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Alright, I'm going to be dead honest here. I have watched just about every single episode of the UKs Top Gear, and I have to say that ever since that fateful day, I have wanted an Evo IX or X.

I am a 17 year old High School Junior, who loves me some fast cars and loud music.
I was recently in a bit of a motor vehicle accident that is going to give me quite a sizable settlement. Let's just say it's enough for 4 years of college and a nice new Evo X ;)

I however, don't really know too much about the differing models of the Evo X. I do know the basics, about the SAWC and all. I love the fact that it's a four cylinder monster with AWD. No better affordable car, in my opinion.

But what should I really be looking for? I don't know everything there is to know, and there is no better way than to learn from the owners of said car.
 

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First off, the EVO is a great car, but without knowing you as a person (so do not take offense) I am not sure an EVO is a great idea for a 17 year old kid as your maturity and driving skills may not match the car.

If they are, and you can afford it and the insurance penalty for your age then it is a great car. If not, please do not DRIVE up our rates. Otherwise just ask around and your choice depends on a number of references.

What are your goals for the car? Awd a must? Five speed? Six speed? Dual clutch? Some luxury or stripped base model?

For some te EVO I the right car. But if going fast in a straight line is what you want only ten there might be some other car choices for you. But of you want a vicious rally car that is a performance leader then go for it.

Stye your goals and reasons for the car and we can help guide the decision.
 

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Of course, no offence, I understand where you are coming from.

My father used to race on some local tracks out here in the west, and he'd love to get his hands on one of these.

Straight line drags are for babies. Doesn't matter how fast your car is in a straight line if she cant take a corner.

The goals for the car is to have something I can live with, tune, and play with myself. (Most mods i enjoy doing myself. My dad has a 1968 California Special Mustang, and we own and ride quads/ATVs. All engine mods and such I like the challenge of undertaking.) I want a daily driver that will still race and do very well off-road. AWD might not be a must, having never actually gotten behind the wheel of one... Can't say for sure.

But I want a car to turn heads in college while still staying fairly practical. The Evo X seems like the performance/price ratio of the century.
 

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If you like riding ATVs, then you'll love the evo.

If you're looking for a car that you can really tinker with, I might personally go with a IX, since you'll probably be voiding the warranty on an X anyway. The car is smaller and lighter so you'll get a better feel for driving. Aftermarket parts can be found easier, and can be cheaper. You'd be surprised how quickly it adds up once you start doing a lot of maintenance and installing aftermarket parts.

Also, if you do plan on doing work on the car, the turbo certainly makes things more complicated than if you were working on a sports car with NA V-6. Just something to keep in mind :)

Good luck with your purchase, I can't even imagine having an evo at 17... I've been driving old buicks, bummin' rides and taking the bus / train until I was 24 lol >__>
 

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I can't imagine having the EVO either.... But I do need a new car... so... :)

I guess the question is the different models. What is really what?

IX vs X, And i know there was controversy with the X coming out at a heavier weight, yet same amount of power...
 

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i know your getting a big payout but can you afford the insurance dude?

you mentioned your dad is/was a race driver and thats what worries me. Cos you are most likely a bit like your dad.

Being 17 I would buy a ralliart. Very much like the evo, same engine, AWD turbo, cheaper insurance, and you will have fun modding it without driving a car that requires alot of experience because of the HP it has. If you are as sensible as you sound you will agree.

I have been driving 18 years now, and when i was 17 i was fearless. Ive also experienced a fare few "hairy moments" over the years and that has taught me to respect and expect the unexpected.

Dont buy an evo. Especially an IX, ive had two and they are the fastest stock evos.
 

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The insurance may make it hard for you to drive the car. A 17 year old kid originally bought my car two days before me, but returned once the insurance quote came in for him. It's pretty high for someone as young as you.

No old folks home for your dad if he makes this happen for you, it's a lot of money he'll be putting down for you.
 

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Well I say you should first check to make sure you can afford the insurance (at your age it will most likely be outrageous) but if you can swing it and if you can control yourself around all this power ,then go for it. just remember all that money you just got could go right out the window to someone else who will sue you for causing an accident. and you can be sure the police will look at you first when investigating an accident.I can tell you my oldest kid wrecked his first 2 cars in just 2 years. the second just 7 days after he got it. so be careful and get to know it before you get on it. the best place for this is to join a scca autocross and really get to know its capabilities. happy motoring young man!
 

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oh just a add on thought . if your takin this to college just know it will be the most sought after car on the lot. will probably be stolen or vandalized by jealous people all the time. get a junker to drive to school or you will be worrying all the time about door dings , key scratches broken windows , missing stereos etc etc etc .:mad:
 

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omg people who cares if he's 17 or 40 if he has the money then go for it. the 5 speed gsr was my choice i love the 5 speed manual . just get insurance under ur parents its cheaper.
 

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Have you thought about trying to find a close to stock DSM? Still awd turbo, but will cost you a fraction of the cost. This way you can have fun modding it with out the worry of destroying a new car. Plus insurance will be cheaper. That's what I did for my first car. IMHO a 2G eclipse is just as much of a head turner as an Evo.
 

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I would say steer away from an evo for now as you have never owned an awd car before. The insurance will be way higher on an evo over other cars like the ralliart. Now before you all yell at me hear me out. I would take a look at the 2011/12 wrx. It has good power and the known subaru awd system. I wouldn't get one over a EVO but I would take that over the ralliart. It is also way cheaper on insurance. I would at least take a look at it.
 

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omg people who cares if he's 17 or 40 if he has the money then go for it. the 5 speed gsr was my choice i love the 5 speed manual . just get insurance under ur parents its cheaper.
it matters quite a bit. what if he goes out and gets an evo x and cant afford the insurance? what if he cant handle the maintenance or crashes it right off the bat and hurts himself? what if his parents DONT want to include him on their policies? my daughters mom (ex wife) wanted me to give my daughter my evo to drive while i was deployed. no fucking way. id personally be pissed off if some motorhead discussion forum talked my 17yr old into getting a sports car thats much too big for his/her britches.
 

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lol :bowlol:

it matters quite a bit. what if he goes out and gets an evo x and cant afford the insurance? what if he cant handle the maintenance or crashes it right off the bat and hurts himself? what if his parents DONT want to include him on their policies? my daughters mom (ex wife) wanted me to give my daughter my evo to drive while i was deployed. no fucking way. id personally be pissed off if some motorhead discussion forum talked my 17yr old into getting a sports car thats much too big for his/her britches.
yeah I totally agree with you..:thumbup:
 

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Get a 350Z, an older WRX, or something along those lines. Fun, cheap, large aftermarket followings for those cars, etc. I had my X during my senior year of college and I got my front lip kicked off in the parking lot. Also, insurance and maturity are big factors. A former student of mine got an STI at 18 and three months later cut it in half on a tree after taking a curb too fast. He was mature for his age, but still not mature enough not to do stupid things. Luckily he wasn't hurt, but his passenger hit her head really bad and has seizures now. Just food for thought.
 

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a teen is gonna do stupid things w any car it doesnt matter, in the end its all on him. i had friends peeling out in mini vans smh so it does not matter if he has an evo or a truck if he does stupid shit then thats on him. If you have the money get it if not just get an older model that way you have allot more money for mods or for yourself.
 

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a teen is gonna do stupid things w any car it doesnt matter, in the end its all on him. i had friends peeling out in mini vans smh so it does not matter if he has an evo or a truck if he does stupid shit then thats on him. If you have the money get it if not just get an older model that way you have allot more money for mods or for yourself.
I'd say save your money and get the evo after college. Don't be a Justin Bieber ( who put a 350,000 dollar super car through a pole all the way to the window) 17 and driving a 650 hp + car. where were his parents at???
 

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I'd say save your money and get the evo after college. Don't be a Justin Bieber ( who put a 350,000 dollar super car through a pole all the way to the window) 17 and driving a 650 hp + car. where were his parents at???
I'd agree. Having my X for less than a year at college was awful. Everybody wanted me to drive them around, but they weren't willing to throw in for gas. I had to keep it outside in a college parking lot, too. Luckily I knew I had a job lined up.
 
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