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2004 Subaru Impreza WRX AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M) WRX AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
I've owned about 8 cars from different manufacturers, and this is the best car I've ever owned. I've gotten as high as 33 mpg on the highway (with intake and exhaust). The seats are pretty comfy. Very adjustable. The wagon is a great touring car. I've done several cross-country trips with it, and they were great. The interior is very roomy. I've even put a full-size wooden-framed futon in the back before. We used to go camping all the time in this. Great to haul a lot of gear up and down mountains. Wagon handles great with 235mm summer tires. Performs awesome with snow tires. Built very nicely. No rattles or trim problems in the cabin. I look forward to owning more Subarus!
Turbo Wagon! The turbo really pulls nicely. I love the way the engine sounds. The awd just claws at everything. Handles great. Drives great in snow. Very reliable. Interchangeability if parts with Subarus. You can load it to the max and still climb mountains.
Extended arm rest. Put on intake and exhaust to help performance and mpg. I really can't think of how this car can be any better.
2004 Subaru Impreza WRX AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M) WRX AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Reviewed this car back when it was 6 months old. Thought I'd add a long term review. Mechanically reliable. Suspension, steering and engine all as good as the day I bought it. Interior proved to be weak. Developed a rattle in the hatchback 1 year on that the dealer never was able to fix. Rear seat covers had to be replaced under warranty after 2 years due to fraying. Various interior dash rattles have appeared over the years. Basically all due to poor quality interior materials. Fender guards cracked after 3 years and were replaced under warranty. 4 years and the clear coat started to peel from the hood scoop. Given the long term interior wear and rattles. Not sure if I would buy another.
Good performance. Plenty of space. Mechanically and electrically reliable.
Better quality interior materials. Better quality paint prep and finishing.
2004 Subaru Impreza WRX AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M) WRX AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
This car is a great compromise. As such however there is no one thing that it does particularly well. For instance, acceleration is great, but the engine is prone to detonation with California 91 octane gas. Handling is decent, but the car feels a bit heavy. Noise levels are fairly low, but the stearing response is somewhat mushy due to soft bushings. If you are looking for a racer, this may not be the car for you. If you are looking for a practical car that is fun to drive then you should take a look at this car. One thing I will say is that I've beaten the crap out of this car by driving like mad most of the time and the care still runs great.
Acceleration (on a cold night), cargo room, handling (good for a wagon), reliability (no problems in 4 years).
Tighter and faster steering, more consistent brakes, reduce engine detonation with 91 octane gas. Minor squeaks and rattles are a bit annoying.
This car is fun to drive, if you keep the rpm up to maintain turbo boost. The cost is your gas mileage, which has ranged from 16 to 20 mpg for me. My biggest complaint is the lack of low end torque, unless you rev the crap out of the engine. I love the interior! The material covering the form-fitting seats is great. Dashboard layout is attractive. While this car is fast and handles fantastically, with my aftermarket wheels and tires, the lack of low end torque has left me wanting. I'll either have to install some mods or get a different car.
AWD, turbo, seats.
This car needs more power off the line.
I bought it because I wanted something practical (wagon), safe (AWD), fun to drive (manual, turbo), reliable (made in Japan) and reasonably priced (slightly over $21K). I have owned the car for almost 3 years (33K miles). Overall it has been a pleasant experience. Fuel economy is decent (on average about 26 mpg). The car is kind of sluggish off the line tough (turbo lag), and even once the turbo kicks in it does not appear to deliver advertised acceleration. My major gripes pertain to the gear box and paint quality. First I got grinding while shifting into the 5th gear. Now I am getting occasional grind while shifting into the 1st. Paint is very week - millions of chips on the hood and fenders.
Very good handling and traction. Good interior design. Nice seats. Turbo.
Extremely crappy gear box - I am not abusing the car, yet have constant problems (grinding, difficulty with shifting). In addition, the shifts are very notchy. Low paint quality. Low grade speakers. Disappointing dealer service - refuse to acknowledge problems and perform warranty repairs.
I traded my Subaru Forester in on a WRX wagon and couldn't be happier. The car is nearly as versatile, and much more pleasant and fun to drive. The 5 speed manual transmission has a notchy engagement feel, which can be alleviated with upgraded bushings, which I plan on doing at point. It took me a while to get used to the peakiness of the turbocharged 2.0 H4. It could be described as on or off, which is kind of nice in stop and go traffic. Keep it below 3k RPM's and you have nice little commuter car, wind it up a bit and you've got a little monster on your hands. Aside from the wonky gearbox, it's a fantastic little wagon.
Turbo boost is very addictive. Seats are firm and hold you in place. Nice steering feel. Brakes are firm and offer good modulation.
Better gearbox engagement and shifter feel.
Great car...quick, agile.
Turbocharged boxer engine with an exhaust note that makes V8s envious.
Service departments need improvements. Warranty denials for absurd reasons (I changed my tires therefore I must beat on my car which caused X problem). If Subaru would equip these vehicles with tires comparable to their performance level, tires wouldn't have needed to be changed).
After 2 years I still enjoy driving this car and have no regrets about the purchase. Build quality is good; my only complaint is an annoying and difficult-to-pin-down buzzing/rattling from the vicinity of the glovebox. That being said, it's a great car. The gearbox is a little finicky and temperamental. Turbo lag is apparent but partially mitigated with a Cobb AP. I personally think it's part of the fun. There are little things that could be improved but -none- of them would prevent me from buying the car again! It's not the fastest car out there but very few can haul all your gear, get you to-and-from the mountains, make you grin on the on-ramps, and get 24-25 mpg mixed city/hwy.
-Fast (enough). -Safe. -Reasonably good gas mileage (21-22 pure city, 27-29 hwy, real life driving.) -Cargo space. -Looks. -Availability of aftermarket parts.
-Requires premium fuel -Momo steering wheel is solid but too big for the twisties -Smoother gearbox -Stereo sounds lackluster -Tuning dial design stinks! -Beefier brakes -More robust A/C -Front defroster ought not automatically turn on A/C compressor.
I'm so glad I bought my Subaru. The car is easy to maintain. It has great handling and it saves gas. The power is there when I need it. It is the best car I have ever owned!
Power and handling!
Seats are a little uncomfortable.
In the 2.5 years and 30,000 miles I've had the WRX, it has been nearly perfect. Acceleration, even on regular unleaded, is awesome. I'm on the second set of tires, and did a "plus zero" on the stock wheels, and the slightly wider tires definitely improve the handling, although it's still no BMW when it comes to the ride/handling balance. The interior is still an Impreza econobox, but the Momo wheel and upgraded seats make a big improvement in looks and comfort! Overall, by far the best car I've owned.
Turbo! AWD. Economy.
Sunroof for the wagon, 6 speed manual for highway cruising at lower RPM (and better mileage).
Been a good little car and lots of fun to drive when driven hard. Fuel economy has been about 16/27 so far. Fine on long trips and it loves the corners. Car is a bit of work in the city, though. Always working to keep the revs in the power band and the constant rowing through the gearbox while going from one red light to another is tiring. But, that's more my problem than the car's so no penalty there.
Build quality is superb and having had several other Subes in the family I know it should be very reliable. Four spoke Momo wheel is cool too.
Outside temp to go with the auto-dimming compass mirror. Satellite radio option; also radio design makes it hard to modify.
I love this car; the look, the ride, the performance, everything about it. Highly recommended.
6-disk in dash CD. AWD.
No sunroof option.
most enjoyable car to drive that I've ever had. Fun factor is very high. I especially like the fact that it is a hot little car and few people know about it. not like the Honda Civic on every block situation.
all wheel drive , plenty of power , handling ,
cupholders for rear seat passengers. adjustable lumbar support for front seats.
I have been very pleased with my purchase of a 2002 wrx sport wagon. The car drives great! It is a big bang for the buck in my opinion. To really enjoy the car, get it over 3000rpm and enjoy the world of turbo charging. Overall a great car for the price!
My favorite features on the WRX - all- wheel drive, fog lamps, 6 CD - changer.
I have a 2002 model WRX sport wagon and it didn't have the option for a sunroof :( . Starting in 2004, there is a sunroof option. My only other suggested improvement would be better paint...after 30k miles the paint is starting to show some wear.
It came to me as a surprise. Without any plan about it , one night I became owner of a SW WRX . Yes, I bought it without knowing nothing about the car. Only regret I have : I should have bought one of these before. Great fun is the name of the game.
Engine - 100% Suspension - 100% Driving sensation - 110%
6th speed should be useful, as in the Sti model
I've only had this car for 8 months, but I can already say that I made a good decision buying the car. Definately a good choice to go with the wagon. All the power, with all the versitility and space. I race my mountain bike all over Wisconsin, and have never had a problem with not having enough space. I would suggest the short-throw shifter and arm-rest extension as extras that are well worth the money. Only gripes with the car is the gas milage and the fact that it runs on premium... but don't get the wrong idea, you don't buy this car for the gas milage.
I am a fan of the 227 horse engine. If you've got the money to do it, go with a bigger turbo, as the stock turbo is quite laggy. The wagon's fold down seats and hidden storage area under the floor mat are nice for someone who camps or hauls a lot of equipment.
So far the only problem I've had has to do with my bike rack not fitting properly on the car. This is a problem only because it is an aftermarket rack, and not the factory Subaru rack. I find that the apholstry in the car is difficult to clean too.
Just bought an silver wagon and cannot be happier. Before I took the plunge, I was skeptical about the gas mileage as many people complained and gas prices are not pretty these days (My commute is 70+ miles a day). 1800 miles and 3 weeks after delivery date. I don't know why anybody complained about the gas. This thing is amazing with gas. I am very close to meeting the EPA estimates. My first full tank got 24mpg (already content). My last was high 26s (360 on 13.4 gallons). For you lead footers, shift before 3. I still think its enough power to move around. Overall, this is one amazing car. I can't wait until the snow comes. Oh yeah, it's fast too.
Turbo, AWD, Paid a smidgen over $22k with a few accessories. What a deal. Gotta go with the wagon, it's cheaper than the sedan and increased utility.
Where's the all-weather package? Heated mirrors? Heated seats? Not available for the wagon, what gives? 16" wheels are too tame but Tirerack will help me out after I wear out the less than spectacular RE92.
What's not to love about an all-wheel drive 227 hp turbocharged wagon? With its boxer flat 4 engine mounted down low...you can actually feel where the center of gravity is...down low where, combined with the AWD system, promotes the amazing grip that this car displays. No matter what the road conditions, the driver stays in control. Yeah, this wagon hauls...
Factory short-throw shifter - a MUST for 5-speed models!
Smoothing out the turbo lag issue. Ohh yeah...just keep the revs over 3K!
An excellent and versatile car in all respects. Traded my 2000 Subaru Outback Sport Wagon for the 04 WRX wagon- they look a bit alike, but beyond that there is nothing similar about them whatsoever. The WRX is superior from the engine back, every knob, button and switch and everything they operate feels, sounds and works better.
Acceleration beyond 2500 rpm has to top the list along with great interior, quality build and driving enjoyment. Added a moonroof: it's more airy and makes the car feel much bigger- highly recommend it.
Acceleration below 2500, gears are sticky going into 1st and reverse, stereo so-so even with upgraded speakers. Finally, what's the deal with no All-Weather package on the wagon?! Subaru is about foul weather driving, so not having this as an option is totally illogical.
The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon. (Alexander Supertramp) In my new subaru I have seen just this. One day in the city the next racing on the beach at 70 mph. What a rush. A real sence of saftey and durability. I traded my 850 turbo wagon for the wrx wagon. What a difference. Just as much power but 1/2 the size and cargo space. It enables you to take roads you wouldn't even think of. Small suv meets sports car with the added bonus of turbo charged awd samuri, at no added cost.
AWD, Powertrain, durability, fun to drive casually or sporty.
A/C could be a bit cooler. Slight drag with initial take off. Satelite radio upgrade would be nice with a weak antenna in the car.
After drooling over the WRX I finally bought one and couldn't be happier. An absolute blast to drive but with plenty of interior room so it still remains practical. Before the WRX, I've always driven pickups and was worried that I wouldn't have enough space for my camping equipment, but with the rear seats folded forward there was more than enough room. Really dig the way it doesn't look like sports car, but performs like one.
Handling, power, useable space, and the stealth look (nobody expects a goofy wagon to be this fast).
Better stereo speakers, the stock ones are terrible. Stock tires (Potenza RE92) are absolute junk, they can't keep up with the rest of the drivetrain. Both of these problems are easily cured with aftermarket parts.
Going to be a year old soon-car pretty much lives up to the hype-altough around town performance isn't great if you want to keep your clutch, although once the turbo gets going not much could keep up. Highway driving is awesome, AWD is great and seamless- goes through snow like it's spring time- what other performance car could you say that about. Just found out 2005 is even further improved (too bad for me), actually looking forward toward next WRX purchase.
AWD, cd changer (although speakers suck), sporty but low key look, utility of wagon, performance, grin factor, side air bags, knowing you have one of the best price-performance cars on the road, highway driving, WRX community, momo wheel, flat-four sound, etc.
Make turbo gauge standard, sunroof for wagon, abs ebd takes getting used to, manual trans could be improved, paint chips way too easily, overall the car's pretty damn near perfect.
I bought this car to replace my 98 GTi VR6. I have been pleased with the car so far except that the engine light came on before the car hit 500 miles. Dealership says that it's an O2 sensor, and it's getting replaced tomorrow. Subaru has a great customer satisfaction rating.
AWD, 227HP, very practical, very stealthy.
Turbo lag stinks. Subaru should offer aftermarket parts that they will cover under warranty like Dodge does with the SRT-4. Fully automatic windows for the driver would be a big help.
The ultimate in compromise vechiles, take the kids to school in no time at all. Fun and sporty to drive, while still comfortable for everyday commuting. You can even slap some luggage racks on and it's a great vacation cruiser.
Power and handling, 40/60 fold down rear seat, luggage racks, allot of options are just standard.
Turbo lag, Short throw shifter feels like a Civic not quite as tight or stiff as US/German cars. Make more of the SPT parts as just options for stock models, or just come out with the STi version :)
The engine, once in the power band, is raw power, serious, and breathless. The boxer flat-four gives a unique engine sound reminiscent of the traditional Porsche 911. With AWD, handling is phenomenal. Performance outperforms price and other cars in similar price range. In fact, the performance rivals that of cars priced far higher! Overall, for the price of such a playful, demonic little sport wagon, I am extremely happy with the purchase. Highly recommended for those wanting a genuinely high- performing sports car with the skill to do the tasks of small SUVs!
Speed, performance, utility, "sleeper" vehicle, and a mature but fun look.
Improve the quality of certain non- vital components.
This is my second Subaru, after owning a 2 door impreza L I found I needed a little more room. The rear folding seats allow for enough carry space to allow me to haul most of what I need around, and works perfect for transporting equipment for my job. On the weekends is when this car really shines, has enough power and grunt to keep me happy through the twisties, as well as on an autoX course.
Upper level power band, cargo room, fun to drive.
Please drop the Bridgestone RE92s for stock tires, they are all season tires, but do not preform well in any season.
I think of this car as an Abrams tank for the Average Joe. It is reasonably priced, bullet proof and has turbine engine-like performance. I feel quite safe in nearly any driving conditions and very much enjoy the reliability Subaru is famous for.
Build Quality. Unlike many domestic manufacturers, this car has NO rattles, loose stuff or cheap pieces that can't wait to fall off or break.
Different wheels. Although I like the wheels, they are the same ones that ship with the TS/RS. A little variation to denote the WRX would be nice.
I am very satisfied with my purchase of my 04 wrx turbo wagon. I would highly recomend this car to anyone. It handles wonderfully in the snow and rain.
I think the middle rear seatbelt attachment needs to be reengineered. It requires a thin object inserted into a slit to release the seat belt attachment to the seat. It should be redesigned so that it would have a more accessable release
After my VW GTI gave up the ghost, it was time to look for a suitable replacement. Having had VW's for so long, I looked around and test drove the much written about WRX, in wagon form. What a fun car. Strong acceleration and handling. AWD. Hatchback versatility. Good fuel economy. Now after some 9,000 miles in 6 months that included hot summer trips, great fall getaway drives and snowy commutes, I can say "what a great car!" My only true complaint about the car, which has been voiced in other forums, is the decidedly WEAK A/C. The car just never seems cold enough inside on 85-95 degree days.
1) All Wheel Drive 2) Turbo motor. mmm 227 hp! 3) Hatchback versatility 4) Good fuel economy despite a heavy right foot
1) A/C system - just not strong enough to cool the car on hot summer days. 2) The optional upgraded stereo is not as good as the competitors - too few speakers and not enough power.
My son bought a 2002 WRX and I fell in love. I needed the Wagon so I bought the WRX Wagon with the 5 speed manual. I love it!
Performance, reliability, AWD, cargo room, stereo, looks great!
Real Carbon Fiber replacements for the interior, I don't want stick on's. Satellite radio upgrade option and an option for a Garmin type computer mapping system. I really wanted a WRX Wagon STI.
I use the WRX Wagon for work and pleasure. I truly have to haul "stuff" (wheels) and fold the rear seats down for that. In comparison to a full grown station wagon or truck it is 10 times more fun to drive. I enjoy my "work" becuse of it. Yes, I am looking forward to every haul.
Plenty of power, especially with boost control to keep the boost up at higher rpm. This will add another approx. 25 HP without any sacrifice.
Radio not so famous, and A/C could be better (hot and humid weather).
As an outdoor person, the WRX wagon cannot be beat for the fun, usability, reliability and cargo. A mechanic by trade, I could not forego the reliability of Subaru when compared to its European counterparts. I have had it a little while now and still make excuses to drive to the store or any other reason to go out in the snow and play. With a rear sway bar kit from Hotchkis, the car, even as a wagon rotates perfectly on its second setting. Great car at a great price. Managed to get it for $21,900 with 16 miles on the clock from the dealer after several hours of negotiating. Couldn't recomend it higher at the price, functionality and fun factor.
Engine, handling and performance upgrade ability. All for an amazing price.
Very minor gripe.Cup holders are very limited but people who buy this car aren't buying it for its starbucks ability.
The car handles very well on snow and ice. Car handles beautifully in winter blizzard going 70 MPH on a very dangerous road. On the bad side fuel economy can be better. On average I get 21 MPG which is poor considering vehicles size and weight and that is has 4 cylinders. The design can definitely be improved. Subaru has a lot to learn from German automakers. It is comfortable for a driver but passenger seat and the back seats are very cramped and there definitely is a need for a cup holder or two for the back seat passengers. Mirror and wiper defrost are a must for a car that was meant to handle cold weather well.
AWD, 230 HP engine, handling, cornering, did I say a lot of fun to drive...
Deeper floor on the passenger seat side, more room for the back seat, cup holder or two for the back seat, sun- roof, mirror and wiper defrost option
I bought a 2004 WRX SportWagon at the end of August of '03. In a few months I've already put nearly 8,000 miles on the car. I've not had a single problem with it to date. The performance is very good. The handling (stock tires and suspension) could be improved upon, but is by no means disappointing. I got the wagon for its cargo hauling ability and have not once regretted the choice. I would buy this vehicle again without hesitation.
Power, handling, cargo capacity.
The stock sound system is weak, even when compared to other stock systems. I upgraded speakers and added amplifiers.
The WRX is the best value 4door sport sedan out on the market. I am 6'4" tall, and there is plenty of head and leg room in this car. Space for seating in the rear is limited but decent. The seats are very comfortable and supportive; after driving for 120 miles straight in this car, i was not tired at all. The ride is smooth, but responsive. The steering is quick and effortless. The performance is amazing! If you stay off the turbo you can get really good gas mileage too. The standard 6disc in dash player is not the best, but it sounds pretty pretty good (for what you pay for its excellent).
performance, practicality, AWD, interior design and comfort. after searching and test driving various 4 door sport sedans (costing up to $40k), I finally chose the WRX for its price, performance, and the number of great quality features it comes with.
A mesh screen for the hood scoop.
-This car rocks. It has good handling, and a fast motor. It has All wheel drive, and it has cargo space. -So far I have put 1,000 miles on the car, and it has been a pleasure. It NEEDS BETTER TIRES but other than that it is a blast in stock form, plus it can haul a little cargo. Mileage depends heavily on how hard you drive it. -A good reference for this car is WRXfanatics.com, a forum site where you can find anything you want to know. -However you will want to add things to car the second you buy it, because the expandability in every aspect is amazing. So set some money aside for mods and go buy a Rex!!!
Turbo , AWD, Cargo Space, Gas mileage, Expandability
You most likely want to replace the stereo's speakers, and get new tires right away the stockers really suck!!
The 2004 WRX wagon is fun to drive and gives you some great features (AWD, ABS, Turbo, and 227hp). The other cars in this market included the 325xi and Audi Quattro A4 wagon. I looked at the WRX while on my way to the BMW & Audi dealerships just out of curoisity
Turbo, 227hp, seats.
Better stock radio, a leather option. The black cloth seats show everything and is kind of a mesh like cloth.
This is my 4th subaru (3 Legacies before). Loved them all, but this one is the most fun I've had since my old Mazda RX2.
size, handling, acceleration, mpg (for its type) and the seats are terrific.
engine noise, slightly "plasticky" interior, trendy styling
I've had no problems in the first 3 months of driving. Solid body.
Great Ride. It's a ball to drive!!!!
After moving to Colorado recently, I parted with my 2002 Jeep Wrangler to seek a more cost-efficient source of transportation that would also do well in the Rockies. After driving SUV's over the past ten years, I settled on my first "car" in a decade. It was a Subaru Outback Sport Wagon, and I drove it for a year and loved it. It carried my dog , bikes, snowboards, and camping gear all year with aplomb in all manner of weather. A raise in my salary coincided with a WRX test drive, and back I went to the dealership. What I got was the same, solid Subaru Boxer- powered vehicle with 25%+ more power, and incredible handling. Fantastic car!
The power baby...the power. It's also a very solidly built vehicle, and it feels that way on the road. Confidence inspiring brakes and handling are nice.
I want the 2.5L motor with a milder tuned turbo, a la the new Forester. I miss the Outback Sport's around-town torque if anything. Give me back some of the displacement (ie. "oomph"), and balance it with some additional top- end :-)
This car is the Champ at doing everything well. Sports car feel with small SUV cargo and sedan milage. Price is very good for what you get.
Turbo power and a roof rack... 6 disk changer in the dash..
A switch for octane setting. I know that turbos can run lower octane with a performance hit but if I could turn down the boost on long highway drives and get by with 87 without hurting the engine it would be nice. Jetta's turbos run less boost..
Nitpicking, the back seat is small and the interior is smaller than some cars in the class. Uh, it should come with trunk straps to hold things in place :). This car is always super fun to drive.
Twisty road handling and rocket sled acceleration.
more head room, trunk straps to hold things in place around the turns
To me a Subaru makes a great winter snow car. This time I bought a WRX, since my summer car is a BMW M3 convertible. Except at very low RPMs, the WRX might as well have an M3 on it. The handling on a very narrow twisty road is as good as the M3, and the accelleration as long as you stay above 3000 RPM is also about the same. But the WRX has more features, it does not transmit potholes to your back, it goes in snow, and it has all weather performance tires that do not require replacement every 13000 miles.
Accelleration, handling, braking, all weather tires, goes in snow. Holds lots of stuff since it is a wagon.
Have a wagon version of the STI.
I shopped around for something w/awd, with decent gas mileage, and some good power for around 25K.This is it! Fun to drive, great safety, decent room for ski or golf gear. Got the short throw shifter, autodim mirror, arm rest ext. (should be standard), bumper cover, extended warr. All for the price I expected. I'm very happy so far, with exception of the stereo.
Power, handling, breaking, saftey, Color (WR Blue!) short throw shifter!
Stereo! ie the speakers, don't think they can handle the power from the stereo.
I bought my WRX last weekend. I am very impressed with it. Not to mention the great horse power and acceleration that everyone knows about, the interior is actually very good and up to my taste. Some people complain about the cheap interior. For those who are doing research, you must go to dealership to see it and test drive it. It's not luxury, but it is not cheap either. The ride is much more quite than I expected. The basic sound system is not bad as well. I have a big cargo room and a roof rack that I know I would appreciate someday. For fun, family and practical use, this car is simply the greatest for the price.
Of course, horse power and acceleration. Momo steering wheel, racing style seat, fog lights, the interior and instrument panel color scheme. Turbo guage (my optional equip).
It's perfect, other than my kids would love to have a center armrest and cupholder in the back seat.
I love this car for it's all around utility, performance and price. I am a little disaapointed in some of the build quiality but I knew this going into it as many others have complained of thin paint, thin windshields, and build quality just slightly better than a Dodge. My biggest concern is the CEL that has now come on twice and I have only driven the car 125 miles! Loose fuel caps can cause this thing to light up?! Sounds like SOA needs to redesign that. I love the car though even though it is quirky
All wheel drive-turbo
Extended Armrest should be standard. Better Paint...and redesign that freaking CEL!!!
I traded my 2001 Outback for this because I wanted something more fun to drive (more speed, better handling) and the WRX delivers this in spades! Unfortunately, the driver's seat is so uncomfortable after an hour or so that it makes me dread taking it on long drives. After constant fiddling with the adjustments, I have yet to get comfortable in this car. On the test drive, the seats felt firm-yet- sporty...now they just feel horrible. Also, the turbo lag can be agonizing when it's hot outside. It takes a while for the turbo to kick in, but once it does, the car takes off.
I love the steering -- it's extremely accurate and offers great road feel. The rush of power after 3K rpms is addictive! I've never owned a car that could pin me to my seat the way this car does.
A wider range of adjustments on the driver's seat would be nice! Without being able to tilt the bottom cushion (only raise or lower) there's no way for me to get comfortable on longer drives. Offer the premium package (heated seats/moonroof) on the wagon!!
Still in the honeymoon stage. I am trying to learn a car w/ turbo. The lag in the low revs is unbearable at times. The understeer needs to be adjusted. Good build quality and sporty-feeling, but not as "nice" as the '03 Jetta we own. Great power, Great utility. It hauls! Love the smooth turbo.
The interior is great! Nice sporty seats, cool air ducts. Nice factory alarm. Large interior for car's size.
Better Transmission. Still "buggy"! It is sometimes a challenge to get it into rev. and first. Hard to quick shift. Cheap sounding radio. What's up with the back that sits lower than the front?
The Turbo doesn't kick in until 2800 rpms. If you get an autotrans your shift will always occur just as the turbo is kicking in. I have spent more then half of my life driving, and it has been exclusively in auto trans cars. Despite this I have bought the mantrans wrx. I have stalled blocking traffic in all directions during rush hour. I've had bus drivers pull along side me open their doors and just stare at me. I come out of this air con'd car looking like I've been in a sauna. Once I master the mannytranny, I think I will love this car.
It still looks a little too much like the old AMC Pacer wagon. yuck. At least they fixed the look of the front end.
This is one demonic wagon. Addictive turbo boost and handling that comes alive at speed. You can blast into a 25mph corner at 60mph in rain and it won't lose that AWD grip. Just so much fun to drive, yet there's more cargo room than a CamCord, that is if you don't care for the backseat. Yes, the overall refinment is not up to the 25G mark and it's not the fastest car under 25G anymore either, but when you have this much fun and practicality, you have to give up something. So if you want refinement and some fun, get an RSX or a Mazda6. If you just wanna go fast, get an SRT4. But for me, this is the perfect combo of everything I need, plus some more.
Turbo boost, AWD versatility, momo steering wheel, lots of cargo room, and fun in the rain!
Amazingly crappy stereo, transmission with questionable reliability that wasn't improved for 04.
In silver the sport wagon attracts little of the attention the WR Blue vehicles do. Very enjoyable from 75 to 110 in fourth gear. All wheel drive is excellent in changing conditions (dirt,gravel,rain,slush, etc.). Once moving, it has the go of my V8 Mustang, but is more stable at high speed and MUCH safer in the wet.
Acceleration and stablility. All wheel drive in the wet and slush. Steering and overall feeling of control. Wagon is practical,subdued in appearance and rides well with the 16 inch rims.
Improve off the line acceleration. Quick starts now require clutch and drivetrain abuse. My neighbor's 6 cyl pickup is quicker across an intersection.
I've driven subies in Alaska for about 18 years..before most people ever heard of them. The main reason is they long ago perfected reliable all wheel drive. Finally, they added fun to the equation! I got the wagon so I'd have a little more room for camping gear, the roof rack, and the fold-down rear seats. It's also cheaper to insure then the sedan, even though it's basically identical. Go figure. I've only had it about a month, but it's a fun ride. More power then anyone really needs in a car this size, but that's why it's fun. Easily became the car where I'd be tooling along and look down and notice I was going 85 instead of 65.
AWD, killer subaru heater (a point lost on most, but they make the best heaters in cars), speed and power. Rear seats fold nearly flat. Lots of good standard features, A/C, cruise, power just about everything. No external radio antennae to worry about in the car wash.
Disconnect the e-brake from the headlights. Premium package should be available for wagon. Need more exterior color options. Better "premium" stereo. Include auto-start as an option. Range could be better, but it is a turbo. Might want to increase size of fuel tank.
Glad I waited for the 04's - redesign is stunning with mucho BIGGER scoop, sexier front end and rear tailights, interior ceiling is upgraded (was cheepy in the 03), headrest/seat is combined (cool), seats are more bolstered with improved fabric, Tach in CENTER with silver edgings around gauges, paid $1,100 for aftermarket sunroof (love it). Car handles beyond my expectations. Look forward to my commute now and constantly look for other WRXers.
The paintjob is superior - mine is black metalflake that sparkles gold in the sun. major stealth/sleeper look. FAST FAST FAST Its taking awhile to get used to the powerband. Nice throaty purr. Smooth highway player.
minor stuff: wish the CD player would shuffle all 6 at once, why no rear speakers?
I'd been sentenced to the past few years to a Volvo sedan. I've two little kids, and somewhere I'd heard that Volvos were safe. But I'd been eyeing the WRX for a couple years now, and finally took the plunge a couple weeks ago. It is a revelation. The feel is near- european, much superior to the mazdas and nissans I tested, though still not as vault-like as the Volvo. The acceleration is as filling-shaking as you'd expect. More interesting is the handling. Throw it into a curve and torque it up, and there's not an ounce of slide or wobble. I don't get where people say the back seat is small. I cram my kids in there and they love it.
Cat-like handling, minimalist interior design, studied dorkiness in exterior design.
Leather. I did come across a silver '03 that a dealership had cusomized with black and silver leather interior. Maybe Al Davis had ordered it. As bad as it looked, it made me wish a decent factory leather job was available.
I just bought my new 2004 last week and all I can say is, WOW. It may be the smoothest, most fun to drive car I've ever driven. I actually had given up on the '03 WRX cause I didn't care for the front design of the car with the bug-eye looking headlights and all. Then I saw the '04 at a big dealer show in my area a couple weeks ago and I didn't even realize it was a WRX. Subaru did a hell of a job on redesigning the body to make it more pleasing to the eye. Of course rear passanger space and cargo room are limited, which is why I got the sports wagon but that's fine with me since I'll only be in the drivers seat.
The greatest part about this car is the ride. Super smooth, amazing excelleration, and tight turning. Blowing out expensive sports cars with a wagon is always fun. Good standard equipment, comfortable front seats, and a great new look for the '04 model.
The only problem I have is that they removed the fender flares on the sports wagon. Just cause it's a wagon it doesn't mean it can't have a real sporty edge to it. I guess the cramped back seat is suspect but since I'll never be back there, it's fine with me.
Fantastic commuter car, long haul car or even light off road weekend fun.
Momo steering wheel, steering wheel mounted cruise control, high bolstered seats and quick acceleration. Also appreciate the full time four wheel drive and the way the car sticks to the ground in inclement weather where others spin out.
Improve the sun visors to not rattle when deployed. Needs a coin holder. Improve the drink holders in both dash and console. The extended console should be standard and not optional.