A lot of intro threads start and stop with a "hello" and a "I'm waiting for my 2012 WRB base hatch." Personally, I like reading lengthy story-like posts, so my intro post is going to go into a bit more depth, as I have a feeling I'll be on this board for quite a while. Cliff notes for those who don't feel like reading: Hi! I'm waiting for my '12 WRB base hatch to be delivered sometime in March.
But how did I end up here? 5 years ago I was looking to sell my aging '98 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP, which served me well through half of college and a couple years afterwards.
(That isn't me, that's a friend of mine. I tried to find a good pic of the car on it's own, but I thought this was more hilarious)
The GTP was fun, I chipped it and did an intake, some exhaust, and some of the engine mounts. Loads of torque (well over 300) to the front wheels...wheeee! But in the end, it was an old Grand Prix. So I said goodbye and started test driving. Looking for a car coming off a lease, I test drove VW GTI's (both the 1.8t and the VR6) and liked them, but was wary of the reliability reputation they had. Tested a Cobalt SS (the old supercharged one) and was underwhelmed. It felt cramped and not fast, even though by the numbers it was quicker than the GTI iirc. Test drove a WRX as well, and liked it. On a whim I drove a RSX-S, not expecting to like it because there was no torque. But it wasn't bad, and then I realized I didn't have to shift at 5500 rpms. I took it into the 6ks, 7ks, and close to 8k and decided I liked the little rev-happy honda. I knew the WRX was also a great car, but I was quite worried about getting a used one, figuring chances were high I'd get one that was beat on a bit.
So that began my life with the RSX.
At it's height, I had a race header, intake, reflash, and engine mounts. It was a fun little car, handled great and could move pretty well in those higher rpms, and with all the work done was somewhat quick around town in the low/mid rpms. The past couple years, however, I started to have nagging regrets about not getting a WRX whenever I would see one. In the past 3 months, those nagging doubts bloomed into a strong desire to move on from my RSX to bigger and better things.
I went to the subaru dealership down the street from me, and was dismayed at the numbers they were giving me. For a month or so I went back and forth between resigning myself to looking for a 2009 WRX and trying to figure out a way to make a new one work. In my desperation, I even went to a Mazda dealership and test drove a Speed3, figuring they are a little cheaper (especially since my fiance's uncle works there) and maybe I would like that as well. It impressed me, but the harsher ride turned me away, and the awesome acceleration/AWD of the stock WRX kept calling to me. They also obliterated the idea of a GTI, despite my one gearhead friend's attempts to steer me into a sister car to his. No...I was set on the WRX.
And then I stumbled, somehow, onto Truecar.com. That site gave me 3 dealerships with guaranteed prices much lower than my local Subaru did. I went to the dealership with the lowest (didn't hurt that it was in the town I grew up in) and came out with a brand new WRX ordered. My favorite part of the ordering process?
Salesman: "So, what color were you thinking...light grey? Dark grey?"
Calvinball: "Actually, I kinda like blue." (blue is my favorite color, and surprisingly I've never had a blue car)
Salesman: "Oh! The famous blue!"
So here I be. A little over four weeks until my car is delivered with a buyer lined up for the RSX. Some 18 year old kid who argued with his parents over the budget they gave him because he loves RSX's so much. I'm happy my car is going to someone who will appreciate it, but I'm happier that I will soon be returning to the world of driving with torque. I can't wait to spend many years with my rally blue scooby, and probably those same years with the folks on this board.
Speaking of this board, some may have noticed that I've been lurking about, posting a few posts here and there before this official greeting. I've also spent some time over at NASIOC, put up a few posts, and I think I'm much more comfortable here. Not that I've really gotten a perfect picture of the community here; I do know that I have at least been acknowledged in the few posts I've made. NASIOC seemed too big, or something, and nobody even noticed my presence. What I've seen so far here makes me much more comfortable than there, and much more than I ever was at ClubRSX, where I never really got integrated.
So, hopefully some people enjoyed my lengthy discourse here. I promise not all of my posting here will be so mammoth, and I look forward to sharing my WRX experience with all you like-minded people!