Today marks two weeks since my acquisition of a mint condition 2004 WRX, and I thought I'd share a few things that have been in my mind as of late, particularly since I sold the rescued Miata. As mentioned before, a few days ago I took the subie for a nice spirited driving session down some paved twisty back roads mixed with some gravel areas, and it was simply put awesome. But today... today I came home with mixed feelings. Let me elaborate...

Today it rained (a lot), and on my way back from work I was thinking "hey, let's have a little fun shall we?", so I took the long way home expecting to push the car a bit further towards its limits... and what do I find? I can't break it loose. (at least not within a safe threshold of speed), so that got me thinking... In the Miata, I could induce oversteer during rainy days by just lightly feathering the throttle. I wouldn't even need to break the speed limit. I understand AWD is much more capable in harsh conditions (dirt, rain, snow), but is it more fun? I am sadly starting to doubt it.

Perhaps there's a different approach. I remember when I first bought a FWD car I had to use the brakes on turn in so I could get the car to stop plowing, and the few times I got the car to break the back end loose were immensely fun, so maybe AWD requires it's own approach altogether... Anyone have any first hand experience with it? How do I make AWD more fun, short of hunting for dirt roads or waiting for snow?