I just purchased a brand new 2006 Subaru WRX 3 days ago (black obsidian pearl sans spoiler) and love the car. I am being religious about the break-in and subscribe to the Subie enigineer's recommendation...I am sure they know best.
So far my pluses list includes: value, style, turbo, new 2.5, awd, mpg, paint color (apparently paint needs help- good thing I hit it with a coat of Zaino when she was new), sufficient torque pre-boost
Minuses- vague gear box, floaty suspension at speed, vinyl shifter boot, weak starter, and a few other minor items not worth mentioning (all-in-all a real performer for the price)
The good thing is that with the money I saved I can have my cake and eat it too. As for now, I have purchased (installed next Monday):
-SPT heat shield for intake
-compass mirror with homelink
-alarm upgrade for shock sensor
-momo shift knob
-all-weather floor mats
-Boston Acoustic 6 components
-Head Unit (alpine double DIN??)
-Limited Spoiler (My car does not have a spoiler)
-Billstein Coilovers to close that fendor gap and improve handling
OBTW, it is still nasty here in Chicago so no pictures until the weather clears up.
Thanks and I am excited to join the subie ranks.