Hi. I just bought a '02 wrx about a week ago. It's actually the first MT vehicle I've owned, though I'd say I've gotten pretty decent at driving it/getting a feel for it.
But earlier today I had an interesting problem. I was in neutral at a stoplight for a few minutes (didn't want to prematurely trash my clutch by holding it in) at a slight upward incline. The light was about to turn green, so I shift into first to get ready to pull forward and, as I tried to give it a little gas I noticed that nothing was happening. I thought, "ok, I must have stalled or something." So I tried starting it back up and... nothing. Air conditioner was still on, turn signal was still on, etc. I kept trying to turn it over, but it was almost like the starter was dead or something 'cause I couldn't hear anything from the engine. Eventually I got it going and, as I started to pull away, I noticed the engine rpm very quickly jumped way up through 1st and 2nd gear (not redline or anything, but around 4-5k). After that little fiasco, it seems to be driving fine.
I got the car pretty much stock from a used car dealership with just under 52k miles. Carfax came back clean. The only mods are a carbon fiber hood, shifting knob, and clifford security system. I haven't taken it in for service yet as I'm waiting for financing to get finalized before I do (I put in a pretty decent down payment -- I'm just financing a small portion of the balance).
Any ideas what could have caused the problem? I haven't stalled it since the first day I got it, let alone on a small incline like that. I've stopped on much steeper hills than that with no problems whatsoever. I don't drive it hard. I really like this car and it's the only vehicle I have at the moment to get me to and from work/school.