(Originally posted this in "Everyday Impreza talk" but figured it might fit better here)
Hey all. I joined Club wrx earlier this year after buying my girlfriend an 05 Saab 9-2x. Well after the snowpacolypse hit last year we got the Saabaru and it dominated the roads that left lesser cars (like my 2000 Si) in ditches. I made it my mission to own a WRX before the 2014-15 winter hit. I have always wanted a Subaru, more importantly I've always wanted a wrx or an STI.
Luck would have it that Zax was selling his Bug Eye around the same time I was looking to buy. Seeing as the bug eye wagon is my favorite looking of the WRX's it was perfect. Plus he has a really well documented and well put together thread on his build. A ****ing awesome build too.
Well at the end of this past spring, as we were setting things up for me to buy at the end of summer several things went horribly wrong. Being a full time college student I am somewhat reliant on financial aid. I got turned down for this past summer semester. So that hit me hard in the pocket.
Then my roommate bailed on me with no notice, and no money to cover his half of rent. My girlfriend and I can't afford all the rent on our own so we had to move. Another pocket draining obstacle, but it's not the worse.
After all this, a weld on my 2000 Civic Si at the catalytic converter went bad and cracked. I it took into a shop that quoted me $25 to fix the weld. The place seemed shady but I figured oh well, I'll just watch them do the weld and make sure no one steals anything off my car.
As they lower it they pop the hood and start the car. I figure it's no big deal. They all hover over the hood, talk and I'm like "okay what's wrong?" And I walk up. I ask if "everything is okay?" And they say "yes" and close the hood.
I pay them and leave, but I feel like I am being followed. I feel like I am being paranoid but still take the extra long way home to be sure. Like EXTRA long.
My Si was stolen 2 days later.
It devastated me. Like, this was one of my dream cars as a kid and I busted my ass for years to buy it. And even though I had out grown it, I still loved it. Not to mention selling it was a key part of being able to buy Zax's wagon.
Called the cop's, there's an investigation that's still going on. But there's no proof the shop I went to has anything to do with the theft and at this point my car is probably in a thousand little pieces on a bunch of other cars. Heartbreaking honestly and is one of the reasons I just haven't been on this forum or really any forum in a while. That and I have been busy trying pay bills.
But I had to move on. I file a claim with my insurance company and deny me because I don't have theft coverage on my car. That is my fault because I owned a popular car for theft without that particular coverage .
At this point I have $2000 in my bank account. Zax's bug eye is no longer even close to being in my neighborhood of options.
I find a really clean 2003 MK4 24V GLI with a six speed and jump on it. Lucky me.
(All pictures taken at my moms house as that's where I wash my cars and where I keep my tools.)
Even came with Michelin run flats.
And honestly, this was actually a super upgrade from my Si. This car was fast, torquie, luxurious and the six speed was straight sex. But VW's are a bitch to work on and super expensive to maintain. Plus I'm so over FWD.
So after a month and a half I put it up on Craig's list offering to trade for a WRX. No one bites. Until last weekend when I offered to trade for a WRX add I found.
He took the offer and we met up and traded yesterday.
So after a decade +2 years wait I finally got my WRX. and I'm in love.
It's not the one I wanted. It's not in the best shape either. But runs strong and one of the 3 previous owners was a Subie tech, so a lot of things are done right. But some were done wrong, so keep an eye out for my build thread.