Took delivery of a new fresh-from-Japan 2013 sedan last Saturday, and I couldn't be more excited. This will probably be more of a journal than a build, as I'm not in any hurry to void my warranty or diminish it's resale value. I know a lot of people say that... and I know it's going to be hard. I've owned an STS-class 94 Civic while in college, and traded in an unmolested 03 Toyota Matrix XRS on the WRX. I've never bought a car with less than 82k on the ODO, so this feels... fresh.
A little background on the process and timing, hopefully I can help dialogue with any prospective buyers and help out with the process and negotiation:
Car: 2013 Base WRX Sedan in SWP
Options: Trunk spoiler, all-weather mats, cargo tray
Cost: $25,700 + TT&L
Dealer: Sewell Subaru, Dallas
VON Date: 10/26/12
Big thanks to Sewell for expediting my order once it hit US soil, I think it took less than 48 hours to get to the dealership once the ship hit port. So far they've been a great dealership to deal with, extremely professional, courteous, and helpful. Looking forward to seeing if their service holds up to their reputation!
The car arrived with 8 miles on the ODO, I put 3 on it driving with the salesman, and probably another 7-10 driving home. After that I ran through a hybrid Motoman break-in using Amsoil break in oil and fresh filters. I definitely didn't beat "drive it like I stole it," but I wanted to make sure the rings seated and matched well in hopes that I won't have oil consumption issues later. Ran through about 20 miles of non-WOT, low-boost pulls in 3rd and 4th gears with engine breaking and cool down periods. When I changed the oil after the break in, I did notice some sparkle to it. From here to my first "real" oil change I'll be following the manufacturers break in reco with <4k, no WOT, no highway cruising. Thinking about hitting that first oil change somewhere between 700-1000 miles.
Going to need to hit the break in mark before I travel for Christmas, which shouldn't be a problem.
So fire away with any comments, questions, or suggestions! My only firm plans so far are to have the car tinted, install a STS/bushings, paint the headlight housings, and possibly replace the HU.