I got to test drive a wrx a while back. Man it was fun. The guy let me floor it and go as fast as I wanted. Handles great! I recommend it to everyone! when i told the dealer that i was gonna wait and buy the sti in a couple years he was bummed and gave me this story about how the sti might not come here...I said yeah right nice try, its coming.
I got to take MY '04 STi on a test drive before I signed paperwork. There was only 2 miles on the odometer and I got to watch the guys drive it off the truck. My test drive lasted 18 miles. The very first 3/10th's of a mile were in the business park just north of Eastside Subaru in Kirkland, WA. There was a long, sweeping turn to the left, just before a stop sign. I was going too fast to remember for sure, but I think the posted speed was 25; I took it at just under 65 (the tires were not squealing, but man, that clutch odor was strong)!
The next step was to turn the corner and go through the turn again. The salesperson said, "It's obvious you know how to drive this thing. I wanna go see what else you can do." I was thinking, "I know how to drive this thing? The most powerful car I ever drove was the '86 Cavalier I drove in to get to the dealership that morning."
So anyway, the next thing I did was get on I-405 Southbound. Keep in mind, I'm on the freeway just after rush hour, maybe 10:30 in the am. I hit over 100 on the onramp, easily reaching 125 from a rolling 85 a couple times between the NE 116 exit and NE 85 exit. I asked the salesperson if we should turn around at NE 85th. He said, "You're doing really good. Maybe we should go down to Covington to the track." I said, "I should probably sign papers before I do that."
So we turned around at the SR 520 Junction and headed back to the dealership. I negotiated to a price of $31,595 and got lifetime oil changes and floor mats for free. For some reason, they were convinced they were going to get $34,795 or higher out of me. I just replied, "We're not in California. If you want that kind of money, maybe you should go down there and work at one of their dealerships. I know what invoice is, and what your holdback price will be, and I know I'm driving off the lot today, so the price is $31,595. I just got a call from the dealership in Marysville, which said they'll beat any price you give me by $1000, but you guys let me take this out for a test drive without any guarantee of a sale. I prefer to do my business at one store, and I am pleased with the service I've gotten here. So let's get to the signing."
When we got to the financial office, the financial officer said, "I saw this coming," when I negotiated on the extended warranty. I got 1/3rd of the cost deducted from the price they usually sell it for. I took a gamble on the price of the warranty, assuming they don't do things like that. The manager actually went out to the sales floor to talk to my salesperson to discuss if they can allow negotiations on the warranty. When he came back, he said they couldn't budge.
So I just said, "I can drive off the lot at $31595 with 1/3rd off the warranty, or you can just settle for a STi driven 20 miles with the rpm's taken up to 5250." The F.O. filled out the paperwork the way I stated my terms, and asked, "I understand this is what you're proposing and if you're ready to sign, we'll get you out on the open highway."
I signed, and left my 225,000 mile '86 Cavalier in the parking lot (I refused to trade it in. I gave it to my brother-in-law with the stereo in it. I still drive without a stereo after 68,000 miles).
Back to the statement about "It's obvious you know how to drive this thing. I wanna go see what else you can do," I drove my STi with a cast on my right foot for two months. Two days after getting the cast off, I auto-x'd for the first time ever, and ran the fastest no-fault run of the day in novice class.
I still THINK I don't really know how to drive the STi. It is just the most fun I've ever had in a car. It's been nothing but 68,000 miles of smiles.
It test drove a WRB on Gold that had 200+ miles on it. I bought their showroom car that had 4 miles on the odometer. The dealership I bought from is very familiar with me as we have done business several times before and they knew I was a serious buyer. I have however seen them turn down people that wanted to test drive an STi based on how serious they looked about buying it and if they appeared as if they would have the money to do so.