hey all, <br> long time lurker, first thread i've started here. i'm been following swedespeed for at least a year now reading about the r (good and bad). actually as i type this i'm wearing a nordkap blue r hat from takspeed. anyways, i'm going to be purchasing a car soon and i've been im'ing some of you (thanks for your help) about the r and figured i'd start a thread to get more opinions. I guess before I go any further I should say that I value low end torque and will use the car as a daily driver with the occassional autocross. Also, whatever car I buy I intend to drive for a long time-I'm not into selling and buying a new one every couple of yrs. (I drive a 1992 audi 100 with 185k miles and it's going strong). Also, I dont want another fwd car. the audi is nice but i much prefer rwd or awd. With all that said (thanks for reading if you still are <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> ), some of the cars I've considered were the bmw 335i but i dont trust the new engine and bmw's can get pricey to maintain. i also considered the infiniti g35 6mt but it doesnt do it for me. I drove an 05 and didnt like it though the 07 is new. anyways back to the title of this thread. i found this r on ebay:<br><A HREF="http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230021222003" TARGET="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors...22003</A><p>I talked to the dealer and offered 30k even (invoice - 7500) and he said he wouldn't budge from his 33k asking price (basically msrp-7500) i know a big knock on this car is the lack of premium package but i could live without a sunroof and could upgrade the stereo in time. i've test driven a r and even on the 20 min test drive i experienced the dreaded wheel hop. i would want to put tme springs on it but i read threads about dealers trying to void warranty work (r kellys car comes to mind). the other car i considered in this price range is the sti limited:<br><A HREF="http://www.rsportscars.com/eng/cars/impreza_limited.asp" TARGET="_blank">http://www.rsportscars.com/eng...d.asp</A><p>it is priced the same as the 07 sti (34,120 including destination) and it has some features the r doesnt have (sunroof, dccd) but i'll be the first to admit its interior is not as nice as the r's. the r seems a little more spacious even though that's not its strong point either. both have heated seats so amenities wise they're somewhat even. performance wise the sti limited is better than the r and can be modded to a greater degree. subaru's awd system is pretty good. the r uses haldex meaning it's fwd untill power is sent to the rear wheels, right? finally, i want it to last and have some concerns about the electrical components of the r like 4c lasting 100+k miles. i saw in a recent thread that someone has 92k on theirs so that was nice but overall the r seems more problematic. I'd like to hear from r owners and anyone who may have driven the sti on their experiences. thanks in advance for your responses.