Vickey’s 2017 Subaru WRX STi and Saab 9-2X Daily Driver

When we saw that Vickey owned both a newer STi and a 9-2X we decided to get her take on the ups and downs of owning each car.

For those who might not know, we previously wrote about Kayla’s experience of going from a 2015 Subaru WRX STi to a 2005 Saab 9-2X with a JDM 2004 STi drivetrain swap.

Kayla had sold her Subaru STi to get something equally satisfying at a lower price, whereas Vickey uses her STi as a track/show car while her Saab handles daily duties.

We had the chance to ask Vickey a few questions about each of her cars, and it gave us a different perspective on what it’s like to have owned – or in her case still own – both vehicles.

Why did you originally purchase your 2017 Subaru WRX STi?

I chose the 2017 Subaru WRX STI instead of other cars because I was already a Subaru owner and I am a Subaru Ambassador. I had owned a 2015 Subaru WRX, but the transmission had major issues being a CVT. Subaru of America offered to buy back the car and gave me Subaru Loyalty Bucks towards my new Subaru. While in limbo, I did look at a 2015 Mitsubishi Lance Evolution X Final Edition, but felt it lacked many things compared to a Subaru.

What work have you done to the STi so far? Any future plans?

My STI was modded about two weeks into ownership. I was picked up by Turbo XS as a sponsee. Initially, it started off with their sister brand, Garageline, adding their 20mm spacers and front tower strut bar. From there they asked me if I would be interested in their FMIC (front-mount intercooler) and willing to be apart of their install video. It really piqued my interest as I always wanted to learn how to work on my own car. From there we installed the Turbo XS FMIC, catless down pipe, cat-back exhaust, and their hybird BOV. In addition, I also have a Cobb SF intake and I am pro tuned by Jermaine Tuning and currently make 308 horsepower and 342 lb-ft of torque.

Future plans? Well, hopefully in 2019 I’ll be installing the Cobb Flex Fuel Kit, FP Blue Turbo, and some other goodies by IAG.

Any plans to take it [the 2017 STi] to the track, or is that gem a show car?

She’s actually already been to the tack twice now! I am a member of NASA (National Auto Sport Association) and I’m currently a novice driver in High Performance Driver Education level 1. So far I have only tracked her at Summit Point, but hopefully in 2019, I’ll be exploring more tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Have you always been a car enthusiast? And have you Subarus always been your favorite?
I’ve been a car enthusiast since I was 16 after seeing Fast & Furious Tokyo Drift. Yes I know, typical answer, but that movie sparked my interest in JDM cars. I would say Subaru’s weren’t always my favorite. My first car was a 2008 Toyota Yaris 3-door Liftback. My dream car at the time was a Toyota Celica, but of course my parents wouldn’t let me get one, hence me purchasing a Yaris. What drove me to eventually fall in love with Subaru, was the boxer engine and it’s iconic rumble.
Vickey's 2017 Subaru STi and 2005 Saab 9-
Is the 9-2X your first Saab? Is there anything about it that you prefer over your STi?
My 2005 Saabaru is my very first Saab. I had looked for one a few years back, but all had salvaged titles or in poor condition. I came across this one thank’s to Sam, the owner of Andrewtech. While not the most perfect, it is my daily. I have a bad back and driving the STI on a daily basis was taking a toll on me. My Saabaru has a 4-speed automatic transmission, making traffic so much tolerable with not having to practice leg day with my clutch. I love that this car also has a turbo and has the pick-up-and-go slightly similar to my STI, but better fuel economy. I also love that it’s a wagon! So much room for activities and to chauffeur around my dogs, Macaroni and Lilah. By the way, they are also a huge fan of the boxer rumble! They go crazy whenever they hear my cars.
What work have you done to the 9-2X so far? Any future plans?
My Saabaru is pretty much stock for now. The previous owner did install slotted rotors. I’m not sure why they did that since the brakes are still the OEM, but I guess it adds an extra cool factor! Oh, I can’t forget, she has few sticker mods! I hope one day to STI swap her and maybe even rally.
What’s your take on the Saab brand? 
I wish Saab was still around in the USA. GM pretty much destroyed the brand, but I am thankful they partnered with Subaru to make Saab 9-2x Aero.

Thanks again to Vickey for taking the time to answer our questions. We’re interested to see how her STi evolves and what sort of changes she ends up making to her 9-2X. We also have some videos featuring Vickey’s STi that we’ll share next time around. On top of that, we expect to have a chat with her boyfriend, Tim, and find out more about his Infiniti Q50. Word is those sexy Japanese sedans are like baby GTRs with a few bolt-ons and a tune.

In the meantime, you can keep up with Vickey, Lilah the French Bulldog, and Macaroni the English Bulldog on Instagram: @msboost & @lilahwithasideofmac.