Well - my wife was rear ended at a stop light 3 weeks ago and totaled my car - she was ok thank goodness - but I took the opportunity to look for something I would really enjoy for years to come. My first thought went to a BMW 335i convertible but not real practical in the snow (Colorado Wx). I took a few days off to take care of my wife and close out the car ordeal and took 1/2 a day looking for new wheels. I was cruising through a large row of dealers when I stopped into Subaru just looking for some education on the product line up. We have owned 30+ cars, new and used over the years like the Nissan SE-R Sentra, a few first gen Toyota MR2s to LS1 GTOs and classic Corvettes, but never really understood what made Subaru unique. The salesman took an hour to explain the boxer motors, model line up, saftey, turbo vs non-turbo and the price points. They were staunch about NOT letting me drive a new WRX / STI so we took a used 16 WRX around the block (limited). It was probably the single best driving experience of my life - and I have set up a few cars in my time for SCCA Autocross. The next hour was setting up financing and selecting the car of my choice. The one on the show room looked great - 6mi and brand new! Best 4hrs buying a great car ...ever! No haggle, cut the check and off we went to the tint shop.
Looking forward to talking about your WRX experiences as time goes on. Thus far I have been told to look out for a throw-out bearing problem (potentially) around 10k - but we will see.