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goes to 11

can't restrain myself any longer-

Posted on 2006.01.26 at 12:46
Mood: phukyah it's a wagon
Music: led zeppelin - gallows pole
so i'd been almost 5 years without a car payment.
but i'd also been exactly a month walking 6mi to work each direction, which even for me was usually 75min to an hour and a half.
combined with a 50hr work week that simply wasn't going to fly any longer.

i didn't have the money to pick up another beater car, but thankfully stevens creek vw somehow made a 0-down deal fly with my b-grade credit-

(since the other enthusiasts will ask, '02, 52k mi, existing mods are prodrive stage 1 [which is rear-section exhaust and ECU reflash], boost gauge, and the nifty titanium STi shift knob. price was $16.7.)
took her out and drove the hills above saratoga in anger last night, and found perfect subaru weather- pea-soup fog and damp pavement.
it really is unbelievable the amount of margin for error that AWD allows. it took me about 10 minutes to realize i was taking everything at 15-20mph above what i could have done in the dry in my bmw, with complete confidence-
"look where you want to go and make sure you get the braking distance right" is really all that's necessary.

not that i don't still owe the bimmer thanks for everything it taught me, because the "3.5k and up" powerband of the two engines is similar, and after two years i think i'll spend the rest of my life conscious of when and how the rear end of whatever i'm driving might step out on me. the difference with the subaru is that oversteer is now a correction method rather than a mistake to be avoided. feints and e-brake slides are still on the menu, but the exit strategy for them is now "keep the right foot on the floor".

i've spent years talking up these cars, but i never really knew just how amazing they are.


True Neutral Elf Ranger Cleric
ratkrycek at 2006-01-26 21:11 (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations! :D

She's a beauty. Subaru - I've heard wonderful things about them. My mom's had 2 (on her second now) and my best friend also had a Subaru for years - they love 'em. Here's to you and a wonderful future with your new lady. ;)

... or at least, no more walking 12 miles to/from work everyday! :) But it sounds like you'll love her for more than just that.
just ali
aligator at 2006-01-26 21:22 (UTC) (Link)
great car! i dig subarus for the awd aspect.. i didn't know you were back in ca!
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2006-01-27 02:56 (UTC) (Link)
yeah, since july :)
I got the pulsatin' rhythmical remedy
busychild424 at 2006-01-26 22:04 (UTC) (Link)
Fucking sweet bro, well done.
Things Gone and Things Still Here
jette at 2006-01-26 22:51 (UTC) (Link)
innocentchild at 2006-01-26 22:52 (UTC) (Link)
More importantly. What kind of tires does it have? I *loved* my Kumho ASX's, but then again I also had my Impreza as a snow and sport car so I needed a M+S tire that was also high-performance.

The bad question. How much does mr insurance man want... =X

I think back to Jetta payment and insurnace days and cringe.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2006-01-26 22:56 (UTC) (Link)
kumho hp4's. not as much grip as i might like, but that's kinda good as more tire would make it harder to correct with oversteer.

insurance is really not that bad. $50/mo more than my bmw was.
innocentchild at 2006-01-26 23:02 (UTC) (Link)
Doesn't sound bad. I was paying over $400/mo! The Impreza cost me $1200/yr through Progressive. Hey man - glad you got the car but the walking thing is great too. It means you can drink a lot more and eat like shit and keep the weight off. Oh wait - you have built in anorexia. nm. ;)
farnaby at 2006-01-27 02:16 (UTC) (Link)
Way to go man. Guess this means we will be seeing a lot less of you online for the next week or so while you are out playing.

Have fun.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2006-01-27 03:07 (UTC) (Link)
heh- well that might be the case if i had more gas money to burn. last night's fun was the only loud-pedal session until next month. but if nothing else it's nice to have transportation again.
farnaby at 2006-01-27 03:50 (UTC) (Link)
I suppose I can understand that. I pay way less then you do in gas (I suspect) and yet aside from driving to/from work I rarely drive. Too damn expensive when you get paid too little money :/

Still though, congrats.
betternewthings at 2006-01-27 07:19 (UTC) (Link)
you financed a car again?

Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2006-01-28 06:00 (UTC) (Link)
walking 6mi to work each direction
didn't have the money to pick up another beater

did you miss those parts?
Digital Retina
digitalretina at 2006-01-27 09:39 (UTC) (Link)
She's super sexy sassy pants!! *kudos*
Doc Strange in the Range
tysonian at 2006-01-27 12:53 (UTC) (Link)
coowell! congrats. wait, did the rear go out on your bavarian? does that happen a lot? one of my friends has a roadster and he just had the third rear put in it (under warranty fortunately). You're better off with the scooby, I drove a 330ci the other day and my 23k jetta with lite mods blows the doors off that beast.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2006-01-27 20:02 (UTC) (Link)
wait, did the rear go out on your bavarian?

well, when i said that, what i meant was it was the twitchiest RWD car i've daily-driven. mechanically, it was pretty solid for two years- but what's wrong now i unfortunately don't have the cash or time to fix.

& yeah. turbo is the way. can't believe it took me so long to get another one.
ice_9 at 2006-01-27 14:45 (UTC) (Link)
hi-ho, hi-ho, it's off the road we go... ;)

i miss driving.
Tad Griggs
alphakami at 2006-01-28 05:27 (UTC) (Link)

Funny you should mention.

I'm sick of driving crap-tastic beaters... Everything I own is a project, so I've been majorly considering 2 different cars... an 01' S2K and a early WRX. I love love loved my Miata, but I see the WRX as a smarter choice. It's everything. Can go in the snow and rain... and quickly at that, 4 doors, tough as nails... etc. I really like the wagons too, but I don't mind the sedans. Anyway, are there any differences between the wagons and sedans? parts and performance wise...etc? Is there any rason I should go S2K over a WRX? I'm semi-jealous.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2006-01-28 05:50 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Funny you should mention.

Anyway, are there any differences between the wagons and sedans?

wagons are 80lbs heavier, have ~1.5" narrower track, and a higher roof. however, the weight is all in the ass, improving distribution, so i think it's a toss-up as to which body style handles better (but i know i have no complaints of mine as yet, except that i wish the center diff torque split were more like 40/60 rather than 45/55).

parts and performance wise...etc?

performance i covered above- as far as parts go, anything that works on a sedan works on a wagon except aero/body-styling bits (which i somehow doubt you're interested in anyway). for go-fast and suspension bits, what works on one will work on the other.

Is there any rason I should go S2K over a WRX?

you want to sacrifice a lot of practicality for a little dry-weather handling prowess? :>

when i have more gas money i'll talk my S2K-driving coworker into a stoplight drag so we can see which comes out on top- but i think it'll be pretty close.
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