So… I’ve come to the decision of purchasing my first vehicle, either an 07-09 STI hatch or a similar model Mazda MPS.
Just for a bit of context, I’m a New Zealand 23 year old, working full-time as a banking consultant job at the moment earning around $1k a fortnight.
I’ve been a big fan of cars for a little while, ever since the days of Need for Speed I think my desire of Jap imports has been there since those days. My father has also been a bit of a fan, owning a few quick cars (Holden V8 Clubsports supercharged with around 520kw) and an 03 WRX Sti which was stock aside from an exhaust upgrade. Ever since he let me drive those cars, I just can’t settle for a run around!!!
Now, I’ve been doing a bit of research and have definitely settled between the STi hatch and MPS. I’ve always wanted the STi but the price is really high here in New Zealand for ones that seem in average condition. My budget is MAX 20k and the one’s listed on our local Trading pages are around that but with high KM’s (mileage ;)). I’ve always loved the Boxer sound and am a feign for the STi but on the other side I’ve got the MPS which is a bit of a dark horse.
With the MPS, I’ve never liked the look of them as much. I know they’ve got some power there too but I just am tossing up between whether I settle for the MPS or go for the STi. The MPS is a lot cheaper, there are MPS’s (years 06-07) that have done around 80,000km for around $16,000 and that saves me a lot of money and the KM’s is an upside too.
My big dilemma is WHICH CAR should I choose!!! Does anyone on here own these vehicles and can give me some feedback as to what they’re like on the daily and if they’re good to drive etc.
I won’t be doing much in terms of upgrades, I just want a car I can drive around on the weekends and be able to have the thrill of planting my foot down and being pinned in my seat when I want it, that’s it.
Positives of STi
• It’s been my dream since I was young and it’s all I’ve ever wanted
• They’re beautiful vehicles in terms of looks
• I love the sound of them
Negatives of the STi
• A lot of them have high KM’s
• Ongoing maintenance costs eg: Cambelt replacements are crazy ($1,000 +)
Positives of the MPS
• It is a lot cheaper
• Way less KM’s
• Pretty fast still
Negatives of the MPS
• Looks average compared to the STi
• Doesn’t sound as nice
Hope this all helps and thanks heaps for reading, can’t wait to hear back