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Old 03 Oct 2009, 03:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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53/04 Impreza Sti - would you recommend it?

Been looking to sell my rx8 and get an impreza sti. I should be able to get around 8500 for my Rex so that would allow me to buy a 2004 2l Sti.

I'm looking for a car that can cope with being put in top gear and still accelarate cleanly but most of all, I need that feeling of being pushed into the seat that the rx8 sadly lacks.

How would this car suit me? Not planning on modding really so talking about stock 2l sti performance. What does the acceleration feel like when the turbo kicks in?

Thanks and sorry for the newbie questions!
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Re: 53/04 Impreza Sti - would you recommend it?

I have an 04sti and can thoroughly recommend one.
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Re: 53/04 Impreza Sti - would you recommend it?

I have a 00 Sti and as Jd said would recommend it they great cars
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Re: 53/04 Impreza Sti - would you recommend it?

and very tuneable
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Re: 53/04 Impreza Sti - would you recommend it?

I have a 53 plate STI (spec c). The MY03-04 have 'arguably' the strongest engines. You also have the choice between the UK STI model or a JDM import. There are quite a few differences between the two and pros and cons to both. I have a JDM but many others swear by the UK cars.

when the turbo kicks in on my car it's like a superbike on acceleration, and it frightens the sh/t out of all but the hardiest of passengers

The gearing on the 6 speed sti's is fantastic
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Old 05 Oct 2009, 12:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: 53/04 Impreza Sti - would you recommend it?

That sounds fantastic! I understand that the spec c is some special edition though? Is the acceleration on a stock 2004 sti similarly brutal? Can you feel the pull in your stomach?

I know I really need a test drive but it's difficult to arrange when you're not gonna be buying that day. I need to sell my rx8 first but would like to know what to expect before I get rid of the Rex.
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Re: 53/04 Impreza Sti - would you recommend it?

the spec C is more set up for track use but has pretty much the same power out of the box as a normal japanese import STI of the same year. The UK STI 'out of the box' has different gearing in 5th and 6th and is slightly down on power, but the gearing 1st to 4th is the same close ratio setup. There is a different turbo and exhaust manifold on the Jap compared to the UK. The jap has a 'twin scroll turbo' but does not have the distinct 'burble' exhaust note that the impreza is famous for. The power differences can be sorted fairly easily with a few hundred quid spent on the UK car. Neither will feel 'brutal' as standard, but both will be quick in acceleration. My car has had some tuning which does make it fairly 'brutal', and don't forget that imprezas have bags of torque.
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