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" 53 reviews
"handling" 39 reviews
"ride" 36 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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mcusack336 writes:
2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 4 Dr Turbo AWD Sedan Review
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4

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fun car to drive

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maintenance must be kept up

mcusack336
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2004 Sti — wish it had a sunroof. the car handles very very well. Especially with upgraded coilovers. has plenty of power on tap to get you around traffic. Not a good first car for teenagers but more for older experienced drivers yea .

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

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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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Joshua writes:
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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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Clark9999 writes:
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4

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Handling, Power, just overall performance is awesome for the dollar

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To small when you have your second child.

Clark9999
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Great Performance For The Dollar — I would recommend this car to anyone who loves driving. It has tremendous power and braking. In the winter there is nothing better than having no worries no matter what is thrown at you. The fuel mileage is not bad either for the 300hp engine.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Karanjah writes:
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performance mostly when the ALS is on or when i use launch control..... the sound also does it for me.

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performance on a hot day....

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Major Awesome — The car has an after market MAP but the performance is superb. 0-100 in abt 5sec, braking is perect im running 4 port brembo on all 4 wheels though wish they made 8 port calipers the size of the 4 port so that I can fit 15" alloy rims. handling is good though a slight understeer but that i can leave with. Built quality is awesome though I have blown 2 engines already due to high reving but they shuld put in a warning mechanism to show the engine overheating and put a more efficient engine oil cooling system. the car is worth every coin, performance and maintenance but its a killer when u are reving to 7000rpm b4 u shift.... fuel consumption then is over the roof at such high revs. Appearance.... AWESOME, LEGENDARY the N10 eagle eyes are jus sexy combined with the big bonnet scoop i love driving it day in day out.

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

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Sean writes:
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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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y2kimports writes:
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5

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All wheel drive, Big turbo, Huge power, Reliable.

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All wheels spin!

y2kimports
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Absolutely Fantastic. — It's a work in progress, don't think I will ever actually bring myself to put her up for sale. She'll be in the family for a long time! The reliability is great, especially with out built motors! I couldn't ask for a better vehicle!

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

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cquinn_99 writes:
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Fantastic performance but drives very well as daily driver.  Timeless looks.  Great reliability and has held up incredibly.  I regularly have people ask if its new even though it is nearly 10 years old!

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Had to replace turbo after 8 years due to a "known" tech issue.  Was frustrated to not know of issue in advance so it could have been prevented.  Other than that, no cons!

cquinn_99
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Perfect All Around Car! — I've never owned a car more than 2 or 3 years before this one. This car has just been so good all around it's been a keeper. It has amazing handling regardless of weather. Excellent performance while still able to transport a family.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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mikeball1994 writes:
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Fast and fun. Amazing in Colorado

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None yet but I will update it if I find any

mikeball1994
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Aggressive And Full Of Charecter — This car is an amazing vehicle. I have only just driven it back from buying it but I still already love it. It has so much personality and so much power but it also just eats up the miles on a long drive. I will update this the longer I own this car

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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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2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Reviews

Its A Very Nice And Good Car. By ciscokid1

The car is very cool and very fun to drive. It has plenty of power and doen't lack on performance at all. The tinted windows are very nice not just so no one can look in but for the sun also. This car... Read More

Winter Weapon By winterfourever

A WRB STI was my boyhood dream car and it hasn't disappointed me! It's an absolute weapon in the snow and a blast to drive in all conditions. The engine has a good amount of power and the transmission... Read More

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2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Reviews

Great Starter Sports Car By zerovacuum0hg

Performance is great especially for drivers who want to make the transition to track. Not a very practical daily driver unless you have drove manual transmission your whole life. Perfect road car fo... Read More

Great 4-door "sports Car" For The Money! By hoodfe

What can I say, I love driving it! If you're looking for a practical yet spirited ride, look no further. Easy to work on and maintain. Also made a lot of friends just because of the groups out there f... Read More

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2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Reviews

Amazing. By Simon

fully built up. bought it stock in 08 and now its a different car. went from 260 whp to 450 whp. 0-60 was 4.4 and now its around 3.5. completely changed the suspension setup, motor, exterior, interi... Read More

Impressive And Surprisingly Great By 07subarusti

I was really impressed with this car from day one. I get many compliments and it is nice to park and drive. The car is really fast and drives like it is on rails. The most surprising thing about th... Read More

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2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Reviews

Great All Around Car By Gabriel

Bought this car after my 240sx, 300zx, and GTI. I really enjoyed my time with it and totally regret selling it. I thought I no longer needed a fast car or stick shift. It turns out I was wrong. I ... Read More

About By gratefullife

Love the car, it is exciting to drive and rarely gets boring. It is an absolute blast to drive in the snow. And even in 6th gear, there is still enough to get out of it's own way and switch lanes. Read More

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2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Reviews

Very All-around Impressive By Subilover1

my Subaru impreza WRX STI is the best car I've driven, and I've driven some pretty amazing cars, anywhere from ferrari's to porsches! And you get 10x the performance for a fraction of the price, every... Read More

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