When my wife and I bought our first WRX in 2002 I had no idea what was to come. When I first drove down the street in my STi I was overwhelmed... I was like, "its really mine! My only reservations were the seats - which I already replaced with JIC Magic seats (aftermarket race seats). After adding some basic bolt ons I was impressed even more. The build quality is awesome and I know that reliability is no issue.
Torque torque torque! The DCCD Controls are very fun to use.
Interior pieces need to be more solid- maybe I drive too hard or have too many aftermarket parts - but some plastic parts "rattle."