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2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi

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Performance for the rest of us
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By Michael
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2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi WRX STi AWD 4dr Sedan w/Gold-Painted Wheels (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

The STi is by far the most performance value for your dollar. At roughly $100/horsepower, you will be challenged to find something else that competes (with the exception of the Mitsubishi EVO). This car is by far the most fun to drive of any turbocharged car I've owned. Running out of corners in 2nd gear with the All Wheel Drive will put a huge grin on your face every single time you do it. There are other performance cars out there such as the Nissan 350Z that are close. But the STi offers a standard cart-your-friends around 4-door (I carry both my kids car seats in mine) that you don't get with most sports cars. Bottom line is this car is a blast to drive, and is affordable.


Favorite Features

All Wheel Drive performance and stiff suspension gives outstanding road grip. Plenty of utility and a practical daily driver. Acceleration is excellent in all gears. Leave *everything* else on the road behind when the pavement is wet.


Suggested Improvements

Folding rear seats would be a huge improvement in utility and would allow you to carry a much greater variety of cargo. A good performance automatic transmission option would be great. Improved anti-sway bars to take out that tiny little bit of understeer. Automatic mode for the Intercooler Spray.


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Best Bang for the buck performance
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By Glenn Ford
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2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi WRX STi AWD 4dr Sedan w/Gold-Painted Wheels (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

If you want a car that performs like a 60,000 dollar car for half the price this is it. Let me tell you this car is a champ with the background of a championship winning car in the World Rally Championship. A lot of the features are derived from the actual rally car. It handles awesome and accelerates awesome. This car will beat most European cars on the road easily. You will laugh at most stock Japanese cars.


Favorite Features

The center differential. It lets you go into corners very hot and won't let you slide out or lose control.


Suggested Improvements

Maybe adding a second turbo for more power. Also a semi automatic setup like the rally car and most current Euro cars. 18 inch wheels.


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Bank the Buck
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By CoreySTi04
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2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi WRX STi AWD 4dr Sedan w/Silver-Painted Wheels (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

As a previous owner of a WRX and frequent passenger in an Evo. I can say that I made the right decision. Subaru build quality is excellent. The aceleration of this car is unlike any other on the street. With just a turbo back exhaust I have the car running 12.7 1/4 mile times. That's Corvette country and that makes Evos disappear in the rearview mirror. The ride quality is not as good as the WRX but better than the Evo, but that is to be expected from a race ready car. The interior puts the Evo to shame. Gauges are great . The Evo seats are better than the STi, the STi seats are better than the WRX. The 6MT is far better than the WRX or Evo shifter. Short shifter is a great add-on


Favorite Features

Acceleration


Suggested Improvements

More support from the seats


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Long Distance Driver
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By L. D. Driver
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2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi WRX STi AWD 4dr Sedan w/Silver-Painted Wheels (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

Because of the great power, reasonable gas mileage, and superb handling the car is great fun on long trips; especially in mountain areas.


Favorite Features

Power, handling.


Suggested Improvements

Remote opening trunk.


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By Dave
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2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi WRX STi AWD 4dr Sedan w/Gold-Painted Wheels (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

This car is a great performer, but you pay the price with a harsh ride. Fuel economy is poor, even when driven tame (15-17mpg). Build quality could be better, especially with paint. The paint seems to chip and scratch easily. Make no mistake, this car is about the engine and little else. Subaru should offer performance upgrades packages with reduced warranty coverage for those looking for more performance. If your looking for a quick car with a nice ride for the same price...look at the Infinity G35.


Favorite Features

engine


Suggested Improvements

Better paint, performance upgrade packages through Subaru


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