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Old 08-01-2012, 02:16 PM   #1
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Howdy! My name is Cory. I’m from College Station, TX. I thought you guys might appreciate hearing the story of how I got my fancy new BRZ. It’s a long story with lots of details, so I apologize for the length. But if nothing else, y’all can at least enjoy some BRZ porn across the US. Here are the links to the important stuff, please check out the album with all the trip pics:


Trip album: http://imgur.com/a/knVVb

Killboy.com album from the Dragon: http://killboy.photoreflect.com/stor....aspx?a=866877

Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/venasera004


I have a ’98 Impreza L Wagon that I’d been driving for a couple years and was itching for an upgrade. After doing all the research and deciding that the BRZ was what I truly wanted, I had to make it happen. I spent Tuesday the 17th calling all the dealerships in Texas and neighboring areas with no luck. I’m kind of an impatient person when it comes to accomplishing a goal, so being put on a waitlist wasn’t my idea of fun. I spent the day calling over 50 dealerships in the country trying to find a Limited in grey or white that didn’t already have someone’s name on it (same problem I’m sure everyone else faced too). Disheartened, I called the very last number on our list which also happened to be the farthest one away at Evergreen Subaru in Auburn, ME. To my surprise, they were expecting one the next day (in Satin White Pearl), but the salesman had to get back to me about availability. Lucky enough (and come to find out later), it was the dealership owner’s order that was arriving and he was willing to go ahead and sell it to someone who was interested; i.e. me! I told them I wanted it. We worked out the financing. I called my brother Damon and told him we’re flying to Maine next Wednesday the 25th. Something we’ve never done before. We are Texas boys through and through. We’ve never been to the east coast.


The dealership was so excited about selling a car to someone flying all the way up from Texas that they offered to pick us up from our hotel in Portland, ME (40 mins away from their dealership). This was the first hint that I was making a good decision. Every little request I had, they gladly took care of it. Seriously some of the best customer service I’ve ever had and this was just over the phone. Wednesday finally showed up and we left Houston for Dulles. Here we nearly miss our second flight thanks to the delicious beers at the bar… oops!

Portland, ME- after some nice conversations with some Maine natives on the plane, we make our way to a cab to get to the hotel. First possible crisis, I leave my work tablet in the cab. Crisis averted by paying the cabbie $30 to bring it back to me the next morning. Ouch. Anyways… 8:45 am on Thursday and the driver from Evergreen Subaru shows up. Super nice guy! We talked the whole way to Auburn. We pull into the dealership and the first thing I see is this:



And that was all it took… there was no doubt in my mind that this was happening! Doug, the dealership owner, comes outside to greet me and starts asking me about what we do. I prove to him that I’m an enthusiast and he shouldn’t feel bad about selling his own car to me. He couldn’t be more excited about the whole situation. Candice (our salesgirl) lets us run for a test drive. The guys and gals at Evergreen Subaru are by far the nicest people I could've ever asked to deal with. If anybody lives in that area and needs a new Subaru, please go see them! They sent us home with some hats, shirts, and polos. And I gladly wear them. An amazing dealership that went far and beyond to help me get this car!



I sign all the paperwork, get insurance, etc etc. They hand me the key fobs and a map to get some fresh Maine lobster! And so we start our journey with a nice burnout launch from their parking lot! Lol not really… we drive off gingerly since it’s a brand spanking new car. We head to Two Lights Lobster Shack at Cape Elizabeth. The best lobster we have ever had! It was fresh and we enjoyed it while staring out at the Atlantic Ocean!



Next stop, pizza in New York City! If you can’t tell yet, there is an ongoing theme here. BRZ and food! We leave Maine and make our way towards the big city. After an interesting conversation at a gas station in Connecticut with a (we’re pretty sure) meth-head, who tried to sit in my new car (I promptly told him to get the f**k out!), we continued on. Once in NYC, we stop by the 9/11 site to pay our respects before heading to Lombardi’s in Little Italy. The best pizza we have ever had! Right on par with our theme!



While driving towards Times Square, we come across Grand Central Station. The whole point of being in NYC was because the car brought us there. So, we had to get the car in as many pictures as possible.



Times Square was by far the busiest, loudest, brightest place we’d ever been. Just insane amount of people! I threw my brother and the camera out of the car and made a couple passes to get some good pics. This one came out by pure luck and happens to be my favorite of the trip!



NYC being a heck of a site to see, we still had to make it to Philadelphia for our Thursday night layover. We crash at a friend’s apt near University of Pennsylvania for the night, wake up Friday morning and go out for some true Philly Cheesesteaks for breakfast!



Again, amazing food! Our midday destination for Friday was to spend a few hours in DC seeing some national monuments. Marine One flies over our head, pretty cool! DC is absolutely beautiful and I wish we could have spent more time there, but we had to be back in Texas by Sunday.



We spent a few hours marveling at the sights and monuments. We met up with a buddy of Damon’s in Arlington for some small cafť food and pita wraps. More good food! Next stop was Clemson, SC for the night where my roommate from Texas was at an internship. This is the start of our longest driving stint so far, 9 hours. The car completely proves itself here. The seats are amazingly comfortable. The cruise control can be set well above the speed limit… Break in period flies by (not that we were terribly worried about it). Making our way through North Carolina heading towards Charleston, the Valentine One neglects to pick up a Charger sitting on the side of the highway. Speeding ticket. Frak! Oh well… still have to make Clemson before sunrise. Get to Clemson at 4 am. We both pass out.

Saturday morning: The best part of the entire trip is about to start!! We are heading for the Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap! I’m also a sport bike rider. This is pretty much the Mecca of roads for riders and drivers, as far as I’m concerned. We get to the area around 2 pm. This part of NC and TN is just absolutely beautiful. Had never seen the Smokey Mountains until then. Gorgeous!



And so we arrive at the Holy Grail of roads, for some Dragon Burgers!

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Old 08-01-2012, 02:20 PM   #2
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We mount the camera, set the carís data logging to record and go for it. We start off with all the driver aids on, to get a feel for the road and the car. We start to belt through a couple corners but catch up to some cruisers enjoying the scenery. We are able to make several passes throughout the day, so itís not such a big deal. The car does absolutely great with all the aids on. Itíll keep you pointed where you want to go when you want to go there, but of courseÖ itís a nanny slowly you down. TC offÖ letís see what the other end of the spectrum says. The car is decently tail happy, but not so much so that you have to anticipate and correct it. We could get it a little loose through some of the sharper corners if we tried, but overall the car prefers to stick more than we thought it could. The front goes where you point it and stays there! The steering feel is very good. One benefit of the electric power steering is that when the front starts to push out, the steering wheel doesnít get so heavy that youíre fighting to even get it to turn. You get relatively even weight/force feedback through the steering wheel, allowing you to one handedly correct any cornering lines. Now, the car will understeer noticeably when your entry speed is too high for the angle with all the aids off. Itís nothing scary or uncontrollable, but it will put you off your line if you donít correct the speed. After a few passes, we decide to leave VSC Sport on. It allows a good amount of play before the car starts inputting corrections. We started leaving it in third gear with VSC Sport on and bolting into corners. Everyone who has ever said this is a driverís car was absolutely correct. It has very minimal body roll and corners flatter than anything Iíve ever driven. The car will make you a better driver. The VSC kicks in enough to keep you safe and then you can accomplish the goal of being just as fast, but without listening to the car brake the inside wheel to keep you on line. Moral of the storyÖ HOLY $#!@ WHAT AN AMAZING CAR!! Seriously! Iím in love!








Sadly, we had to leave the Tail of the Dragon and head back towards Texas. :-( We left the area around 7:30 PM on Saturday night with this ahead of us:



BtwÖ Alabama roads suck. We got stuck in traffic at midnight because of large refinery tank was trying to get off the highway. AnywaysÖ the car was so comfortable for the whole trip. If we got a little restless, we could blast the AC and turn on the heated seats to relax. The car will easily pass slow drivers while still in 6th gear. 6 hour driving stints and the only reason one of us wanted to get out from behind the wheel was because sleep was winning over. 16 or so hours later and a couple stops for gas, we see a very welcome sight. Hello Houston!



I drop my brother off at home, give my niece all her souvenirs, and make my way another 90 miles to College Station. Even after being in the car for 4 days and over 2300 miles, I still loved every second of being in it! My house was becoming more of a stopping point between the next drive and less of a home where I park the car. I finally pull on to my street around 1 PM on Sunday. But, I donít get to look forward to going back to bed. Subi is covered in bugs and needs a bath. She gets hers before I get mine. Seems only fair, right?



2470 miles logged for the entire trip from Maine. The car said we had averaged 31.3 MPG which was damn good considering the driving we were doing. Thanks to the dealershipís first full tank, we only spent $250 in gas for the whole trip. Not bad at all considering a single personís plane ticket up there cost me $300. I was glad to be home, and so was everyone elseÖ because I spent the rest of the evening giving everyone I know a joy ride in the new car. *smh* Sleep hit me like a piano from a cartoon around midnight. 7 hours of sleep and I was bolt upright, excited about the opportunity to drive my new car again, even if only the 5 miles to work!
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Old 08-01-2012, 03:43 PM   #3
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Awesome! You know how to road-trip.. make it about the food and the roads and you really can't go wrong. I love that your buddy was acting as spotter for you on the Dragon.

You should definitely come back up to the Smokies and Blue Ridge for a vacation sometime.. there are a lot more great roads to explore... ones where you don't have to deal with lines of cruisers trying to look cool for the camera.
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:38 PM   #4
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What an awesome write-up! Thank you!

Your dealership account had me astounded. I might almost consider pre-ordering a car through them in the future since I love road trips and don't mind waiting forever. It would be cool to meet people from the east coast and as I work my way to the west.

Inspiring!
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:48 PM   #5
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F-N Awesome! But for a better cheese steak in philly you should have went to Larry's Famous..=] Enjoy the new car!
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:40 PM   #6
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First off, WOW! That car is just pure sexy. I would actually consider leaving my Satin White Pearl 2011 WRX for that car (well, except for all the snow we get up here).

Second, I can vouch for everything Cory has said about Evergreen Subaru. I bought my WRX there, and I can tell you they treat every customer like this. After waiting three months for my WRX order to arrive, they picked me up in Portland (during a blizzard, the day after Christmas,mind you) and delivered me to the dealership so I could pick it up just three days after it rolled off the truck.

In fact, I was there today getting my oil changed. I popped into Doug's office and the first words out of his mouth were about this car. He was SO HAPPY he was able to help a fellow car enthusiast get into a car they wanted. That's how everyone is there. They are so happy to help people. After Doug and I finished catching up, I asked him if someone could drop me off at one of our offices down the street so I could get some work done while I was waiting for my car to be serviced. He tossed me the keys to a 2012 Impreza and told me to come back whenever I was done. I grabbed a free soda from the waiting room and headed out!

I work for a fortune 15 company, and we take customer service very seriously. For me, a great customer service experience needs to be, well, great. Every time I have any interaction with anyone there, it consistently exceeds my expectations! I have two Subaru dealerships within 8 miles of my office. I drive 30 miles to get to this one because of the service I receive. I highly recommend Evergreen to anyone.

Enjoy your new BRZ!
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:24 AM   #7
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Awesome write up and trip! Enjoy the new BRZ!
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:11 AM   #8
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Thanks guys! It was an absolute blast, and I can't wait to do it all again.

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What an awesome write-up! Thank you!

Your dealership account had me astounded. I might almost consider pre-ordering a car through them in the future since I love road trips and don't mind waiting forever. It would be cool to meet people from the east coast and as I work my way to the west.

Inspiring!
Consider it! I will probably buy my next car from them just because of this great first experience. Then I get another road trip! lol

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...Second, I can vouch for everything Cory has said about Evergreen Subaru. I bought my WRX there, and I can tell you they treat every customer like this. After waiting three months for my WRX order to arrive, they picked me up in Portland (during a blizzard, the day after Christmas,mind you) and delivered me to the dealership so I could pick it up just three days after it rolled off the truck.

In fact, I was there today getting my oil changed. I popped into Doug's office and the first words out of his mouth were about this car. He was SO HAPPY he was able to help a fellow car enthusiast get into a car they wanted. That's how everyone is there. They are so happy to help people. After Doug and I finished catching up, I asked him if someone could drop me off at one of our offices down the street so I could get some work done while I was waiting for my car to be serviced. He tossed me the keys to a 2012 Impreza and told me to come back whenever I was done. I grabbed a free soda from the waiting room and headed out!...
That's pretty awesome! I wish I was close enough to take advantage of their free valet service for maintenance and stuff. My dealer here doesn't advertise anything like that.
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Old 08-02-2012, 01:23 PM   #9
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now you just need to upgrade a few small things to fine tune that handling and it'll be even more fun once you get it on a track
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