2004 Subaru Impreza Consumer Review: WRX falls short of both 2.5RS

2004 Subaru Impreza - Consumer Review

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WRX Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 5-speed Manual)

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WRX falls short of both 2.5RS and STi
By Patick2730 on


2004 Subaru Impreza WRX AWD 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


The WRX is a very poor day-to-day performer. If you simply want a smooth- driving AWD car, get the 2.5RS. If you want the AWD and the POWER, get the WRX STi. In poor weather any Impreza model is a blast to drive with the AWD system. However you will get extremely frustrated by the lack of responsiveness in the WRX 2L turbo engine. Crusing in normal traffic, you literally have to wait a second and a half after going WOT before the ECU allows the turbo to make full boost and the car gets moving like expected. At any rpm below 3K the car cannot get out of its own way. Also, first gear boost is limited to a measly 7psi, so off-the- line starts are not as quick as you are led to believe.

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AWD system

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Even the basic modifications that are available in the aftermarket would make the WRX more drivable and responsive, but Subaru will be so quick to void your warranty if you do so, your head will spin.
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