It is Wednesday, so time for another Mid Week Match-Up, where you get to decide what other people should use to haul around their kids, dogs, and frenemies. This week we've got a request from Jdah, who writes:
I am considering a new daily driver. I drive an 04 wrx wagon with 140k, my wife drives an 03 wrx with 205k and we have a 01 euro van for long hauls with the kids.
I love the wrxes. They are fun to drive in wet or or dry and they have been Bulletproof. But honestly after 350k miles of wrx I am tired of them. Also in 5k my wife's car will need a timing belt and an exhaust system.
My thinking is to turn the 03 wrx into a Factory 5 track car, give my wife the 04 and get myself a newish car off lease.
Stick and AWD are a must
Car should hold 5 in a pinch
Be fun to drive and reliable
No bmws- nothing against the cars, just the tools who tend to drive them.
Okay...this 1989 Lancia Delta Integrale 16V found here on eBay might be a little out of the price range from the sale of a few 200k mile WReXes, but with a 230 horsepower Evo ECU tune, 5-speed manual, AWD, and ARREST ME looks -- this could be a winner. Unfortunately it is neither "newish", "off lease", or remotely "reliable" so I think you guys will need to find something better for Jdah. Maybe a Golf R32? Audi S4? Comments below.