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Old 09-20-2012, 10:21 PM   #1
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Hi everyone! I have been on these forums for awhile researching about my new obsession - the Subaru WRX STi. I would like to start by thanking the community of NASIOC, I have met lots of really cool people on here and can't wait to meet more! Also, I am part of an active Subaru Club locally which has been nothing but awesome

So i'll start off with the beginning of my 7 month long endeavor to get this car. I used to own a 2008 NISMO 350Z which is a fantastic car and an absolute blast to drive. I loved that car and still do but I was soon finding after my short ownership of one year and 8 months that the space of the car was becoming restricting. When I bought this car I never imagined that I would need that much space (I looked at 2011 STi's before purchasing the NISMO as well) so I went with my dream car and got the Z. I am planning on opening up an office in town soon for my business which has been going strong for 5 years now and need a car that can fit packages that I take to the post office, product, and even friends at times.

I started off at Sherman Oaks Subaru and went to look just for fun at a 2011 PBP STi Limited Sedan and went on a test drive with my Dad. Being young, I was not permitted to drive the car but my Dad was and he enjoyed the car and said that he thinks it would be a great car for me. I have been around Subarus for awhile now (2 close friends own an '07 STi and '11 WRX) so I knew that I liked the feeling of the car already. My only problem was the looks department. Don't get me wrong the STi is a fantastic looking machine but doesn't look nearly as good in my opinion as a Z does but hey I wouldn't expect it to. So I got the salesman's card and he was a real straight shooter, he basically said, " Call me if you want to buy a car," which was great.

After sitting on it for a few weeks I decided to seriously start looking into these cars, this was around the March time frame. I found both a 2011 and 2012 SWP STi Sedan, both limited at Galpin Subaru and went there to check them out. The 2011 had navigation which was a must for me but it had roughly 300 miles on it and was being sold as a new car which I found a little weird. Additionally the car was a GAS model which is their upgraded version of the car which included SPT parts (
). The 2012 they had just arrived and had everything that I wanted even down to the 10" subwoofer except for navigation so I reluctantly passed. I had met a kind salesman at Galpin who I stayed in touch with and explained that I wanted to order a 2012 and he told me to come in when I was ready. So early April I try to place and order only to find out that the order banks were closed which disappointed me but I tried to stay positive and look forward to ordering a 2013. Months passed and I was hearing absolutely nothing about 2013 models, let alone when I could order one, which began to discourage me.

Speeding up to August of 2012, I inform my salesman that the ordering banks were scheduled to be opened up on August 15th. Yes, I notified him because he wasn't getting any information from their SOA rep he claimed so I did some lurking and stumbled across Mike's thread from Evanston Subaru. August 15th, I get in my car and drive to the dealership to place my order. Interestingly enough, this salesman was trying to order the car via Subaru.com which I knew was incorrect so I politely corrected him and recommended that he tried SubaruNet. This kind of threw me off a little but I didn't think twice about it. So we get the car ordered and then talk price. I had agreed on invoice cost via the Costco program with the manager literally 2 days before this and he had known that I was only interested in the car if it was at invoice because I could easily order it elsewhere for that cost but I wanted to give the business to someone who stuck with me and stayed in contact. The moment when the salesman said, "So what price do you have in mind?" I knew it was game over. My Dad has had nothing but bad experiences with Galpin in the past but I decided to give them a try and this is what I get. I got the typical "I told you so" and was able to get them to $500 over invoice only because I am a "VIP Customer". They also claimed that the Costco program was no longer invoice which I later found to be incorrect.

So I decided to call Sherman Oaks Subaru. They told me that the Costco program is absolutely invoice cost and I placed my order the next day. The salesman there was nothing but knowledgable and didn't feed me false information. If he didn't know the answer to a question I had he would say, "I don't know," and research it rather than feed me something I want to hear. I placed my order on August 16th and fast forwarding to September 20th, exactly 5 weeks, my car has arrived at the dealership and they did not drill holes or apply tire shine as I had requested. I feel great about going to this dealership and I would highly recommend them unless something goes completely South tomorrow when I pick the car up which I doubt it will.

Sorry for the long introduction but I just wanted to tell my story to some of my fellow Subaru owners and say hello and that i'll update this thread as my build thread and post plenty of pictures along the way
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:47 PM   #2
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Congrats and welcome to the club!

So how old are you? A small business for 5 years, had to have your dad there to test drive, typical Subaru dealer bs, very well spoken. You seem wide beyond your years, however many that may be lol. Your ability to say no to a less than agreed upon deal, willingness to shop around and general attitude really instill confidence that the youth today will be okay. anyhow, keep us updated!
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:48 PM   #3
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Congrats! Nice car. I was pondering PBP myself but decided to go with DGM. Still an awesome color.
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:09 PM   #4
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Congrats and welcome to the club!

So how old are you? A small business for 5 years, had to have your dad there to test drive, typical Subaru dealer bs, very well spoken. You seem wide beyond your years, however many that may be lol. Your ability to say no to a less than agreed upon deal, willingness to shop around and general attitude really instill confidence that the youth today will be okay. anyhow, keep us updated!
Hey plasma, it's going to sound rediculous but I am only 17 almost 18. I know that saying that much is already going to draw hate but I was able to buy my NISMO used by myself but my parents were kind enough to help out to be nice which is very kind of them. You can feel free to checkout my website if you wish, www.speedcubeshop.com. Thanks for reading!
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:20 AM   #5
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Damn you, young entrepreneurs! Here I am in my 40's toiling away as a public school teacher, and you're 17 and already have your own profitable business. Oh well, c'est la vie. Congrats on being young and motivated.
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:50 AM   #6
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[/quote] Here I am in my 40's toiling away as a public school teacher [/quote]

I salute you my friend! My wife is a public school teacher and that is absolutely the hardest job I have ever watched someone do.
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:06 AM   #7
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^ I don't know, I have a bunch of friends that are teachers and their jobs look real easy June-Aug.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:09 AM   #8
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Good for you, if more the kiddies applied themselves there'd be a lot less bashing around here, and less calling them "kiddies" .

Have fun with the car, just don't drive like speed racer and crash it. If you want a fun time, they have driving courses that'll teach you how to get the most out of it safely... and you get to rip around a nice safe course/track. Good way to get introduced into doing track events too.
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:12 AM   #9
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Good for you man for being young and motivated. Enjoy the car!
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:49 AM   #10
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Good for you, if more the kiddies applied themselves there'd be a lot less bashing around here, and less calling them "kiddies" .

Have fun with the car, just don't drive like speed racer and crash it. If you want a fun time, they have driving courses that'll teach you how to get the most out of it safely... and you get to rip around a nice safe course/track. Good way to get introduced into doing track events too.
Thank you very much for the advice! I am actually going out to a racetrack to watch my friend race. It will be his second time but he loves it so far! My dad and I are actually planning on doing an AutoX event together because I agree that the track is the place to drive fast and push the car, not public roads. I would be lying if I said that I never punched it going onto the freeway or down an empty street but I consider myself to me a responsible driver thanks again and hope to see you around the forums!
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:03 PM   #11
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Love the black accents on that car. Especially the smoked tail lights. Good luck and enjoy, by the sounds of it you've got life by the balls already.
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:20 PM   #12
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damn 17 and already on a successful path. I need to buckle down and get my game up lol
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:24 PM   #13
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I don't know, I have a bunch of friends that are teachers and their jobs look real easy June-Aug.
Besides teaching, I also coach sports and negotiate for our teachers' union, so most days I leave home at 6AM and get home at 7PM or later. It really wears you out and takes a toll mentally and physically. By the time summer arrives, I desperately need some down time to recover. My summer break is 8 weeks, but not really. I teach summer school for 2 weeks and spend another week going to workshops and working in my classroom, so I really get 5 weeks off during the summer to prepare mentally for another year.

Anyway, back to the thread.
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:46 AM   #14
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Congrats and welcome to the club!

So how old are you? A small business for 5 years, had to have your dad there to test drive, typical Subaru dealer bs, very well spoken. You seem wide beyond your years, however many that may be lol. Your ability to say no to a less than agreed upon deal, willingness to shop around and general attitude really instill confidence that the youth today will be okay. anyhow, keep us updated!
The only problem I had at the dealer was that they were too keen on showing me all the features on the car even though I had already decided to buy it hours before they were showing me this stuff. It was things like how to work the bluetooth and the various "features" of the car that I already knew about. Selling me the car well after I bought it.

Was good practice though, very good customer service. Subaru of Ontario (cali).

Are dealers usually problematic?
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:59 AM   #15
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Well, I just drove the car home from Sherman Oaks Subaru and i've gotta say that I love the car! It is a great change and feels exactly how I imagined - I just feel like i'm choking it by staying under 4k even though I popped right above it every time and again I don't want to start a debate about this but I was talking about the break-in procedure for these cars with my salesman who is very knowledgable when it comes to cars and he recommended that I drive it under 4k most of the time but hit redline every day or so to heat up the engine bay and "seal the metal better" I believe he said but I could be mistaken. Plenty of pics to come tomorrow before and after tint!
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:17 AM   #16
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but hit redline every day or so to heat up the engine bay and "seal the metal better
Voodoo, don't do this. Do the normal break in.

Sealing the metal is exactly what you don't want to do:

Excellently sealed right there.
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:31 AM   #17
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Voodoo, don't do this. Do the normal break in.

Sealing the metal is exactly what you don't want to do:

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aEuAK8bsQg
Excellently sealed right there.
There is an endless debate about how to break in an engine. One says take it easy the other says drive it like you stole it. I would personally take it easy most of the time but take it to 6500 to force the rings against the walls but do whatever makes you feel comfortable.

Edit: didn't watch the video but the engine has oil for a reason.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:04 PM   #18
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I don't want to start a debate but I think i'm gonna pop it into the 6's every time and again, the car is begging me to!
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:38 PM   #19
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I don't want to start a debate but I think i'm gonna pop it into the 6's every time and again, the car is begging me to!
Long as its warmed up proper i say go for it lol
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:55 PM   #20
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9/21/12 - Picking the car up at Sherman Oaks Subaru






9/22/12 - Got 200 miles on her and doing some cosmetic modifications



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Old 09-23-2012, 06:33 PM   #21
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Nice car. It will look better without that giant wing.
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:59 PM   #22
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Sweet! Grats
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:01 PM   #23
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Nice car man, enjoy. You'll be.loving it when u can drive it hard in the snow
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:05 PM   #24
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Mate this is just awesome, go you. What's the insurance like on it for someone your age in America? Here in the UK, someone your age would just get laughed at and be expected to pay a ridiculous amount prob about 10k GBP p/y

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Old 09-23-2012, 07:41 PM   #25
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Sweet car, I absolutely hate what they did to the headlights though.
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