I'm curious to hear how everyone got into the subie community. What drew you to them in the first place? What keeps you here? What cars did you have before? I love to read about how passionate we all are and, well, 3rd shift gets boring so this will give me something to read...
My first memory of Subaru was before I even knew what Subaru was...or that they even existed. There was, what I'm now guessing from old memories here, an old Legacy(?) that parked at the top of my street growing up. Now, we know they weren't anything that would make you stop and stare, but it was the emblem that got me. That circle and stars. I'd never seen one so artistic and different. I came from a Honda family, you know, that oh so ingenious 'H'.
Even before I could drive I was always helping my dad with the family cars. It started off as helping with the tire rotations, and then I moved on to the brakes, a little bit of timing belt work, spark plugs etc etc.
My first 2 cars didn't even break into the 1990's and as such had plenty of mechanical and electrical demons which fostered my love/hate relationship with cars in general. I had my license, a few years under my belt and a 1993 Accord when the first Fast & Furious came out. And, yes, I was totally enamored. I loved the ridiculousness of it all. It was everything my 17 year old self could ever want. I went through a rice phase (I mean, what choice did I have? A broke teenager with an old Honda and enough money to order eBay specials?) but grew out of it when I started to learn more and a few "What the hell are you thinking?!" looks from my dad helped.
Years pass, I'm still broke, cars are looking more and more blah...life gets in the way of hobbies. You know...
I was taking some auto classes at a community college where I met a guy with a modded 2005 LGT. He invited me to a track day in which I got to truly experience both the abilities of a Subaru and the ghastly smell they make when you destroy a clutch. I thought my eyes were going to come out of my face and I couldn't stop grinning. A few weeks later said guy became my boyfriend (insert joke about girls and cars, or boost getting you laid or some other such thing here) and I inherited his Subaru family and the penchant for flying to the window of wherever I happed to be when I hear the "BBRRAAPPP" of a Subaru nearby. I was completely sold....but still broke.
Late last year he decided it was time to move on from the LGT and we talked about it and decided that a new wrx would suit him quite nicely. I had a 2010 Mazda3 wagon at the time and even though I had a big girl job and a decent income I still wasn't thinking about owning a 'dream car' I was still stuck in poor college kid mode. As many of you waiting for your 2015 orders know, it takes a looooooong time. We stopped in to the dealership a few months into his wait and they had a CWP Limited sitting in the showroom. I kept looking at it as he was chatting with up the salesman, still not realizing that this car was within my reach. We leave and on the way home he comments "Wouldn't it be funny if we were that couple with matching cars". hahaha...haha......hah...wait...
-Insert angels singing and shining their light down upon me-
We turned around and I bought the WRX right then and there. Total impulse buy. Best impulse buy, ever, mind you. It's been almost 6 months and I still stare back at it every time park. I love the car. I love the community. I've been to the no-waste plant in Indiana and the tree-hugger in me absolutely loves that and their dedication to charities and dog lovers. It's going to take a lot to ever get me out of a Subaru.
My car history: '85 Accord, '84 Accord, '93 Accord, '03.5 Mazdaspeed Protege, '85 prelude, '10 Mazda3, '15 WRX
tl;dr: I love my Subaru and all of you fellow enthusiasts. Also, I've owned a lot of old Hondas.