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this friendly hippo is born and raised in seattle and now living in edmonds, WA.

I am currently tooling around in a impreza outback sport. Previous cars include '04 Evo 8, '12 Evo X, 05 WRX,all incredibly fun, and all incredibly poor financial choices. Last 8 years I've paid off a whole lotta debt, stacking cash, and investing (not looking at the last year). While my current isn't interesting, I'm excited to be able to pay cash for a GR and not have car loans and credit card hanging over my head.

I currently don't have any project cars although my wife is thinking about going through the miata alphabet.

Hobbies include playing music, cooking, reading... gaming if the wife is out with the girls :D
 

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this friendly hippo is born and raised in seattle and now living in edmonds, WA.

I am currently tooling around in a impreza outback sport. Previous cars include '04 Evo 8, '12 Evo X, 05 WRX,all incredibly fun, and all incredibly poor financial choices. Last 8 years I've paid off a whole lotta debt, stacking cash, and investing (not looking at the last year). While my current isn't interesting, I'm excited to be able to pay cash for a GR and not have car loans and credit card hanging over my head.

I currently don't have any project cars although my wife is thinking about going through the miata alphabet.

Hobbies include playing music, cooking, reading... gaming if the wife is out with the girls :D
Welcome to the forum @hungryhippos! That's an awesome car history you have, did you modify your Evos and WRX or were they stock? What has you the most exicted about the GR Corolla.
 

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Welcome aboard! I also play games (primarily Dota2 and shooters) and music (drums)! Happy to have you here.
 

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Welcome to the forum @hungryhippos! That's an awesome car history you have, did you modify your Evos and WRX or were they stock? What has you the most exicted about the GR Corolla.
the 8 was a hilarious car. it had an fp red, injectors, intake/exhaust, brakes. nothing to support that kind of power for the long term. lasted like 13k miles before i threw a rod. surprised it last as long as it did considering how aggressively i drove it.
the 10 i learned some lessons about driving a car for the long term, problem was I put myself into debt for this project. it started as intake/exhaust, tune. normal stuff. But the child in me wanted more power. Added a MHI turbo then i eventually full sent it. built, sleeved, upgraded cams, valves, rods, pistons etc. Strapped a 7670 eventually. lasted about 2 years before i had issues with the block. Had to sell it as I was deep indebt.
The 05 WRX the next one. picked it up on the cheap from a cousin who moved out of the country for work. had a buddy who had a sti,got rear ended so I bought his engine and transmission and upgraded my WRX. kept it stock other than intake/exhaust. eventually sold it to my cousins son when he graduated college, picked up the impreza and started working on my finances.

As for the GR, I'm staying stock for at least a year or 3 as it'll be my daily. My wife drives a corolla currently, if business goes well over the next couple years, I get her on the miata alphabet I might make the GR into something of a monster and use her corolla as my daily.

IF I were to do anything in the next year, I'd probably buy a second set of (winter) wheels because winter race car. I'd also consider intake, exhaust venting blow off valve, +tune because again, race car (sounds).

ANSWER TO ORIGINAL QUESTION: As a young child who was a fan of rally cars. I told myself that I'd only drive all wheel drive turbo four bangers. Of course reality and finances have something to say about what is actually possible, but the GR represents part of what I've always wanted (secretly wish it was a 4 banger, but I can't have it all) This is an all wheel drive turbo car. It also reminds me of my old evos. So I might name it something of the sort.
 

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Welcome. Good stories on your past cars. I enjoyed the stories. As for turning a car that has not come out into a monster... well, that's to be determined. It may go like the Celica All-trac GT-Four that never really had an aftermarket following that wasn't worth modifying.

That's the exciting part about buying a new car... you never know what you are going to get. Could be completely unmodifiable and fragile (FRS, 350Z, S2000, etc etc), and just a money pit once you have your heart set, and it's too late... or it could be a completely modifiable beast (EVO's, RSX-S, MK4 Supra, etc etc).

I bought my RSX-S 21years ago, and we had no clue what was to come, and everyone said our car was Type-Slow, can't hold more than 300whp boosted, crappy front suspension is worthless. 3years later, I was handing them their assets.... Now, AWD monsters exist with over 1300whp... record is over 2000whp (billet block, turbo, nitrous, freak!). The MK4 Supra was the same thing, but I never owned one of those. Could this GR Corolla be another gem hidden under a boring corolla name? Could it be the next EVO? I believe the MK5 Supra is, not sure here???
 
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