SPECS
Horsepower
142 HP
Torque
149 LB-FT
Curb Weight
2835 LB
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive
Engine Size
2.2 L
Transmission Type
Manual
MPG (City/Highway)
23 MPG
VEHICLE STORY

I purchased it for $3500 on March of 2015, during my junior year of high school after working at Dairy Queen for a year. It is a great first car, if not for the money spent on repairs. I had learned how to drive a manual in my car after buying it, though I did have a friend teach me a bit before. The person who sold it to me, lied about the mileage of the car. He had posted it saying it had 140,000 miles, but the odometer wasn't working when I bought it. After bringing it to the shop and getting it working, the odometer said it had 196,000 miles, which is a huge difference from 140k. Even though it had high mileage, the body itself was actually in pretty good condition minus a few rock chips and door dings. There was no visible rust on the body which was a relief, the paint was still nice as well. Of course, at the time, I had no knowledge of cars other than a few simple terms. Because of my lack of knowledge, I had no idea what I was supposed to inspect and look at when buying a car, which ended up being a big mistake. After two weeks of ownership, the driveshaft broke and destroyed my transmission on a road trip. It broke in the middle of nowhere and I had to pay a ton of money on towing it to a transmission specialized shop. The repairs ended up costing $4000 and I was devastated, thinking of how careless I was of buying a used car.

After replacing the destroyed transmission and driveshaft for $4000, I decided I would keep modifying it with whatever money I earn. Of course, me being a full time student, I wasn't able to earn much money. It would usually take two paychecks (3-4weeks) to purchase a modification or two. I remember that I set a budget of $1000 for modifications, thinking that would be plenty and I would be happy. Boy, have I ever been more wrong, I ended up breaking the budget within two months of owning it. As I got more hours and money, I spent every paycheck I could on the car, leaving $50 for food and others every paycheck. However, not all the money was spent on mods. I spent about $3500 in repairs and maintenance, and $5000 in modifications

I would try to do as much work by myself and my friends to not only save money, but to also learn more things about my car and cars in general. I remember the countless memories spent working on the car with bloody knuckles, bruises, headaches, and a lot of swearing. Times when a simple sway bar install turns into a 4 hour long job. When a simple transmission mount and bushing install becomes a two day install, having to call into work for being late.When something isn't going smooth, friends help me out, and we create some of the best memories just wrenching on the car. It is these kind of memories that may seem dumb and pointless at first, but when you look back, it was all worth it.

I have created and shared many memories with this car, sometimes good and sometimes bad. There would be times when something bad happens and I would just be devastated by it. Every time the car had to be put in a shop or financial problems causing repairs to be delayed, I would feel sad, almost depressed. It was like a part of me was gone, and I would long to see when I would be able to drive my car again. However, no matter how many times I've driven my car, it would always bring a smile to my face. If I had a rough day or week, I would just drive my car around and it would instantly brighten my day. Every time I exit the car, I would always sneak a few glances back at it to check it out. Even though I see this car every day of my life for hours, I still can't get enough of it.

Throughout my 3 years of ownership, I have met many awesome people because of my car. I would spend hours just talking to them about cars and it was amazing to see how people modify their car to express themselves. Some people just see cars as a mode of transportation from Point A to Point B, but I have learned that they are much more than that. I had bought it when it was just a "car" but throughout the years, I had slowly put my life into it. Every time I look at my car, I see a reflection of myself and my life. I had put bits and pieces of myself into my car and made it "me". This car is the reason I grew to love and appreciate cars the way I do now, and all these amazing things happen because of this car. Even though I hate my car sometimes, I love my car more than anything else in the world. As of March 30, the car is now sold and gone. I now have an 2016 WRX with literally 10% of the miles of this car. Though the OBS may be gone, it'll never be forgotten. My car adventures and fun will continue through to the WRX, there will definitely be more great memories with it as well!

Discuss this build

[]Tom Armstrong

Very clean! hows that 2.2 holding up?

[]Joe Chang

So far so good, the only problems I’ve run into in the 22(t) is the map sensor throwing a code and causing a rich condition

[]Tom Armstrong

Not too bad, easy fix.

[]Joe Chang

Yup, I haven’t put that many miles with the turbo, so I can’t say anything about reliability haha. I’m running stock TD04 wastegate pressure of 5psi but I plan to add 2-3psi more to have 7-8psi which should make the car feel close to a wrx. Ultimately, I want to save up for an STI swap (either 207 or 257) with matching drivetrain for a sort of sleeper build. That probably won’t be happening for a while though

[]Tom Armstrong

If you Swap go with the 2.0L. They seem to be more reliable

[]Joe Chang

Yeah that’s what I’ve heard, I guess the 207 is the better choice.

[]Tom Armstrong

yep, and theres always E85....haha

[]Joe Chang

Haha that’s true, could always run E85 for some nice gains.

[]Chris Dirkschneider

Mean Eye Wagon! Very cool!

[]Joe Chang

Thank you! It definitely needs a lot of exterior work, right now it looks like every other stock OBS 😂

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