2004 Subaru Impreza Consumer Review: Definitely a Rally Car

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Definitely a Rally Car
By djbii on


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


Incredibly fast with great handling, though road grip is best during acceleration-- it diminishes when easing off the gas. Still, the car easily takes ramps or highway curves 25 MPH above signs. Very limited body roll. No tire screech with the stock "summer" tires and AWD. Torque is fair at 1500 (5th gear is possible at 20 MPH). Impressive torque above 2500. Seats are a bit hard for long rides (1 hour +). The suspension is very stiff-- moves over rolling roads (barely noticeable bounce) but absorbs potholes / rough pavement very little (even small ones are obvious). The inside comfort is limited-- but then this is a rally car.

Best Features

Acceleration and handling. Fairly easy to drive around town--fairly easy to rapidly exceed speed limits. The high intensity discharge lights are a very nice touch for a rally car (especially since they are height / angle adjustable). Great lighting at night.

Worst Features

The idea the radio (and speakers) will add weight and thus diminish performance is a bit absurd. Audio should be standard. I'd like to see an option for some Subaru WRC rally logos. GET WINTER TIRES (if you live around snow)!!
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