I've been in the market for a few weeks now for a new vehicle too. I got a wild hair an sold my motorcycle and s-10. Now I've been bumming rides and sitting on cash.
Alot of my ideas have been posted on here. I've contemplated going for 06+ Sti personally. That, and I've looked at tons of Audi quattros. If i were to get another truck it would HAVE to be extended cab, 5 speed, and 4x4. Apparently this is too much to ask for unless I want a huge truck. Which I don't. I used to drive my civic Si in basically ANY condition (even hitting 145 in the dead of the night coming from Chicago to visit my dad in MN around christmas a few years back) I would like a BMW 325xi. Awd or bust. Same with wanting the quattros. My big thing is I DON'T want an automatic whatsoever. Damn lazy people not knowing how to drive a stick makes the selection few and far between.
Best of luck to you though.