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Thread: How I Got Rid Of My Big 'Murican Truck or the Saga of Two New WRXs in Two Days

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    I no longer have a trailer so the truck, a 2016 Ram 1500 Big Horn, seemed like it needed to be replaced with something smaller and more fuel efficient. After the canyon carving on Wednesday I stopped at a Subaru Dealer in Longmont, CO. I drove a 2018 base WRX and liked it. I was still in the Miata so they couldn't evaluate the truck as a trade in but they discounted the WRX $3k below MSRP and gave me it in writing.

    One other car had my interest, a 2018 Civic Si. The Longmont Honda dealer didn't have one so the next morning I headed into Denver to get a Carmax quote on the truck and to drive the Civic and check out the Denver Subaru dealer.

    I didn't like the seats in the Civic and it was too quiet and civilized for me so I went on to the Denver Subaru dealer. I had seen a white WRX Limited on their web page and thought a white one would work for me.

    They brought the car out for me to drive and it was covered in dust and pollen. I drove it and liked it and we hammered out a deal which let me buy the car for the same price as the Longmont dealer offered on a base model.

    When the detailed car was brought around, the papers were all signed and temp tag on the car. When I went out to look over the car I saw that it wasn't plain white, it had a lot of metallic and was tending towards gray like the ND ceramic white. I looked at the salesman and said this is not my car, where is the white one?

    He assured me this was the car that there wasn't a pure white one. Since the deal was closed I drove it home. This morning after getting the insurance changed the agent emailed me the proof of insurance card and I tried to print it. The one year old HP printed refused to print so I went on line to run their diagnostics and it couldn't be fixed so I called HP and a tech there took me through all kinds of tests and after an hour and a half pronounced it unfixable. She sent me to another person who checked and my warranty had expired two days ago. She offered to sell me a new one for $80 so she set up an order and I paid by CC. This took another half hour.

    Shortly after we finished the call I got an email confirming the sale. As I read down the email I discovered the printer was being shipped to a Skip Cannon in Naples, Florida. I called HP once again got it straightened out and the order and charge to my card were cancelled and the address corrected. This took another half hour on the phone.

    This morning I looked at the "white" WRX again in my shop and knew I would never be happy with the car. I called the dealer and talked to the sales manager. I told him the story of the dirty white car that wasn't the white I expected. We talked a bit and he offered to swap it for another one. I've never heard of a dealer taking back a sold and delivered car so I gathered up the paper work and headed back to Denver. When I arrived the car had 62 miles on it.

    The only other WRX Limited cars they had all had the performance package which is a sunroof, Recaro seats, upgraded brake pads with red calipers and a few minor items. The salesman told me it had an upgraded SPT exhaust. It would cost me $2,200 to up grade to the performance package cars but then I discovered that the SPT exhaust wasn't included and the sunroof went away as part of the package. I was not happy as the only thing in the package that I really wanted was the SPT exhaust.

    Then I asked if they had any base models in silver or red. At first they said they didn't have any base models but a few minutes later they said they did have a silver and a red base. They brought the silver one around and I drove it a bit and said I would take it. I got $1,000 back which I put into the loan to get a lower payment.

    As I drove home in rush hour traffic for the second time in two days I became comfortable and happy with the Ice Silver base. The base model has far less nannies than the Limited which also makes me happy with the car.
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    Reading Ďthe Saga of Two New WRXs in Two Daysí, or, how I spent my morning drinking coffee.
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    You're lucky I left out some of the saga or you might be reading it through lunch.

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    Skip, what a tale. I began to think this was one of your humorous stories and that you just posted it in the wrong forum section. The best part is the whole big thing got started with the need to sell your truck, but you went thru all of this and still ended up owning the truck. I like the WRX. I might have driven a VW GTI as well, just to see how it stacked up. I think it is a bit more civilized (nicer ride) and just as quick? I am pretty sure they come in white....Doesn't have all wheel drive tho. Resale value on the WRX is excellent as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitcat View Post
    Skip, what a tale. I began to think this was one of your humorous stories and that you just posted it in the wrong forum section. The best part is the whole big thing got started with the need to sell your truck, but you went thru all of this and still ended up owning the truck.
    The truck was traded in on the first WRX and the deal was just transferred over to the second WRX so I am truckless. The VW GTi didn't make it into the last elimination round. I had driven a friend's with an ECU flash and it was impressive but not enough for me to buy it.

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    Hi Skip,

    I hope you enjoy your new WRX. I recently traded in my STi Limited for a WRX with the performance package. While the STi had a lot of bells and whistles, the WRX is more fun to drive in the city with the twin scroll turbo.

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    I'm sure I will enjoy it. This is my third WRX and I loved the other two, a 2002 and a 2014, both hatch backs.

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    Skip - Are you coming down to the ACC Concours d'Elegance tomorrow?
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    No, my arthritic feet cannot stand that much walking especially on the uneven turf of the show field.

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    I missed seeing you there. We had a good time despite the heat. I'll try to get up to the next gathering in Erie.
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