GoodBye Old Friend. Hello New Friend!
Before I left for Las Vegas last week, one of the adjusters that was looking after my car accident called me and told me that my car was a total write off. He gave me a number. I gave him my number. He came back with his number, I wanted the stereo, and we agreed on a total. So it's true, my companion on the road for more than 7 years has finally been put to rest.
When I went to the body shop to reclaim anything my belongings, the guy that pulled apart my car told me exactly why it was written off. He pointed down at the timing pulley and it was bent. Although he said that it might be OK, the chance of it being fine after an impact like that was pretty slim. The timing pulley controls the timing of the engine, and once that is off, that engine will start to run funny. Other than that, the rest of the car looked like it was repairable. I'm sure that someone will be very happy with it once the toss a new engine into it and do a ton of work. The repair was estimated at over $7800 to repair, not including the possibility of the engine going south, and the extra hidden work that would need to be done once they got into it.
So, long story short, I went shopping and eventually purchases a brand new 2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5i Wagon in "Garnet Red". I've never actually had a red car before, but so far, the colour has started to grow on me.
Technically, the car isn't exactly 100% "Brand New". The dealership had a manual transmission demo car on the lot. That's pretty rare. Every other Subaru on the lot was an automatic except for the STI and WRX demo. The car wasn't being driven apparently, and the ODO had about 4000 KM's on it. I ended up with a price that was well below dealer invoice per CarCostCanada. I then proceeded to add on fog lamps, trailer hitch and other accessories that I had on my other car. I also had them throw in the paint sealing treatment and do a synthetic oil change for me. That brought me back up to $22,695 plus taxes. There was no PDI or freight on this car. MSRP on the car was $23,695 at the time and invoice was $21,866. I don't think I did too badly and the car looked absolutely mint inside and out.
Since Subaru Canada was having a financing promotion with zero down, I got an extra percent off from 3.9% to 2.9% for 60 months. I figured that I might as well just stick my settlment in a high interest savings account and have it slowly finance the loan so I won't have to for a while. I also had them do my payments weekly so I would save some interest over the 5 year term, pulling them right out of my 4.03% savings account.
So far, the car feels like a very refined and upscale version of my old car. It has all the power windows and locks which I didn't have on my old car, and even has keyless entry. It just feels like a better put together version of my car. However, I really missed the exhaust tone on my old car and the go kart like feel of the old suspension system that I put in.
Less than a day after I got the car, I immediately booked an appointment with Muffler Tech to build me a brand new CAT Back exhaust system. I went with a Magnaflow street series stainless steel muffler with a DTM tip and had them weld it up to a custom mandrel bent stainless steel 2.25 inch pipe with a stainless steel resonator. The system is nearly arrow straight and the few bends are totally non restrictive. One thing I didnt' miss about my old system was the annoying drone. This system doesn't have the drone, but when I punch the gas, it gives me the BOXER growl and a nice backfire/burble/spurt when I blip the throttle. Perfect.
I retired the stock wheels to snowtire duty and found a wicked deal on a set of ENKEI ZR1 17x7.5 5x100 50mm offset rims and some 215/45/17 Pirelli P-Zero Nero Summer Tires. They look really sharp on the wagon and totally go with the red.
The fender gap isn't that bad, but I've already ordered a set of SPT Pink Wagon Springs to lower the car a little bit and give it sportier feel. The SPT springs lower the front of the car a little more than that back which will put the car into more of an attack stance. But overall, the drop is minimal. I'm going to be adding a couple of 22mm swaybars to control the body roll and a Whiteline Anti-Lift Kit to finish off the suspension and give it some zip out of the corners.
I've already ripped out the stock stereo and put my old one back in. The doors are definitely more solid on this car and the new Polk Audio db6501 Component 6.5 inch speakers and tweeters sound really great with my Alpine V-Power Amps and Kenwood Excelon 889 Head Unit. I'm going to probably get a new stealth sub box for my 10 inch Diamond Audio Sub. The old box was fine for the old car, but seems to be lacking now that the speakers are sounding so great. The install was done by Mike and his team at Sounds Good Auto Services in Coquitlam. They did an excellent job and gave me a killer prices on my speakers. Totally professional shop. Do check them out if you need a system installed or reinstalled because the big box store screwed it up.
Other things I have planned are some RallyArmour Mud Flaps and Skid Plate. I've also ordered the factory spoiler painted in the same colour and a rear differential guard. That should keep me happy for now (Yeah Right!). Some of you are probably wondering why I didn't go with the STI. Well, besides the huge price difference, the STI does NOT come in a wagon. When they do bring out a wagon, I'll consider trading this one in. Also, with the gas prices being so high, the STI would be sipping it like water. Overall, I'm happy with my purchase. My old wagon has a worthy successor in a sporty red.