Still looking, test driven alot of cars now. Sti is nice, but the quality and workmanship is kinda cheap inside, flimsy plastic crap etc. A3 is nice, but according to alot of internet reviews from people that own them, seem lame in terms of reliability. Im leaning to the vw gti. The fit and finish is fantastic. There didnt seem to be alot of complaints in terms of 'weird electronic' issues or strange things happening. The mazda 3 is cute and quaint but I kinda would like something sporty and 'responsible' at the same time. Looking for comments from the peanut gallery in regards to your experience with the 2010 and up gti. Thanks home slices!!