This is my 7th Subaru. All except the '98 RS coupe got to 200k miles. VERY tossable. Now we have 30k on it and only a few mods. Silencer removal, Prodrive 17's with M3's, K&N, front and rear braces. Future mods on order include braided lines, Hawk HPS pads, front & rear skid-plates from Primitive Racing, and full synthetic Redline conversion. Went playing in 12" of unplowed wet snow for 1.5 hours. Took 4 hrs to get the snow off it. Worth the work! Buy it -Have fun.
Ultra-high performance all-season tires in 17-18" are well overdue from factory. Stock tires are garbage.
I don't know how anyone looking for an economical AWD vehicle doesn't grab this one immediately. I have no problems, although I do believe that at 50,000k I shouldn't have any problems. Fact is a lot of cars do have issues after a few km's. I live in Edmonton, Alberta Canada, and during one of our largest snow storms in recent times, I was out having fun and watching all the people in regular cars, digging pushing and swearing. This car has been rock solid, the one single complaint I have is the paint, it is not terrible, just would think it could be more rugged, but then again, it's my first new car and scuffs show up easier.
Boxer engine, the AWD makes it an obvious choice in Canada, and the wagon is extremely helpful.
Paint is a little weak, and make the high beams the day time running lights, would look much better.
I used to drive a 2003 Nissan SER SpecV and the WRX is better in every aspect. Fantastic car to modify. The possibilities are endless. Love the aftermarket/car club atmosphere surrounding this car. Not a better deal for $23k....shoulda bought an STi.
Love the seats, optional dimmed and compass rear-view mirror. Shifter in a great position. Ample leg room (I'm 6'-1"). Fantastic power and torque out of the 2.0L "boxer."
Ugly "shark fin" rear spoiler. Install better factory tires. The Potenzas stink...even in snow. Change the 1st gear ratio to run longer. Too much body roll.
I'm a car enthusiast, and a former owner of two Acura Integras and one Nissan 350z and by far my Impreza WRX has been my best ride, sporty yet practical, fast, not flashy, reliable, and most important fun to drive on a daily basis and to own for that matter.
Seat for me and four more, faaast acceleration and great control taking corners.
Better brakes (which they did for the 06), better sway bars and tires.
2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi AWD 4dr Sedan w/Gold-Painted Wheels (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
The car is fabulous. It is the best bad weather car I have ever driven. It is very stable in the rain and snow. It does require snow tires for snow use, as the OE summer tires have no snow tread. The performance of the car is great. It responds to inputs similar to a racecar. The tires, suspension, and steering have little compliance, which makes it so responsive. The engine has plenty of low end torque and good top end power. I was surprised at just how much better the engine and handling is compared to the standard WRX. The engine alone is probably worth the price difference, and the handling makes it even better yet. Its handling is close to neutral, and the steering responds to throttle.
Engine, suspension, driver controlled center differential, tires, short throw shifter, steering wheel, seats, alcantera seat cloth, automatic climate control, in-dash 6 cd changer and sound system, sizable trunk, adjustable audible RPM alert, 4 doors, brakes.
Semi-automatic gearbox, which is a manual transmission with an automatic clutch, like the ones that are optional on the BMW M3 and the Toyota MR2,