I've had the '04 WRX for almost 2 and
a half months and one thing is
clear...this car MOVES. The car's low
center of gravity and excellent
handling makes you feel like you no
longer obey the rules of physics. My
last car was a BMW 525i, and the subie
puts that car to shame, especially
considering it cost tens of thousands
of dollars less. The only other car i
could imagine myself buying in the
future is the STI.
Steering response, Turbo Power, AWD,
sport seats, and thick Momo steering
Wish the car had a 60/40 fold down
rear seats to fit bigger things,
better cupholders, and xenon head
After researching AWD wagons under
$21,000, We decided on this car.It has
more than lived up to our
expectations.With more than adequate
power(165HP)and a smooth 5sp
transmission, it handles mountain roads
under all conditions(wet or Dry). The
breaks are excellent and its handling is
responsive.With the seats down,it has 61
cu.ft. of cargo room. And with the top
rack it provided plenty of space for
camping gear. Additionally, we averaged
27.5mpg on the trip to Yosemite.
Traded Lexus RX300 for WRX & feel 20
yrs younger. Very fun w ample
storage for activities. 9500 mi. Took
time to learn power characteristics
(weak low end). Rough throttle tip-in w
somewhat lumpy power band. Superb
traction & AWD system. Very tossable w
some understeer (sedans have bigger
rear sway bar than wagons). Likes being
driven aggressively. Easily squirts
though traffic. Stable & relatively
quiet hiway cruiser (w16s, 17s noisier,
rougher ride based on test drive). Some
rattles but curable. Solid chassis.
Stereo upgrade barely acceptable.
Better mileage than expected.
Exceptional paint. Would buy again.
Great dealer experience.
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
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.