After lurking for what feels like forever, and then waffling between the ST and the GTI, I can now say that I am an OW ST3 owner...at least I THINK I can say that.
Completed all paperwork tonight, and will pick up on Thursday.
I was 90% set on the GTI, since pricing was a wash between the two, and I really like that the GTI has the LSD going for it if you get the Performance Pack, but this deal was just too good to pass up.
For those that follow the west coast, and CA in particular, you know that finding a decent deal is almost unheard of. BUT, I finally got lucky, and got my ST3 w/ moonroof for $25246 before TTL.
I am sure that somewhere someone has a better story, but this price was over $2k lower that any other price I had seen, and I had been casually looking for well over 6 months.
Anyway, I will now be dropping the kids off in a fun car rather than my pickup...or I will be starting Friday.