This gonna be a lengthy one so buckle up.
I'm facing quite a first World problem right now and I feel a dick for asking but and I don't really know what to do. Im turning 21 in March and want to buy myself a turbo wagon. I've checked multiple comparison sites and if the insurance is anywhere near what they're saying, I'll be more than able to pay for it as me as my parents have sat down and done rigorous math to figure out if I can own one so young. It helps as I'm fortunate enough to have no overheads like a house, kids, etc. So all the money I earn from my job is straight in my pocket pretty much bar my Spotify and stuff which is like 60 pounds a month out of my 850. I'm on around £4000 as of last payday and I'll have around £7500 to £8000 by March 2022 for my birthday, so I can buy myself a really top notch version 5 or 6 turbo uk2000 wagon, and have a few grand left over for mods immediately.
Here's the issue though. My dad threw a spanner in the works....
He has a 2006 STi spec D, and he's always complaining about fuel cost, and clutch stiffness, and stuff like that even though he paid for full engine forging and remapping to 340bhp. He said that he will do me a mental deal for £6500 just to keep it in the family because he bought it with the money he got when my grandad passed and he doesn't want to see it go out the family just yet as it holds special value to him. I checked a few nights ago and once I turn 21, the insurance with all the stuff declared came back as just £200 more than it was for the UK car, at £3200 annually which doesn't really add up for me....
However if this is true, then a no brainer option would be to take the STi, as again my mum and I sat down and did some calculations and I can afford to run the STi as well so all is well in that regard.
I've always wanted the practicality of a wagon, with the cool factor of a fast wagon, not to mention half the road tax being 2.0 as opposed to 2.5 for the STi. I would love to modify a wagon and turn it into my dream show/go car, and a classic wagon just seems so unbelievably cool to me, always has. I would need to 6 speed swap, and basically everything my dad had done I want doing to mine later down the line because I would want more power (about 350 to 400hp) as safely as possible.
Obviously, the STi has all that done, but without all the stuff I want (practicality, no rear wiper which is basically a death sentence in the uk, 2.5 so big tax bracket, etc.) BUT I can then say I own an special edition STi at 21, and the basis is there if I want to chase more power once I get more experienced in a car as powerful as that. I just won't be able to modify it as much as I want to preserve it for value, and to me it looks quite bland in my opinion. Champagne grey, basic sti bbs wheels, carbon spoiler and that's about it as far as mods go, beside power mods anyway.
Buying the STI makes more financial sense, as I'm getting basically a 15k car for 6.5k, that's ready for me and plenty powerful and safe enough for me to be content with. Not to mention, can be sold in a few years for big money once I want change and then I can have my dream wagon then, with ALL the stuff done to it pretty much as I buy it...
But buying the wagon first would allow me to not worry as much about preserving value, and I can modify it the way I see fit, and at the end of the day, it will get more looks and be more appealing visually to me than the STI could be.
So essentially do I buy:
2006 STi Spec D
Enthusiast owned (my dad)
6 speed DCCD
'Bragging rights' as its an STi
Special edition, less than 300 in the world
But can't modify it how I want
1999-2000 uk2000 Wagon
280bhp (remapped), about 320lb-ft
Non built engine
Between 80k and 100k miles
For a similar price, 6.5k
Massive customising potential
Pretty much my achievable dream car, and will bring me a different kind of happiness
and take the hit having to spend thousands down the line to achieve the same performance and reliability as the STi
If you guys were in my position, what would you guys do cause I'm soooo torn at this point...?
Thank you all for listening to me ramble on lol