2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi User Reviews

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    2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Turbo AWD Review
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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.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

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

    Cons: nothing to speak of unless your a grumpy old fart.

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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.

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

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

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    2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Turbo AWD Review
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    Awesome — I bought this car knowing that is was a year round performance car. The AWD is a killer in the snowy winters and blows away most cars on a dry summer day. There is a little bit of turbo lag but its not horrible. Once the tach sweeps past 2750 or so, the turbo kicks in hard and you get very quick and progressive acceleration all the way to about 6200 rpms where the power falls off. This definitely isn't a high revving Honda but the turbo pushing you back in the seat is a worth while trade off. Handling is somewhat of a double edged sword with the GR STi. The AWD system gives phenomenal grip on almost any surface but the added weight really makes for prominent understeer under normal driving conditions. But if you hit the gas on turn-in and the DCCD is set to rear bias, the rear comes around really well. The suspension is softer than previous STis and doesn't help by adding noticeable body roll too. I think if you were to add 2mm thicker roll bars front and back and a set of coilovers, these problems would be solved without making the ride quality unbearable. Braking is amazing thanks to the huge Brembos and sticky OEM tires. Brake fade has never been an issue, and I have tested them on more than one occasion. The stock pads, while they put out TONS of brake dust, are great and for being so grippy very durable. Build quality is on par for what is essentially an economy car. The Alcantara on the seats is great of spirited driving, as it grips you better than leather ever could and the seats have just enough lateral support to hold my 6' 3" 210 lbs frame in place. There are definitely a few creaks and rattles when going over uneven surfaces but nothing that is audible over the radio. The EJ25 2.5 liter turbocharged flat-4 engine seems bulletproof in my experience. When I first got the car I over revved a few times and there hasn't even been a hiccup in how she runs. Aesthetically, this car really did grow on me. I always loved the wagons shape but the front fascia wasn't really my speed (that WIDE lower grill opening), the nose was to high off the ground and the headlights looked too much like other cars on the road. But once I saw it in person, I really really liked it. It worked better than it ever looked in pictures. The interior is full of hard plastics and faux Alcantara fabric, not the worst I've seen but definitely not the best. In terms of cost, yeah, she was expensive, but when you get behind the wheel, you really see what you truly paid for. The locomotive-like torque band and AWD grip really make it worth it. And that was stock, for another $500, I reflashed the ECU and gained another ~45hp and ~45 lb-ft of torque. Thats almost unheard of! And what a difference it made. After the reflash, it felt like a totally different car. turbo lag was slightly reduced, the power band was extended (negligibly) and the car just pulled a lot harder. Definitely worth the money! My STi is loads of fun to drive, snow or sun, it doesn't matter! I love this car and wouldn't trade it in for anything in its price range on the road today (well, maybe a 2011 STi, but oh well)!

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

    Pros: Torque and grip!

    Cons: Body roll

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2013 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Reviews

    Sedan By Day Sports Car By Boost By RussGuss

    I think Subaru did a great job when combining work and pleasure and it turns heads kids love it!!! It's options for suspension control and six speed manual transmission with hill assist along with the... Read More

    Great All-around Car! By ADebelius

    This car is the best of all worlds. It has great performance, a sporty look, lots of room, and is practical for almost anything. The handling is very good but not too stiff that you feel every bump. F... Read More

    2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Reviews

    If You're Into Import Cars, This Is The Best To Go. Fast And By Pao

    This car is fun to drive. The most important reason I purchased this car is because of its All Wheel Drive (AWD). The car can tackle almost any corner on the streets whether it's slippery and rain... Read More

    2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Reviews

    Great, Fast, & Cool. By Chad

    My wife and I purchased this car for our son on the 16th birthday. It was a great purchase, great overall performance and great maintenance. Never a bit of trouble and my son loves this car. I love ... Read More

    007 Would Drive This By StarFox

    Great car! M3, Porsha' and corvettes all try to race me lol. Handles great! No mods but brakes, it has a short throw shifter in it also! Best body type. 2014 bodies are alright. This is a 007 car.... Read More

    2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Reviews

    Great Buy By Jones89

    This car was built for speed and handling. It's light weight and aggressive body add a good wow factor. It's not the greatest daily driver but you will find yourself ignoring discomfort and smiling... Read More

    Family Car Nawww 4 Door Beast By Nick

    love it fast handles amazing can take this car on the track/rally/ and everyday use. i have drag raced this car and it beats most of the v8's out there with stage 2 and tune. overall great car for t... Read More

    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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