Hooray! I got a subie! It's a 2005 wrx wagon, it's red, and it's excellent.
Thanks to the previous owner it's sporting a few upgrades:
catless STI uppipe and Stromung turboback
Enkei RPF1s (18")
Some kind of aftermarket springs
and a tune that has it running a little rich
In the long run I'd like to gut it, cage it, drop in 4 harnessed buckets, build the motor, and have a mean little 4 seat hill climber.
In the short term I might replace the brakes, shifter linkage, maybe the shocks and springs, and anything else that doesn't require a re-tune while I hoard money for the engine later. I think the most important next step is to find the shop (LA area) that I want to build my car, and talk with them about my goals. I'm not opposed to doing a drivetrain swap if that will get me the power I need more reliably. I've thought about other cars but there's not a lot of options for small sports cars that can genuinely seat 4 people.
I'm about to get some new tires as mine are nearly bald, I'm thinking Hankook Ventus V12 for now, a local shop will do em for $540 mounted and taxed.
Right now the car is sitting at 107000 miles, and has a slight [s]head[/s] valve cover gasket and steering rack leak. Any advice on maintenance and upkeep would be greatly appreciated, as well as any input on the long-term goals! It's my DD right now but I want to get an econo-box soon, and hopefully upgrade to a tow vehicle around the time I build the motor.