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I figured it might be fun to get an idea of what, if anything, folks are planning on swapping in for their GR Corollas. I currently daily a Mk 7.5 GTI with the DSG transmission. Its only other option is the floor mats, so it’s about as base as it gets. I absolutely love the thing for its practicality and ease of use but it just leaves me wanting a little more edge a lot of the time. I feel like the performance Golfs in general are understated and refined to a fault, even though they’re great cars. I’ll be trading mine in when the Corolla shows up (already have a deposit it with a local, no-markup dealer).
 

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I figured it might be fun to get an idea of what, if anything, folks are planning on swapping in for their GR Corollas. I currently daily a Mk 7.5 GTI with the DSG transmission. Its only other option is the floor mats, so it’s about as base as it gets. I absolutely love the thing for its practicality and ease of use but it just leaves me wanting a little more edge a lot of the time. I feel like the performance Golfs in general are understated and refined to a fault, even though they’re great cars. I’ll be trading mine in when the Corolla shows up (already have a deposit it with a local, no-markup dealer).
I agree with you. I considered getting a GTI when I was shopping for my last car, and considered an R when I decided to replace it. Both times, every review I read was "The car is amazing, but it feels too luxury to really be a fun car." Then I'd go test drive them, and agree 100%. They're too comfortable and too luxury oriented. Plus, I turn my own wrenches, and that in and of itself is difficult on any modern German car.

So I went with a Focus ST. Which I will be trading in for my GRC. Hopefully, I'll have a couple of weeks of lead time and can sell the car private party before I buy the GRC, as the extra couple thousand I'd make on that would be awesome. But, worst case, I'll just give it to the dealership after making it as stock as possible, then sell the parts I pulled off of it.
 

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I agree with you. I considered getting a GTI when I was shopping for my last car, and considered an R when I decided to replace it. Both times, every review I read was "The car is amazing, but it feels too luxury to really be a fun car." Then I'd go test drive them, and agree 100%. They're too comfortable and too luxury oriented. Plus, I turn my own wrenches, and that in and of itself is difficult on any modern German car.

So I went with a Focus ST. Which I will be trading in for my GRC. Hopefully, I'll have a couple of weeks of lead time and can sell the car private party before I buy the GRC, as the extra couple thousand I'd make on that would be awesome. But, worst case, I'll just give it to the dealership after making it as stock as possible, then sell the parts I pulled off of it.
You also have to worry about the long term reliability prospects of any German car and particularly any VW. Don’t get me wrong…I personally think the “German cars are endless money pits” adage is a bit overplayed. My family has always owned German cars and they’re mostly fine as long as you keep up with your maintenance, which is something non car people just don’t seem to do. Also, if you buy a high mileage German performance car and don’t know what you’re getting into that’s on you, not the car. A quick google will let you know what risks that comes with.

But they’ll still have assorted gremlins and hiccups regardless of how well maintained they are. My GTI is incredibly picky when it comes to gas. Regular isn’t an option like they claim it is, as it makes the car sluggish. It’s fine in an emergency but that’s it, and if my car doesn’t have the highest end 93 I can find it also gets angry. I wound up with a lackluster tank of gas about a year ago and the car misfired a few times until I put cleaner in it. I was on a road trip too so it was a huge pain. The automatic wipers are already getting buggy too and it’s only a 2 year old car. I’m looking forward to having that legendary Toyota reliability, that’s for sure.
 

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Not really trading exactly.. but will be selling my C5Z06 and TSX. TSX since it's the current daily beater and C5 Z06 because I'll probably want the garage space for other cars (either storing my track FRS at the house instead of in my trailer or maybe the GRC will get the spot).

Alternatively, the C5 might just be built into a spec corvette race car instead.. but I already have another race car and multiple dedicated track cars so that seems like a bit of a waste.
 

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I’ve been trying to fight off selling my ‘14 fxt early, so boring to me in a cvt suv but got a good deal on it thinking I’d eventually flip for a more fun daily. At this point I might as well just wait to trade it in for this
 

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I mayyyyyyy trade/sell my B5 wagon, but it's a stick, reliable as hell (for a b5), and costs me almost nothing to keep on the road, plus I love her. Garage/driveway space will be the end factor.
 

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I was thinking about letting go both my 2006 Outback XT and my 2004 STi. However I cannot let myself sell the STi. So I am just letting the Outback go.
 

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Not really trading exactly.. but will be selling my C5Z06 and TSX. TSX since it's the current daily beater and C5 Z06 because I'll probably want the garage space for other cars (either storing my track FRS at the house instead of in my trailer or maybe the GRC will get the spot).

Alternatively, the C5 might just be built into a spec corvette race car instead.. but I already have another race car and multiple dedicated track cars so that seems like a bit of a waste.
Multiple track cars is never a waste.

Although, if you get rid of the Corvette, what will you be doing with all of those checkered flag hats, polos, and new balance shoes? :D


- Guy who has a C4 on jackstands waiting for a clutch to arrive.
 

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I'll sell my 85 Brat to free up driveway space, and to maybe buy some wheels for it 🤣
 

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Multiple track cars is never a waste.

Although, if you get rid of the Corvette, what will you be doing with all of those checkered flag hats, polos, and new balance shoes? :D


- Guy who has a C4 on jackstands waiting for a clutch to arrive.
Donate them to the Corvette Corral at the next 12 hours of Sebring lol
 
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