Going to school at Michigan Tech University, up in the keweenaw peninsula of the UP in Michigan. I drove a 97 honda prelude which i absolutely loved, and made a ton of friends in the area, many of which drive subarus. It seemed like a lot of places they could get to easily (back dirt roads, mud, snow) where i would either have to hop in my friend's forester XT or one of the many imprezas. A couple of them let me drive their cars, and although the shifting in them was not as nice and smooth as my prelude, they all felt pretty solid.
SO! i went home down state, and had arranged to meet somebody who wanted to trade me a 2003 WRX wagon for my prelude. I was heartbroken at the thought of losing the lude, which i spent many hours replacing ball joints, bearings, axles, brakes, everything (had 173k miles). but the good part! The guy needed money for legal reasons, so i got a great deal. My new 2003 WRX wagon does have a rebuilt title, but i was able to get it for my prelude plus $1750, and the wrx is about 100 miles away from 93k miles.
Going from my lowered Honda prelude, to a wrx wagon which is actually lifted on forester suspension is a huge difference. I traded VTEC for Turbo. Like any used car, it is not perfect, but with the low mileage i know it has a lot of life left in it, and have some big plans for it in the future. i've been deciding on my color scheme that i want to go with, the car is midnight black metallic, and i am going to get white coolant hoses, and some other white accent pieces. IMO it will look really nice once i get it how i want.
last but not least, the pictures!
Have enjoyed it for the few days i have owned it so far. i kind of like the lift on it, it just seems so capable, haven't found anything that has made it struggle yet, and i really like the grip from the AWD. The prelude and this are fun in their own ways, this is definitely more practical for my 10 hour drive to school and back
edit: also, i'm in the keweenaw car club, and i was the 10th subaru in the group (5 of them in the pic above) :P they called me the newbie (new+subie) haha