Subaru

My family has owned Subaru’s for a long time. In 1976, Canada got their first Subarus import by Subaru Auto Canada Limited. They were called the Leone. My parents moved to Sarnia around 1980 and shortly after, our family acquired their first Subaru. While I haven’t been able to figure out the exact year, it is something like a 1983 Subaru GL Wagon

My mum with our family cocker spaniel.
My sister getting her hair done out of the tailgate of the Subaru

Then, I met Glen Fenwick. Glen bought the Subaru dealer in Sarnia 2003 shortly after the launch of the WRX in Canada. The WRX had been billed as The Poor Man’s M3 and I certainly felt like a poor man. It was a few years until I could get my first Subaru and by 2004, Subaru Canada brought to market the 2004 Subaru WRX STI. After a couple of years of refinement, changing the bolt pattern, widening the fenders, changing the steering wheel, minor updates to the interior and exterior, and most notably adding the Hawk Eye headlights, the 2006 Subaru WRX STI hit the market. This was the first car I leased and is one of the funnest cars I’ve driven.

2006 Subaru WRX STI

Then as I was transitioning careers, I decided to downsize to the really poor man’s M3, a used, high mileage 2002 WRX. I had a lot of fun with this car and did a full Cobb Stage 2, put on an STI Wing with Perrin Wing Stiffy, Skunk2 Shifter, Subaru OEM Boost gauge, coilovers, and genome exhaust, Rota Subzeros, and Carbon marker covers.

2002 Subaru WRX

 

Once I had the need for speed out of my system, I settled into a high mileage 2003 Subaru Forester XS Manual, affectionately dubbed the Barbie Jeep due to it’s purple y-blue colour. This was a shorter term ownership after I misdiagnosed a transmission issue as a wheel bearing, but the car carried me faithfully home from Paul Coffey’s Toyota dealer in Bolton where I bought it. We took it on a couple of summer trips up to Gravenhurst and Dorset, and even to Cedar Point in Ohio.

2003 Subaru Forester XS

Since the Forester was a more basic XS model, I took the opportunity to trade up to a 2002 Subaru Outback H6 3.0 VDC model. This was one of the coolest cars because it had a McIntosh Stereo. It needed an exhaust when I got it so I found a Prodrive muffler on Ebay that was a perfect fit.

2002 Subaru Outback H6 3.0 VDC

 

After the next adventure with the old man styling of an Outback, the chance to own the next evolution of the Subaru STI came up that I couldn’t miss. This 2010 Subaru WRX STI was built by my friend Chris Videcak in London, and when he traded it in at my store, I couldn’t pass it up.

 

 

2005 Subaru Outback

My current Subaru is 2005 Outback Limited 3.0R. The car sits unmodified today. The condition is excellent with a few small blemishes on the plastic trim. The only thing I wish it had was a USB/Aux input, or a bluetooth system.