MatthewK wrote in post #18558586
Before photography, cars were my thing. They're no longer my thing because there's just no fun in being stuck in traffic every day, or worse yet, behind someone going 10mph under the limit on a perfectly twisty road. And I am cursed because every time I try to mod/repair/maintain the car, without fail something will go wrong and a small operation turns into a bloody nightmare. Too much stress, I loath to even think about attempting stuff anymore. Photography suits me so much better.
I still have my understeery/panicy Subaru STi though
Doesn't understeer quite as much since I changed out the sways/springs/shocks/steering rack/bushings/shifter/tires/driveshaft/tune. It'll never feel like an S2k or Miata class of car, but I love the old girl. Can't bring myself to sell, even if I envision all of the awesome glass and 1DXII I could buy with the proceeds
Yeah! I've been there, had an 07 wrx, changed sways/coilovers/bushings/3 alignments/4 different tire types, and realized it's just not going to handle corner entry but instead heavily relys on the rear differential to rotate the car mid corner, so slow in, fast out without overdriving the front tires. Worse, the standard wrx's rear diff is simply, garbage, and didn't really rotate the car. I went the route of adding more power, because, I was young and it's easy to have a 20g bolted on + injectors + fuel pump + tune = 344hp/348tq. Enjoyed that for around 3-4 years then 3rd gear self destructed. I was done with it, no more money pit! Firesold for $7k and used that money for a downpayment on a 370z, which is slower from 80+mph, but I have much better compliance, corner entry confidence, and most of all, there's less motivation to put money into it as anything that can make a significant difference is a huge investment/not worth it (so it's an exercise in financial discipline), also, it's made me a more controlled driver, in that, I don't have GOBS of torque with a turbo just begging me to do stupid things! I do find myself pulling over more often, letting traffic get way ahead (ya know, the group that loves rock chips and tail gating on stock brake pads and uninspiring utility vehicles), then hitting the corners without breaking the speed limit or double yellow. That's the last "Fun" there is in driving for me!