This forum looks like a great place for info and ideas. I have been lurking for the past few weeks while I have been shopping. I was originally looking at used 04s with mileage under 10k, but the dealerships started pushing me into the 2005s. I found a dealership that offered me a deal that I couldn't pass up. I just signed on the car tonight.
I am getting a 2005 WRX Platinum Silver Metallic Sport Wagon with 5-speed manual transmission and no options, although I may call and have them install a bumper cover before I pick up the car. The price was $20,800 plus tax, fees, etc, to a total of about $22,150. The car had 35 miles on the odometer before I drove it tonight.
I have been working on cars for the past 8 years or so. My first vehicles were motorcycles, then I got a Jeep Wrangler that I just sold last year, then another Jeep (an old Wagoneer), and most recently a 91 Mazda Protege.
I'm very excited, but not quite sure what to make of my first new vehicle purchase. My head is still spinning. I don't plan on any major modifications in the near future, but I would like to upgrade the audio system. I look forward to learning a lot more about the great car I just bought. Hell, I'm just looking forward to driving it every day!