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    2009 WRX Build (First Car)

    After driving around my dad's 1980 V8 Jeep Renegade CJ7, I decided it was time for my own car. I wanted a car that was great in the snow, got better than the dreary 8mpg the jeep got, and was warm in the winter. Given that that was a very broad list, I had to slim it down. Eventually, I decided on a WRX. I wanted a 2009 or later WRX hatchback. I'll tell you all this a WRX in that year time period with less than 80,000 miles for less than $20,000 in Colorado is a borderline impossible feat. We even partnered up with my dad's friend who owned a dealership. After searching for months, one finally popped up on auto trader at the nearby Groove Ford. I drove down there in my loud bouncy jeep to see if my dreams came true. They pulled me to the back and there sat a very dirty, white (my preferred color) hatchback. I'll be honest it looked like a black car. They said they'd hold it aside and my dad and I came back the next day and we begin. Luckily, Groove Ford knew nothing about how much the car was truly worth and we saved $3,000 off the ticket price. Also, I had someone call and schedule an appointment with another salesman for that afternoon for that same car, so this made my salesman would cut a friendlier deal. But anyways, I finally had my car!

    We bought a service contract for 3 years and 36,000 miles. We thought it was a bit silly to drop another $2,000, but it was definitely worth it.
    #foreshadowing

    I've had the car since September but I finally had the time to do this!

    P.S. I'm not a spoiled kid either. I had to pay for half of it and everything else I want for it I have to pay for in my own money.

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    Brought her home.
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    and got her all cleaned up.
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    Unfortunately she had to go back into the dealership to get the interior detailed, clutch replaced, and a few other odds and ends. We bought the car within 3 days of them receiving the title so they hadn't had anytime to do some maintenance things. WRXs in Colorado sell very fast so you have to make some compromises.
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    Life's a beach, and I'm just drifting in the sand.

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    After getting her back from the dealer, I installed my roof rack.
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    After a couple days I installed red brake light vinyls as well as one for the third brake light vinyl. Then added my mudflaps as well as my Colorado 10th Mountain Division License plates. I added red pin striping to the grill and spoiler. It looks awesome.

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    Then the power steering belt wore out and I replaced it myself. After my quick drive, I threw a CEL and began to freak out. I thought I did something horribly wrong to my baby. It turns an O2 sense went out. We it into the dealer and the replaced both of them. I paid $100 but the service contract company paid $1,000.
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    After a while, the car and I became one. We went everywhere, it is a car so duhh, but you all get the point.

    We went drifting in the deep December powder. We probably went a few more times than the local PD would prefer but we never had any issues

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    She took me and my buddies up to the Winter XGames in Aspen, CO. That little car was one of the most stereotypical colorado subarus around. Brimmed to the top with luggage and ski gear. A roof rack stuffed with five pairs of skis. But we were set.

    On our way up!
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    XGames!
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    Took her up to Breckenridge about month ago.
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    Life's a beach, and I'm just drifting in the sand.

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    About 2 weeks ago, I bought my most desired mod to date, the Perrin Wing Riser and a can of black plastic dip.

    The install took me forever. So much longer than I expected but hey I did all by myself. I finished just in time for my weekly camping trip with my friends. On the drive up a big rock was on the road and I had to pull over and move it off the road. After, like most car enthusiasts, we admire our cars and HAVE to grab a few pics.

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    Life's a beach, and I'm just drifting in the sand.

    2009 Subaru WRX HB GT3RS
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    I even hung my camping hammock thought my car when I feared it would rain that night, but luckily it didn't.

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    Life's a beach, and I'm just drifting in the sand.

    2009 Subaru WRX HB GT3RS
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    I thought everything was gonna be smooth sailing. I set money aside for an intake, AP, DP, quad Q300, and a pro tune. But on my way home I was merging on to the highway. I was on the turbo a couple miles from home and tragedy struck. As I shifted in to 5th to cruise I heard an ominous knock from the engine bay. We took it into the nearby auto shop my family trusted and the subaru guy on hand diagnosed it as a thrown rod.

    It turns out the gravel road I had been driving on to and from the campsite caused something to go wrong and oil could no longer be retained and I lost almost all of it on the way home.

    They decided to throw in the timing belt and water sumo change while they were at it. Luckily we still had my service contract. We're paying $100 and the service contract is paying $6k
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    Life's a beach, and I'm just drifting in the sand.

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    Today I dropped of my bae for a heart transplant.
    Life's a beach, and I'm just drifting in the sand.

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