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I love the WRX!
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By Brian
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2005 Subaru Impreza WRX AWD 4dr Sedan w/Premium Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 4A)


Review

Performance that can't be beat for the price! Much more solid than the SRT-4 and superior handling to the Mustang. The WRX is great through the turns or on the highway. Interior is comfortable but the cup holders are a nuisance. The car is suited for any and every condition (try taking it on some dirt roads for a real treat!) and is a pleasure to drive. Headlights aren't strong enough for a vehicle of this performance and the brakes are a bit squishy, but the car can take a beating and keep on going!


Best Features

Handling, speed, comfortable seats.


Worst Features

Better (and sturdier!) cup holders. Better Headlights (maybe HID?). Rear seats that fold down.


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Rocket-powered Rollerskate
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By Anthony Goordman
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2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi AWD 4dr Sedan w/Silver-Painted Wheels (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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This is the most exciting automobile that I have ever driven. Taken to the edge of its performance, it is breath-taking. It is not built for larger people. While the seats are comfortable and the controls are all within easy reach, large drivers will find it difficult to enter and exit this sedan. Like most compact sedans, the back seats are even smaller than the front. The boot is very spacious and access is easy. Fuel mileage is highly dependent on how one drives and spirited style will lower the mileage substantially. Quality control standards are equal to or greater than US or European luxury standards.


Best Features

The performance! The acceleration, speed, and excitement are outstanding. The handling is also superior, with the all-wheel-drive keeping the wheels glued to the pavement--some credit of which certainly belongs to the Bridgestone tires.


Worst Features

Interior dimensions. Give the driver's seat more adjustments or allow the pedals the ability to move so that each driver gets the most comfortable position from which to operate the vehicle.


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STI performance quality
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By Dan
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2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi AWD 4dr Sedan w/Silver-Painted Wheels (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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I love my STI. Coolest and fastest car I've ever driven. Buying one pre-owned for me was easier on the wallet: car price-wise and insurance-wise. The MSRP for a STI brand new is about $32-33K. Pretty steep for a young bachelor such as myself. The dealer I bought off of started the car at $31k but was willing to crank it down to $29k, which was sufficient. I got a lot for the money; 300hp, dramatic acceleration, great all-wheel drive system, brilliant supercar interior. Just driving it, I forget I'm in a Subaru; it's a velocity dream car that can outrun a 280hp Mustang in the 1/4 mile. I feel really safe in the STi. Get a lot of looks driving down the road. The car looks mean. I love it


Best Features

The six-speed tranny. The interior is awesome.


Worst Features

Nothing major. I'm not a real fan of the rally wing, which I will change. I hope Subaru doesn't fiddle with the overall design at all. That car could make it through a decade and never get old. So many cars have looked the same for the last 5 years; Nissan Altima, VW Jetta, & Mercedes M-klasse.


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2005 Subaru WRX STi Sedan
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By Sinister Subaru
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2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi AWD 4dr Sedan w/Gold-Painted Wheels (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

Pros: blistering acceleration, sharp & responsive handling, build quality, seat comfort, tight & precise shifter, excellent brakes, standard equipment level (for this type of vehicle), good a/c & heater, fuel economy (24-25 mpg mixed driving), all wheel drive, excellent price considering overall performance and amenities. Cons: punishing ride on anything but smoothest of roads (jarring, skips, & kicks), poor sounding audio system, extremely short tire-life, poor paint quality, rear seat does not fold down for pass-through.


Best Features

Intercooler water sprayer, 6-speed manual transmission, exterior/interior appearance & trim, Brembo brake system, height-adjustable headlights, adjustable gear differential.


Worst Features

Better quality paintjob, more forgiving ride without sacrificing handling, tires with longer life, better sounding audio system, collapsible rear seat or pass-through feature.


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Made the Right Choice
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By BaRoK
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2005 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


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Got it over a week ago and I can't take my hand off the wheels. I was aiming for the turbo model but decided to go for the RS mainly because of fuel economy, theft avoidance and it's my daily driver. It's a thrill to drive especially on twisty corners. Gears and suspension are outstanding. The engine growls like a beast. Overall, I'm very satisfied with my RS's performance and handling. Can't wait to drive it snow.


Best Features

AWD, quick acceleration, huge trunk space, spacious rear seating.


Worst Features

Would be nice if the audio is better. A remote trunk release and a 60/40 rear split seats.


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