2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi User Reviews

2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Appearance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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PROS
"power" 51 reviews
"handling" 38 reviews
"ride" 35 reviews
"speed" 35 reviews
"awd" 11 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 28 reviews
"expensive car" 11 reviews
"ride" 9 reviews
"interior" 7 reviews
"power" 5 reviews

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Joshua writes:
2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 4 Dr Turbo AWD Sedan Review
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Outstanding performance for the price.  Not just the engine, but also the brakes are outstanding.  Good in all weather if you switch to ultra-high-performance all-season tires.  A true 4-door sports car.  Great "bang for the buck."

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Garish looks (though this depends on your taste), minor initial quality issues, transmission could be smoother.

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7 Years Of Saving $$ Was Worth It! — I saved my money for 7 years while I was in the Army, mostly stationed overseas, with the intent of paying for grad school. Then I ended up getting a scholarship. So, I bought this car. It was worth every penny. Other cars I was considering were the RX-8, Mustang, Evo, and G35. I picked a 4-door because I figured I might get married someday (and as you can see, I did) and have kids, so I figured I could keep a 4-door for many years. I also liked the AWD. I wanted something a little sportier than the G35, so it came down to STi vs. Evo. In the end, a review in a magazine noted that the STi was just a little bit more well-mannered on the street, so I got it. I have not been disappointed. The car is a rocket. I will confess to having gotten it over 100mph at timed, but the scary thing is that I've usually done it unintentionally - like trying to get around someone so I floor the accelerator and I'm breaking 100 before I even notice. With 4 doors, it's just practical enough to keep... I admit there's a child seat in it now, which may seem a bit uncool but hey, just because I'm a dad doesn't mean I can't have any fun! A few things that bother me: 1) I would have preferred more conservative styling - the wing is an absolute cop magnet. I am not a reckless driver and I almost never really speed, but I don't like cops just following me around waiting for me to do something, which has happened. 2) A few initial quality issues. The power steering was making some hissing noises, and the rack and pump had to be replaced. Also, I had to get the alignment done twice in the first three months, which may have been connected to the other problem. 3) The transmission is good but not great - shifting isn't quite as smooth as I'd like. Also, the clutch is grabby and the brakes throw off a LOT of dust. Both of these are inevitable - the fact that both are high-performance components leads directly to those effects. i consider it an acceptable tradeoff, but it's something you should consider. Finally, the sound system was an option, so I tried to save money by skipping it and getting a cheaper radio installed at Best Buy. BIG MISTAKE. If you want a radio in it, stick with the dealer-installed option - they're less likely to botch the job. The car came with performance (summer) tires. So it was marginal in the wet and undrivable in snow/ice (I only attempted to do so once, going around the block as a test). I've replaced the original tires with Bridgestone RE960s, and with those and the AWD it is now quite good in all weather conditions, though obviously with a tradeoff on dry pavement. I believe the initial quality issues have been resolved - I did get this during its first model year. So my bottom line is that if Subaru could just add a better transmission - maybe like the dual-clutch system in the Audis - this car would be darn near perfect. And for well under $40K!

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Brad writes:
2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 4 Dr Turbo AWD Sedan Review
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4

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acceleration is fantastic.  6spd gearbox makes it hard to be in the wrong gear

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Hated the wing

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Four Doors, A Usable Trunk And Goes Like Stink. What More Do You Want — most fun to drive car I have ever owned. acceleration is almost supercar fast (with a little tuning), handling is fantastic. The style of the first generation is way too over the top, but very easy to overlook considering all the other attributes.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Benjamin writes:
2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 4 Dr Turbo AWD Sedan Review
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the noise whether driving fast or slow, and the perfrmance

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turbo lag, the looks are not to everyones taste

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Great Car To Put A Smile On Your Face And Remind You Of Being A 10 Year Old Child Again — Perfrmace is impressive, turbo lag is evident but once the turbo is wound up performance is more than enough to satisfy. The all wheel drive keeps th power from intimidating the drive, almost allowing he driver to feel better than they are. It stops and goes as any rallyrep should an puts a huge smile on my face. Build quility is solid if lackingin flair or imagination. Its plain and simple on the inside but then thats not what the car is about. It does punish the wallet when it comes to fuel consumption, drainig a tank under enthusiastic useage but the pay off is the lasting thoughts of the acceleration on boost. Its cheaper to run than previous cars and my local dealer are very helpful with any routine service work. Its definatelya car id recommend to anyone.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Hemed writes:
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its the reason why i wanted a drivers license, my inspiration to love cars

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none!

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Wow! — the handling is jus awesome...the engine blows my mind....you can feel it cutting through the road...its perfect...its a powerful 4WD car...built in turbo.. sports seats and pedals.... turbo gauges ... it has nooo problem its always runnin perfectly.. sports interior...im not into fancy interiors...blaupunkt speakers.. 6 CD changer... sport alloy rims..sports suspension..keyless entry....in short..HOT car..

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Vivi writes:
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Performance, Almost superhuman grip when cornering. The Flat Four Boxer engine beat.

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Its expensive to run, LOUD, you need a skeleton of weapons grade titanium if the road is anything less than smooth.

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I Love It. A Special Place In My Heart, The Car Is Alive. To Me Anyway. — Performace: Simply astonishing. Goes like hell. Stops like hell. Corners like its on rails. Simply defies gravity. Build Quality: Well...The mechanical parts of the car are nearly bullet proof. Very few squeaks and rattles. The interior has a cheap feel to it, some of the plastics arent very nice, but thats not the point of this car. Underneath the skin, Its as i said. Bullet proof. Appearance, I have gold rims, a crazy boot wing, huge bonnet mounted air intake, flared body, scoops and vents in random places. One word. Aggressive. Cost of ownership, Very very high. When things do eventually go wrong, they arent cheap to replace. Fuel economy is TERRIBLE. Especially if you drive it like it was designed to be driven. However...the car gives very little trouble because of the rally bred engineering. Did i say bullet proof? Fun factor, When i first put the accelerator pedal right down to the floor...I was stunned...a childish grin on my face. When I went around a corner in earnest the amount of speed I could carry in was literally death defying. Fun? oh yes. Terrifying? Occassionally. Priceless memories, sensory excitement and satisfaction? Guaranteed.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Lawrence writes:
2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 4 Dr Turbo AWD Sedan Review
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all out performance

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piston rings depend on ecu tuning

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Great Car For The Performance Enthusiast, Bad For Young Drivers And Idiots When It Comes To Modding — Fast, fun, reliable. You CAN have all three. My Subie is built, gutted, and purpose built for racing, spirited driving, and track days. I wouldn't ever go back and buy a half ass built car like its main competitor. E85 FTW :P

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Willis writes:
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Fast, sporty, amazing handling

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get this car if you can

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I Would Recommend This Car To Anyone, And I Will Drive Mine As Long As I Can! — Great handling, amazing pick up, 0-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds, from the factory. Comfortable with some ammenities, like heated seats, moonroof, a/c. Wish the rear seats folded down, but it does have a pass through for snowboards. Roof racks aren't a great idea due to frameless windows, but this reduces weight so it's great. I love this car and will own it until it dies!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Sean writes:
2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 4 Dr Turbo AWD Sedan Review
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AWD. Period.

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Gas?

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Beast. — Its a pretty car, fast, handles like no other. You're gonna love the AWD. Only regret is the mileage that you get on it (18/21 MPG). If you throw on an exhaust or any parts it purrs like a cat. Well, more like bubbles :D And.. if you've never driven a fast car before, this is a good place to start!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Paul writes:
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Solid all-around performance, Turbo, AWD, Manual

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Seats, Cost to properly maintain

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2004 Subaru Impreza Wrx Sti — For the money you get a fairly competent that's a joy to drive on the street and the track, on road or off road. As far as performance is concerned you are given a very solid foundation to build from and tailor to your needs. In stock form it isn't blisteringly fast but it is quick. Driving this car to it's max potential is a little unnerving at first, if you enter corners like you would traditionally in a RWD car you will find it has heaps of understeer. This is where you begin to trust in the chassis and start pushing harder and harder into the corners to the limit that once you lift off the throttle the rear begins to step out. At this point you can roll back into the throttle maintaining this pitched out balance. If you're looking for creature comforts, it will not be found here. This car is a no frills single purpose car, you have two cup holders a fairly sparten interior that most find hideous in the factory blue color. From the exterior standpoint it is again a case of love it or hate it. This car screams look at me and that isn't always in a good way, because the cops will definitely look at you. Cost of the car can sky rocket in a hurry. If you are inexperienced at driving a manual I would find a beater car to learn on, with a clutch for parts a lone in the $800 range most would prefer to not replace it on a regualr basis. Another area is the brakes, they are huge and with that comes a huge cust to replace them. You will be looking in the neighborhood of $1000 to replace all four corners. The third area is modifications. In and of it themselves they can be expensive, but if you don't know what you are doing and go about things all willy nilly you will find yourself down the road with an engine that's more useful as a boat anchor than the propulsion for your vehicle. Overall this car is a blast to own and push to its limits. But the caveat to this is if you want to play you better be ready to pay.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Charles writes:
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Great in almost every aspect.

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A little flimsy interior, but I think this is due to the designers wanting to stay true to rally car styling.

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"less Of A Car, More Of A Bar Room Brawler" ~jeremy Clarkson — Performance- In a June 2003 article from Car And Driver by Daniel Pund he claims the car gets from 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds. That is enough power for most I'd say. Build Quality- This car is built very rigid. Appearance- Tacky blue body, gold wheels, & pink logos. A very rally look. Cost of Ownership- Currently on ebay people seem to be asking about $16K - $27K for them. Fun Factor- Yes it's fun and it's fast.

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