I just found this forum while hunting the 'net, and I thought I'd introduce myself. I just bought a new '07 WRX last month (black, of course), and I'm definitely loving it. It is my first new car, and the first car I've owned that is a manual transmission. Talk about learning curve! Thankfully, I've had some good teachers, and was blessed with good "born to drive" genetics. I simply couldn't stand the thought of buying my first real sports car and have it be an automatic. I'm still astounded at how much power these things have, and get caught up in the "go faster" mentality. Thankfully, I also have come to appreciate the humbling effect of trying to harness that power while driving behind slowpokes at 2MPH in a parking lot. 1st gear in a parking lot. . .ouch.
One of the more interesting facets of ownership that nobody bothered to mention to me before I bought the car is all the attention they draw. I get a lot of people pulling up next to me trying to race, only to stop and stare with that classic "wait, you're a *girl*. . ." look on their faces. At least I know that if things don't work out with my husband, my car will make sure I can get a date.
I've loved reading people's comments about many of the things I've been curious about, including that bumpy shift from 2nd to 3rd, and the endless possibilities of modifying a stock WRX. I'm really looking forward to using this forum as an excellent resource when I decide it is time to "upgrade".
Thanks, and hi!