Great car. Anyone who calls it rice out of thebox, or says it'* a waste doesn't know what they're talking about. They can go in more conditions than a fwd bonnie can, and they handle a hell of a lot better.
Modding is endless, the community is HUGE, NAISOC is a wealth of knowledge, none of which can really be touched by any modern car group, except maybe LSx groups.
Downsides? They don't depreciate much because they're good, and in demand. They're also a smaller car then some people are used to. Early WRX and STi Transmissions also have a few weak gears, but new hard parts, or aftermarket stuff takes care of that if you blow it. Only a huge issue if you have gobs of power, and launch it like you mean it (good launches are BRUTAL in these cars).
'06 Vee Dub GTI 2 door Tornado Red
- 2.0 Turbocharged, Intercooled, Direct Injected, 6 Speed DSG, Underbody Aero, 17" Classix
- Moonroof, Bi-Xenon headlamps, Interlagos Plaid Sport Seats, 6 Disc In-dash, iPod integration, GTI Monster Mats (winter)
'93 Bonneville SE Purple Pearl H4U package - picked up June 23, 2003, Traded-in June 28, 2007...