After 27 years of back-to-back leases, I cashed in my chips and left the casino.
Combining the most egregious of Hackr no-no’s, I purchased an entirely sensible and boring new car. At full MSRP. Paid in full. Directly off the dealer lot. Not sure I can even look at myself in the mirror any longer.
Mats & sunshade are the only accessories. No blessings needed.
Going to miss handing the keys back over at the end of the heavily subsidized leases with thousands in negative equity, rinsing and repeating. But these are some crazy times we’re in right now, calling for some foolish decisions to be made.
Definitely not a vehicle I’d want to drive long distances at triple digit speeds or take to the drag strip. But on an island where the highest speed limit is 55, things move at a slower pace, and gas is rapidly approaching $6/gallon, it’ll work just fine.
The ride quality and driving experience are actually quite a bit better than expected for a $2x,000 tin can. I’ve driven vehicles 3x as expensive with worse steering and suspension tuning.
My fiancé has a ‘19 crosstrek premium with auto trans and I drove it on a 2.5 hour 1-way trip and back in the triple digits occasionally and i loved it. It was super smooth, acceleration is nice, it’s reliable, and it holds its value extremely well even before covid. Great buy
Being a hacker as well, I have flipped 2 cars in the last year and just got another one. All purchases. In May of last year bought a new 2020 Passat R line. Sold it in November and made 5k. Replaced it with base 2021 WRX for MSRP plus some stupid glass protection. Just sold the wrx for $250 less than what I paid for it. And just got a 2022 WRX premium for $1,300 off MSRP. Love the car….so, adjusting is ok sometimes