So, what's your story? I was sitting here wondering how everyone got involved in cars. I am one of only a few of my friends that is a car enthusiast, so I thought I would pose the question to the rest of you - how did it begin? How did you become interested in cars? I am not specifically a Subaru fenatic but I really enjoy mine, so how did this path lead you to purchase a Subaru? I am the guy in my group of friends that gets asked to diagnose a problem that someone is having - "My car is doing this, or not doing that. Can you drive it and tell me what's wrong?" It is pretty rare that I can hear or feel something wrong with a car and not know what to look for (like the clunk in my front end now :laugh. I am usually asked how I learned what I know, so here is my story. When I was growing up, my dad was a pastor. Pastors don't make a lot of money, so whenever anything went wrong with the car, we fixed it ourselves. Sometimes we had to call friends to drive us to the auto parts store because the only car that we owned was the one that needed fixing. By the time I was old enough to drive I had developed a pretty solid understanding of how to turn a wrench and how things were taken apart and put back together. At the time it was pretty frustrating (mostly for my dad) that WE had to do the work but as I look back it was a really great experience. By the time I was old enough to drive, I had replaced just about every moving part of a car except for engine and transmission internals. Growing up I drove absolute junk. My first three cars were GIVEN to our famly - so there were countless repairs. Eventually, I bought my own cars which were also junk and fixed those - mostly by tearing it apart and figuring out how to put it back together. Eventually I met a friend who wanted to start a rally team and we started working on a Volkswagen Golf GTI. He was a mechanical engineer and I was the "grease monkey" and we were a great team who had a lot of fun. At my first rally cross I was awe struck by Mark Utecht's blue 02 Group N WRX. I took video and drooled over it. I still remember that day. I couldn't believe I actually got to SEE a stage rally prepared WRX. I knew that I would eventually own one. True story: When I met my wife, she had bought a new used car. It needed an oil change, plugs and a air filter right away. I told her that I would do the work for a case of beer and gave her my number. I called her the next day (I'm a stalker) and set up the date. She asked "How long will all that take?" I replied "Four hours." "Four Hours! You said it would only take an hour!" "The CAR WORK will only take an hour. The dinner afterward will take at least three." I'm so smooth... It worked. :laugh: Last year, my first "nice" aka not hand-me-down car was running out of life, and my wife was pregnant. All of my buddies told me to buy my toys before I had a kid. Needing a car and always wanting a WRX, I searched CarSoup, Cars.com, the paper and Criagslist. Eventually I found the car that I have now and sometimes still go out to the garage and look at it and smile. I know that it's not the nicest car in the world and I know that it's been absolutely thrashed by previous owners but I love it. Most of you know a LOT more about Subaru's than I do and I can't tell you how much I value and envy your knowledge. Thank you to everyone who has answered my stupid questions and helped me learn!!! This car is quite a bit different than anyhthing I have owned or worked on before and I can't wait to know as much as most of you do. If you want to know anything about a Mk2 Volkswagen, I'm your guy. ha. That's my story in a nutshell. What's yours?