2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi User Reviews

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality: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
  • 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" 21 reviews
"ride" 15 reviews
"handling" 15 reviews
"brakes" 7 reviews
"speed" 7 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"expensive car" 4 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews
"paint job" 2 reviews

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4

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Great power, great handling, great chassis, good space for passengers and cargo especially with the seats down

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Weak paint, weak horn, weak stock stereo unit

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Great All Around Car — 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 loved the car, it's great acceleration, the turns in the corner. Superb. I loved the space I had in the trunk. Just all around a great performer. Here are the mods I had: Tint 15% all around Red overlay tailights Debaged Subaru All Weather Floor Mats Gunmetal finish on stock STi wheels Whiteline Swaybars (front and rear) Hawk Ceramic Brake Pads R205 Badges JNA Front Lip Hella Supertones RED

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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gratefullife writes:
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5

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Fun and entertaining to drive.

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Fuel economy could be better.

gratefullife
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About — 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.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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ErikaAlcantar writes:
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awesome family car very reliable and fun to drive.

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none so far

ErikaAlcantar
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Awesome And Fun Family Car To Drive — I love the look of this car and am impressed by the features like homelink and ipod connection but best of all the sound. It has an awesome amount of space for the kids, the dogs and cargo. I am in love with the handling of this car and the look of it.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Murray writes:
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acceleration, reliability

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fuel economy, appearance, turbo lag

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2008 Subaru Wrx (base) — I am rating a 2008 Impreza WRX base....*NOT* the STi model (there was no WRX category).. The 2008 model is ugly. Subaru took a great thing (-2007 models) and transformed it into a tame-looking Mazda 3 hatchback-wannabe. The sedan looks even worse. As far as the driving experience, the WRX is a quick little car, and the 4-cylinder turbo intercooled engine provides great torque at the low-mid end of the power band, but turbo lag (and drivetrain drag) get annoying....fast. The clutch feels too light for a turbocharged AWD car. All-wheel drive is great....if you live in the snowbelt and need the traction, but is overkill for even the most agressive dry-road driving. The symmetrical AWD (like a Jeep in 4H all the time), provides (more or less) even power to all 4 wheels, but kills fuel economy (18 MPG average), and makes a lot of drivetrain noise / whine. Seats are very supportive, and controls are well-laid out; but the stereo is cheap, there's no sunroof on WRX base models, only a 5-speed manual transmission is avilable (non-STi), there's no push-to-start feature, and no turbo gauge.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Alee writes:
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5

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Awesome power and handling. Great gas mileage for a performance car.

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nothing to speak of unless your a grumpy old fart.

Alee
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Stellar Car — You have to drive it to "feel" it. The WRX STI is an amazing car. The torque off the line and the AWD through the corners is amazing. It's also fun in big city traffic. Great reliability and warranty. Nothing compares to the WRX STI!!!!! unless you are a rich spoiled brat and you spend $60+K for a "Look at me" car with half the performance.

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Patrick writes:
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Acceleration, handling, and functionality with the hatchback

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I didn't get to pick the options.

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Awesome — I love this car. I wish I had been the one to pick the options. Otherwise it's great. It handles great. It accelerates better than cars costing tens of thousands more. And it handles like it's on rails. The build quality is typical Japanese. That us top notch.

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Andrew writes:
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Great acceleration/braking/handling/versatility

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Not the most attractive car. But who cares? not me

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08 Sti — The 08 sti-the redheaded stepchild of the sti lineup. acceleration is ridiculous, braking is excellent, and I am still yet to find a corner it cant handle. I've only had it a couple months, so it hasnt needed any repairs. The appearance isnt so hot. The taillights look kind of dumb (except at night because of the LED's.) and the interior is kind of cheap plastics. The fenders/wheels definitely stand out though, and its awesome seeing the scoop on the hood from the drivers seat. gas mileage in city sits around 18MPG for me. But for a car that does 0-60 in 4.8 and a 1/4 in low 13's, its not too bad. its a very versatile hatchback. good in any weather.

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5

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Massive power
Sharp handling
Room for four or five
Excellent cargo space

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Fuel economy
Custom exhaust is loud (if you think that is a bad thing...)

Spazika
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An All-in-one Track Monster And Daily Driver — The insane amount of power is my favorite thing about this car. That, couple with all wheel drive and sharp handling, makes this car one of a kind. Of course, this car is a head turner, so expect to get looks and kudos from friends and complete strangers. Any car enthusiast out will respect the driver of this car. The sheer performance of this vehicle is enough for any enthusiast to drool over, but what is really impressive is how it manages to blend all this raw power with daily drivability and practically in an effortless fashion. Room for five and their cargo, this car also has an optional Intelligent Mode that offers 30 mpg. It really is the best of both worlds. Just be prepared for the insurance company and your friends to think likewise. Which means it will take a little more coin than usual to insure and everyone and their brother will want to drive it. Trust me, I know.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Mikhail writes:
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4

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Aggressive body styling yet mature adaptation to the economy. Better performance then previous year models.

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Eats gas as if it thinks gas is still at $1.00.

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Drives Like A Bmw, Built Like A Ferrari! — This is one of the best cars Subaru has ever produced. With its new styling, and performance upgrades, the car is not to be read by the cover. You have to own it to understand. It has all the performance aspects a kid is looking for and all the practicality that an adult can use. With its new interior upgrade, going from cloth to leather and suede, the dash being redone, and the styling of a Legacy, you cant go wrong. The performance of this car is to be explained by no other then the drivers of Subaru's rally team's. The engineers had thier help in the aggressivness of the cars approach, but still subtle enough to take a relaxing stroll. This is by far an outspoken product produced by one of the best companies to come, though they have been producing the same reliable and trust worthy product for 50+ years.

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Dusan writes:
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Realy good acceleration and easy handling.

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No negative aspects on this car...

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Best Car Ever... — This is a very good mashine because it's have good acceleration, brakes, everything. When you are driving this car you enjoy and relax. Interior is good, as with any sports car. But I specially like exterior, because it is nicely done. It's expensive but isn't very much. Provides you lot of fun when are you driving them. No comment for subaru impreza WRX STi. Best car!

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2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Reviews

2004 Sti By mcusack336

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 ... Read More

Great Performance For The Dollar By Clark9999

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 m... Read More

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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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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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