My wife had a 2k GT wagon that we
replaced w/this one. All the issues I
had w/the 2k (plain interior, road
noise, inability to get out of it's own
way) were addressed by the 05.
Dynamically, the car is easily equal to
many more expensive cars (we had a
brief affair w/a 2k S4 avant- the subie
is nearly as nice and about 120x more
reliable). The design is nice, the
ride and noise are well-controlled,
power is excellent. Really a stellar
deal for the price.
Excellent drivetrain, enormous sunroof,
swanky new looks, much-improved
interior, overall improvement in
quality. Just off-beat enough to make
people wonder what just blasted by them
on 2 lane roads as they blunder along
at 10 mph under the limit yammering on
their cell phone.
Cloth interior option, STi version
(surely in the works) grippier seats
(perhaps a cloth option for the LTD?)
and I am not sure the climate control
system is an improvement over the good
old-fashioned HVAC controls. The stock
bridgeston RE92's are nearly criminal.
Better elbow support for trips.