Alternate title: I decided to go in a different direction.*
2004 Subaru WRX. Turbocharged boxer engine. All wheel drive. World Rally Blue. 30+ MPG on Premium.
Like the Excursion before it, I’ve wanted this car since it was new. Now I have it.
Also like the Excursion, I paid a little bit more than the going rate to get one in excellent condition. I sold the truck 11 months and 10,000 miles later for 15% more than I paid for it, so I’m less concerned about having paid too much than the average person.
The problem with having this car is that when I showed the wife the ad, her response was “Dear, you don’t have to buy that car just because I want it.” I may have mentioned before that she brought the Fast and Furious DVDs to the marriage.
One of the previous owners tried to make this WRX look like an STi by adding the wing and, for some reason that completely escapes me, putting the fog light covers over the functional fog lights. He also swapped out the gauge cluster for a Japanese one…so it’s in kilometers. I’ll be changing the cluster for sure, and probably the light covers but not much else.
BTW, that hood scoop isn’t for the air intake like I expected. It’s for the intercooler.
*JayG’s reaction to my selling the Excursion and buying this was, paraphrased, “It’s got F$%*ing hood pins! I don’t even know you, man.”