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Old 02-15-2019, 12:53 PM   #101
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I bought my '09 WRX hatch in new April 2009, and it's been my DD ever since.
It's got 125K miles on it, and it still manages to put a smile on my face whenever I drive it.
The OP is right - these cars are unrefined and a bit rough around the edges, but I love the direct, analog feel they provide. Mine's quick, fun, handles pretty well, and it makes me want to drive like a complete jackass the majority of the time (but I restrain myself in traffic). It's kinda like a Labrador puppy or a favorite drinking buddy.

Capper: It's got perfect ergonomics for me @ 6' 5", and I can fit a full size 61" hot water heater or my XXL mountain bike in the back.

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Old 02-15-2019, 04:51 PM   #102
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2015 wrx base w/ manual trans, bought July 2014. 64,xxx miles. I test drive a few cars every year to see if Iím ready to trade it in, nope. With RCE springs, a Cobb AP w/ custom tune, group n mounts, and big ol sway bars front and rear I love the roughness of this car. I want the creature comforts that new cars have, Apple CarPlay and all the radar stuff, but I just canít take the numbness in steering and pillowy suspension that most cars I can afford have stock. Itís been a good car and gets its ass kicked daily. Besides changing oil at 3k miles and letting its oil get to 180 degrees before a proper spanking, I show it little mechanical sympathy. Thatíll do pig, thatíll do...
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Old 02-15-2019, 08:31 PM   #103
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Iíve had my 2007 OB Sport 5MT for 2 weeks now, very happy with it so far. Part of me was a little nervous I didnít spring for the turbo, but it is perfectly sufficient for anything off the track. Good pickup, smoother idle since I cleaned out the TB and MAF, and after adjusting the hatch bumpers out really no rattles. Itís also in Urban Gray over Silver, which is my ideal combination. Also the first car Iíve had I donít feel the urge to swap leather seats into as well.

I got into Subaruís when I had a 2003 Legacy 5MT wagon, that thing was rough, rusty, and had a terrible transmission, but I learned to drive stick on it and I was sad when it was totaled 6 months into ownership. Coming from owning an e39 BMW for 6 years before that, I was really impressed. That thing has no business handling and steering as well as it did (it wasnít as nice as a brand new e39 suspension set up, but it felt a lot more rugged even with almost 190k on it). I became addicted to wagons through that. I had to drive a Camry (at least it was a V6) for a year and a half until I came into possession of the OB Sport, and havenít looked back. Great handling and steering feel, immensely better transmission than the Legacy (though to be fair it has less than 10k on it since the PO replced everything), rides well and is the perfect size, honestly might even be faster than the Camry and e39 too. I plan on keeping for as long as it will keep running

Iíll also add I drove a 2018 Impreza Touring Wagon for 2 months when the dealer botched the airbag repair on my old Legacy, and Iím not sure Iíd take it over my current one, the FB20 feels like a downgrade, and even the bells and whistles on the new one couldnít sway me, at least at this point (though the LED headlights were very nice)
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Old 02-16-2019, 01:53 AM   #104
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I bought my 03 WRX wagon in December of 2005. It had 37k on it. All these years later, it's my daily commuter and had 250k on it! I just sprung for new struts, new cat back, new wheels, and a few other things... Figured I'd give it it's 250k "birthday" present! My original goal was 400k, and I still hope it makes it!
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:37 PM   #105
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I've had my STI for almost 3 years now. I loved when I bought it and I still love it now.
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:41 PM   #106
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pinuzo - mine just turned 3 the other week as well. I love my STI, did a quick refresh on my car.. Remark deletes, STI OEM side diffusers and rear spat (already had the STI front splitter), and the Cobb SF intake (already had Stage1) and reflashed. Car is fantastic.

Today got my black with red OEM STI fender emblems which will finish her off for the time being.
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Old 02-21-2019, 11:10 AM   #107
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I've my WRX since March 2017. I had a tough time going between the WRX and the 2016 EVO X. Sat in the EVO and didn't really like the feel of the cabin, test drove the WRX and it felt awesome. Since then, every time i turn the car on, or drive it, it always puts a smile on my face.
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Old 02-21-2019, 03:58 PM   #108
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Always wanted a WRX. Ordered a 16 Limited in WRB and quickly realized it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Noticeable throw out bearing noises when brand new, whatever the in car infotainment was "Starlink" was completely useless, along with the early rattles in every direction, and the unnecessarily loud traction control! Somehow I do kind of miss it from time to time but on the whole glad I got out of it after a little more than a year.

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Old 02-21-2019, 04:32 PM   #109
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I change cars every half year)
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Old 02-21-2019, 06:48 PM   #110
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I've had my '09 OBS 5MT since May. I absolutely love her. She handles well and has a good amount of pickup to her. Being my first stick shift car it is certainly the most fun car I have driven
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Old 02-21-2019, 07:58 PM   #111
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Love it when I drive spirited, hate it as DD. The rattles makes me crazy , and Iím seriously looking for something with better build quality.
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Old 02-21-2019, 08:04 PM   #112
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Summer 15'. I'd keep it for a weekend car but I'd get an auto because I live in Los Angeles...traffic sucks
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Old 02-22-2019, 04:08 PM   #113
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have my 2010 sti and gc8, love it for what they can do, just wish we got a newer engine. its overdue
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Old 02-22-2019, 09:20 PM   #114
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I had my 05 Forester for 4 years and was ready for a sports car by then (well, more like a manual). I had my 08 WRX for 4 years and was itching to trade it in after 2, but waited. My 13 STI was just too expensive and I traded it in underwater after 7 months.

My BRZ I had for 4.5 years until it was totaled. I needed to get a 4dr instead b/c of family, but even now that my BRZ is gone and I couldn't get another, I still miss it and I'm still in love with it.

That little NA 4cyl D4S car was just simply brilliant. It was my DD and I loved every moment driving it. The longer I owned it, the more I loved it. The handling was absolutely superb and made every turn of the wheel and every press of the throttle a joy. It was the best Subaru I've ever owned.

I have had my WRX for 2 months (and 8k miles) now, and it's a keeper for sure. It's no BRZ, though. I want to keep it well beyond paying it off even still. It's way way better in handling than my 08 WRX was (of course) and better than the STI even. It has potential.
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Old 02-25-2019, 09:53 AM   #115
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I got my '69 Subaru 360 in April of 2016 with 12,600 miles. Hands down, most fun car I have driven. It's so slow it can't even get out of it's own way, it feels like you're going to roll over on every corner, and burns 2 stroke like crazy, but I will never get rid of it. Perfect vehicle for cruising around town.


As for my other cars, I have a 2015 WRX Premium I bought new in April of 2015, now has 42k. Tastefully modded. I love the way this car feels. It's comfortable, handles well, and is decently quick. My biggest complaint, the whole car feels quite a bit larger than my '06 WRX used to.


And last, my Daily. 2002 Forester S with 172k. I've only had this since October of 2018, but it makes a perfect daily. 4.5" lift, basket, General Grabbers, custom center diff lock switch. She's slow, but it's practical and comfortable.
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Old 02-26-2019, 01:16 AM   #116
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I've owned my '07 STI for 5 years now.
It has been my dream car since I was a teenager. I loved the 'muscular' shape, the compactness, the AWD, and all the sounds I heard from YouTube videos and other people driving past.

When I first bought it, it seemed like it was missing something. It seemed underwhelming... I knew the first thing that had to go on it was the exhaust. The stock sound was NOT what I envisioned to come from an STI!

After buying a catback exhaust, it seemed it came to life!

BUT... It seemed like the car handled a bit... Sloppy.

Coming from a 350z, it seemed like the steering was not up to par, and the understeer always left me with a questionable face.

Next up:
BC Coilovers
Adjustable control arms
Front and rear swaybars
Short shifter to get bring back that notchy feeling I craved
and ALL the bushings

After this, I drove it for quite a while. I got the suspension tuned to exactly where I wanted it.

Then, I noticed how sluggish it was starting to feel. It seemed like it took forever to get into the powerband. I felt as if I needed to step more and more onto the throttle to really get going.

After month of research and planning, I decided to pull the trigger.

Built Shortblock from IAG
Dual catchcans from Moroso
Cobb Intake
Cobb APV3
Catless downpipe
1050x Injectors from Injector Dynamics
Walbro 250 fuel pump
Flexfuel kit from Rocksteady
And a bunch of time set aside to do all the labor myself.

I've been driving it like this on E85 for almost 10,000 miles and haven't even had a second thought of doing anything else performance wise.

I love how my car drives now. After making it MINE and exactly how I envisioned it in my dreams, I am completely in love.

Image is from a trackday on Laguna Seca
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Old 03-01-2019, 12:11 PM   #117
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Always wanted a WRX. Ordered a 16 Limited in WRB and quickly realized it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Noticeable throw out bearing noises when brand new, whatever the in car infotainment was "Starlink" was completely useless, along with the early rattles in every direction, and the unnecessarily loud traction control! Somehow I do kind of miss it from time to time but on the whole glad I got out of it after a little more than a year.
I can relate to this somewhat. My Audi was much more refined in comparison to my current WRX.

Glad you gave it a shot at least!

To each his own...Good looking WRX you had though!
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Old 03-01-2019, 12:13 PM   #118
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Love it when I drive spirited, hate it as DD. The rattles makes me crazy , and I’m seriously looking for something with better build quality.
Yea. if you are looking for something a bit more refined in terms of road noise or interior soundness, you may need to look outside the subaru brand unfortunately. Unless you decide to disassemble the interior and quiet the rattles yourself with double-sided tape at each contact point.
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Old 03-01-2019, 12:28 PM   #119
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How is reliability proving on the newer models (say 2015+)? I know older gen subarus had head gasket issues for the non-turbo models.

How much different would a modern subaru legacy/impreza be vs. the gold standard lexus reliability? (I'm looking at IS300 and IS350 AWD models). The price point is obviously a lot higher.

One thing I always loved about my current subaru is that I could take it hiking, camping, etc, and not worry too much about really using the car without worry because it wasn't super high end.
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Old 03-01-2019, 01:06 PM   #120
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I bought my 03 WRX wagon in December of 2005. It had 37k on it. All these years later, it's my daily commuter and had 250k on it! I just sprung for new struts, new cat back, new wheels, and a few other things... Figured I'd give it it's 250k "birthday" present! My original goal was 400k, and I still hope it makes it!
400k goal very doable with that ej20. I'd consider head gaskets if not already done tho.
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Old 03-01-2019, 09:30 PM   #121
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Hey can someone help me figure out what I need to get on my 2010 Impreza. I want to build the engine but I have no experience!! Thanks!! If you have anything to say, email me at [email protected]! Anything is appreciated!!
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Old 03-03-2019, 04:10 PM   #122
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2004 STi, owned since Sept 24, 2003 -- 385,800 miles. Rebuilt short block, only once, at 333k.
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Old 03-03-2019, 04:11 PM   #123
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400k goal very doable with that ej20. I'd consider head gaskets if not already done tho.
I went 333,235 on my original STi block, then rod knock. Now at 385,800!
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Old 03-03-2019, 05:03 PM   #124
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Coming up on 3 years at the end of the month. And yes, I still love it.
I always enjoy photos from above with the bug-eye front end. It shows a really nice and often over looked design feature - how the rear trunk lines compliment the hood lines from the headlights.
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