I have just recently made a great decision, or a horrible mistake.
I picked up an 04 WRX wagon, (used) with 44K. It was a single owner lease vehicle out of columbus. Ofcourse I didn't do my homework, and after signing papers I discovered your "Transmission woes" thread.
Has pretty much scared the crap out of me. I do not plan to autocross the vehicle, and the mods will be very minor. I had no idea that the WRX transmission was prone to such disaster. My instincts tell me that the problems could mostly be due to inexperienced drivers and poorly researched modification. But the sheer volume of problems really makes me nervous.
I'm 25 years old, and have been involved with automobiles most of my adult life. I have worked on 410 sprint cars, go karts, mid-90s cougars and mustangs, and the nissan 240sx has been my current project for the last 4 years. I purchased the wrx mostly for North-West Ohio winters, originality factor, and as daily driver so I can take my nissan back under the knife and still have another manual transmission to drive, and to be honest I couldn't find a mid 90's WRX w/ less than 180k that was for sale.
I have almost no experience with the subaru, and very limited experience with the forced induction setup. I work at Keystone Automotive, so have pretty much full access to any OEM part that is or has been manufactured w/in the last 20 years, and a couple of small tuner "oasis" when time permits me to enjoy my hobbies.
So hopefully my roll of the dice, will not turn out too badly...
so again, greetings to all