I'm Brian, and I'l planning on buying a new white WRX in the near future (hence the handle "Vanilla").
I was carousing Subaru's site and found some info, but not as much as I'd have liked, and since being pretty active on forums before, from the Honda civic 8th gen forum over at 8thcivic.com, and just gaming back in the day, I knew this would be the place to get advice.
Basically, my parents are getting me a car as a graduation present from college. Now before you go off and call me a spoiled rich kid (because I probably am, and deserve it), I tried to dissuade them and said that just a sheet of paper with how much school had cost them written on it would be a plenty enough gift for me. But they insisted.
After considering waiting for the new Si, I decided to give Subaru a go, and at least test drive the WRX. I have yet to do that, but from the awesome community you all have (which is one of the reasons I wanted an Si; I had a pretty strong community with the 8th gen civic EX even), and the great modding scene there is (it would take awhiiile for mods to come out for the 9th gen civic, I assume), and I don't really want to wait until 2012 to get my hands on one, I decided Subaru looks like the best bet.
Crap, now I realized I'm writing a novel; I'm in work mode, excuse you can
SKIP TO HERE if you don't want to read all of that stuff up there.
A) I'd like a WRX
B) probably non-STI since they are more expensive, plus on insurance, and I don't want to kill myself (not that I speed that much anyways, but you know...)
C) Can't decide between a hatch and 4 door
D) Don't know which trim level;
-ideally it would have a GPS, but I don't know what kind the stock ones are; are they touchscreen? Bluetooth? etc...; could I go aftermarket cheaper?
-I like the idea of HIDs, but again, would I be better off going aftermarket and getting a pair retrofitted for the price?
-I really want a sunroof. Can hardly stand not having one in my friends' cars for some reason. (or moonroof, I can't remember the difference)
E) Other facts:
-I'd like a white one
-I'm 6'2 so I'm not sure if a sunroof would help or hinder, actually,
-I really look forward to being involved in this forum and community if this is indeed the right car for me
-You get mad props if you actually read all of this. For real.
Thanks so much!