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Old 06-05-2013, 09:54 AM   #201
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I was handed down a 2001 ford taurus. i was at my friends house late at night and heard a big bang. we ran outside to see what had happened and there was a jeep smashed into the back of my taurus. with my insurance money i bought my first 2002 wrx and been in love ever since!
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:27 PM   #202
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I was handed down a 2001 ford taurus. i was at my friends house late at night and heard a big bang. we ran outside to see what had happened and there was a jeep smashed into the back of my taurus. with my insurance money i bought my first 2002 wrx and been in love ever since!
Sounds like a good trade to me!
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:52 PM   #203
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I drank a few Monsters and shortly after a flat brim hat was bestowed unto me.

The rest is history.
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Old 06-05-2013, 02:13 PM   #204
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I drank a few Monsters and shortly after a flat brim hat was bestowed unto me.

The rest is history.
lmao.

Always loved subies ever since my dad test drove an 04 sti when i was 15 or 16. Finally managed to pick up an 04 wrx
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Old 06-05-2013, 02:39 PM   #205
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I had a '97 Maxima 5 speed. Great car, it had one of the greatest motors of all time, the Nissan VQ, which was as smooth as butter and had as much torque as a V8. It had a flimsy body and a suspension that couldn't really put that power down, so it had nasty wheel hop. I got into detailing and got it looking nice (it was dark blue, a very rare Maxima color), and did some modding, most of which I'm not too proud of (a lot of being cheap and taking shortcuts, but at least I didn't do anything ricey)

The summer before my last year of college, it bit the dust with a bad throwout bearing at 150-something thousand miles.

A year later, after graduation, I was looking for a car with two things - manual transmission, not FWD. And I wanted it cheap. I remembered how much I hated the FWD wheel hop.

I really wanted a first generation Lexus IS300, but it was out of my price range. My other top choice was a Nissan 240SX, but forget about finding one in good condition, not riced out, for a reasonable price. I liked a number of big RWD sedans (My car before the Maxima was a big RWD V8), but none had manual transmissions.

I did find a 5 speed '00 Legacy GT, in great condition, owned by responsible adults, and it even had the 10-spoke 17" wheels from the latest generation WRX. I thought the car looked beautiful. The body lines, the GT side skirts, everything just jived and said "Hey, I'm a rally-bred road car" without really looking as dated or goofy as similar generation WRXes.

I had always thought highly of Subaru for their style and for AWD and for boxers, and my friend in high school had driven a 2000 Legacy L which I had driven on road trips with him in, so I knew that I was comfortable with the Legacy and how it drove, so I bought it on the spot after a short test drive.

I saw the BRZ at the 2012 auto show, and was like mind = blown. I had read a few sparse rumors of a new AE86 back in like 2009 when I was still active with the Maxima internet community, but during my year without a car and my ownership of the LGT, I stopped following car news, so I had no idea that it had actually been made. I saw it at the auto show and knew that it was going to be my next car, but I was still working on my student loans and the LGT had been very reliable, so I wasn't ready to ditch a perfectly good car to put myself in debt.

So 15-16 months later, I notice black spots on my right wheel. I take a look, and the CV joint is leaking. I had already been told by the local subaru specialist that I probably needed a new serpentine belt and rear brakes soon. So I was looking at axle + brakes + serp belt to keep the LGT, and the car already had a lot of miles. I was happy with it, but I did not want to spend $1k fixing it just for something else to break. And, during that time, since I had purchased the LGT with cash and hadn't wasted any money modding it, I had saved up enough to afford a BRZ.

So after a few cursory test drives of other cars just to assure myself that the BRZ was exactly what I wanted, I bought a BRZ in April 2013.
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:02 AM   #206
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I've always liked wrx's. always! First car was an isuzu trooper and then i bought a basic Nissan pick up. My alcoholic father destroyed the truck so I bought a 95 civic just to get me around for a while. My brother died in April and I was really having a tough time and wouldn't you know it my engine in the civic blew on the freeway. I needed a car and didn't know what to do. I went on craigslist and searched WRX for kicks and found my dream rex(05 wrx wagon). I called the dealer to see if they still had it, went in the next morning and bought it. Sold the civic a couple days later for $1500 and ordered exhaust and intake that day lol.

So did I buy the wrx to help me get through a tough time? Ya I did. I probably wouldn't have ever gotten around to buying one. I never really thought I would get one but I did!
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:15 AM   #207
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I was into Subaru after I saw the FIRST Ken Block video, before all the YOLO swaggers jumped on the bandwagon.
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:47 AM   #208
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Sorry to hear that. My father was in the Navy and stationed there. They were told at the time to avoid RK. They didn't have Subaru at the time, but I just stopped by there on a trip back there(to see mom) during Christmas and saw that things hadn't changed. The sales person was clueless when I asked to see an Outback with the SAP package.


Anyway, my father(in the Navy) was getting stationed in Iceland back in 1980. He wanted to take a car over instead of trying to get one there. He heard of a family station wagon that had 4WD and was being used by the U.S. Ski team. We went down to the dealer(that I now work at) and test drove. He took it into a field(with my mother screaming) and got it stuck in 2WD. So, he pulled the 4WD lever and it came out as if it wasn't stuck. SOLD!!! We have had one in the family ever since. Ended up NOT going to Iceland, but instead, went to Japan. Didn't take that car. Had a couple Subies over there. I learned to drive on the right side of the car at 9 years old in a Subaru Sambar minivan. Came back to the states and got an '85 GL wagon 4WD that I "officially" learned to drive on. He got sent back to Japan in '90 and I was 16. He found an '85 Justy GL 4WD and that is what I spent my first 2 driving years in. More story after that, but I can see ya'll are alseep. Needless to say, I have never owned anything but a Subaru as I have not found anything that can sway me away.

Current list
Me 05 Turbo Baja
Wife 09 WRX(88K trouble free miles)
Dad 09 Forester
Mom 06 Forester
Sis 06 Forester
Aunt 10 Forester
Granny 08 Tribeca

Not counting the fellow firefighters I've convinced to get one(and the ones I didn't have to).
As a firm reminder to my military people in Norfolk, VA, RK was black listed last I checked. Check your black lists as it could have changed. Also, shady dealers tend to get off the black lists by simply changing their business names as well. It makes me want to vomit over the shady ass car dealers that want to rip off junior military.

As far as Norfolk goes, Beach Ford and Checkered Flag are the more legit dealers.


btw, officers and nco's make sure you prevent bird dogging for your juniors. There are shady f***s ALL over norfolk that prey on these kids.
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:54 AM   #209
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Back in 04 I was a sophomore in high school. I saw an 04 black sti with the gold bbs rims in the parking lot across the street from school. I instantly fell in love with the hood scoop and spoiler. I knew nothing about the car at the time other than the looks. I was 16 then and not much into the Subaru scene. I had a thing for 03/04 cobra's then. I then started to do my research on STI's. I told myself I wanted to get one, one day.

9 years later my wife started working at Tacoma Subaru. I change my mind constantly but I've never changed my mind about wanting an STI. So she called me up to her work once and said "hey, I need you to bring me some food." I brought her some food. She never told me there was an sti on the lot .
I get to the dealership, she said "hey, while you're here I want you to take this on a test drive" on a side note at the dealership you couldn't take the car for a spin unless you're qualified. So I take the car out for a test drive telling her that she's getting my hopes up over nothing and she's killing me. We pull back into the dealership after the test drive. She ask me if its gonna be hard to hand over the keys, I told her it would be extremely hard. So I give her the keys and we walk into the dealership. She turns around and tosses the keys at me and said "I'm gonna need you to sign some papers because you're taking it home". Ironically she surprised me with a black 13 STI that I had absolutely no clue about. Definitely one of the best days ever.
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:38 AM   #210
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I remember taking a drive with my parents when I was in elementary school and right next to me was a blue car with gold rims. I thought it was awesome and so cool. It reminded me of hot wheels!! I found out it was a Subaru in a need for speed game lol
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:52 AM   #211
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I've been a fan of Subarus for years, how can you not? A car with AWD?

Hadn't really considered buying one until recently, I don't know why. It was coming time to get rid of my '01 Malibu (which was running fantastically btw just had rust popping up), and my first choice was a Wrangler. Until I checked online reports, etc, and found they were ok, but not great. And the prices stunk for what I wanted. Base model Wranglers get you nothing. Not even A/C in most cases lol. So that ended that infatuation.

Friend at work printed out some Consumer Reports stuff and I went from there. Subaru really stood out as super reliable and the Imprezas, really affordable. And I really liked the Subaru community, it's like a big family, and I really liked that. Started considering them (was looking more at used ones at the time) when we went to the New York Auto Show this spring. Sat in an Impreza 5-door and it was love.

Seriously, that car felt made for me. And I'm sure some of you will get it (my b/f likes to laugh at me about it still), but I was sold right then and there. Fast forward couple months, I'm just browsing a local dealer, and found the Impreza I have now!

Had wanted to buy used, but the used market around here is pretty slim and they are either not much less than new, or 6 or more years old.
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:54 AM   #212
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Back in 04 when I was in college, I saw a WRB STi cruising in the highway (back in Puerto Rico). I instantly fell in love with it and did some research on it. The moment I saw that car I knew I wanted it, but sadly I couldn't afford the payments at that time so I waited. Shortly after getting stationed in Guam, I went looking for an 04-05 WRB STi... No one on island had a car like it, matter of fact there were only 3 STi's in the whole island at the time and 2 were black and 1 was silver (none for sale). So... I went online and found a dealership with one that was basically stock and made offers via telephone... I had a friend test drive the car for me and a week later I flew 22 hrs to Arkansas, bought the car then shipped it to Guam. I love the 04 STi so much I bought a second one and modified it for the track. I kept the modified car and gave the stock STi to my wife. These cars are so rare here we've been featured in magazines and the local newspaper.
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:09 AM   #213
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I'm pretty sure the WRX/STI's didn't get the the same good consumer reports as the rest of the other Subaru line....
If you actually mean Consumer Reports, they actually always liked the WRX, and even loved the earlier ones.
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:17 PM   #214
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I was always a Chevy guy, very into LSX engines when they were first arriving on the scene, and when I was a student at UTI that's where my loyalty lied. Several other students there had WRX/STi's of various years/modification levels, and I always had a healthy respect of their performance potential, and I always loved the way a boxer engine sounds in front of a healthy exhaust. This is not to mention their legacy in Rally.

Years went by, my priorities changed and when the opportunity came, I made the decision to get into a WRX as opposed to a fifth gen Camaro. Much more bang for the buck, much more practical, much better decision.
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:06 PM   #215
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1985, needed good transportation, awd to get to school 60 miles each way 3 times a week. Got a DL wagon, 1981 I think. What an under-powered POS, bad clutch, axle joints, muffler, just all around bad. Told myself I'd never get another one. Then went to a Mazda, Honda, Jeep.

Then in 2004 I was ready for another new car, read about the performance of the 2005 WRX and had that one for 9 years. Now I got my '13 and it just keeps getting better.
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:20 PM   #216
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My recruiter had an 03 wrx that was pretty decently modified, and it got me hooked. Two years later I bought my 02 wrx that I have now.
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:25 PM   #217
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I remember when I was 8yo I saw a commercial for a wrx, the sweet spoiler and the hood scoop made me fall in love. And then I thought their would be no way that I would still like the same car 8 years later when I could get a car, but I did. AWD turbo beast is just what I wanted after totaling my sisters mustang, lol.
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:27 PM   #218
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AWD turbo beast is just what I wanted after totaling my sisters mustang, lol.
Your sister got a totaled Mustang and you got a Subaru. What a deal.
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:48 PM   #219
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I bought one.
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Old 06-09-2013, 03:34 PM   #220
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I remember in 8th grade a teacher had a wrx brand new off the lot. He was the "cool" teacher. I remember running out of class everyday just so I could watch him drive off. He gave me and a friend a ride home one time. I sat in the front and he launched and I got sucked in the seat, I was scared ****less but it was the coolest thing ever. Never thought I'd be able to swing a Subie but for my first car I got a 02 wrx back in November. So I'm pretty stoked I got my dream car right off the bat and don't see myself driving anything else.
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Old 06-09-2013, 03:42 PM   #221
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Bought imprezza some years ago, bone stock with a 5 speed. been hooked on the brand since.
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Old 06-09-2013, 05:04 PM   #222
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Fell in love with the '02 WRX (I was a Junior in high school)....had to wait until '09 until I could afford a WRX......just picked up a '13 STI yesterday
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:34 PM   #223
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I was into Subaru after I saw the FIRST Ken Block video, before all the YOLO swaggers jumped on the bandwagon.
There were plenty of fanboys before Ken Block came around making video's.

Unlike most kids here I would occasionally catch Wrc back when Collin drove for Subaru. Loved watching it in the odd times of the night when it was randomly on. Then in 2000 my best friend picked an Rs over buying a Type-r. He would let me drive it all the time and I fell in love. Watched WRC more frequently on Speedvision and decided to buy one. Early 01' I picked up a 99' Rs. Beat the balls off it till I swapped it. Beat it some more then just recently sold it.
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:41 AM   #224
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There were plenty of fanboys before Ken Block came around making video's.
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... so you're referring to time when "grids" were actually thought to be cool, wait,
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:34 AM   #225
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to be honest need for speed haha then seeing some cool rs 2.5's around the city
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