Hey everyone! My name's Carl and I've been a Subaru owner ever since day 1 of driving, and I'm sure I'll always own at least one Subaru my whole life. I love these cars!
I've always wanted a 2.5RS from the get go, but they were all salvage titled back when I was shopping for my first car in 2004. My parents wanted me to get a Honda, but I was able to talk them into letting me get a Subaru - AWD is safe amirite?! I was a fortunate high school kid. My parents bought me a 4eat (sadtimes) 02 WRB WRX at the start of my senior year as a present. I knew how fortunate I was, so I took very good care of it. It was after all, the most expensive possession I had... still is, haha. Modded it very very slowly. After 7 years or so I finally had her looking how I wanted.
Michelle had very many styles, but here was he latest:
Throughout the years of owning her, I always complained about driving an automatic car. As much as I wanted a manual from the start my parents wouldn't allow it since they figured that I would leave the car at home, so they can drive it, when I went to college. Nothing became of that since I always had the car with me.
Ideally, I wanted an RS for the lower car insurance rate, better gas mileage, cheaper gas, and ultimately because I've always wanted one. So, once I bought the RS, I'd have to sell my beloved Michelle.
At the end of this summer I decided that I would part out my WRX in hopes to make enough money for a 2.5RS. I made about $4800 parting mostly everything out. I kept a few items that I wanted to transfer over to the RS. I had money saved up as well, since I'd have to pay California prices for the car -_-
Spent a good month scouring CL, Nasioc, i-club, and here every day for an RS to buy. While parting out my car I found about four great prospects, but since I didn't have all the money there was nothing I could do. After seeing three RS' in horrible shape and for at least $6500 minimum, I started to lose hope. I knew that finding "the right car" would take time, but I was impatient. I was sooo close, yet so far. Luckily for me, one Saturday, I decided to check CL and low and behold, a clean looking RS appeared. I immediately called the guy and set up a meet for the following morning. Like all the rest, I was STOKED! I didn't get too excited since the track record wasn't so hot.
Met the guy on Sunday, Nov 13th, in the morning and checked out the car. The seller turned out to be a previous Subaru mechanic and is now a Service writer. In my head I was ecstatic; Some one who actually knew how to maintain a car! He told me that he just rebuilt the engine because the previous owner's radiator hose popped and he continued to run the engine, eventually over heating it. Since he rebuilt the motor, he installed new head gaskets, timing belt, PS pump, everything, and clutch. Since he worked at Subaru he got all parts at cost, so why not go with OEM stuff.
The car checked out visually, and through CarFax. The guy I bought it from owned it for a total of three weeks. He pretty much flipped the car since he had the mechanical know how. I ended up paying a great price for it - well below everyone else's price, and in the best mechanical shape I'd say. Win win, I was going to buy it! I would be the third owner. Best part is that the original owner bought the car from Springfield, Illinois and brought it to California. I'm from Naperville, Illinois, so this was the icing on the cake.
My friend had to drive it home for me since I haven't really driven manual that much. Only parked a couple friend's Civics, Evo's, STi's, etc down the street. We drove slow since I didn't have insurance on her yet, but we made it home.
May I introduce, Melanie!
My only gripe is that, since he worked at a Subaru dealership, he had the guys there detail the car. She could use a real detail job as there's a lot of swirl marks from the "work" that the porter's did. As evident in the pictures
I have a list of parts that I want to buy after I sell off my WRX, so I'll update it time goes on. I won't have a super exciting build, but I wanted to document my 'build' since I didn't do so for my WRX. Maybe after a few years, this will get exciting when I can afford an STi swap, haha.
I plan on buying coilovers, wheels, full exhaust, and JDM tails once my WRX sells. The rest I'll save as emergency money. Even though the car looks great, you never know when buying a used car. But I'll hope for the best *knock on wood.
2001 Sedona Red Pearl 2.5RS Coupe
Nov 2011 - Sept 2012
-Borla Reps - VTH'ed, DEI Ti wrapped, and DEI silicone sprayed
-Tsudo resonated track pipe
-Stromung dual tip catback
-STi rubber exhaust hangers
-JDM Crystal Ambers
-TSX retrofits with Matsushita Gen V Ballasts and Philips 85122+ D2S bulbs
-McGard black spline drive lugnuts (dunno where to put this...)
-Yellow Fog Light film
-STi rear diffuser with Cusco mount
-JDM Rear Spats
-JDM tail lights
-HT Autos fog light cover
-HT Autos replica 22b vents
-Kakumei carbon fiber rear window wing
-Second trunk with s202 wing
-M3 style rear trunk lip
-Bakemono CF High Rise hood scoop (paint matched)
-JDM V6 grill
-Genuine CWest front lip
-Evo 8 Recaros
-05 STi steering wheel
-TRUNK LIGHT OMG!
-LED Map and Dome lights
-Forester dual cup holder <3
-Intermittent wiper stalk
-Impreza cargo tray
-Kartboy Short shifter w/ front/rear bushings
-RIPT black alcantara w/ red stitching shift boot and ebrake boot
-STi ebrake handle
-Rear Impreza LX 60/40 seats (waiting to reupholster)
-Impreza Sedan rear cargo net
-(4) Alpine SPR-60 6.5" speakers
-stock underseat sub
-Kartboy speaker spacers
-Cusco adjustable rear sway bar with Perrin endlinks
-JDM FHI carbon fiber front strut bar
-Cusco carbon fiber rear strut bar
-ISC N1 coilovers with thrust bearing
-Bronze Volk TE37 5x100 17x8 +38 w/ 235/40/17 BFGoodrich G-Force Sport
-Bronze Volk TE37 5x100 17x8 +38 (2nd set)
- -2.2° F, -1.7° R, 0 Toe
-Gold Advan RCII 5x100 17x8.5 +45
-Pearl White Advan RCII 5x100 17x8.5 +45 w/ 235/40/17 BFGoodrich G-Force Sport
-Boring for now, but a blast to drive!-
2000 Aspen White 2.5RS Coupe
Sept 2012 - Feb 2013