Hello! just wanted to introduce myself. My husband and I just bought a new WRX. We previously owned a 2008 STi, but had a lot of bad luck with it. We actually own a lot of cars, which is what brought us to buy a subaru. My husband owns a 1988 2.3 turbo mustang (my dad is a mechanic and helped us swap the motor from a Merkur Xr4ti), we traded off his 2001 mustang for our first "import" in 2009. It was a 2007 Civic Si. I own a 1993 Taurus SHO, 1994 Probe (with body kit, rims, etc, back when we were into all that), and we also own a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, 2 Merkur Xr4ti's, and a lot of spare cars, which are kept at my parents house because they have more land to "hide" them all until we need them. we traded the 2007 civic Si in a year later for the 2008 STi. We had the STi for no more than 2 weeks and less than 1,000 miles put on it since we bought it and the ring lands went in it. before it broke, it would hesitate at 3,000 rmps, and I had it inspected. They said that other than the extremely dirty oil, it was fine. ofcourse they had all the maintanence records from the guy who had it before us (well only like a few records) showing that it had been wrecked and had over $8000 worth of damage done to it, and that the turbo had been replaced 1500 miles before we bought it. apparently that guy had only owned it for a year, pretty much destroyed it and traded it in. the air filter was soooo dirty. when we bought the new one, i took a picture to show the difference. well, after fighting with subaru of america and the dealership we bought it from, the dealership ended up replacing the motor for us. SOA denied fixing it due to us not having all documented oil changes, (it had 2 owners before us and had 27,500 miles on it). Therefore, their explanation is that we abused it in the 2 weeks that we owned it. anyway after the dealership fixed it, it had minor problems, missing bolts, a rattling noise that couldn't be found or fixed, etc. The last straw was when it started hesitating again around 3,000 rpms, and sounding horrible. So....we traded it in exactly a year after we bought it for the 2011 WRX. It only had 9 miles on it when we bought it and it now has 800 even. we haven't been driving it much because of the weather here in Kentucky. i know it would do great in the snow, but i didn't want to get it dirty just yet! Well exactly a month after we bought it, I had our second son, and haven't been able to drive it until this week. I love the car and hope that all the bad luck that we had with the STi is far behind us...and to whoever bought that car (it was gone a week after we traded it in), I'm sorry about the car...it really wasn't our fault...we bought it that way. anyway sorry this is so long, hopefully you made it to the end.