So - Good news, i just got a very very good job working for a software company!!!
In this economy I am ecstatic to be making what I am with full benefits. The company is awesome and so are the people, and i really enjoy going to work.
So now the fun part. I have a pretty nice car right now, 2007 civic lx, i put some wheels on it and tinted it and have really enjoyed having it. However, for the past year or so I have become BORED out of my mind. It's awesome on gas but horrible on acceleration, it corners well but its slower than crap....
So here I am, 23 years old, solid job, and i have a paid off civic worth between 13-14k. Im looking at getting a new or used STI, EVO or a new GTI (dsg).
STI is my first choice but the price of them is really hard to go with, it is my "logical" dream car, but the 34k price tag is a little hefty for me. Looking at them used there isn't a big jump, so i have a lot of trouble justifying the purchase.
The EVO is my 2nd choice i think, New they are far too expensive, but used ive been seeing some 2008 models with 45-60k miles on them for 22-25. I sat in one today... I'm a bigger guy and have big thighs from playing water polo since i was 8... not very comfy for me. The recaro seats look great, but i just cant imagine sitting in there for 6 hour drives up the coast to santa cruz (where my girl was going to school).
So then, my boss (who owns a gti) says check out the GTI (dsg). So here i am looking online tonight and reading some reviews, and people are comparing it to porche and saying that its QUICK and handles ridiculously well. The issue is that i want either solid black interior or leather, and the leather package is another 5k (DUMB). So i would need to spend 1k-2k on after market leather, which isn't horrible because im sure i could get some extra leather for some a-pillar pods.
I guess im posting because im looking for educated opinions on these vehicles or any others you may think i would enjoy driving in this price range.
My main priority is reliability. My civic is built like a tank, I have had to do NOTHING to it besides breaks and tires, and im sure i wont for another 50k or so.
let me know what you guys think.