My name is Damien. I just bought a 2002 World Rally Blue WRX wagon. I wanted one since they started (finally) being offered here in the states, so I started saving, and finally found a used one that hadn't been beaten into the ground for a good price.
It has high mileage (136,000), but is a single owner vehicle with all maintenance being performed by the dealership and is still 100% stock. The only "mods" are yokohama tires instead of the factory ones. Interior / exterior are like 9.5 out of 10. It has a new clutch, battery and a few other things here and there, and compression / leak down check came back good.
I already have some parts on the way (Grimmspeed uppipe, Megan downpipe, Greddy Evo II catback, Cobb apv2) and am anxious to get things going. At first it seemed so fast compared to my old car, but I got used to it quickly... damn addictive acceleration...
I had a Countour SVT before this, and comparatively the handling on the subaru is lacking (I blame the 16" wheels and balloon tires), so my next task after stage 2 is going to be whiteline front and rear anti sways (wagon approriate ones of course) perrin or whiteline end links, and some kind of lowering springs / shocks adn larger wheels/tires (are 18" too big?). I have read that coilovers are superior, but I don't like the idea of having to rebuild them every year. Is this true?
Well sorry for rambling on and on, but the point is to say "hi" to everyone and introduce myself. I see there are some other people in the central florida area, so maybe I can actually meet some other WRX / STI owners. The contour forums were friendly enough, but no one ever met up or did anything. Any subaru meets planned? (just found the regional sections...)