I have just acquired my first WRX; a 2011 sedan. I've only had it for about 24 hours, but already I'm wondering aloud "Why the hell didn't you buy this car sooner?" For those interested in the short version, skip to the penultimate paragraph. For those reading this on the toilet having just had Taco Bell, we're both gonna be here for awhile.
I drove a Ford 1992 F-150 in high school, and a 1995 Ford Explorer in college. But the first car I ever bought for myself was a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTS. That was a pretty fun little car. 210 hp in a sub-3,000 lb car is a fairly sporty combination for someone coming from a truck and an SUV.
But I got interested in modding. That is one of the reasons I got the Eclipse; it had a history of modding. That history, of course, only pertained to the 1G and 2G versions of the car, and as time rolled by and it became clear that a solid turbo kit was never coming, I wanted to move on.
Car #2 was a 2004 Dodge SRT-4. Fun, fun car. A little scary at times, but 2nd gear in that car was a thing of beauty. I liked it so well I got a second one for the wife, trading in her very boring Chevy Monte Carlo.
Between the two SRT's I did a turbo-back exhaust, carbon fiber hood, blow off valve, boost controller, intercooler, STS, engine mounts, lowering springs, and a few others. I was having a good ole' time. But both cars ended up being sort of franken-cars, as I was distributing my modding budget twixt two cars. In the end I'm not sure either car was the better for my meddling. But man did I learn a lot.
By this time, we really only needed one car, so we traded in both cars for a 2008 Mazda RX-8. Talk about fun to drive. Effortless, fast, tight, sounded great, looked great. Truly loved that car. But we had a baby, and suddenly those suicide doors became harder and harder to live with day-to-day. It was a sad day for my wife and I when we had to let her go (the car, not the baby...), but we needed to save money and something more reasonable. Enter the dark times.
For awhile we were subsisting off of a 2000 Ford Explorer, like animals. The same model of vehicle that was great for a college kid in 1999 to haul laundry home on long weekends was now a nightmare for a man who's driven progressively more and more fun cars. Adding a 1999 manual Ford Contour V6 helped survive the drought, but while fairly entertaining to drive, she was dying a slow death and became unfit for highway speeds.
The car that was meant to solve the need for practicality with the desire for a little driving excitement became a 2014 Mazda CX-5. It IS a great car. Handles very well, great feedback from the road, peppy engine, great interior space, amazing radio, cool tech features -- I like driving it. But man, it isn't the fun-first-everything-else-be-damned car I desired.
I'd always wanted a WRX. From the SRT-4 to the RX-8 to the CX-5; the car I always wished I could buy at that time was the WRX. But it was either too expensive, I couldn't find a good used one, or it wasn't an automatic for the wife to drive in rush hour (she put up with a manual in stop and go for the better part of a decade. She'd had her fill).
Long story short (too late) -- my friend was looking to get out of a bad loan and move into something fancier (he got a 2014 BMW 328d X-drive) and sold me his 2011 WRX at what I consider a heck of a deal (yes, I am from Minnesota). And after only 24 hours, I keep asking myself, why didn't I buy this car sooner? Alas, I can only be appreciative that the quest I took to get here helps me appreciate it all the more now that it is mine. I'm in love.
I look forward to conversing with many of you in the near future here on the boards and maybe even meeting up with a few locals. Nice to meet you all!