At the closest opportunity, which naturally meant on a dry weekend, I did what any new-car-owner should do and gave the Impreza a thorough clean! In credit to the previous owner it was already in a rather tidy condition, but there’s no better way of getting to know the inside and out of your new car than getting up close with the polish.
Lots of pictures in this one:
It scrubs up rather well, I think you’ll agree! Apart from a few stone chips and the usual paintwork swirls, it’s looking very good.
On closer inspection during the cleaning process I did notice my car had a scarred front-end thanks to a horrible combination of stone chips and wafer-thin paint from the factory. Subaru’s of this era are prone to paintwork defects and damage due to the very thin application of the paint from the factory in what I believe was a weight-saving measure.
I need to look into getting it rotary polished at some point to really make the paint pop, as the WRC blue (with paint code 02C) is such an amazing metallic colour in the sunlight.
P.S. Just for future reference, the mileage at 11th August 2013: