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Old 01-18-09, 05:24 AM   #1
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The Story

On Saturday, January 3rd, 2009 my dad and I went to test drive a 2008 Aspen White STI Gold BBS + NAV. I had recently found out about the 0% financing and had always been somewhat intrigued by the STI. I wasn't quite sold on the looks of the '08 until I saw the one mentioned above in person. The moment I saw it I knew I wanted one and as we made our first turn out of the dealership parking lot on the test drive I knew that I was going to have an STI of my own very soon.

The lady at the dealership informed us that this STI was for sale at about $10k under MSRP. I let her know that I would be interested in trading in my '02 Audi A4 3.0 Quattro Tip but did not have time to have my trade in appraised that day.

My dad and I left the dealership and I began to think about purchasing the STI. The test would be my girlfriend's reaction...I picked her up from work and told her that I was going be buying a new car, she replied "I knew this was coming soon, it's been almost three years since you bought you A4..." Well, that was that, I was going to buy an STI.

First thing Monday morning I made an appointment with Tristan at Further Performance to have the intake, exhaust, and coilovers taken off of the A4 so I could trade it in. Luckily, he was able to get me in right away on Tuesday morning. Everything was falling in to place.

On Tuesday I woke up early to get the A4 to Further right when they opened at 8am. At about noon they were done. I called the lady that I had spoken with at the dealership and let her know that I would like to come in for the trade in appraisal, she informed me that Subaru had taken back their incentive and the STI I was interested in was now $5k more...upset, I decided to go forward with the appraisal anyways.

They offered about what I expected on the trade but was about $2k less than I owed on the A4. The STI was getting more and more expensive the minute! They informed me of what my monthly payment would be, $160 a month more than I expected...it was just too much. I was heartbroken, the STI just wasn't in the cards.

But, I was determined. I knew that there were three other '08 STI's in the Twin Cities Metro at three different dealers. All three were less expensive than the Aspen White that I had originally had my heart set on. There was a World Rallly Blue Mica Gold BBS + NAV, a Lightning Red Silver BBS, and an Aspen White.

I still liked the idea of a white car and emailed that dealer. We emailed back and forth a couple of times and worked out what the best price would be and made an appointment for Friday, January 9th at 10am to have the A4 appraised.

They made an offer but was a little less than I expected. I needed to think about it. A couple hours at work and I was done thinking, I emailed the sales person I had been working with and let her know that I wanted to buy the car and made an appointment to sign papers the next afternoon.

I showed up at the dealership to sign papers on Saturday, January 10th, 2009. There was one problem. It's January in Minnesota and the STI comes with summer tires. I needed winter wheels and I needed them fast! I placed an order with Tire Rack from the salesperson's computer. The new wheels would be shipped to the dealership and I was assured that I would be able to pick up my new ride the day that the wheels were delivered.

I signed all the paperwork and went on my way, taking the pics below with my cell phone on the way out. The A4 that I had driven for the past three years was no longer mine, it was basically a loaner until my winter wheels showed up.

Wednesday, January 14th. I saw that my Tire Rack order was out for delivery and took the day off of work. I picked up my new STI from the dealer that afternoon with 12 miles on it. Now I need to learn how to drive a stick...I put 100 miles on the STI that day and was fairly confident in my new shifting abilities.











2002 Ming Blue Pearl Audi A4 3.0 Quattro Tip:





Coilovers off and winter wheels on, the way it looked the last time I drove it:
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Old 01-18-09, 05:25 AM   #2
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Mods:
Magnaflow Catback
COBB Catted Downpipe
COBB Heatshield
AEM Intake
COBB Access Port - Pro Tuned by Shane at DB Performance
RCE Yellows
Champion Motorsport RF33 Forged Wheels - 19x9 et34
Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 (245/35-19)
50% Tint (Hatch 35%)
Kartboy Front and Rear Endlinks
Racecomp Engineering Front and Rear Sway Bars
Perrin Shorty Antenna
Pioneer AVH-P4200DVD DVD Receiver
Infinity BassLink 200 Watt Powered 10" Subwoofer
Front and Rear DBA T3 Clubspec 4000 Series Rotors, Uni-Directional Slotted
Front and Rear Hawk HP Plus Brake Pads (stop on a dime but too loud for daily use for me...)
Front and Rear Hawk HPS Brake Pads (daily)
TechnaFit Stainless Steel Brake Lines
Beatrush Delrin Shift Knob
JPM Coachworks Steel Grey Alcantara Silver Stitching Shift and Brake Boots
Cusco Front and Rear Strut Tower Bars

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Old 01-18-09, 05:27 AM   #3
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Old Winter Wheels

17X8 Silver Painted MSW Type 14


235/45R17 General Altimax Arctic


Winter tires filled up with Nitrogen Friday, January 16th.


Ridin' dirty...winter mode:

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Old 01-18-09, 05:31 AM   #4
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Very cool, supercooloptw!

Once you get comfortable shifting in traffic, then you get to play with heel-toe downshifting. Much more fun than any slushbox could be.
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Old 01-18-09, 03:58 PM   #5
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great story and nice write up. the sti is pretty easy to drive manual on especially with the super soft clutch im sure you will do fine congrats on the car looks like your having fun already

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Old 01-18-09, 04:19 PM   #6
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Congrats on the car man. I remember my first snow day. Everyone was having problems driving and I was having fun! Look into rally armor flaps if you want to keep the dirt and snow off the car for the most part. Plus it looks more of a rally car too. :]
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Old 01-18-09, 06:25 PM   #7
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Thanks guys!

Yeah, I think that I'll be ordering the Rally Armor Mudflaps pretty soon. Looks like a pretty straightforward DIY.

I also plan on getting the windows tinted and some tail light overlays, but not until it gets warm out.
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Old 01-20-09, 07:52 AM   #8
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lol nice write up man!!
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Old 01-20-09, 08:27 AM   #9
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Hi Supercool! It's Soda Jerk from MN Audi.

Nice write-up; any mod plans?
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Nice write up

I know how it can be going into a dealer knowing that you are trading your car in and then BAM...you leave in the same car you drove in on.
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