I've been combing the forums for weeks now doing research into Subarus as I shopped for a daily driver. My girlfriend and I have just started scuba diving and it's been a real challenge to cram all the gear into my current car. I'm also starting to grow weary of driving a track car on the street and I have been anxious to pick up a car that's not going to scrape on every parking lot and rattle my fillings loose on these bumpy central Houston roads.
I went and test drove an '11 last weekend and it was a blast (not that I'm telling you guys anything you don't already know). I was torn between the WRX and stepping up for an STI, but after driving the WRX I'm confident it'll be more than enough fun for me.
Monday I put a deposit down on a WR blue '12 WRX Limited 5 door that is due to arrive at my dealer on 7 November. No navigation (which I don't think I'll miss) but it will have the SPT exhaust and the short throw shifter.
This will be my first Subaru, my first AWD car. Heck, I've only had one other car in the past decade that's even had a back seat and that one wasn't really functional. I'm probably not going to know what to do with all this practicality.
Quite excited, and I'm counting the days. Thanks to everyone here for the great threads and wealth of information -- it sure makes the purchase decisionmaking go a lot smoother.
(Rarh is a trendsetter, I guess. He and I just ordered very similar cars)
4-Nov-2011: Picked it up this morning!