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Hello everyone. First off I am new to Subaru's. I'm 25 and have only had two cars, both being VW's.
My first car was a 2008 Jetta SE, and my 2nd being a 2011 VW GTI that I modified extensively (my definition of extensive may differ from yours :tongue: )

Anyway the story goes: My GTI had been in service countless times. The most annoying being for the water pump which is on it's 4th pump at the moment. (keep in mind the car sits at 52k miles now so the pump has been going out about every 10k miles.) This is a common issue for the TSI motor and it is a design flaw. The housing is made of plastic and has many weak points where the plastic is really thin. Over time with constant heat and cool air the plastic forms a crack causing failure.

Anyway fast forward. About a month ago I was going to take a trip to Palm Springs from Los Angeles. Literally the day before my pump spews out its guts on my driveway. I was furious considering this could have happened in the middle of the desert in 110F heat.

So I emailed VWoA. Never heard back. So i tracked down the CEO's email and emailed him. Literally the next day 8am I get a phone call from his secretary offering me $400.00. Needless to say after about a few weeks of going back and forth I finally got them to buy the car back as a lemon.

TLDR:
1. Car has 52k miles and is on 4th water pump.
2. Contacted VWoA and argued for a few weeks.
3. Finally they bought the car back as a lemon.

GTI MODS: My GTI had a FrankenTurbo F23T turbo swap. Custom dyno tune done by AUtuning running 50/50 water meth injection post TB, full mounts etc... it had even been bagged at one point.

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Anyway, so at this moment my check from VWoA is en route to my dealer ship. Once it arrives I'll be dropping off the car and saying my final good byes.
Now for the fun part!!! My dealership found the exact car I'm looking for. It wasn't on the lot but it is en route. So I put down a deposit on the car and it should be arriving next Friday!

It is a Lapis Blue Pearl WRX Premium with Navi/Harmon Kardon.
It also has the following optional accessories:

041(041) STI SHORT THROW SHIFTER (WRX)
04B(04B) Cargo Net- Trunk Rear
BCA(BCA) All Weather Floor Mats
J8B(J8B) STI SHIFT KNOB 6MT BLACK DURACON
KCD(KCD) Auto Dimming Mirror W/ Compass & HL

UPDATE: 11/3/16
Actual Parts list:


Engine:
COBB AP V3
Schaeffer's 9000, 5w30
X-Force Catted J-Pipe
Invidia Q300 Cat-Back
Grimmspeed 3-Port EBCS
Mishimoto Cold Air Intake /w Box
Torque Solutions Pulley Cover
TurboXS Top Mount Intercooler
91 oct ProTune by Yimi Sport Tuning (303whp/325wtq)

Drivetrain:
Perrin Shift Stop
Kartboy Shift Bearing/Bushing
Subaru STI Group N Transmission Mount

Interior:
Escort Passport Max /w Blendmount and Mirror Tap
Viofo A119 Dash Cam (hardwired)
TWM Performance M1 Abrams Shift Knob | Stainless Steel
Subaru JDM Dual Console Armrest Extension
Subispeed JB Style Steering wheel

Exterior:
Bayson R Front Lip
License Plate Vision+ Full LED housing
Avid-1 AV-20 18x9.5 et38 Wheels
OLM RÜF Spoiler Version 1 Color Matched
OLM Headlight Low Beam 35W all in one HID kit 6000K
OLM LED Headlight Boomerang Bulbs
SubiSpeed USDM TR Style Tail Lights
SubiSpeed S4 Style LED Fog Light Bezels (Ordered)
LED Import USA 6000k LED Fog Lights
Hella Horns with Grimmspeed Bracket & Harness

Suspension/Chassis:
Cusco Front Strut Tower Brace
Cusco Rear Strut Tower Brace
Cusco Brake Cylinder Brace
SPC Adjustable Lower Control Arms
Tein Flex Z Coil-Overs
Kartboy Front & Rear End-links
Eibach Front & Rear Sway-Bars
 

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So I got the call I've been waiting for from my salesperson and as per his words "The eagle has landed!" So I made an appointment to go pick her up tomorrow at 11 :woocow:
 

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Love the color! Any mods lined up?
Thanks man! Well I already ordered the blendmount/wire tap for my passport max. Plan is to order a Cobb AP with a Killer B J-pipe (just the upper most part) and get a Bren E-Tune for the time being.
 

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Congrats! I hope you have better luck with the WRX.
 

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Congrats! I hope you have better luck with the WRX.
Thank you! I do have more confidence in the WRX.
The GTI always felt like a ticking time bomb. I wish I could have said it was because of my mods but those issues are equally present in the stock cars as well.

The new ones have gone through multiple turbo revisions already since they were blowing left and right.
 

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Welcome and congrats on the purchase! Funny story (particularly for you): Last week my wife and I took our Kia Sportage into the dealership for a recall notice. The local dealership primarily services VWs, but they also service Hyundai and Kia. We brought the Kia to the service entrance (all VW mind you) and the door opened to this GORGEOUS service garage. My wife turns to me and says "wow, this is really very nice! I've never seen a service center so complete and well planned!" I say to her: "well of course! This is a VW service center, so they've had a LOT of practice!" Cheers.

Future Plans for the WRX:
(In no particular order)

1. Invidia Catted Turbo Back exhaust.
2. Cobb AP v3
3. Bren Stage 2 E-tune.
4. Rally Armor Mud flaps.
5. AVO Intercooler.
6. Racecomp Yellow Springs.
7. Whiteline RSB.
8. Cusco Rear Cross strut.
9. Cusco Front strut brace.
10. Wheels 18x9.5 et 45 with 265x40x18 tires. **** unsure of what wheels and tires as of now ****

That is all for now until I pickup my WRX!!!
You should absolutely consider the order since many of these parts are predicated on the previous installation of other parts on this list.
 

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congrats on the car and welcome to the club man!
Thanks man! :thumbup:

Welcome and congrats on the purchase! Funny story (particularly for you): Last week my wife and I took our Kia Sportage into the dealership for a recall notice. The local dealership primarily services VWs, but they also service Hyundai and Kia. We brought the Kia to the service entrance (all VW mind you) and the door opened to this GORGEOUS service garage. My wife turns to me and says "wow, this is really very nice! I've never seen a service center so complete and well planned!" I say to her: "well of course! This is a VW service center, so they've had a LOT of practice!" Cheers.



You should absolutely consider the order since many of these parts are predicated on the previous installation of other parts on this list.
Haha they are all like that! My local dealership said they repair more water pumps on the MK6 GTI's then they do oil changes. Quite ridiculous and I got fed up with it.

On another note, I think I see what you're saying about the order of the parts. Some of them require tuning again after installation so they should be bunched up together. I'll try to revise them because I'm having doubts on some of the parts anyway.
 

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Beautiful car man! I should know, have the same one.. :) Welcome!
 

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Beautiful car man! I should know, have the same one.. :) Welcome!
Thanks man! Feels good to be here!

I'm waiting on my lapis blue wrx still! I've only seen one in socal this whole time so soon we'll all know each other
Actually now that you mention it, the only WRX's in the wild have either been WRB or DGM
 

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Thought I'd start off with some small mods while I break in the car and seeing as how I despise the premium trim dull head lights that practically don't do anything, I went with some lighting modifications. Just placed the order from Subispeed:

License Plate Vision+ Full LED housing
OLM Headlight Low Beam 35W all in one HID kit 6000K
OLM LED Headlight Boomerang Bulbs
OLM HP Gen 2 Passive Cooling LED Fog light bulbs 6000K

I was going to do the DRL's but after reading some reviews they seem to be way to bright in it's reflective housing and I don't want to be THAT guy blinding everyone.

Install pics to come!
 

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My Blendmount and mirror tap came in today. Took all of 5 minutes to install. Came out clean!





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Took her for a joy ride just for the hell of it.... Damn I can't stop staring at her.






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