2004 Subaru Impreza

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  • No better car for safety and AWD

    May 6, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast, powerful, handling awesome, safe, and AWD & disc brakes unbelievable & nice loud horn.
    Cons: I even like the noise the engine makes. Maybe a better stereo.

    Summary: I am not what you would call a good driver having crashed all my cars- so many I gave up counting. I've had two broken legs, compound fractures but still healthy and alive working out at Bally's thanks to this Subaru! I'm 54 and this one I bought used ... read more

  • My Subaru WRX Sport Wagon comparison with other cars

    May 4, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great Value for a Performance Car that can carry STUFF!
    Cons: None. The problems I did have were handled promptly by my dealer.

    Summary: I'm taking a different tac on this review. The performance and specifications of this car are well known and researched at this point by many car magazines. Instead, I will outline the cars I was seriously planning on buying in lieu of the Subaru. It may ... read more

  • Subaru Impreza: Not flashy, but peppy and dependable

    Aug 11, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Dependable, good gas mileage, safe, AWD.
    Cons: Kind of boring body style.

    Summary: I had leased a Subaru Forester, and LOVED it. Dependable, good mileage, could carry a TON of stuff. Great in the snow we get in Indiana. Well, I love cars, and would get new ones all the time if I could. I loved the Forester so much, I really was ... read more

  • 2004 TS Sport - Overpriced, few options, buy something better.

    Feb 21, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Built like a brick. Handsome little devil.
    Cons: Radio, tires, hubcaps cheap as cheap can be - STILL.

    Summary: I've revamped this review based on feedback received. I purchased a 2004 TS Sport Hatchback on 12/23/04. The dealer arbitrarily decided that my color request (silver) was more important than the miles (@400). In actuality, had I been more ... read more

  • 2.5 TS Wagon, 1 year review

    Jan 18, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Station wagon convenience without soccer mom styling. Fun to drive.
    Cons: Could use more silver trim inside. No grille to protect radiator. Steel wheels.

    Summary: What I really wanted was a Chevy S-10. When I found out that insurance for the small truck would cost $600 more than a wagon per year, I changed my mind pretty quick. So I was pretty much left to choose between the Chevrolet Malibu Maxx and this car, ... read more

  • 2005 Subaru Impreza RS test drive impressions

    Dec 23, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: 4WD, decent power and handling, reasonable comfort and noise levels
    Cons: Expensive

    Summary: If you're looking for a car with four-wheel drive, as I am, the Subarus are your obvious (and almost only) choice. Consequently, this is the first car I test-drove in my quest to find a replacement for my aging Mazda MX3. Below are my impressions, ... read more

  • Now I know how Tom Cruise felt flying fighter jets in "Top Gun"

    Nov 8, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: AMAZING thrust, capable handling, reasonably comfortable interior, AMAZING thrust, great brakes
    Cons: Jittery ride, v8-style mileage, cheesy interior for >$30K car, rear wing attracts attention/hinders view

    Summary: I own a 2002 WRX. And love it. Very much. I drive it every day, and look forward to getting into the car. I've long wanted to drive an STI, but the dealer's always been difficult about getting me into one for a test. And I don't like lying to them, ... read more

  • WRX Wagon - Almost Perfect!

    Aug 12, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Sport styling, handling, acceleration after 30mph, cargo room.
    Cons: A tad pricey, lack of low-range power, TERRIBLE TIRES!!!

    Summary: This is a review of the '04 WRX Wagon. I've had it for about nine months/8000miles now, and I absolutely love it. It has some faults, but overall this is one amazing car! Paid $24k including extended warranty. A fair price for what you get, but ... read more

  • 2005 WRX STi Owner Opinion

    Jul 5, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Power, Handling, Braking ability, AWD, Cool Interior, 4 doors, back seats, Bang for buck.
    Cons: They Americanized the suspension and the seats, should have left them in Euro spec.

    Summary: I've owned the STi for a little over a month now and here are my observations. Although it's no Porsche in the looks department it definitely has it's own muscular appeal to it. The enormous bird catching hood scoop which all of my dads friends like ... read more

  • WRX STi -- Fast and Fun

    Jun 12, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Quick, responsive, and lots of torque.
    Cons: Backlit instruments, no stock radio, slight push in corners.

    Summary: At the 6 month and 7K miles stage, I’m still very happy with my WRX STi. With the exception of a few annoyances, the car continues to be great fun to drive. I purchased the car in January (and I live in Minnesota), so the stock tires were not ... read more

  • Fun and responsible all in one great car.

    May 26, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Turbo 4 cyl motor,That terrific AWD,safety,economy, value ,tunability.
    Cons: Turbo 4 cyl...laaaaaaggg,smallish tires,understeer,tiny rear brakes,notchy shift..(newness ),body paint

    Summary: Subaru cars have a well deserved reputation for reliability and durability and their tenacious grip in the snow belt areas. Rally Racing is Subaru's other claim to fame. Though Rally racing is not big here in the states, elsewhere it is serious sport. ... read more

  • Subaru's WRX STI beat Porsche, Nissan 350-Z and Mazda RX-8

    Apr 29, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Power, Price is right fun to drive.
    Cons: Not good on the highways unless your going 100 miles an hour.

    Summary: OK, let me get this VERY clear. The information you will be reading underneath this did NOT come from a magazine. I sold Subaru for 4 months and I have the information memorized. In taking the STI out for weekly test-drives was my excitement of the week. ... read more

  • 2004 WRX sedan 5MT

    Mar 5, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Solid and quiet, powerful, handling, brakes, all wheel drive, reputation for reliability
    Cons: Poor factory tires, no folding rear seats, paint chips easily, throttle response, weak stereo, turbolag

    Summary: I've had the car for about six months now and have been very happy overall. I bought the car because I wanted a small car that handles and has a good amount of power. I also wanted something with a solid reputation for reliability. All wheel drive was a ... read more

  • Impreza 2.5RS: Not Just A Poor Man's WRX

    Feb 19, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Trusty and engaging road manners, gurgly engine note, standard all-wheel-drive, loads of character.
    Cons: Not as fast or grippy as a true sport compact, unexceptional interior, loud engine note.

    Summary: My Experience I test drove a 2004 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS at a local dealership. My test drive lasted about half an hour, and covered city streets, the freeway, and an abandoned military base that served as an impromptu autocross course. ... read more

  • WRX STi: pure performance car redefined

    Feb 18, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Heart stopping power delivery, amazing torque, lovely styling, DCCD, big 2.5L engine, Subaru reliability
    Cons: Sloppy steering with slight understeer, steering not that quick

    Summary: The 2004 Subaru WRX STi is just an amazing driving machine, bred for pure performance driving. It has its roots in the World Rally Championship, not very well known here in the US. STi is Subaru's in-house tuner, "Subaru Tecnica International". ... read more

  • STI is a rocket ship

    Feb 1, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Incredible power, fantastic brakes, styling, 6 speed tranny, huge online community, attention getting
    Cons: gas mileage, no radio, stiff ride, attention getting (cops)

    Summary: The STI is a hard core rocket ship. I owned an '02 WRX wagon for 18 months and thoroughly enjoyed it. I eventually modified it to "stage 4" with new turbo, bigger injectors, fuel pump, 3" exhaust, engine management computer, bigger intercooler. ... read more


    Nov 1, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Smooth, very quick acceleration, well-made, superb handling, roomy for sports car.
    Cons: Soft paint, soft paint, soft paint! Stock stereo very poor.

    Summary: Test drove several cars (Celica GT-S, Acura RSX S, etc.) and the WRX just blew them away all-around! Hard to believe a $25,000 sedan is such a race car. Car of the Year in 2002 and Top 10 Car every year since (major auto magazines.) Acceleration is g ... read more

  • Restyled WRX: Now have fun without putting a paper bag over its face

    Sep 3, 2003 by mkaresh is a Lead on Epinions in Cars & Motorsports
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Power, stability, handling, material quality
    Cons: Could use a bit more engine refinement and chassis sharpness; rear seat cramped

    Summary: There are not many Japanese cars with cachet. The Subaru WRX is one of them. For years both Subaru and Mitsubishi have successfully raced high-powered all-wheel-drive versions of their subcompacts in brutal rallies over lengthy unpaved roads. In Japan ... read more

  • WRX - Not Giving Up

    Sep 2, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Price is right, WRX is still powerful, excellent handling
    Cons: none

    Summary: The 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi... don't you love the sound of that? Well, sorry buddy... wrong rev ... read more

  • 2004 Subaru WRX Wagon - Awesome!

    Aug 31, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fun, fun and more fun!
    Cons: Premium fuel only, faulty stereo, road noise and gas & brake pedal too close.

    Summary: *** 7000 Miles ****************************** *************** Average Gas Mileage (from 27 mi - 7000 mi): H: 26.2 mpg H/C: 22.2 mpg C: 17.5 mpg Fuel: Premium (92 oct) Update: This car is still a joy to drive! Very confident handling and braking. ... read more

  • Impreza 2.5 RS - 2004 Not A Bad Move

    Aug 4, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Handles great (all wheel drive), most everything comes standard.
    Cons: Ok on gas but not great (22-28 miles to the gallon), minor things

    Summary: At the beginning of summer, I planned to purchase a new car. Someone I knew was a Subaru dealer, and ... read more

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  • 2004 SUBARU IMPREZA TS Station Wagon

    Jun 5, 2009 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Lasts the first 5 years with minimal problems
    Cons: Never a payment less month if the transmission takes poop when before you last payment.

    Summary: I have had this car for 6 years bought it in 2003 an early model. The car had relatively few problems as I serviced it regularly. The best part about my Subaru happened when I have one more payment left. Well now I start hearing a noise took it to the ... read more

  • 2.5TS Great driving experience but car longevity should be short

    Nov 22, 2005 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Driving fun
    Cons: paint chipping and rusting. Rear brakes lasted only 20 500 miles.

    Summary: I really like the driving experience. I was almost asking for snow storms to have fun driving through. The paint did not last a full year and started chipping all over the car. Rust is now present on doorsteps. My other car on the same roads is ... read more

  • Best Car I've Had !!!

    Jun 18, 2005 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: The handling and speed.
    Cons: The large wing (can be replaced by the dealer)

    Summary: After driving Honda cars all my life I was ready for a change. I wanted something that fell within my price range($25-35 thousand), had 4 doors (for the family :)), yet was super fun to drive. The STI easily satisfied all of my requirements. I ... read more

  • great little car!!!!!!!!!

    Mar 17, 2005 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: great speed, great steering, very sure-footed. great price.
    Cons: a little tight in the back seat

    Summary: i was looking for a sporty little commuter, preferably with all-wheel drive. i test drove toyotas, hondas, and even an acura. the impreza won me over instantly with its price, looks, speed and handling. i love it!! kevin ... read more

  • WRX - Great fun - High Maintenance

    Dec 6, 2004 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Great turbo engine; great handling.
    Cons: Less than satisfactory clutch and transmission

    Summary: This is a fun car to drive. Engine is plenty to challenge almost anything stock on the road. All-wheel-drive provides much safer handling than 95% of other aggressive fun cars. I've had many other fast cars, but, the Subaru WRX drive train is not as ... read more

  • FAST! '04 WRX Quick Review

    Sep 19, 2004 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Manual (Fun), Fast, Seats, Sound
    Cons: Automatic (Slow), Plastics all over, Somewhat reliable

    Summary: I upgraded to a '04 automatic impreza WRX late last year from a '02 manual impreza 2.5RS. I will say that the WRX auto is still just barely faster than the 2.5RS manual, but the manual is incredibly fun to drive. You will LOVE the seats when you get into ... read more

  • WRX is a great deal

    Jan 27, 2004 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Fun as heck to drive, feels like a much more expensive car
    Cons: Cheap interior, can't get leather seats, crummy radio

    Summary: Very nice sporty car for the money. It compares more than favorably, driving-wise, to my previous BMW M3 (although the interior of the subaru is a bit cheapish). I was looking for a sporty four door since I now have two kids, and a the M3 did not come ... read more

  • Love it Love it Love it

    Jan 17, 2004 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: FUN! Handles like a dream, accelerates darn well for an engine this size.
    Cons: Stupid cupholders and visor. Stock stereo sucks.

    Summary: I purchased the non-WRX version of the Impreza wagon in September, and (as you can see by the title of this review) love it. If you aren't going to be doing any street racing, and want to save some money, you don't need all the power of the WRX. This ... read more

  • New WRX 5-sp wagon review

    Jan 13, 2004 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Tight responsive handling, good interior layout, fun to drive
    Cons: Cheep sun visors, sm. cup holders, rear windows don't go down all the way.

    Summary: So far this car in wonderful. Short shifter installed which makes shifts quick and crisp. WRX handles road extremely well and the ride is nice and stiff. Breaks and steering respond well. Power seems good despite rarely taking the car over 4000RPM ... read more

  • Keep arms and legs inside the car while it is in motion

    Oct 24, 2003 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Acceleration, Handling, backseat, trunk, looks
    Cons: Turning radius, gas mileage, requires premium gas

    Summary: I have only had my WRX for a month but it is the first car that I have really enjoyed driving since I my Miata. It has a usable back seat, it corners very evenly. There is no torque steer, that is the same as my Miata with limited slip. Accelerates like ... read more

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