Hello, Clubwrx. I'm a senior in high school and my parents told me they're going to buy me a newer (05 or later) car for graduation (coming from a '97 Accord CD5 (96 Prelude Si before that; lost but not forgotten... lul)) Anyways, two cars immediately came to mind: First generation Mazdaspeed 3 and second generation Impreza.
After a fair amount of research and just generally thinking about what's important to me in a car, I believe that a second generation WRX wagon is the ideal car for me at this time. Right amount of aftermarket support, decent gas mileage (on par with the Accord) and plenty of room and power for all of my needs. Ideally I'm looking for an '05 (love the blobeyes) with low mileage (less than 130k) for around $10k with minimal to zero modifications.
Any feedback or advice is welcomed, and I'm looking forward to being a part of this community.