I absolutely am enamored of my WRX, it was my dream car and obsession from the time it came out in late '02 to the time I finally bought my '05. It was the the kind of car I always wanted to have when I was in high school....fast, fast looking, cobb stage 2, fat catback with exhaust tip, great audio system with CDT components and 12's....plus I was proud of the fact that I bought a nearly 30-THOUSAND dollar car, negotiated it all, etc. It represented adulthood and independence for me. I still love it.
But Subaru's misrepresentation of its vehicles sours the experience greatly to the point where I think I may rather have a Civic SI for my next car. It markets the Rex to a group of people who love to drive enthusiastically (not synonymous with "abusively"), yet it breaks when used for such purposes.
I went back to the dealer last week, about a year after I spent my 20+ thousand extremely hard-earned (100+hours/wk paramedic), they treated me like dirt, like some high school kid with his pants hanging off his ass, who had just appeared at the dealership and asked to go do doughnuts in their STi, yo.