I’ve been lurking here off and on since I bought my Saabaru – bought and sold a couple items on here, been to a couple meets and have posted when I was in need of some troubleshooting advice. I’d like to be a bit more active on the forum and thought with that, I should give a proper introduction and history of my Saabaru.
I bought the car a little less than 2 years ago when my first car (a ’93 325i w/ 223k miles) crapped out and I was in need of a replacement. When my bimmer was on its way out, I began the search for a replacement – I wanted a manual wagon that was fun to drive. At the time (and is still the case now since Saab is no longer in North America (RIP)), the Saabaru was priced lower than its WRX wagon counterparts and seemed to be that the majority were less flogged. After determing I wanted a Saabaru, I spent about 4 months searching and finally landed on the perfect 92x for me.
My Saabaru is a 5MT Sport Package Aero … w/ a salvage title. That’s how I was able to get a great deal though! I bought it from S&S Auto Parts, based in Northridge CA, who parts out Subies and Saabs. He bought the car at auction from Texas and spent about 4 months sourcing parts for the front-end repairs and having it finished. I was fortunate enough to find him through a WTB ad I posted and the car had only 44k miles on it when I bought it.
I’ve done a laundry list of mods in the 2 years since owning the car, mostly the basic stage 2 and handling improvements as well as a number of visual mods.
Thanks for looking and I hope to get to know some fellow subie drivers more in the local area, and continue to learn from everyone’s expertise on the forum! Cheers! Now for the mod and picture dump!
35% tint on all windows
Red tint on taillight turn signal clear section
Yellow tint on fog lights (Fog lights enabled with DRLs)
Rally armor UR mudflaps
Gunmetal painted brake calipers
STI rear diffuser
Blacked out grille
Pearl white plastidipped Aero 17s
LED license plate lights
Various stickers: Saabaru emblems, rally piggy, saab92x.com, shaka, wagonsteez
Sony radio deck
Saabaru steering wheel emblem
Tein H-tech springs
Perrin rear sway bar
AP flashed to Stage 2
Kartboy short shifter
Kartboy front and rear shifter bushings
Kartboy transmission bushings
STI Group-N transmission mount
Turn-in-Concepts upgraded U-joint assembly
Maddad V1 3” catless downpipe
Removing catback taper – full 3”
Custom 3” catback w/ Magnaflow muffler
How she looked before I bought her and while S&S worked their black magic to get her on the road again:
Just after I bought her and before the drive from Northridge back to Sac
Back in Sac in the shop w/ my other project, a 68 Charger 383
One of the first changes since she needed moar low: Tein H-tech springs (before and after)
At my first i-club meet, last May at FW…
After Jarek’s beautiful koji-mod! Thanks again man. Helped complete the front-end transformation.
After installing RallyArmor mudflaps and an STI rear diffuser
Recently went stage 2!!!!!
At one of the first ‘Wagon Wednesday’ meets in Davis
Last mod, plastidipped the stock Aero Sport 17s pearl white