My family's first Subaru was an Impreza L, which was beat to hell, rusted out and eventually wrecked by some dumb highschool kid (me) ages ago. Once that became the hand-me-down car my mother decided to get something with more cargo capacity, but also fast. Thus Forester 1.0 was purchased - a brand new XT.
~200k miles & one blown turbo later Forester 1.0 becomes mine, just in time to discover rusted away rocker panels and broken reverse gear. After totaling up the cost to restore the car to DD condition, I ended up searching for another:
The car was found on Craigslist (strike one) and had some mods (strike two). After a visit and test drive we found the car was quite clean underneath, no accidents, and no large mechanical issues. It did however need new tires (strike three) and new tie rods (strike four), was covered in terrible stickers (strike five), and had some cosmetic damage (strike six).
I don't know if it was the lack of clean, standard XT's available ANYWHERE (seriously, they're all rusty, blown turbo, or autos) or the combination of mediocre tint, massive exhaust, and autozone boost gauge stuck on the dashboard with duct tape but I was in love.
^It's actually the first thing.
I made an offer on the car, which was just enough for the kid to get out of his crappy loan (strike seven) and after some phone calls, paperwork dancing, and waiting the bank sent the title over to me after getting the balance paid on the loan (strike 3406734). Seriously, sketchiest way to buy a car ever.
End result was I had a "diamond in the rough" with an identical parts car. Time to clean her up and add some fun bits!