I will be picking up an '03 WRX within a week or so. And I decided to join this site, just to find out more about these cars, especially before I purchase one. I am 25, and I work as a first officer on a regional carrier.
Now, i've never owned a manual transmission car before. The only manual transmission experience I have is messing around for a few miles in a buddy's off-road jeep. That was years ago, when I was 17 so I have I really have no idea how to drive manual at all. I know it will be easy for me to pickup, but if you could give me a quick guide on how to shift in an impreza, both daily driving and for a take-off/fast driving (on the track of course). Any advice is appreciated thanks.
Also, is this a good car to learn how to work on cars? Only thing i've ever done to a car is replace brakes and rotors, as well as change the oil. I understand the basic workings of cars, but I don't know specifically how to work on them. So, if this is a hard car to work on, give me a heads up.