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vr216 12-06-2011 11:10 PM

Transitioning to a Subie...
 
I write this with a heavy heart...

I currently have a 2008 VW R32 with a United Motorsports ECU/DSG combo tune. It's absolutely amazing. #1057/5000

I also currently have a girlfriend/soon to be fiance that wants to get a place and do all that relational crap that costs too much money.

Budgets have to be made and sacrifices need to happen. It seems my sacrifice is going to be my .:R. I'm in the market to replace it with something that will give me cheaper payments, cheaper insurance, and better gas mileage that isn't a completely different beast than the R. The one thing I consistently find is that my best bet *could be* the 2.5GT. The leather, AWD, fantastic engine.....just missing the heated seats.

I'll admit to being a Volkswagen fanboy. The .:R sold me on it hard. I think I could be sold on the LGT if its as good as everyone says, I just need some reassurances...

Is there a certain mileage that should be avoided when purchasing used?

What are the typical trouble signs to look for when test driving?

Any major maintenance or recalls?

Any model years that should be looked at or avoided? (I'm currently looking at an '05 with 37k mi, an '06 with 53k mi, and an '08 with 63k mi)

Looking through these threads, you guys seem like a great bunch and I'm really hoping for some reassurance to soften the blow of giving up what amounts to a realistic dream car of mine (granted I'm only 25 and haven't been able to accumulate the purchasing power necessary to drop on an M3). Its just really hard to give up a car as unique and special as the .:R.

LosAngelesLGT 12-06-2011 11:26 PM

I must be confused because it sure sounds like you are looking for cheaper payments, insurance and gas mileage by looking for another AWD turbocar?

vr216 12-06-2011 11:37 PM

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Originally Posted by LosAngelesLGT (Post 3659058)
I must be confused because it sure sounds like you are looking for cheaper payments, insurance and gas mileage by looking for another AWD turbocar?

Yep. The LGT's in question are at top end $5k cheaper than what I paid for the .:R, insurance is 200/yr cheaper, and gas mileage should automatically be better because I'm downgrading from a 250hp NA V6 to the turbo 4.

lvethesnow 12-07-2011 12:10 AM

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Originally Posted by vr216 (Post 3659063)
Yep. The LGT's in question are at top end $5k cheaper than what I paid for the .:R, insurance is 200/yr cheaper, and gas mileage should automatically be better because I'm downgrading from a 250hp NA V6 to the turbo 4.

"downgrading" to a 250hp(05-09)turbo 4 LGT or to a 265hp(2010+)LGT. i know the 05-09 4door door lgt is lighter at 3300-3450lb. as the R32 is 3547lbs. so to you you are "downgrading" to a car thats lighter, faster, bigger, more room, 1mpg better gas milege but also depends on your right foot, yes its safer, yes its a little cheaper. if you are lookig for smaller payment smaller insurance better gas milege get a 2.5i,

BAC5.2 12-07-2011 05:11 AM

Or keep the R32. Is $200/yr worth giving up a car you really seem to love?

Trading cars like that almost always results in a net increase in dollars spent. You won't be saving any money, but you will be driving a car that isn't the same as your R.

If you REALLY want to save money, the 2.5i is the only real option to retain AWD. Swapping to an LGT isn't really a financially savvy decision.

Now, if you just want to get out of the R and into a car that has a perceived lower cost (to sort of fool yourself and the fiancÚ), then it's fine. But if you actually analyze the costs associated with switching cars, you'll see that switching isn't likely to save you much if anything.

And we knew you were a VW fanboy when you put a period and a colon before the R (.:R). Same way you can tell BMW fanboys by the ///M. Fortunately, to be a Subaru fanboy, you arent required to type ******LGT every time you tell people what car you have.

Artmasterx 12-07-2011 05:17 AM

One thing to keep in mind is that only the 07+ models have fold-down rear seats (someone correct me if I am wrong). Coming from a hatch that may be something that is important for you.

As far as things to look for... for the most reliability, try to get an unmodified car that has good maintenance records. Some people will recommend having a compression/leakdown test performed on the engine to make sure it is in good shape.

Keep some money saved up in case your turbo goes, but that is something that is hard to predict. Also consider looking into the "banjo bolt" removal (do a search).

LosAngelesLGT 12-07-2011 05:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vr216 (Post 3659063)
Yep. The LGT's in question are at top end $5k cheaper than what I paid for the .:R, insurance is 200/yr cheaper, and gas mileage should automatically be better because I'm downgrading from a 250hp NA V6 to the turbo 4.

Going from the R32 to a LGT is a upgrade in just about every way as pointed out by Ilovethesnow. :iam:

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Originally Posted by BAC5.2 (Post 3659132)
Or keep the R32. Is $200/yr worth giving up a car you really seem to love?

Trading cars like that almost always results in a net increase in dollars spent. You won't be saving any money, but you will be driving a car that isn't the same as your R.

If you REALLY want to save money, the 2.5i is the only real option to retain AWD. Swapping to an LGT isn't really a financially savvy decision.


dmanaenk 12-07-2011 10:34 AM

Dump GF, keep the R.
/problem solved.

Alfred_Buchi 12-07-2011 11:08 AM

Is your R32 paid off? Or close to paid off?

I don't see the savings. MPG similar, premium fuel still required, insurance difference of less than 20 bucks per month... Frequent OCI's... Turbo failure potential just like your current car I guess, don't know much about vw turbos.

Tell your gf/fiance to get a better job and contribute. Don't give up your baby if you love it. Not for a comparable car anyway that you would be starting over with.

Edit: oops, forgot R32 wasn't turbo - so disregard the part about the turbo.

Magic Marker 12-07-2011 11:15 AM

Agreed with everyone else. Sacrificing your car just b/c you're engaged is a bad idea....Especially since it's not necessarily your idea. If you had a kid on the way, that makes sense, but not just b/c you're getting married.

Keep the car and find somewhere else to save money. Besides like it's been already stated, you won't be saving much if anything by swapping out cars. You don't want to resent your fiancee if you end up hating the LGT and you're not saving any real money.

I am recently engaged and the one thing that my finacee doesn't bother me about are the cars. Although I did promise not to buy another car for 5+ years when I got my 2011.....but you never know ;)

LosAngelesLGT 12-07-2011 12:27 PM

If she is trying to change the car now, just imagine whats its going to be like when you are married :lol:

dmanaenk 12-07-2011 01:47 PM

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Originally Posted by LosAngelesLGT (Post 3659643)
If she is trying to change the car now, just imagine whats its going to be like when you are married :lol:

Nothing to imagine. He's gonna be driving a minivan.

slgt05 12-07-2011 04:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vr216 (Post 3659063)
Yep. The LGT's in question are at top end $5k cheaper than what I paid for the .:R, insurance is 200/yr cheaper, and gas mileage should automatically be better because I'm downgrading from a 250hp NA V6 to the turbo 4.





turbo 4 still makes the same power... and dont get your hopes up on the mileage

slgt05 12-07-2011 04:48 PM

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Originally Posted by LosAngelesLGT (Post 3659643)
If she is trying to change the car now, just imagine whats its going to be like when you are married :lol:

lol

tjpete04 12-09-2011 11:02 PM

If you went from your car now to a higher mileage lgt you could save 10k


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