In October of 2012, I felt that it was time for another car. After driving around in a Volvo S80 for about 4 years, I wanted something a bit faster, a bit more fun & definitely something smaller. I immediately started thinking about a Golf GTI which i have loved ever since my good buddy back in Holland, Peter Vonk, had one when we were teenagers! I actually took the plunge and went to a few local car dealerships … just to run away from them again as fast as I could! Can’t stand them! Couldn’t really find any good deals so I let it rest for a while …
At work, I started hearing more and more about these Subaru STI cars that I had honestly never heard about! I got increasingly curious and started doing some research and, out of the blue, this beautiful Subaru Impreza WRX STI hatchback (yes, it’s a mouthful) showed up on www.craigslist.com and on top of it all, the car was located in Fountain Hills, AZ which is about 40 mins away from my house! What are the chances? I learned that the hatchbacks are particularly hard to find, let alone such a sweet looking one!
The next day, me and a colleague went to check it out and the moment I saw it and drove it, I fell in love! What a great looking and great sounding car! The owners really took amazing care of this car and I found out that they did a lot of work on this car and got it tuned up too at this great tuning shop in Scottsdale, dYNO-COMP! They explained that it’s “stage-2” tuned and on E85 (ethanol) fuel, the engine spits out about 420HP to the crank! Pretty sick! I bought 3 days later and i’ve had it for about a year now and still feel like a kid with a new toy every time i drive it!
I enjoy this car so much it puts a smile on my face morning and every time I’m at a red light and a 19 year old kid in a honda or nissan or mustang or whatever puts up their thumb & wants to challenge me to a race! LOL!