Lord Blackadder needs new wheels. A couple weeks ago some 18 year-old punk lost control of his beater F-150 and totaled my Nissan Altima in my own parking lot. The insurance company isn't giving me much (IMO) for my car, but I want something a little sportier this time. And it must have a manual transmission. I've narrowed it down to two cars that fit in my $8-9k maximum price range: 2000-2002 Golf GTI 1.8T Pros: -Good acceleration (especially the 180HP 2002) -Hatchback versatility (sounds like marketing-speak, I know) -"Sleeper" appearance -Decent fuel economy Cons: -Uses premium fuel -No limited-slip differential -Not 100% convinced on reliability -A little soft in the handling department (but miles better than my old Altima) -It's a turbo, insurance? OR 1998-2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS Pros: -AWD w/ 50-50 torque split, I live in a town that gets 200+ inches of snow per year. -Uses 87 octane fuel -Fairly rare, so I won't blend in Cons: -A bit heavy -Fairly rare, so hard to find -Goofy rear spoiler -AWD system could become a maintenance issue down the road - lots of differentials, U-joints... Your thoughts?