Just sold my 2011 Kawasaki ZX10r and gonna hang up my leathers for a while. Debating over a new STi or BMW 335i to satisfy my "performance" needs. I've owned a number of BMW's but the STi has always intrigued me. Went to my local dealer to look at a BRZ and took my 7 year old son with me. Awesome car, but way too small. I'm a bit torn over spending the better part of $40k on a Subaru, but the resale value on the STi is so solid it seems to make up for the entry price. I'll probably be buying after the first of the year. I'd love to get a pro tune done at Surgeline/COBB in Portland, but am worried about losing my warranty. The stock lean tune worries me too. I joined one of the other STi forums a while back and all this "ringland" talk has me a bit worried. Is it overblown on the forums or a legitimate concern?
My other concern is being a 43 year old dad driving a car that so many "young" people seem to own. I'm not sure how guys in their 20's can afford these things, but that seems to be the demographic I see driving them in this area.