03 WRX Wagon.I live an active lifestyle.Fun through fun roads, frequently nasty weather.Nearly everything I could ever want in one car.Performance: It is about as much fun as you need in a daily driver.Fast, handles great, and a blast to drive.Big power up high altitude mtn passes fully loaded.Turbos are air compressors, so no low air pressure related power loss.More confident at 13000 feet than 350z.Many economic upgrades available.One common turbo adds 120 hp @ $1500.Overseas Subaru sold the same motor with over 300 hp, so it can handle it.Responds well to chips and pipes.Mine is stock until the extended warranty expires and parts start to fail.Much more fun than a '01 Boxer that I test drove.As single guy it's all the space I need.With racks I easily take two friends on long weekend bike and camp trips.AWD: I haven't missed a single powder day since I've owned it.Reliability: Flawless to 82k, will keep for another 80k).I don't abuse it but I drive hard.No other car is this much fun for the $13K I paid.Being pick:1) Really stiff, high performance clutch. This car appreciates aggressive driving.While I was rehabing my left leg, traffic was pretty painful.It's okay for normal driving and really appreciated during performance driving.2)WRXs are infamous for being tough to get into 1st and reverse.You need to double clutch to get into 1st above 7mph (i think that's the spec).But the downside is that it's a turbo with no low end torque, so acceleration in 2nd from 7-15 mph during normal driving is nearly nonexistent, sometimes feels dangerous.2) Interior comfort.Subaru really cheaped out on noise reduction.Interior plastic is the tacky stiffer,shiny kind.Wind noise due to poor weather stripping and inadequete insulation. Not very stylish either. Civic's have a better interior over all.Though very ergonomic (again, it's a true drivers car) for me; I'm 5'5".Steering wheel leather has seriously chipped.The seats are the most comfortable fabric seats ever made. Soft to the touch yet incredibly supportive.The interior is the only thing that makes me wish I splurged for the A3 or A4.3) Sports cars are not for everyone.Drive it first, because it?s unique.If you love it you will buy it.If the clutch, steering, brakes, shifter and suspension are too stiff for you, and the turbo is awkward get something else.
4) Paint chips easily.5)No Traction control