I would assume that you have no debts to worry about if you are already looking for a new car. For the kind of salary you are talking about, Evo seems like a rather expensive toy (toy, not tool) to look at. Although it is a rather nice sports car, one of my friends got it, it is far from being very functional.Originally Posted by nFiniteTuning
If you are hoping to keep the car as long as you have kept your Honda, and I would expect that out of an expensive car, consider these things:
1) This car is based on Mitsu Lancer, not known for an entirely amazing reliability record. Evo's are already known to have rusting issues.
2) The levels of turbocharging required to keep this car going will surely destroy the engine before you $36,000 worth of fun have been cashed in.
3) It is a harsh daily driver, I hope you (and anyone else that comes with you) can handle that.
4) If you ever do any kind of racing and Mitsu finds out about it, your warranty is going bye-bye. Same goes for any mods done to the car.
5) It's $36k!!!!
I would recommend for a nice useful new/used car as your primary car for now (new accord, camry, whatever) and after waiting for a litle while, as hard as that can be, get either an Evo or WRX STi. As a second car, it will last you a hell of a lot longer than as a primary car. And yeah, despite loosing to Evo by a few subjective tests in some car magazines, STi is just as good, you would not know the difference. And you can get much better deals on it. One of my friends got it for 32k and another one for 28k.
So good luck with interviews and spend wisely