I was working as a temp doing some drywall for a shipping warehouse. On break I saw my 1st glimpse at a bugeye sedan in a Motor Trend. The 1st thing that caught my eye was the numbers. 5.4sec. 0-60, 1/4mi 14.2 sec, top speed 150+,for 24,000-26,000$. At the time,nothing even came close at that price. I mean this pug-ugly 4-door was blowing the doors off most of the cars I lusted after in high school. 70's Trans-am,Z-28,IROC-Z,Chevelle SS,Boss Mustang and so on. All of witch has hood scoops and wings. I loved hood scoops and wings. Especially if they were functional.
But I was only a temp making minimum wage so I forgot about the pipe dream of ever owning a new car.
Then a few months later I got a good job that payed well and the search for a new car began. At 1st I was looking for a used Toyota Celica All-trac turbo,AKA GT-4.(still love to get my hands on one) But lets face it, by 2002 all of them were scattered to the 4 winds and in sad shape. So the search continued.
For the next year I test drove and researched every sports car under $30,000 I could find. GTI,RSX type-S,350-Z,Tiburon-GT and so on. The RSX type-S came close but the insurance was crazy high and I really wanted awd or rwd. So,I looked at the subie again. But look was all I could do because there wasn't a subie dealer in town. I could only shop on the weekend and the nearest subie dealer was closed weekends. Besides, Why would I want such an ugly 4-door? Meanwhile, Richard Burns, Petter Solberg and Tommi Mäkinen were dominating the WRC in their Subies.
So I decided on a WRX but I couldn't get past the looks. I waited until March of 03 so I could get a look at the 04's on the lot side by side. HOLLY CRAP! Somehow they made even uglier! They gave it a snow shovel for a hood scoop that doesn't match any line on the car,made the seats too big and put the tach in the wrong place.
Well,form follows function I always say,otherwise,not 1 Porsche 911 from '68 to'93 would have been sold! I found the nearest Subie dealer that was open on Saturdays(over 100mi away!) On the test drive I got into a street race and airborne. It handled both very well so I picked an '03 WR-blue pearl WRX. and never looked back. To this day this car never ceases to amaze me. I will only get rid of it when someone pries it from my cold dead hands.
The sensation is as hard to forget as it is to ignore!!!