Thanks for the warm welcome! Here's some pics of my new toy. My daughter calls it "The Purple One" so I respectfully put a Prince sticker on the window.
As for modifications, I'd like to increase both creature comforts, and performance without being too aggressive. I'm not trying to have a show car, but rather a "touring car," as if they released an xB GT. Right now reliability is the goal. I just got some NGK iridium plugs in the mail, along with a new thermostat and radiator cap.
The car runs smooth and surprisingly zippy, except on Monday it died while going 70 on the 405 freeway. The engine cut out without throwing any codes or warning lights, I just got the "three amigos" VSC, Trac, and check engine when the engine decided to shut off. I safely pulled off the freeway, checked my fluids and battery connection, didn't see anything weird, started it back up and drove home. Since the incident I've put about 50 more miles of non highway driving on her, mainly stop and go traffic but about 20 miles 'spirited' driving on the back roads. I have no idea what went wrong.
Upgrades I hope to include:
Android auto capable radio
Bluetooth OBD2 reader w/ torque app
Lowered (maybe 2") with upgraded hardware
Driver dome light
Re-badging as Toyota
And if I win the lottery, forced induction.
Any suggestions are welcome!