I haven’t posted on here in a while and I can’t let E90M3 have all the fun posting about buying cars. Long story short, a coworker quit and I was in the right place at the right time for some nice things to happen at work. There’s one caveat though, I’m still doing my old job too since there’s no backfill yet. The person that was supposed to do it has decided they do not want to do it. Now we’re trying to find a person. So basically I’m going insane trying to do all that work with other things I’ve got going on. To keep my sanity, I am now looking at three cars. The e92 M3, WRX, and WRX STi.
Here’s the situation, I’m hoping, to keep to get one of those three as my next car. The plan is to get rid of the BRZ, replace it with one of those and then keep it for the long term. I want the M3 since I’ve wanted one since I was an undergrad in college. I also want a German car since that itch has taken its toll on me. The e46 M3 is too old and I don’t have the time to find a clean example and pay a ridiculous markup on a white one. I also don’t want to have to do a complete overhaul of the subframe. That leaves me with the e92 M3. The e9x M3 also has some forums mentioning the rod bearing issues which can grenade the engine and also the throttle actuators which are considered wear items from what I’ve read now from forums. That kind of frightens me since these are at the 5+ year mark. So I’d need to add another 3500 on top of the purchase price to get the rod bearings and throttle actuators replaced. The 2500 is for parts and labor since I’m not confident I can DIY the rod bearings. The 1000 is for the throttle actuators which I can most likely DIY.
I also kicked around the idea of a 911 since that’s also one of my dream cars. The reason I removed it from the list is because it’s out of my budget after careful consideration. As much as I’d love a 911, it’ll have to wait until I can afford it properly.
But what about those other two cars that aren’t German, you say? Well here’s the thing, they’re a sedan with a manual and decent power. They also look really good in my opinion and I actually really like them. Something about the design has grown on me over time. That combined with the fact that I can probably keep it as my sole car for when I need to drive around kids in the far future. That, and it’s a Subaru so I know it’ll be reliable as long as I don’t start doing stupid shit to the engine.
So here’s my dilemma, they’re all roughly the same price and I don’t know whether to go with the M3 that my heart wants with the concern about the documented issues, or the WRX/STi that my brain and half of my heart wants with no issues?