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Old 03-22-2019, 12:57 PM   #5151
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I'm 51 just bought a 2018 sti and going to stage 2+ with the goal of 300+whp, I love the looks I get from people who expect to see anyone other than a middle aged guy with his kids in that car with the huge wing in world rally blue.

Build what you want, have fun with it and remember you have to get older not boring.
Same here! We can now finally afford our toys so WHY not?!?!?!! Oh (55)
I'm just finishing up my Stage 1+ and starting to plan for Stage 2+ like yourself. Love my Subie!
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Old 03-22-2019, 01:53 PM   #5152
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my wife says I look like a kid in the car.
we old guys created the car seen why would we not have fun with it.
but yes the looks are funny.
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Old 03-22-2019, 03:02 PM   #5153
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Same here! We can now finally afford our toys so WHY not?!?!?!! Oh (55)
I feel this is the most important thing to consider. When we were in high school or college, we all had our dream car, but no sustainable way to afford it. Now after working my ass off, I can finally put time and money into the things that bring me happiness.

I turn 30 in 6 days and if there's anything I've learned over the few years I've been on this Earth it's this: you're going to have people constantly telling you an idea isn't good or should be "more realistic" with life. We're only on this planet for such a limited time. Live it up. If you get met with resistance, I feel that's a great indicator that you're on to something.

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Old 03-22-2019, 03:47 PM   #5154
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I feel this is the most important thing to consider. When we were in high school or college, we all had our dream car, but no sustainable way to afford it. Now after working my ass off, I can finally put time and money into the things that bring me happiness.



I turn 30 in 6 days and if there's anything I've learned over the few years I've been on this Earth it's this: you're going to have people constantly telling you an idea isn't good or should be "more realistic" with life. We're only on this planet for such a limited time. Live it up. If you get met with resistance, I feel that's a great indicator that you're on to something.



Cheers.


Unless itís resistance from your wife.
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Old 03-23-2019, 06:54 AM   #5155
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Unless itís resistance from your wife.
Divorce her ass.
32 and love my WRX
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Old 03-23-2019, 10:17 AM   #5156
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Unless itís resistance from your wife.
Even that's not an absolute.

Though it might take a little learning of the art of compromise and about the downsides of fighting every battle. I say this having had only a little under 49 years at this particular "game".


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Old 03-23-2019, 10:26 AM   #5157
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Add me to the list of "older" WRX owners, though I'm (slightly) more than double the '30+ year old'. 61 and just bought my 2019 WRX last week, and not at all 'too old' to enjoy it.

As others have said, buy what you like. Drive the kind of car that you like, and who cares what anyone else thinks? We should all buy cars to please ourselves (and our significant others), not anyone else.

As one of the 'older' members here, I can tell you that passing 60, you realize just how fast it all goes by. Too fast. My wife's grandmother died at the ostensibly ripe old age of 90, and one of the last things she said was, 'It went by so fast'.

If everything goes well and nothing cuts the time short, the average human lifespan is about 25,000 days. Whatever time you think you have left, it's probably less. Drive what you enjoy. I certainly will, and will never care what anyone else thinks (and the snarky wisecracks people I don't care about might make are simply funny to me).
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Old 03-27-2019, 04:40 PM   #5158
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I'm 32. Just bought my fourth Subaru, second turbo and first STI. I have been dreaming about an STI hatch for a long time. Even years back when had a Blobeye WRX, the STI Hatch was always "the one" for me. It has Eibach springs (1" lower) and the full Cobb Stage 2+ setup, so the exhaust and intake are noticeable, but not crazy loud. It strikes a great balance of practical and fun, and the wife is supportive and actually loves the car (I'm lucky in that regard). I plan on increasing power and modifying wheels and suspension in the future, but I am very happy with it as it sits.
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Old 03-31-2019, 10:39 PM   #5159
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31yo here. Had my '02 WRX since 2013. It's served me well as a daily but doesn't baby very well now that a toddler is on the scene. I've hit my head or her head a handful of times climbing in to the backseat to strap her in. Drives like a dream though.
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Old 04-01-2019, 12:24 PM   #5160
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I bought my hawkeye as a 30th bday present to myself. Its going on 12 yrs and only now is it giving me crap. I dont get slack from the wife but my boss wishes I drove something "more professional" lol
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Old 04-01-2019, 01:16 PM   #5161
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I bought my hawkeye as a 30th bday present to myself. Its going on 12 yrs and only now is it giving me crap. I dont get slack from the wife but my boss wishes I drove something "more professional" lol
What business is it of your boss what you drive?
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Old 04-01-2019, 01:39 PM   #5162
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Yeah really. I am older and work at an elite company where most of the people I deal with only drive Bimmers Audi’s and Benz. Yet I arrive in my loud WRX rumbling up the garage structure and I get zero crap. It’s time your boss grows up and get with the times. Diversity and inclusion..!
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Old 04-01-2019, 02:06 PM   #5163
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49 here in a couple months and will always drive what I like and the WRX is a new experience for me and so far have loved the car, maybe to much driving as bought 2019 in November and got 20,000 miles already
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Old 04-01-2019, 02:07 PM   #5164
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Going to be 39 soon. Bought my first WRX back in 2002. I couldn't ever picture owning a car that is not fun to drive, and the WRX checks all the boxes for me (4 doors, awd, turbo, fun, fast enough with not too much money, etc.)

I couldn't care less about what people think of my choice in car.
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Old 04-02-2019, 11:05 AM   #5165
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Almost 36 and have a 2011 STi, it was the first car I ever bought brand new (everything else had been 10 years old or older).

We got it because gettying my then 1 year old daughter in and out of a carseat in the back of a lowered S13 240sx was a bit of a pain. Getting the STi was a nice compromise with my wife at the time to get something more practical that I wouldn't want to start modding right away.

She has 108k miles on it and now that I am getting into the more expensive maintenance and as I take stuff off, I am trying to install upgraded components at the same time. My daughter is now 8 years old and am starting to ease her into helping me work on it and am hoping that she will be able to learn how to drive on it.

  • Did the timing belt and put in a Koyo since I had the radiator out.
  • Just got my Exedy lightweight Flywheel and Stage 1 HD clutch, torque solutions pitch stop and SS clutch line were delivered yesterday (going in over the weekend).
  • DBA 2 piece slotted rotors were added when I did my brakes awhile back.

Nice thing is, since I've drien older cars from the time I could drive until I got this car and never had money to pay someone to do the work (until recently), I've learned how to work on them and have a decent selection of tools I've built up over the years (and am still building up as I have a quickjack coming this week to help with the clutch swap).

About the only thing I wouldn't be comfortable touching is engine and transmission internals.

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I'm 35 and drive a 2011 STi

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Old 04-03-2019, 05:40 PM   #5166
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31, just bought my first WRX 14 Hatch in WRB with 22k. It is clean and feels great. I really hope it can stay reliable since all I hear is that SOA has gone downhill. My 06 treated me well, so I am hoping for the best.

I will slowly get into modding it. First will just be tint, intake/catback. Probably wont tune for a while. Just need to save up the possible powertrain problem.
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Old 04-03-2019, 06:03 PM   #5167
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31, just bought my first WRX 14 Hatch in WRB with 22k. It is clean and feels great. I really hope it can stay reliable since all I hear is that SOA has gone downhill. My 06 treated me well, so I am hoping for the best.

I will slowly get into modding it. First will just be tint, intake/catback. Probably wont tune for a while. Just need to save up the possible powertrain problem.
This is total crap. The ones who have had issues will always complain more than the handful of problem-free vehicles to every claimant. This forum(probably not so much this thread) has people modding brand new vehicles with a few thousand miles on them, what do you expect to happen. I'm sure they're modifying their wrx to go faster too but not abusing it
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Old 04-04-2019, 01:34 PM   #5168
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This is total crap. The ones who have had issues will always complain more than the handful of problem-free vehicles to every claimant. This forum(probably not so much this thread) has people modding brand new vehicles with a few thousand miles on them, what do you expect to happen. I'm sure they're modifying their wrx to go faster too but not abusing it
Plenty of "stage 3" cars driving Ms. Daisy and getting passed by priuses 🤣
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Old 04-05-2019, 10:34 PM   #5169
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31, just bought my first WRX 14 Hatch in WRB with 22k. It is clean and feels great. I really hope it can stay reliable since all I hear is that SOA has gone downhill. My 06 treated me well, so I am hoping for the best.

I will slowly get into modding it. First will just be tint, intake/catback. Probably wont tune for a while. Just need to save up the possible powertrain problem.
I would do tint and catback first, plan to do the intake with the tune.

Hit 39 last week and have had my wrx since 2011. My brother sold his 15 wrx for a model 3 which is fun in its own merit, but the sound and vibration is half the thrill for me.
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Old 04-06-2019, 02:41 AM   #5170
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I'm 32 and just bought my first STI (2017), which has been my dream car since Team Subaru came to my town for Rally America. I've owned two WRX's and loved them. Glad to be back in the community after a 8 year gap!
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Old 04-06-2019, 03:59 AM   #5171
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54 here and I just traded my base model 2015 WRX in for a new 2019 WRX premium with the performance pack and the factory short throw kit. My 4th Subie
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Old 04-06-2019, 04:03 AM   #5172
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Hello, I am a legend, 50+Year old and now I recently lease a Subaru WRX STI from dsr-leasing. Hope I will buy another car for my wife.
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Old 04-07-2019, 08:33 PM   #5173
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Old 04-10-2019, 01:12 PM   #5174
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I'm 31 and just bought a 2013 WRX hatchback limited. I traded in my 2013 BRZ, for the hatch which I think is the perfect dad car. Fast, handles well, well equipped, and functional.

2004 WRX vf39'd (2005-2014)
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Now that I'm older, have a baby on the way, live in a neighborhood, I am more than happy keeping this car completely stock. I remember the days of shaking my head at bone stock wrx's, oh how things change.
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Old 04-10-2019, 01:19 PM   #5175
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40 y/o 2015 WRX owner. Just recently purchased as a 2nd vehicle, also own an older van. Previously owned an 04 FXT manual from 08-12.
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