In 2007 I bought my first Subaru, a BRP 2001 2.5RS. It had all of the options I was looking for, and I was extremely happy with it. I hoped to drive it for the rest of my life, I loved the car SO MUCH. I bought it from a girl for $6500 because she was going into the marines, it was a really great buy aside from the altezza lights.
After almost a year of daily driving it, I decided I wanted to start modding it and didnt want it as my daily driver anymore. I dont kno what I was thinking, because a 2.5RS is the best daily driver ever invented. It's simply good at EVERYTHING and can fill a variety of roles. So I picked up a 1993 FWD 5spd impreza sedan as a fun car in September 2008. I drove it for a few months, and I absolutely loved having two cars. My RS was painted WRB and I put all the decals on it, and people really enjoyed it for the most part. The 5spd FWD 1.8L got insane gas mileage, somewhere over 35. I looked so hard for a picture, but apparently it's rare to find a base impreza with black bumpers. It had 140k miles when I sold it for $1000
I sold the car two months later for more than I paid for it, and got into a green 1995 sedan 4EAT around November 2008. I got the thing for $500 and spent most of my time beating the complete crap out of it, from offroading to curb jumping and just knocking it around in general. This was probably my favorite, because it would do just about anything and not complain. The car had 263k on the clock, rust and dents all over the place, and smelled. For some reason I just loved the car, I loved everything about it. This was my intro into working on cars, I learned how to do the thermostat, spark plugs, struts, etc on this thing because I had to fear of messing up on a $500 car. Ended up selling it at 265k for about $500. Never had any pics because it was such a piece of ****.
In April 2009, bought a 95 green 4eat for $100 from a transmission shop and ended up parting it out and made close to $600. It was a lot of fun taking the car apart, and this is how I learned the structure of the car and how things were put together. No pictures of this one either. I drove this car back to my house with the first two automatic gears and it ran like a champ. Ended up junking it for $100 and made my investment back. Car had 228k on it when I got rid of it. No pics of this one.
Bought a 95 blue impreza coupe in may 2009, original owner, great condition, mint interior. This was to be my rally project. I ended up losing interest in the project when my RS got totaled in may 2010. I had a lot of fun working on this car, did a Forester strut swap and painted it myself. I learned a lot about wiring from this car, hardwired a bunch of things to switches, made a push start button, etc. I hit a deer with the RS in October 2009, and that's when I started to realize how mortal a car is and that you can lose it at any moment on the road.
Meanwhile the 95L was still in pieces being worked on in my driveway, so I was forced to drive the RS around like this for a few months. I took the decals off of it and put it back to stock, and just enjoyed having a stock car for once in my life. It was a really great feeling knowing nothing's going to break because all the parts are meant to be there from the factory. I slowly started selling my aftermarket subaru parts in favor of just having a stock car. The 95L was my budget rally car build, and it still had a lot of work to be done.
The RS served as my daily driver again all winter, and it did a great job with only a few breakdowns. Did I mention how much I loved the car?
In May 2010, disaster struck. I was taking a routine drive down a side road, and a woman in a big Dodge van ran a stop sign and totaled my baby. I was completely shocked by the incident and it was a major life change for me. A car I thought I'd have forever was taken from me, and I had no idea what I was going to do. I thought about leaving the Subaru community for good, because I was so frustrated by all the time and effort I had spent on the car making it nice. Carbon fiber hood single-handedly saved the engine. If you get any aftermarket part, GET A CARBON FIBER HOOD.
This all changed when I got my $6100 insurance check, a mere $400 less than the original amount I paid for the car! I realized that Subarus really do hold their value better than any car. I had been itching for another convertible since I first sold my turbo'd Chrysler Lebaron for my RS. It was time for a convertible. Bought a gorgeous 1986 Dodge 600 ES Turbo in late May 2010. The car was all original, only 60,000 miles.
I felt like it was a piece of history, and I didnt want to put miles on it. So I was in another dilemma. I needed a daily driver, and I wanted something I could do anything with. What comes to mind? Another Subaru! No, I couldnt afford another RS with my recent purchase, so I opted for an L. After having three coupes and two sedans, I wanted something I hadnt had before as my daily. I went looking for a 5speed Impreza wagon. After three years of sitting on rs25.com all day, the wagons really started to grow on me because a lot of people really knew how to mod them clean. I just wanted something to keep stock, and a break came about a week after I bought the Dodge. A guy on Nasioc was selling his rallyx/ice racing car, a 1998 Subaru Impreza L Wagon with 190k on it and some rust. As a daily, I didnt give two shits about the rust, or the dents, or anything. I drove up to Albany the next day and took her home! I thought it was a complete steal at $600, the car runs great AND it's a facelift car(RS style interior and newer front end). I recently re-bought this car from my neighbor who I sold it two 6 months ago. He only put about 500 miles on the car in 6 months of ownership. Now it's mine again for good. As of November 2014 the car had rusted to a dangerous level beyond repair and I was forced to part it out and let her go.
The day I bought it in June 2010:
Five years later in August 2015:
GC #7, the 1993 Impreza sedan:
Just bought this car last week to replace my wagon. It's probably the worst Impreza you can find, 1993 with 4eat and FWD and a 1.8L engine. The car has over 260,000 miles, but I bought it just for fun. I'm going to gut it and make a replica V1 555 WRC car out of it. I ended up getting bored of it and driving it to the junkyard. Bought the car for $100, sold $150 in parts out of it, and drove it to scrap for $190.
GC#8, the RSTi coupe project:
By 2014 I had seen so many people with RS coupes that I decided to buy one again. My goal is to make the cleanest Rally Blue STi coupe, as if it were made in the US. I'm retro-modding the car to a 2004 STi EJ257 motor and 99 RS exterior with some sort of gold rims that I havent decided on yet. I picked it up for something like $800 from a friend of a friend and got it towed to my house. I was told the engine was "blown" and it would need a new engine which wasnt a problem because I already had the STi motor for it. It was in pretty rough exterior shape and I ended up getting it towed about 20 minutes home.
The day I first went to look at it:
FASTFORWARD to about March I think. I was planning to pull the motor with some friends on here (bansheeboy11 and others) and we decided to just test out the motor first and see if it cranks. Sure enough it did hand crank, so we new the problem had to be something stupid. It ended up being a burnt wire because the kid tried to wire some sort of switch relay into the starter and fried everything. So we got the stock EJ25D running a few hours later, and the next day I took an RS coupe to work for the first time in four years. Bald tires in the snow, and I had previously never driven it farther than around the block. Brakes were grinding to oblivion, but I was so happy to just drive the car. Snow was falling heavily but I happily drove down the highway in the 30 degree weather with my sunroof open. I missed having a sunroof! Here it is next to the WRX wagon the first day I drove it.
I quickly realized the car was running a little hot. I replaced ****ing everything, the thermostat, radiator, hoses, coolant, EVERYTHING and over the next two months the car drove me insane. I wanted to just drive it stock and burn the engine out before swapping, but I was finally left no choice and decided to go ahead with the STi swap in early June, three weeks before Ocean City AWD Meet 2014.
Old ej25d coming out (these motors suck ass, dont ever get one)
Aaaand its gone! I think I did it by myself in a little less than a day
Customary "in the engine bay photo"
In case anyone is wondering, you CAN do a crossmember swap without completely removing the steering rack and linkage
Working late to get the EJ257 into it's new home
Finished it the night before the car show but didn't feel confident taking it all the way down to Maryland for the week
The wiring was my first actual "merge". It really isnt that hard if you know what youre doing and understand the electronic circuits of the car and generally how it operates. I forgot to mention that I sold the stock front end and doors, and bought a whole Rally Blue front end from a guy parting out for less, so I basically made money just to swap front ends.
GC#9 The Swap Car (94 sedan)
About a month before I started swapping the RS, I came across a 94 stick-shift white impreza beater for $600 up in Poughkeepsie about an hour away. I thought it would be a great candidate as a swap car that I could drive around while I was finishing up my other cars. 176k with a new clutch, all manual everything, all stock, AWD. It was a good deal. The girl had bought it to learn stick and quickly lost interest (probably due to the sloppy shifter) so I happily took it off of her hands. The car is my current daily driver, the first Subaru I've ever had with working AC and it's so great. I dont know how I lived without it for so long and ripped it out of my other cars. $40 completely fills the tank and I'm good for like 340 miles so I can't complain. It finally took it's last drive under my ownership when I crashed it into a curb in the rain and bent the rear lateral links.
GC#10 BRP 2.5RS
I bought this car in December of 2014 on a whim from a member on here who wanted to get rid of it. It ended up serving me very well as a DD for eleven months until my wagon finally rusted apart and needed to be put to rest. As of November 2015 it is currently under the knife.
GC#11 white wagon #2
I had to junk my sleeper Kabab Wagon back in November 2015 so I picked up an identical 98 impreza outback sport from RS25 member arangov as a trade for my forester. It's staying stock for now but I have a stock ej205 sitting in my garage begging to go into it.
GC#12 RBP 2.5RS
After getting rid of the old kabab wagon and BRP RS, I bought my neighbor's stock rally blue pearl RS as an extra car. Since it already has a parking pass for my complex, I can keep it at home without having to park like a million blocks away which is the only reason why I bought it. The car is most likely never going to be modified.