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2004 Subaru Impreza WRX AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
I've only had this car for 8 months,
but I can already say that I made a
good decision buying the car.
Definately a good choice to go with
the wagon. All the power, with all the
versitility and space. I race my
mountain bike all over Wisconsin, and
have never had a problem with not
having enough space. I would suggest
the short-throw shifter and arm-rest
extension as extras that are well
worth the money.
Only gripes with the car is the gas
milage and the fact that it runs on
premium... but don't get the wrong
idea, you don't buy this car for the
I am a fan of the 227 horse engine. If you've got the money to do it, go with a bigger turbo, as the stock turbo is quite laggy. The wagon's fold down seats and hidden storage area under the floor mat are nice for someone who camps or hauls a lot of equipment.
So far the only problem I've had has to do with my bike rack not fitting properly on the car. This is a problem only because it is an aftermarket rack, and not the factory Subaru rack. I find that the apholstry in the car is difficult to clean too.
2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi AWD 4dr Sedan w/Silver-Painted Wheels (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Previous car was a 5.0 V8 Mustang and I
can say this car obliterates it in terms
of performance. The STI has a far better
balance of incredible peformance bang
for buck. I believe this car will stand
tall in the Hall of Fame of Japanese
performance vehicles along with
supercars like the Supra. Handling is
porsche-like, braking is so strong its
painful, and acceleration is everything
a horsepower nut could want. After
17,000 miles in 90-100 degree weather I
am very impressed with the Honda-like
quality of this vehicle. Its also much
faster than any Mitsu Evo I've come
across. Mark my words, it is a legend
to-be. It's the '69 Camaro of the future.
Acceleration, braking, handling, full seats, 4 airbags standard, spacious trunk, excellent mileage (if you keep your foot of the gas). Transmission is almost too good to be true, the softest shifting 6 speed yet strongest feeling tranny ever! Did I mention adjustable f/r torque distribution?
I wish Subaru would keep the 2004 exactly as it was, but alas, they added more weight and didn't help much with a weaker helical front diff in '05. Other than wider wheels, the handling improvements are non-existent and the wing is still as oversized as ever.
2004 Subaru Impreza WRX AWD 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
After driving trucks for years, I
finally decided to get something fun for
the roads, but still needed to carry my
music and camping equipment on regular
occasion. What better than the Subaru
WRX? You get the agility of a sports car
and the utility of a wagon with the same
vehicle. The interior is laid out
intuitively and is very pleasant to the
eyes. Exterior styling is nice, not
obvious to everyone what lies underneath
the hood, which is great. Bottom line is
the car is incredibly fun to drive,
without typical sports car compromises.
Engine, handling, and interior look and feel. No traction control or other hand-holding garbage. Great aftermarket support. The steering wheel calls my name.
Steering wheel always a little too low, but not bad. Tranmission a little chunky but not terrible. ABS can get hyperactive and scary on uneven surfaces. Headlights don't aim high enough on low beam. Note that these are minor complaints, this car is incredible.
2004 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
I bought my Outback Sport on 6/1/04, and
have loved every minute of driving. I'm
still under the break-in period (only
150 miles left) so I'm keeping it
(barely) under 4k RPM.
Even keeping my Sport under 4k RPM, I
still have enough power to freely move
around at freeway speeds.
I took my Sport and my fiancee on a nice
long drive up Pacific Coast Highway from
Santa Monica to Ventura the weekend
after we bought it, and we were thrilled
with the handling, power, and comfort.
This is truly the perfect car for me.
Plenty of room for the rugrats (when
they come) and for Future Dog (when he
Fog lights, auto-dimming rear-view mirror w/ compass, and remote door locks. Peppy engine, tight cornering.
Cupholders. I had thought there were two rear cupholders on this model. Also, a little more leg room for front passengers. When I'm not driving (which is a rarity), I am *just* a little cramped for legroom.
2004 Subaru Impreza 2.5 TS AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
After flipping cars every 6 mos for the
past 2 years, I think I've finally
found the right balance of everything!
Has plenty of room (like my old
4Runner), handles great (close enough
to my A4), gets great gas mileage (MUCH
better than my V6 Accord)...This car
has handling, convenience and character
to spare! The boxer engine is just a
gem - likes to rev, rock and roll! The
2.5L engine has PLENTY of power and
torque, gets better gas mileage than
the 2.0L blown version, and costs about
HALF to insure. Skip the WRX, skip the
9.2X and check this one out - you won't
AWD!!, great visibility, handles awesome, love the quirky styling, practically strangles the road...all this for WELL UNDER $20K? SOLD!
Needs a sunroof. Crossbars for the roof rack should be standard. Interior is a bit bland, but nothing unacceptable. You won't win any stoplight drag races, but that's not what this version of the car is about. The cupholders do suck, but it isn't a problem day-to-day.