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Excellent car
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By Gonz
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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 have owned this car for a year now and put on 15,000 miles. It is easily just as much fun now as when I first bought it, actually more. I started auto crossing it this year with amazing results. The corner steering is pretty pushy but that is about the only negative thing I can think of for the STi and that can be fixed with bigger sway bars and an alignment. The ride is pretty comfortable for a long trip and as long as you are easy with it, it gets good gas mileage for 300HP. Overall I believe it is a wonderful car for the money.


Best Features

My favorite features are probably the HP/acceleration first then the handling around the track. The interior colors are wonderful for a black or blue car but not so much for any other color.


Worst Features

More choices in interior color, a more aggressive suspension (people that buy these aren't in them mainly for comfort).


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Prime "hidden" sports car
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By Dr Z
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2005 Subaru Impreza WRX AWD 4dr Sedan w/Premium Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Exceptional covert turbo station wagon. Greatly priced for the performance and features Subaru offers. Slight lag when below 3000 rpm and turbo seems to fail when in 5th gear. Good overall visibility, good comfort (driver's seat could be a bit higher for better visibility, esp. over hood scoop), handling is by far the best and smooth, center of gravity is slow and makes the ride feel extremely safe, sound system quality excels, fuel economy is good but fails with A/C and turbo acceleration. Interior room is larger than expected. Updated exterior is stylish and yet subdued. As my second Subaru purchase, I am more than satisfied with the Subaru quality of AWD and exceptional service.


Best Features

Handling is tight and smooth, never questioning safety or loss of control under various driving conditions and weather situations. Power always available when needed to keep away from others' poor driving skills.


Worst Features

Driver's seat doesn't adjust high enough for better visibility especially over hood scoop. Absence of dash space for items like sunglasses, etc makes storing items somewhat burdensome in the extended armrest.


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Most Fun Compact Car with AWD!
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By David
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2005 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS AWD 4dr Sedan w/Sport Package (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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I've had my Impreza 2.5 RS Sports Wagon for just over a month. It's exactly what I'm looking for -- compact size, reasonable power, and lots of cargo space. I've had two other compact cars (Dodge Neon and Ford Focus) and the Impreza is the best by far. The front seats are excellent for everyday driving, they are very supportive and controls are exactly where they should be. Passing power is great in city, I can change lanes with ease. One thing that I'm uncertain about the Impreza are the frameless doors, although they feel sporty, but might increase wind noise in a couple years ?


Best Features

Superior Handling. Good fuel economy. Confidence on extreme road conditions. Good resale value.


Worst Features

More legroom in back. Can't wait for the new redesigned Impreza.


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Nice toy car!
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By Rexmaster
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2005 Subaru Impreza WRX AWD 4dr Sedan w/Premium Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I only had this car for 4 days and must say I really enjoy driving this car! Handling is superb for a stock suspension. Nice alternative for the pricey STi.


Best Features

Symmetric All Wheel Drive. Excellent suspension.


Worst Features

One touch up/down for all windows and moonroof. Leather seats and fold down rear seats. 6-speed with close gear ratio. HID.


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By rarevos
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2005 Subaru Impreza WRX AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Thin sheetmetal, thin paint, notchy shifter, easily customized, fantastic performance, great utility. No other car comes close at this price; nice interior for class. Great seats. Wish the wagon had a sunroof.


Best Features

Speed, handling, utility, 4WD, interior.


Worst Features

Sunroof, better exterior styling (but without the $3,000+ premium like the Saab).


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