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#251 of 321 I welcome myself to this board!
May 01, 2010 (3:50 pm)
I have been a frequent poster on the Subaru boards, having owned new 05 Outback, 06 Tribeca and now have 09 Forester.
My 09 is "ok" now have 31k on the vehicle in 14 months. It's just too much of a "rattle trap" but otherwise fine.
Daughter just turned 19 & wanted to get something "safe and reliable" so yesterday pulled the trigger on 09 Impreza premium with 10k for $15750. I hope I did the right thing -- spent some time looking & couldn't get a better deal elsewhere. What cinched the deal was $2000 for trade in of 1997 Isuzu Oasis. It ran good but didn't look too great but I was not thrilled with the prospects of having to sell it on my own. Besides, got the advantage of another $125 sales tax advantage as I traded it in.
I expect the Impreza should be as reliable as my Forester has been, hoping that the mpg will be a little better than my Forester. Since day one, I have kept good track of mpg on Forester and have averaged close to 25 mpg, The trip computer on the Forester a little too optomistic, that shows about 1 mpg higher.
Any comments from anyone on price I paid, as well as comments on the vehicle itself?
#252 of 321 Re: 2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i Premium 5dr. [ateixeira]
May 01, 2010 (4:59 pm)
I picked up the SE hatchback on 4/30 in satin white. Whats funny is I had 3 appointments on that day. I bought from the first dealer I went to as they had the color I wanted. As I was closing the deal, I notified the other dealers that I was in the purchasing and I could not meet with them. Both called/e-mailed me with lower prices, but didn't say the price, except dealer #2 dropped the $200 off the price on the Outback Sport. The next day, that same dealer dropped $475 off the same car. I should have waited...oh well, I'm happy with my new Subaru!
#253 of 321 Re: I welcome myself to this board! [occking]
May 02, 2010 (12:10 am)
Sounds like you got a decent deal - I wouldn't pay a dime over $16K for a 1 year old with 10K on the clock, and you didn't!
I am just turning over 10K in mine, and contemplating getting the short shifter and the rear sway from the WRX installed in my OBS when I go for the oil change + tire rotation.
I have no idea why Subaru continues to insist on putting 4-foot-tall truck shifters in these cars, but it sure does slow down shifting. As for the rear sway, the thing just about lifts a front wheel, it keels over so hard when you are at 70 mph+ and go around a curve on the highway. The super soft rear end makes for a comfy highway ride, I'm sure, but it just compromises handling too much for my tastes. It's like there's nothing holding the back of the car up except handfuls of marshmallows.
I wonder how much the dealer will want for those additions.....
#254 of 321 Re: I welcome myself to this board! [nippononly]
by kyfdx HOST
May 02, 2010 (4:46 am)
Mine had the STi short-shift kit installed at port... I'd have to look again, but I think that added nearly $500 to the MSRP...
It's nice, but with the "throttle-hang", quick, smooth shifts aren't happening, anyway...
Even though I have nearly 3 months to go on the lease, I picked up the replacement this weekend...
#255 of 321 Re: I welcome myself to this board! [kyfdx]
May 02, 2010 (1:31 pm)
Well do tell, what is the replacement?
#256 of 321 Re: I welcome myself to this board! [nippononly]
by kyfdx HOST
May 02, 2010 (3:56 pm)
'06 BMW 330 coupe..
Stick-shift, of course...
#257 of 321 Re: I welcome myself to this board! [kyfdx]
May 02, 2010 (9:53 pm)
So, just a leeeeetle faster than the Soob!
You going to keep the Impreza until the end of the lease? Will the residual be more than it is worth?
#258 of 321 Re: I welcome myself to this board! [nippononly]
by kyfdx HOST
May 03, 2010 (4:11 am)
Yeah... I'm driving the Impreza every day to work, until the term is up.. I'll be right at the limit, so no over-mileage issues...
The residual is about $14K.... Since the selling price was about $19K, two years and 30K miles, ago... don't think there is any equity there.. It will just go back.
Of course, my last fill-up before I buy the next car, I get 30.9 mpg.. and, the BMW takes premium..
It's funny... the dealership where I bought the BMW is about 60 miles up the freeway from my house.. I'm driving home, reset the mpg gauge, then notice that I'm getting about 28-30 mpg, doing 65 mph.. Not too bad for 235 hp!! After about 20 miles, I also notice that I'm in 5th gear.. Uh, it's a 6-speed, doofus!!
So.. 28-30 mpg highway, and not even in top gear... not too bad.. lol..
#259 of 321 Re: I welcome myself to this board! [kyfdx]
May 03, 2010 (8:42 am)
Well, one thing to know about Subaru and fuel economy is you have to be insistent on having AWD. If you don't need AWD (or want it really badly) Subaru is COMPLETELY non-competitive with other carmakers on fuel economy. The only exception is the awful CVT-equipped new Legacy. Having driven that now, I find it to be just as bad as every CVT I have ever driven - the motorboating and droning continue endlessly. In fact, it is WORSE than the CVT-equipped Cube, which motorboats less.
I figured the residual on your Impreza lease must be artifically high to get payments and terms so cheap. I quite like my OBS - if the rear sway solves the high speed handling "problem", I may well end up keeping this car a long time.
I am still debating the short shifter install - I was already expecting it to be at least the $500 figure you mentioned, and you are exactly right that with the rev hang it might not be a very good investment as it still won't shift very quickly. But I haven't driven a 4-cylinder car in the last 5 years that didn't have deplorable amounts of rev hang (and that includes all the major Japanese automakers plus Chevy and Ford) - I am guessing the BMW doesn't have it?!
#260 of 321 Re: 2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i Premium 5dr. [hounddog69]
May 03, 2010 (8:57 am)
You newer know, that dealer may have added some hidden documentation or processing fee to get that $475 back.
Congrats. Seems like we have a lot of new Impreza owners, so congrats to all of you.