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Old 03-11-13, 10:10 PM   #11
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Keep it and see what happens in the next few years with the Sti...might be setup to get something better, and worst case you know what you have with your car and can continue to enjoy it!
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Old 03-12-13, 12:22 AM   #12
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honestly I'd just keep it. you know the ins and outs of that car better than anybody else, if you keep it awhile longer instead of trying to sell it shortly after an accident you'll get more for it+you'll know you're selling a good car when you do. til then there's not much you can do unless you're willing to take a huge hit just to feel better.
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Old 03-12-13, 11:54 AM   #13
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How many miles and what mods do you have?
Current mileage is ~59,500 miles.

Mods:

Stage 1, though I've got a voucher I won at last year's WBM for a free EFI protune.
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Keep it and see what happens in the next few years with the Sti...might be setup to get something better, and worst case you know what you have with your car and can continue to enjoy it!
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honestly I'd just keep it. you know the ins and outs of that car better than anybody else, if you keep it awhile longer instead of trying to sell it shortly after an accident you'll get more for it+you'll know you're selling a good car when you do. til then there's not much you can do unless you're willing to take a huge hit just to feel better.
After SAT operation for, say, 6 months I guess I could probably rule out any major issues cropping up quickly. I do pay attention to, inspect and maintain everything on this car, so you're right that I know the car well. That's good and bad: good, because I can determine whether it's good-to-go better than most who need to pay some one to check the car for them; bad, because I'll notice every new noise or vibration and wonder whether it's a result of the accident, and whether it portends future failure - most people drive along, oblivious to what their car is telling them, but I notice everything, unfortunately.

Going along that line of thinking, I guess there's the risk that I'd experience issues with any new vehicle I purchase, where as my STI has been relatively problem-free.

Maybe, after the above 6 month "test-drive" period, I could simply figure out what I need to make the STI a little more comfortable. I think a new, modest stereo setup and a low-moderate amount of sound-deadening would be a good start. I guess the money I save on NOT trading could go toward replacing any parts that need replacing over the next few years, anyway. Hell, the sum of the taxes, increased motor vehicle tax, and depreciation would probably afford me a whole new engine, if needed.

Lots to think about, and this won't be something I decide on over the next few days or months. Thanks again for the feedback and thoughts, guys.
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Old 03-12-13, 12:29 PM   #14
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Hell, the sum of the taxes, increased motor vehicle tax, and depreciation would probably afford me a whole new engine, if needed.
Id say so. Im not sure what sales tax is where you are, but for me in california, a $30K car would cost me

$2400 in sales tax
$1250 in increased registration fees over 5 years
$Depreciation: depends on the car. I have only lost $1.5k in depreiation my current sti Since I purchased it. The BMW I just sold I lost $18K in 2.5 years.

Even ignoring depreciation, $3600 will get you a nice shortblock and some of the odds and ends required to swap it out.
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Old 03-12-13, 02:00 PM   #15
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Id say so. Im not sure what sales tax is where you are, but for me in california, a $30K car would cost me

$2400 in sales tax
$1250 in increased registration fees over 5 years
$Depreciation: depends on the car. I have only lost $1.5k in depreiation my current sti Since I purchased it. The BMW I just sold I lost $18K in 2.5 years.

Even ignoring depreciation, $3600 will get you a nice shortblock and some of the odds and ends required to swap it out.
I'd only have to pay the difference in values, so roughly $30k-20k.

My city tends to get new car values about right, but low-balls used car values, so my motor vehicle tax would go up at least a couple of hundred bucks.

I purchased my STI for around $30k, and it's probably worth only $21k, trade in. I could probably get more, but I doubt if after the accidents.
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Old 03-12-13, 02:57 PM   #16
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Keep it, or look at other brands.

But I say keep it.
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You're over thinking it. Keep it.
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Keep it, or look at other brands.

But I say keep it.
It seems the trend that people suggest getting way from Subaru, and I'm not sure I fully understand it. Maybe I'll see it if I start test-driving other makes.

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You're over thinking it. Keep it.
I over-think everything. I admit that it probably leads to a lot of unnecessary stress, but I'd like to believe that it will minimize my chances of making any unwise choices or repeat mistakes. In this case, I'm in untested waters, never having kept a vehicle long after a decently extensive accident. Hence my concern; thus, my thread.
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Why not look into a WRX hatch? Practical, reliable, relatively inexpensive, and a quick, well performing car you can daily drive without question.

A bit smaller than the Outback, but if you have small children that won't really be a problem.
My suggestion as well.

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Keep the STI, I would never forgive myself for the downsize to a mundane car. But you could look into something like an Abarth 500 ESES, or a used GTI MK6, or MK5, both would be reliable, practice, very nimble, and are economical while packing a fair punch.
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