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    Dude,

    You really need to decide what you want from the car. If all you want is room for the chick (assuming you have one already cause you might choose a different car depending on if you have a chick, or if you are trying to attract one, and what type of girl you are trying to attract) and the carputer and steroe, well then ALL of them will work. None of them are all that much more unreliable then the next.

    But, if you want speed, then there is one choice, speed and comfort, another. Occassional track days, one car, go skiing/boarding, another. Room for the friends, yet another car, etc... I think you get the point. If you start adding things together, like taking the pals for a snowboarding weekend, well that might be a different car then if they were not considered together.

    Make up your mind about what you really expect/want from the car, and go from there. Once we know that, well then we can point you in a direction.

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    Thanks binary, I happened to be finishing up on the Progressive site when you posted. For anyone who's curious, here are the rates I received (in order - montly payments/6 months in full):
    04 GTI - 128.21/692
    04 Impreza WRX - 129.21/695
    06 Jetta - 131.37/710
    01 3-series 158.38/852
    06 Eclipse - 161.05/867
    03 350z - 164.38/884
    04 IS300 - 168.88/881
    05 tC - 170.38/916
    03 Lancer - 170.55/916
    02 G35 - 175.05/938

    I'm very surprised that the GTI and WRX have the lowest rates and the tC and Lancer have the highest - that seems reversed.

    Edit: Post revised to correct an error brought to my attention by mushin. The second set of prices is for a 6 month duration w/ the pre-pay discount, not a year in full.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiredwrx
    You really need to decide what you want from the car.

    But, if you want speed, then there is one choice, speed and comfort, another. Occassional track days, one car, go skiing/boarding, another. Room for the friends, yet another car, etc... I think you get the point. If you start adding things together, like taking the pals for a snowboarding weekend, well that might be a different car then if they were not considered together.
    Sorry, I guess I wasn't clear enough in my first post about what I wanted:

    Build quality/Reliability
    Comfort/luxury
    Sustained value

    I suppose speed/performance would come right after comfort/luxury. I spend a lot of time in the car, and I'd rather be comfortable the the duration rather than reach the destination a little quicker.

    It would be nice to turn heads as I go as well, but I think the subs may accomplish that on their own

    What I want in something I can ride and zip around town in quick (most of it on the highway). 75% of the time I drive solo, 15% of the time I have a single passenger, and 10% of times I have more than 1 passenger. If it's the case that I get a two-seater, then we can always take one of their cars - it's not a big issue. I don't plan on going to the track or driving in mud/dirt/snow/sand/etc. Perhaps gravel on some parking lots.

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    Those second series of numbers can't be year in full. Gotta be 6 months (which is a common term of payment).

    Btw, performance isn't about getting there faster (all cars are the same) but rather how much fun driving it is

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    Quote Originally Posted by Song0330
    Sorry, I guess I wasn't clear enough in my first post about what I wanted:

    Build quality/Reliability
    Comfort/luxury
    Sustained value

    I suppose speed/performance would come right after comfort/luxury. I spend a lot of time in the car, and I'd rather be comfortable the the duration rather than reach the destination a little quicker.
    I would say the IS300 then.

    First, they are quite luxurious, depending on the options. Lexus holds thier value like a MoFo. They have amazing build quality, and they are quite reliable, and, it is quite sporty. If you can find one in your price range, I think that would meet all of your needs quite well.

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    Based on what you have stated..
    My vote goes to either of the VW's
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    with progrssive they are a great company for new drivers just make sure that there is nothing out there they dont know about and should

    like a ticket that you think they will not find etc
    be honest but not too honest dont tell about the time you got a ticket on the indian reservation and paid 50 wompum for it
    because if they run your license and come back with one and i really mean one tickets your rate will go from 900 to 2500 in no time (not a joke)
    insurance is a killer at your age and if possible stay under your parents insurance unless your leasing or financing solely in your name then your stuck with the insurance on your own

    good luck dispite the life story thing call at least 2 other companies directly
    (no agents/brokers) and let them see what they can do for you and dont hit the cieling if one says 5000 and one says 500. insurance at your age is tough but progressive is the best for "low cost" auto insurance when your 1st starting out.
    after a year or 2 shop around and you'll find cheaper (with a clean record of course)

    Call AIG StateFarm GEICO and ALLSTATE
    they will most lilely be higher but at least if you go through them you will have no broker taking 10% off the top of your auto insurance premium each month

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    No need, I am an honest person. The prices listed already take into account my single not-at-fault accident and my single 1mph-over-the-limit speeding ticket.

    I'll eventually call the other companies when I actually need the insurance, right now I was just seeing what the rates were for the individual cars, and I'm assuming other companies price the same way for the individual cars. I just needed to know which cars were cheaper to insure.

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    I might be a little bias, but have you considered the Mazda 3? Its rated one of the best cars in conumser reports for both 2004 and 2005. Quality is excellent for an economy car. Ive been in my friends car and they should feel cheap, look cheap, etc, the mazda 3 isnt like that. It handles like a go cart, great gas mileage, and have average to above average resale value. Quality is also great.

    Just go check one out. I wasnt intrested in one at first either, but after my friend dragged me to the dealership, its the car I ended up getting.

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    Everyone - thanks for your input. Unfortunately, insurance is a big factor (an extra $800 a year may not seem like much in the long run, but that's almost 2 weeks of work for me!). According, I re-researched certain vehicles.

    My final list:
    06 VW GTI -pricey +very clean interior +low insurance
    <strike>04 Subaru WRX Sti -cheaplooking interior +low insurance +4WD</strike>
    04 Lexus IS300 -high insurance +ubercomfortable +sleek exterior/interior

    I'll start test-driving within the next 30 days. If anyone has anything to add about these particular vehicles, I'd love to hear it.

    Edit: I've regretfully had to eliminate the Subaru as a selection. Although the AWD, low insurance costs, and speed really set it apart, the JD Power ratings for it are quite bad. And because my vehicle must last me for quite awhile, I cannot take that risk. It's down to the IS300 and the new GTIs, which won't be out till February. I've got quite a wait ahead of me.

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