Re: wrx or mazdaspeed3?
Having owned the following.... 05 WRX, 08 MS3, 11 MS3....might say something
I have yet to check out the latest from subby, but I didn't even bother because I was so disgusted by the quality of my 05 wrx. It was honestly the cheapest pos car I have ever owned. Paint sucked, windows sucked, doors felt crappy, seats sucked, stereo sucked, etc etc etc... Had to replace two o2 sensors within the 1st two months of owning it, alarm died after one month, and the straw that broke the camels back...clutch was toast after 5k. Now mind you, I never raced the thing, or modified it in any way.
I did enjoy the performance aspect for sure, AWD was amazing to have in Buffalo winters, and was a fun car to drive around, but the issues I had completely turned me away from ever wanting a subby again.
Now with the MS3, it is by no means a luxury car, but for the same $$$ everything was miles ahead of my old subby. I loved it so much that I went ahead and got the 2011 a couple of months ago, and love this one more than my 08. Quality is right where I expect it for a ~$25000 car. Performance is right up there with the WRX, sans the AWD, but I don't miss it that much. I definitely drove my MS3 wayyy harder than the wrx and had 0 issues with it.