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#1 of 932 Subaru Impreza & Impreza WRX STI: Prices Paid & Buying Experience
by KarenS HOST
Jul 28, 2003 (9:10 am)
Share your purchase experience here!
#2 of 932 $750 over list in Bay Area - 7/16/03
Jul 28, 2003 (9:12 pm)
Even though I did not want to pay more than list, my current leased car was being returned to volvo so I decided to bust a move. Going rate in the bay area at that time was $1500 over list. Tried to buy at list but nobody would budge (keep in mind this car is limited production and is a 04, not a 03 - no immediate depreciation hit). Only 2 silver cars in town at that time (out of 12 dealers). Walnut Creek Subaru in Concord did my deal, but I suspect Ron Price Subaru in SF would also have done the deal (they also had a silver one) if I had driven down there.
If you really want to buy this car, I'd recommend doing the following:
1)find a dealer (or preferably two dealers) who has the car you want (call or check web inventory)
2)visit the dealer in person and make your best offer
3)be prepared to buy the car and drive it home
(I left my current car and returned to pick it up the next day)
I'm not sure when supply of this car will exceed demand, but I'm guessing it will take some time (especially if you want to pay list or under list - there are a lot of people waiting on the sidelines prepared to pay list).
In the meantime I've driven 700 miles and am having the time of my life. CARPE DIEM!
Jul 29, 2003 (7:09 am)
East Imports in Grand Rapids Michigan (49512) will be receiving to STIs later this week. They are black with gold and blue with silver. Both are well equipped and will be sold at MSRP. There are the first STIs that have not been sold before arrival.
#4 of 932 My Blue STi
Jul 29, 2003 (12:27 pm)
I've had my STi for 3 weeks. Only one dealer had any in stock in my area. I worked on them for 2 days and got them down to $1,800 over sticker (from $6,000). My STi had 5 miles on it when I drove it off the lot - I didn't even have them clean it up, it still had the plastic on it. I had it professionally detailed a couple of days later.
I love this car... it's worth every nickel I paid for it.
The dealer experience was great too, no complaints there at all.
#5 of 932 "The dealer experience was great too, no complaints there at all."
Jul 29, 2003 (2:05 pm)
What attitude .
They robbed you and you are grateful.
Enjoy the car.
#6 of 932 Re: My Blue STi
Jul 30, 2003 (6:52 am)
got them down to $1,800
Errrm... so you still paid a $1,800 markup over MSRP? Perhaps it depends on the area, every New England dealer has at least one sitting on their lot and they're more than happy to let them go at MSRP or even MRSP including a couple options.
Jul 31, 2003 (12:29 pm)
Just drove home in my new 2004 WRX wagon for $22,700. All smiles so far.
Aug 01, 2003 (9:01 am)
I wouldn't consider $1,800 over MSRP being robbed, not for a car with the capability of the STi. They didn't hold a gun to my head, absolutely no pressure, very professional sales/ management staff - the buying experience was excellent. There are no STi's available in my area and blue/ gold STi's are very hard to find. I didn't feel like waiting for one and the one they had was sitting in the garage with the plastic still on it with 5 miles on the clock - $1,800 over wasn't unreasonable IMO, I was glad to pay it - the STi is awesome.
Cars like the STi are going to bring customers into Subaru dealers that don't think $37.5k (my out the door cost with TTL) for a car is a stretch. I actually feel I saved about $30k buying my STi considering I was shopping M3's and base 911's - two cars the STi will hang with all day at the track - my STi was a screaming bargain.
#9 of 932 rickover - you are the customer dealers are dreaming about ;-)
Aug 02, 2003 (10:19 am)
For people coming from high end STi is dirt cheap, even with 1800 markup.
On the other hand for people upgrading from Focus SVT, Neon (ACR anyone) - lower end - STi is good value but are less likely to accept markup.
PS In Polish there is a saying:
Point of view depends where one sits.