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    Talking Ready the Whip! (Got a new car.)

    Well, picked up my new ride last Saturday. I've now got the car, now it's time to do the install. Here's the stats:

    2003 Dodge Stratus R/T
    Titanium Metalic Paint
    3.0L 200HP Mitsubishi 6cyl engine
    4 Speed Automatic Transmission w/ Autostick
    Black leather interior

    I just had the windows tinted to 15% all the way around. Looks good. Almost two-tone. The only complaint so far is there only a 1 1/2 DIN opening. Someone was telling me I can do a swap with the Eclipse to gain a double DIN opening.

    What do ya think?
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    Pics would be nice. Congrats on your need ride. May you have many years of funfilled driving experience on the roads of St Louis.

    hahaha Post some pics man. Those are sweet rides.

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    Re: Ready the Whip! (Got a new car.)

    Originally posted by Skippman
    Well, picked up my new ride last Saturday. I've now got the car, now it's time to do the install. ....
    hey!!! i thought you were waiting for the WRX STi.

    i was looking forward to drooling over it when you got it (i think it was you ?!?!)

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    Well.. you see.. funny story about that...

    I was talking with one of my local Subie dealers on the net about getting either a WRX or STi. I decided to get a striped down black 03 WRX. So I go to the dealer and I'm all ready to sign. But I've got this nagging feeling in the back of my mind like I'm making a mistake. The universe was speaking to me. I needed to listen. So I tell the dealer I need a day to think about it and they agree.

    So I go home, pick up my mail and what do I find? State Farm had canceled my insurance!

    Well, it's time to reconsider my car choices thinks I. So the next day my pops and I go to the local Dodge dealer to check out these panel trucks he's going to buy. While I'm there I take a Stratus for a test drive and fall in love with the car. So I ask the dealer "How much"? Well, since my families worked for Crysler for years we get 'GreenSheet' price. Heres how it breaks down:

    26,500 Sticker Price

    23,713 Green Sheet Price
    3,000 Factory Rebate
    1,000 Green Sheet Rebate til end of the month
    1,400 Trade in on my Navajo (needed new clutch)
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    18,318 Total

    So basically I got a car valued at $26,500 for $18,318.

    So the next day I call around looking for new insuance and finally settle for Progressive (big props to Chuck for helping me out). They hook me up with 6 months of insurance on the Stratus for $970. The WRX would have cost me $1028.

    Striped down WRX or fully loaded Stratus R/T? It's a no brainer.

    Now I have to start planning my install ALL over again. But hey, that's part of the fun.
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    >.> for my previous car, my insurance cost me more than my car!!
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    Originally posted by Skippman

    Well, it's time to reconsider my car choices thinks I. So the next day my pops and I go to the local Dodge dealer to check out these panel trucks he's going to buy. While I'm there I take a Stratus for a test drive and fall in love with the car. So I ask the dealer "How much"? Well, since my families worked for Crysler for years we get 'GreenSheet' price. Heres how it breaks down:

    26,500 Sticker Price

    23,713 Green Sheet Price
    3,000 Factory Rebate
    1,000 Green Sheet Rebate til end of the month
    1,400 Trade in on my Navajo (needed new clutch)
    ----------
    18,318 Total

    So basically I got a car valued at $26,500 for $18,318.

    So the next day I call around looking for new insuance and finally settle for Progressive (big props to Chuck for helping me out). They hook me up with 6 months of insurance on the Stratus for $970. The WRX would have cost me $1028.

    Striped down WRX or fully loaded Stratus R/T? It's a no brainer.

    turbocharged awd manual vs underpowered fwd automatic how is this a nobrainer?

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    Originally posted by Gunmaster
    turbocharged awd manual vs underpowered fwd automatic how is this a nobrainer?
    to be honest... cars now-a-days just plain suck.

    there are no "standout" cars anymore, nothing is original looking, engines are smaller and more high strung. personal opinion... i wish i was around for the golden age of driving. the 60s and early 70s. cars were phenominal.

    true the WRX would have been a better choice... if there were no other things to consider (i.e. insurance), but all things considered, that stratus r/t is not such a bad car. more HP/torque than mine, so i cant complain. and the price is great. after all, a nice wrx would put you over 30K.

    enjoy the car and the ensuing installation.

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    Originally posted by mp3z24
    to be honest... cars now-a-days just plain suck.

    there are no "standout" cars anymore, nothing is original looking, engines are smaller and more high strung. personal opinion... i wish i was around for the golden age of driving. the 60s and early 70s. cars were phenominal.

    true the WRX would have been a better choice... if there were no other things to consider (i.e. insurance), but all things considered, that stratus r/t is not such a bad car. more HP/torque than mine, so i cant complain. and the price is great. after all, a nice wrx would put you over 30K.

    enjoy the car and the ensuing installation.

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    Originally posted by MP3DUB
    When you say the golden days of driving, you mean going really fast in a straight line, right?
    hey... some of those cars can turn...

    and if you cant get the front end to turn as much as you wanted... mash the gas and get the *** to swing around.

    i only wish i had a RWD car with more HP than cubic inches. drool

    ok, perhaps i should rephrase that as "the golden age of cars". when cars didnt all look the same, and the manufacturers actually changed the cars every year or 2. instead of now, when they claim that adding color to the door handles, or adding rear view mirror map lights constitutes a model year change. bah

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    I bought was I could affoard. I'm 23 and own my own home. It's not like I've got a light of extra money each month. I could have bought the WRX and been broke or the Stratus and be able to mod it.
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