Hello everyone. I am a Subaru convert. The 07 WRX wagon I had was fun (too much fun) but too expensive to maintain, insure, etc. for the overall quality of the car. My ex gf had a 2001 Focus with well over 150K on it and, despite numerous rattles and noises (and cosmetic damage) it zipped around remarkably well. So, as soon as I decided to sell the money pit WRX I found myself a black 2001 ZX3 with 84K on it. It had some minor body damage and the paint is terrible BUT it drove well and passed my mechanic's test.
I've had the ZX3 for about 2.5 years now (it just hit 100K) and I spent a little money chasing a coolant leak before it completely cracked when I was out in the desert! But, I got the whole coolant system replaced, along with the hoses, and while I was at it, had the timing belt replaced :)
Since then, minimal problems. Including that mess, I've spent about $1,100 in repairs AND maintenance on the car. It drives quite well and feels strong, except I'm getting the top motor mount replaced to see if it stops the annoying and LOUD vibrations while driving!
I just had almost all of the factory recommended 100K maintenance done on the car and I'm hoping to drive it for as long as I can. That being said, I'm seriously considering investing in some performance/gas mileage upgrades for the little guy. It does have the dual cam Zetec engine.
Where do you recommend I start? Chip? Intake? Exhaust? Other? Thanks!