Hey, just thought I'd introduce myself. My name is Matt. I'm from Indianapolis, IN. I recently purchased a 2005 STI from a dealership here in Indy. I decided to wait before I joined so I wasn't quite so 'omg sti ftw'.
A little about me, I'm a rad tech at Columbus Reg hospital (75 min drive, 1 way) and my wife (of one month as of 7/30) has been all over me about how my '1980's piece of crapp' was about as reliable as... I'll just leave that off as to not offend anyone... So she gives me the green light for a car search, and of course my first stop, my local Toyota dealership. I looked at Camrys and a new Tundra, but wasn't really feeling either (what the heck did I need a truck THAT big for anyway?). So I got on line and started looking for my next car. She reminds me that I *we* had been working our asses off the past 3 years of school and that we deserved a little bit of a reward for it, so she sends me in the direction of mkIV Supras. 'Wow, she'll let me spend $40k for a car thats 10+ years old?!' Naturally I was stoked, but that quickly faded. $40k, and all I get is a thrashed car with 100k+++ miles, no warranty or anything, and as far from stock as you could imagine. Screw THAT. So I try to find a nice 4 door that we can use once we have kids... Then a nice 2 door... 350z, g35, soemthing like that. So I'm at a dealership next to Subaru and spot my next car while driving through, a white 2005 STI, tinted windows, fart can already installed... mmmm. Talk to the salesman for a bit and he asks if I want to test drive it, hell yeah. After getting it up to speed, it's everything I've wanted my 82 to be. Stiff, responsive, and damn quick. Oh, and this will be my first car w/ working AC, a HUGE plus for the wife.
Enough about that though, I could probably go on and on about it. (Im at work and there is nothing to do, for a change).
My brief history of Supras... I've owned 14, No. Not 14 of 'those Supras'. 14 mkII and mkIII's, the ones that can be had for $500-1000 and needing an engine or other work. I got my first at 13, and since I was 18, have averaged about 3 in the driveway at one time (I actually paid for all of my schooling but $5k working on/selling them). I'd buy one that I was 'for sure' going to keep, I'd get it fixed and have all of $12-1500 in the car and think I was just the poo, I'd drive it for a month or two and would get bored. They're so heavy it was hard to build a decent one on a budget (I made $50/week during school not counting odd car jobs and such). Then i'd post it for sale with the thinking 'if someone wants to pay me enough, I'll sell it'. So I'd post it on local car forums for $3800 or so, and would end up getting nearly that for it since I wasn't in a hurry to sell it and it wasn't costing me any money to be driven anyway. Do that a few times a year, pay down student loans, save a little back for a honeymoon, it wasn't a bad stiuation. But I've got one Supra that I just cannot bring myself to sell. My 82, (will post pics when I get home) Sure it's rice, but I and my wife love it. It was our date car, after all. My dad and I built her and even I even painted her in our garage. 4 long years I worked on her after school, taking parts off, cleaning them, painting stupid stuff no one would thought they'd ever see again, things like that. I Finally finished her 2 weeks before graduation. Sprayed her, and got brand new side moldings 2 days before fgraduation, I was the ****, let me tell you. Fart can, it couldn't get big enough. Loud? Not loud enough. Subs? yes please! Then a few years later I got wiser and realized, sure it looks nice, but I still can't break out of the 15's (15.1 was my best run, ever. 163 hp to the wheels, a pretty good accomplishment if I may say so) I'd always set money aside for her when I sold another Supra. Wheels, header, intake, strut/sway bars... The worste part is, I've got every bolt ont hat I can think of, and I'm just done w/ it. Until I go turbo, I'm maxed out w/ what I can do with it.
Wow, This has taken a lot longer than I thought it would, days almost over. Anyway:
I bought a 2005 STI, and not a Supra like everyone I know thought I would.
My 82 Supra is awesome.
Again, I'll post pics when I get home, and hopefully think of something smart to add to this. Thanks for reading, if you made it through!
Oh, and the username is just my username from every other forum...