2004 Subaru Impreza User Reviews
WRX Sedan shown
- $5,675 - $11,701
- No trim specified for this review
I recently had the pleasure of a 24hr test drive of a 2004 Subaru WRX STi. The car was in fact used, with 22Kmi (somebody loved this car once) and still smelled new! Getting behind the wheel is a treat, with it's inviting interior that matches it's exquisite exterior (Spartan meaning a fairly plain dash, and no stereo, thankfully remedied in the '05) the previous owner chose the leather shift knob over the titanium "STi" knob (in my opinion, an excellent choice), and an aftermarket turbo timer. The car roared to life with the turn of the computer chipped key. It's obvious the STi breathes well through it's tuned exhaust (stock).
The short shifter moves into first with a little effort, but the clutch is still responsive, yet forgiving. It accelerates very smoothly, with some expected lag in the more than adequate turbo that throws you back in your seat due to the 300hp with 300ft lbs of torque. I dare you to attempt lighting up those gummy tires on a straight-away!
Slight understeer in the corners, but a quick blip of the throttle will break the wheels free. A sheer joy in traffic with it's easy clutch. It's a good daily driver. My only concern was heat...300hp only spread over 4cyl can be punishing. This is answered with the intercooler water jet that will spray like the windshield wiper jets over the massive intercooler with the push of a button. The front and rear torsion bars added remarkable stiffness to the chassis, allowing for uncommon speed in the turns. Unfortunately, Subaru cars hold their value well, and my wife wouldn't allow me to purchase it...so I compensate by telling you what it was like driving the toughest stock import on the street!
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