I had to get a new car recently and being out of college with a decent job I could finally get a car that I actually wanted! Still wasn't ready for a new car, but I got a 2003 wrx for a good price and the car is in great condition! However, this was also my first manual car, so it was torture driving it at the start. I took my time though and things went fairly smoothly. It's a blast to drive, especially with the weather the way it is right now. Here are some pics.
As far as upgrades, I wasn't thinking about it until I came here and started doing research... thanks a lot! If I do anything it will be on a tight budget so I'd like to get the most out of anything I do. I'll probably focus on some exhaust work. Eventually I'd like to upgrade the sound system too and with the results I saw for painting rims, I might just paint my rims gold. Never thought I'd paint rims... and gold nonetheless.. but it looks so good on subies.