I got offered a mate's WRX STi so I looked at insuring it and most places wouldn't even quote me because it was an older one, and so an import (though they are all technically imports as they are made in Japan). The cheapest quote I ended up being offered was ?2000 which in my mind is just ridiculous. Though what I find strange is I could insure a modded Supra worth the same for just ?750.
Probably because they are relatively undesireable to anyone not interested in performance. A WRX is about the same price as a MKV GTI new. They spent the money on trick diffs and the AWD rather than nice materials for the cabin. Regarding insurance the premium for my diesel MKIV is the same as it was for my modified Impreza Turbo!
From what I've heard, once the miles are clocked up the repair bills can sometimes start to mount considerably. So, bills, image, insurance, it'll have been caned...... would you pay R32 money for one?
Two youths as i was getting out of my car at my home came up to me, one stabbed me twice with a screwdriver in my belly (lard saved me) and i was bashed over the head 3 times with apparently a claw hammer. while on the floor i was repeatedly kicked and stamped on.
The real reason is the number of Scoobs on the go from UK garages and the addition of cheaper imports from Japan which makes the Subaru a lot more common than an R32. That plus the relative similarities between the various fast Sooby models from WRX's, STi's, WR1's etc etc.
A WRX with PPP is a performance match for the R32 (out the box) but an STi is a faster beast again (although a WRX with PPP is not a million miles away from a Standard STi).
The number of cars stolen add to insurance as do the fact the older ones are now affordable to biy racers who invariably prang them. They are Subaru Impreza's the same as the new ones. In addition because the Impreza is Turbo'd there are a lot more easy tuning options available for them and "chipping" is very common as are big exhausts, dump valves and inductions kits. These all add to the insurance cost.
People keep slating Subaru interiors and I cannot understand why. My MY99 model had much better seats than any VW I have been in and the dash was a lump of plastic the same as any other VW I have been in. I think a lot of people have not forgiven Subaru for putting in the park bench seats and shiny plastic 1970's style dashboards as fitted in the 1st Impreza's.
Pound for pound the Impreza is a much better buy in my book.
Reading that thread,some of the stuff thats going on is crazy,has this
kind of thing started happening with GTi's??? and seams to be a few
comments on there slagging off Tracker systems,i always though it was
meant to be a good system.
I've decided that my next motor is going to be the Sti version impreza, Quoted 479 for insurance on a twelve grand car ! Thats without a tracker , Bargain. The interiors tho arent a patch on the golfs in my opinion.
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