I've been trolling the forums for a few weeks and I finally registered yesterday. I figured I should introduce myself before I started randomly posting in other threads, so here it goes...
My name is Nick and I live in Cincinnati, OH. For the past ten years I've been daily driving and modifying turbocharged VWs, specifically the 1.8L Turbo found in the 4th generation Jetta and GTI. More specifically I've owned three different Jettas and an Audi TT Quattro, with my most impressive car topping 300 front wheel horsepower and running a high 12 second quarter mile. Needless to say, I'm no stranger to the world of modifed 4 cylinder turbo engines and I'm addicted to boost!
Anyway, to keep this somewhat brief, I got fed up with being nicked and dimed by my most recent VW (a 2005 Jetta GLI) so I sold it last September. I bought my Dad's 2001 Hyundai Elantra as a daily driver and gave up on modified cars for a while. This allowed me to focus my attention on some much needed work around the house but also got really boring... So yeah, about a month ago, I got the itch and decided to start shopping around for a new car. Being a VW guy who is addicted to turbocharged 4 cylinders, I had convinced myself I was going to buy a new 2012 Jetta GLI. However after driving one (I wasn't impressed) and reading about some of the problems people were having with them, I decided to broaden my search. It just so happened that an old VW friend of mine (go figure) was selling Subarus for a local dealership and when he heard I was in the market for a new car he mentioned the 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX. At first I was skeptical but after a few weeks of research I broke down and decided to go test drive one this past Monday. It was love at first drive and thankfully for me, I was able to submit a new purchase order one day before the cutoff. So there you have it, sometime in the next 4 to 10 weeks I will be the owner of a brand new 2012 Subaru WRX Limited Sedan with Navigation. I ordered it in WR Blue with the 5 speed STI short shift kit, the SPT front lip spoiler, All Weather Mats and the 10" Powered Kicker Subwoofer. I couldn't be more excited to become a new Subaru owner and I am looking forward to learning as much as I can about the car before it arrives!
As for the car, it will be my daily driver and with my first child arriving in September, I can't go too crazy with modifications... I already plan to tint the windows, order a new set of wheels and tires and change out a few light bulbs for LEDs but that will be it for the first 1000 miles or so. In the meantime I have a lot to learn about the 2.5 liter Boxer engine. I'm assuming software and a turbo back exhaust are the most worthwhile upgrades but as for what kind of software and what kind of exhaust, I have no idea where to start. Anyway, I would appreciate any advice I can get when it comes to engine mods. I'm fairly sound when it comes to suspension and to be honest I don't know if I want to mess with the suspension on the WRX but I won't rule out a modest drop (springs only, I've had enough of coilovers) or some new sway bars in the future. For now I just want to get to the car broken in and from there I'll take my time and do my research before moving forward. Thanks in advance for any advice and I'm glad to be a new member of the Subaru community!