Re: New Car Options

    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    The Focus competes in the WRC a makes a decent rally car. Why wouldn't they release a performance version of the focus that has similar traits?
    One word: "Mustang". Ford hasn't shown much interest in releasing ANYTHING that will compete with the Mustang here in the US. I can't say I blame them, but I'm still hoping they bring something new to the table soon.

    As for your dilemma, I'd probably lean more towards the WRX. I'm an Evo guy, so that pains me to say it, but it's the better of the two options. I don't really like either car style-wise, but I can't stand the giant smile Mazda is plastering on the new generation of cars. That, and the better engine in the WRX would probably push me in that direction.



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    Re: New Car Options

    Sounds like you've already made up your mind.


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    Re: New Car Options

    I'm seriously considering a MazdaSpeed3 but I think I'm going to go with the 2009. It doesn't sound like there are going to be any huge improvements with the 2010 and I don't like the new front end. It looks like it's smiling at you. On top of that 'm not a big fan of the hood scoops.

    I'm thinking I'll be able to pick up a 2009 Sport for around $21,000.


    BTW-I'm 38 and not a fan of fast and the furious. I've had everything from a Lexus to a Nissan 350Z and I like the sport compacts. One of the best cars I've ever owned was a 2000 Civic Si. I bought it new in 2000 for $16,500, drove it for 16 months, and sold it for $16,500. Cars like this MazdaSpeed will run low 14's stock which is faster than many of the muscle cars they used to make.





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    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I'm seriously considering a MazdaSpeed3 but I think I'm going to go with the 2009. It doesn't sound like there are going to be any huge improvements with the 2010 and I don't like the new front end. It looks like it's smiling at you. On top of that 'm not a big fan of the hood scoops.

    I'm thinking I'll be able to pick up a 2009 Sport for around $21,000.


    BTW-I'm 38 and not a fan of fast and the furious. I've had everything from a Lexus to a Nissan 350Z and I like the sport compacts. One of the best cars I've ever owned was a 2000 Civic Si. I bought it new in 2000 for $16,500, drove it for 16 months, and sold it for $16,500. Cars like this MazdaSpeed will run low 14's stock which is faster than many of the muscle cars they used to make.



    That is any ugly front end. But I think I would be OK with an ugly front end as opposed to an ugly everything, which the 09 WRX has.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LeSchmick View Post
    Sounds like you've already made up your mind.
    I have? How so? I flip flop in my mind daily. I have no idea which one I'd buy.


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    Re: New Car Options

    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    The Mazda 3 platform is essentially the same as the Ford Focus platform. Ford could produce a similar car in the Focus model but they haven't. The Focus competes in the WRC a makes a decent rally car. Why wouldn't they release a performance version of the focus that has similar traits? Give me an American option to consider in this segment and I'd give it a fair chance. There really isn't any options. The Neon SRT-4 was probably the only option I can think of and I wouldn't be caught dead in a neon. The Cobalt SS does well but it needs a body make-over. It looks like a rental car.

    Edit: Europe has a Focus version called the RS that will run with the STI and EVO but it isn't avialable in the states, to my knowledge:

    2009 Ford Focus First Drive on Inside Line
    Let me get this straight. You're worried about it's looks yet you drive a Subie and am considering another Subie?

    Car and Driver or Moter Trend just did a review and the Colbalt SS came in second I think to the Mazda. They were very high on the combination of performance and value.


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