I would say that my love for cars started way back when I was in elementary school… Back when my parents were still talking a little bit, and we went on family trips every now and then in South Korea. I’ve had several portable handheld gaming systems like the Nintendo Gameboy, Nintendo Gameboy SP, Nintendo DS, and a PlayStation Portable or “PSP.”
My favorite games to play with these systems were racing games like Asphalt. And in these games, I always chose the Nissan Skyline GTR in that iconic blue paint job. And that is what got me in the slippery slope of cars.
2016 Subaru BRZ Limited
The 2016 Subaru BRZ is what officially got me into the car scene. I met some pretty cool people and have been crazy about cars since then.
This particular car didn’t have a whole lot done to it since I was just learning on how to do anything and how I wanted to go about doing things.
Sure the car is slow stock, and a lot of people will say that it is over rated, but I loved it a lot. Probably the car that I still love the most till this day. I can’t really describe in words how it felt to me to drive this car, and nothing out there can replicate that for me. This is MY car for sure.
Sadly, I couldn’t keep this car too long after purchasing it. A lady ran through a red light and t-boned me on base. I fell hard into depression.
2019 Subaru Crosstrek Limited
What?!? Another slow car? And it’s not even a “performance car!”
Well, some people will argue that it is a performance car in a different environment. My wife and I got this car as a more “family focused and adventure wagon.” It features a decent ground clearance, great safety features, and a great balance with the low center of gravity boxer engine and AWD platform. We loved this car a lot! Came stock with a whopping 159 HP! WOO!
In all seriousness, if they came up with a 280+ HP Turbo Charged AWD Crosstrek, I would probably do all that I can to get one and slam it. Bring it to look exactly like the Hatchback WRX / STI!
Riverside Subaru of New Bern offered to pay off our lease on this vehicle in exchange for upgrading to a newer vehicle off their lot! So I did not hesitate!
2020 Subaru WRX Base
Oh boy, see a trend here? I love Subaru’s and have a terrible car retention rate!
I loved everything about this car since the first day. I think it had the right amount of aggression, performance, and driver focus. And It wasn’t too bad as a sedan really. I really missed the car scene, so this was a big win for me. Especially since my wife and I were expecting our son. Car seat looks pretty great in it as well!
I had big plans for this car, but I really missed what I had in the BRZ. And chasing that feel in this car, probably was the downfall of it all. It wasn’t the same at all. I mean duh… But I expected more I guess.
Don’t get me wrong, it was really fun having it and I learned a lot definitely. But another issue I was facing with it too was: It’s not an STI…
I talked to my wife and we agreed that we could use the money to pay off some bills, and I had the title to this vehicle, so it wasn’t like it was going to hurt us too much, so I sold the vehicle to Carvana. With the money, we paid off 2 or 3 loans and purchased my next project car on a budget.
2010 Nissan 370z Touring – 40th Anniversary Edition
Now, I have to admit, this was probably the coolest car I’ve had to date.
I had a whole list of mods on this thing: RZG Motorsports Single Exit Resonated Catback Exhaust, Z1 Motorsports catless headers, Z1 Motorsports test pipes, Akebono Brakes, UpRev Tuner, Titan Wheel Accessory’s 1.25 and 1.50 Inch wheel spacers, OptionLab Midnight Blue Wheels, Toyo Tires, Z1 Motorsports Ported Intake Manifold, NGK Sparkplugs, Performance and Flame Map Tunes, etc.
This car was pretty freaking crazy. Smelled like an old american muscle car, screamed load through the streets, pops and bangs with every gear depending on the map settings, and more.
I took it to several exhaust competitions and came up 1st several times just because of the flames. I felt like I was chasing too much clout just from the car, and felt like it just wasn’t who I am. I loved it, but again, it was not a BRZ and that’s all I’m used to. It’s hard for me to let go. I mean, it wasn’t hard at all to let this go, and I actually do miss a bit of the attention I got from this car, but I also had to focus on the fact that this car is only a 2 seater and if anything does happen to my wife’s car, we are screwed… We only had the 2 cars. So, I had to do the adult thing and sell this car.
2007 Toyota Tundra TRD SR5 5.7L 4WD
This is my current vehicle. It’s old, has 4 doors, has a bed, and works. I looked at this truck to begin with after articles of the “Million Mile Tundra” started surfacing and it looks like these held up to the tests of time pretty well. Toyota even came out saying that they expected these engines to look worse than what they were at over a million miles. Over engineering at the finest!
Getting this truck was rough because of the rust rot in the truck bed, but everywhere else was just fine on the truck. All I did was give it a little love with some wire brushes, Ospho Rust Converter, and Rust-Oleum Paint. Ended up taking the truck into Barden’s Metal Fabrications to get the truck bed fixed with new sheet metal, but it’s all great now!
We lucked out with getting this truck too since someone backed into my wife’s car in the parking lot, and had to take her RAV4 in for repairs. If we still had the 370z, my wife would have ended up being stranded and had to rely on someone else to pick her and our son up.
Now, with the 5.7 Liter, I can haul anything I want. Big and heavy stuff! I can even pull a trailer with a car on it! And I plan on doing whatever it takes to keep this truck and get another BRZ / GT86 / FRS.
Thanks for checking in everyone!