Would The Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ Be A Good First Car?

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Old 26 May 2013, 04:39 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Would The Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ Be A Good First Car?


I am a well-educated and responsible 17 year old high-school student. I am not like the typical teenager that likes to "break the rules", speed, or slack off. I am top of my class and involved in the community. I will soon be starting my senior year of high school, and furthermore, possibly a job, and then university. I have been searching for a good first car that is safe, fun to drive, gets good gas milage, and is manual transmission. I always hear about people saying something like "Your first car should always be a cheap "Crap Car"" But I've always thought about owning such car in the future. I have been in love with the Subaru BRZ or Scion FR-S ever since I heard of it. However, there are several areas in which i have questions. Would anyone recommend, or purchase this vehicle for a mature and responsible 17 year old. Secondly, I am aware the vehicle is RWD (Rear-wheel Drive) which according to some, is a bit more unstable or unsafe especially in snow and rain. I live in Long Island, NY. For the last couple of years, we have seen few major storms, and mild winters that last about 3 months of the year. Would simply changing to winter tires improve the performance and safety in winter? However, aside from that, the weather is your typical coastal climate: humid, rain here an there, and very sunny. Even after considering leasing this and other vehicles, the total came up to about $16-17k after the 2.5-3 year lease period. Moreover, a well used car such as a BMW from the early to mid 2000's can range about the same or a little less. I am aware the new Scion and Subaru cost about $25,000, however, is this a good investment? would it be a good idea to finance? if not, what amount would i have to put up in order for it to make sense to buy this vehicle? If so, which would you buy: the Subaru or the Scion? and why one over the other? Any ideas on how to get this vehicle cheaper? (what mileage, dealership tactics I can use, features) As far as insurance cost, I am well aware that insuring me (a "new driver") would be quite expensive compared to that of lets say, my father, especially since this is most likely going to be considered a "sports car" despite the fact that it doesn't have significant high power sports car specs. Obviously, I would assume I could put him as the primary driver of the vehicle being the most expensive, putting me on the most inexpensive vehicle, and putting me as a part time driver?

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Old 26 May 2013, 04:54 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Generally Scion is better choise. I have met this sort of problem before, I may say you are not the only one met this sort of issue, go to - netqutoe.com - is the resource that I feel helpful to compare total insurance, costs and rates for each car.
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Old 26 May 2013, 05:09 pm   #3 (permalink)
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A year wheel drive, extremely light, 200 hp car is not the best for a first car. Plus your insurance is going to pretty high. In regards to your question about the weather, a rear wheel drive is never great in a bad storm. I know the last few years the snow in NY has been pretty bad so the FR-S is going to be pretty worthless in the snow even with winter tires on it.
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