They say “Insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting different results”. Well the people who know me well would certainly equate my obsession with cars with ‘Insanity’.
So I guess buying another 2016 Subaru WRX STI after I sold my last one after only 8k miles of ownership seems totally like something that I would do.
A mere 2.5 years ago, I bought a brand new 2016 Lapis Blue Pearl STI. And after only 16 months of ownership, I traded it in on a 2014 Ford Police Interceptor Utility. That STI was a really nice car and I enjoyed driving it for the most part. It ran quite well and was able to carry my family of four around with no issues. And with the Nokian Snow Tires I had on it, it was one of the more competent vehicles I have ever owned for navigating Buffalo NY winters.
So what was the problem? Why would I sell a car that ‘checked all the boxes’ after such a short period of ownership? Quite simply, the answer was ‘Me’.
The biggest issue I had with my first STI was that I treated it like it was some kind of rare, collectible car. I would try to go out of my way not to drive it because I didn’t want to put miles on it. I didn’t want it to get scratched or dinged. I spent countless hours washing, polishing, sealing, and waxing it because the dark-blue color constantly looked dirty.
As an avid preacher of the ‘Cars Are Meant to Be Driven’ mantra, I had become giant hypocrite.
The funny thing, it took me a long time to realize that I was actually the problem. When I actually traded that car in, I had all kinds of excuses: my wife couldn’t drive stick, it was too small for family trips, I liked the driving dynamics of my RX-8 better, etc... Thankfully I have some very good friends who are as car-obsessed as I am who opened my eyes to the issue and I am now in a much better state of mind with my car-ownership.
While my 2014 Police Interceptor had been a nice car to own, I really wanted something sporty again and something I could autocross in case my RX-8 couldn’t go. I had almost bought a 3k mile CPO’d 2018 Ford Focus RS but couldn’t justify spending that kind of cash. I considered EVO’s and Golf-R’s as AWD and 4-doors were a must, but I couldn’t help but feel like I needed to give the STI another shot.
The dealership that I almost bought the RS from is a place I’ve done business with before and they are the largest dealership group in the area. I found this 2016 STI in their inventory but it was over an hour away in Rochester. It was listed with 18xxx miles and looked really nice. Plus it was silver, which it much easier to keep looking somewhat clean. I wasn’t interested enough in it to drive out there, but I came to find that they do free dealership transfers for used vehicles. I called up the salesguy and he worked on getting it over for me. We had worked out a deal before I even saw the car, which kind of worked out well for me.
In what can only be considered an extremely rare occurrence, this car didn’t have 18xxx miles, it only had 8xxx miles on it! Someone dropped the ball when they got the car in and nobody caught the error. The carfax kind of confirmed this to me as there was an entry month before the car was up for sale with 7500 miles. Putting on 11000 miles in a month on an STI sounded pretty insane. This was a pleasant surprise for sure.
Other added bonuses I came to find were a full COBB Tuning 3" Turboback exhaust ($1845 new), a short-shifter with upgraded shift bushings and the Kicker Speaker-upgrade Subaru offers. Also, I was lazy and never sold off any of the stuff I bought for my old STI so I already have floorliners, an AEM dryflow filter, the 18x9 wheels that are pictured above, foglamp bulbs, and a few other things ready to reinstall.
I’ve only owned for a few days. but I am happy to be back in an STI. And I feel I’m in the right mental state to own and enjoy it this time around. It will be driven plenty. I even plan on doing a few autocrosses in it and it will be nice to have a backup for when my STX-prepped RX-8 inevitably breaks.