I'll be deploying to Jalalabad Afghanistan for 13 month on august 3rd and upon my return home will be trading my 09 honda civic si coupe for a 09-10 WRX. My question is this, I'll be budgeting my spending to about 3k worth of performance mods and would like to know whats gonna give me my best bang for my buck. As a side note I do understand the importance of breaking in a new car properly before mods, I would like not to put to much strain on the car as it will be a daily driver for another 6 years of college. I also do understand that I could come up with my own answer through these knowledgeable forums but simply do not have the time to troll and weigh out my options as I wont have internet access while deployed. Any recommendations you have I'd love to hear. Thanks.
You may want to look for a used 09 WRX and then get a built block and an access port for it... I'm seeing a ton of 09's popping up with bad motors. This way you will be able to handle almost any additional mods. Hind sight being 20/20, that's how I would have started out.