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
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
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
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
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.