So I purchased my first WRX a year ago, a 2004 with several easy mods already installed, paint, tint, gauges, upgraded innercooler, CA intake, etc. I liked it, but could not fall in love, becasue it was an auto (sorry to those of you who are into that type of thing). I had to upgrade. I graduated from college and got dumped into the real world where I quickly found it necessary to continue living like a college frat boy, eating the cheapest of food and having my TV on cinders, so I could afford the new car. I didn't get the loan for the STi, but I did my research and found that the WRX had so much potential, plus I still enjoy the sedan.
There she was, premium package, lightning red, 5MT, 4 door sedan with 86 miles. I live in Maryland, so I got a great deal becasue the pussies in this area don't want to drive a red car. Five weeks and 3000 miles later, this weekend marks the beginning of what will be a great investment.
After an oil change and a tint installation appointment, I will spent the rest of the weekend installing several new hoses, speakers, and a hybrid BOV.
I've got my wish list with huge CA intake, exhaust, downpipe, (to go stage 2), lights, innercooler, shirt shift kit, boost soleniod valve, sport springs, positive steering response system, and coiolcovers. The plan right now is to assemble some parts and then upgrade fully when Uncle Sam gives me his April high-five! Eventually, maybe, hopefully, we can talk about upgrading to a BT and HP clutch/fly, along with the supporting mods of course, but that seems like a while away...
I am an enthusiast, but I am not very experienced doing my own work, so I perform a great deal of research to make sure I am getting the best possible products. Thank you for the advise thus far, and I look forward to the conversations that are yet to come.