Hey there guys,
I joined ClubWRX.net on 12-27-2013 in hopes of finding a replacement for my totaled 2000 Impreza RS. I wanted to "upgrade" this time around and go for a WRX or an STi. I also wanted a vehicle with relatively low mileage and a owner who gave his/her car attention that it deserved (we all know this is important if you're an enthusiast like myself). I quickly found out that the STi would be out of the question, simply because they were out of my budget range and most were higher miles than I was willing to settle for. With the help of my wife, I was able to increase my budget a bit and started looking for WRXs with less than 50k miles on them. I found plenty of 2008 models for the right price, but thanks to the people here, I was quickly swayed away from buying one due to the clutch pedal issues and the lower HP/TQ specs. At that point I started looking at 2009+ models only. Since my budget went up a bit, I decided to give the Vehicle For Sale thread on here a closer look one more time. I'm glad I did, because I found a beautiful 2011 WRX with 22k miles. It was owned and driven by a retired air craft mechanic. I gave him a call the same day, he supplied me with a boat load of pics and I was pretty much sold at that point. There was only one problem - the car was located nearly 400 miles away from us. If I was going to make this trip, it was going to be a round trip...and I was not going to come back empty handed! So my wife and I got our bank paper work filled out and got approved for the loan within 1 day. I called the owner back the minute I knew we were approved and agreed to meet him next week Wed. This week was the same week Western NY got hit with a blizzard. Half of the 400 mile trip was on a thruway which was closed due to this blizzard! We had to drive two extra hours to avoid the closed strip of the I90-E using regular roads....all of this in a Sentra SpecV with all season tires. There was a few instances where I didn't think we were going to make it up the hill. I felt the wheels slipping a few times and thinking" ****, we're not going to make it up this hill!" Luckily, we never got stuck! Once we made it out of NY, it was nothing but clear skies all the way to our final destination - Sun-Lebanon, DE. About two hour prior to arriving, we found out that the cellphone charger we've been using couldn't keep up with the power consumption that the GPS was throwing at the battery. The low AMP output basically didn't charge the battery as much as it slowed the actual discharge. We were forced to turn off one phone and charge it a little while the other was dying with the GPS running. It was a little nerve wrecking simply because we were on a time limit. I had to work the next day! Well, after a 9 hour trip, we finally arrived and got to see the car in person and almost instantly, we caught second wind of energy. I couldn't believe how well maintained it was. Super clean in and out. I told him, "take us for a test drive"...and did he ever. There was a few times I thought we were going to go off the road and demolish the car. But that never happened - the car handled like it was on rails. That drive woke my wife and I right the **** up. We all went for a ride after this, with me behind the wheel. Granted I didn't know the capablities of the car like the owner did, I put the car through my own paces. I loved how responsive and fresh everything was. I drove beat up and used cars all my life, so this was a pleasant change! Before leaving town we stopped at Walgreens, I bought two new car chargers with a 2 amp output and we hit the road. We left Buffalo @ 3:35 am Wed and made it home @ 10:52 pm.
So here we are, another 400 miles later....
Thanks for looking and sorry for the long and boring story. I though it was worth mentioning given what we went through to get the car