1993 Subaru WRX Type SA
Available for: $14,295
The WRX wagon is the ultimate cross between a race bred, snarling rally car, and a practical family station wagon. Can you imagine canyon carving and grocery getting in a car so well suited for both? This 1993 Subaru Impreza WRX GF8 is the first in a long line of Subaru's powerful performance AWD models. The EVO and WRX are legendary in their own rights, but the fact that Subaru sought fit to pack a turbocharged motor and all wheel drive into a station wagon is uniquely special. The engine, EJ20G, in the early Type SA models is the same engine found in the first generation STi's making this early WRX Type SA one exciting car to drive with 250hp from the factory! With only 49K verified miles it's in the prime of it life. The exterior is finished in Light Silver Metallic (406) and is in good condition. The paint shines nicely in all lighting and has no major defects, sans some light imperfections in the clearcoat. The body is also very straight with no major damage, dings or dents. Reflective privacy tint adds a bit of panache to an essentially factory exterior.
The interior on this WRX has stood the test of time, and is as comfortable as it is beautiful. The durable blue and gray textured cloth interior has been well cared for. Beyond some wear on one of the visors, its really surprising how well Subaru had designed the interior to withstand the rigors of typical station wagon use. The quality of the plastics is better than even Toyota, which is high praise. The condition of the dash, seats, and door cards exceeds expectations, and is in wonderful shape for a 26 year old vehicle. The factory optional Nardi steering wheel and well bolstered seats hint that this is no standard naturally aspirated Impeza, but otherwise occupants will find the interior spacious and livable. One of the best OEM upgrades comes from the sunroof that at the time was optional. It slides like butter and allows the suns rays to fill the cabin with light, which makes it feel much more spacious the regular base model wagon. The five seat capacity, and large hatchback storage options, make this car great for an active lifestyle. The air conditioning is working well, and customary with Subaru's, the heater will about singe your eyebrows off. A white faced, Lamco boost gauge completes the gauge suite and help to monitor positive pressure. The best interior update comes from a newer Kenwood head unit, which improves audio quality and integrates USB and auxiliary functions to the radio system. The cargo area comes with OE toolkit, a manual for the glove box, and extra storage panels for convenience. Finally, all the power windows and locks have been tested and work properly.
The EJ20G 4 cylinder turbocharged engine starts with the unmistakable Subaru boxer rumble. Making an additional 30 ponies over the standard version, this Type SA wagon gets out of its own way without hesitation. A new alternator has been installed by one of our trained technicians, allowing the battery to hold a charge that can withstand the last few cold snaps of the year. The closed deck engine idles well, and is an absolute blast to drive even with the stock boost levels. A fresh oil service allows for a turn key, maintenance free, start to ones ownership experience. The suspension and brakes, while OEM, handle bumps well and corners flatly. The wagon stops happily once the brake pedal is depressed. Grip comes from four new tires, mounted and balanced, to ensure the vehicle maintains traction in even the most inclement weather. The AWD drivetrain, coupled with a true 5-speed manual gearbox, makes rowing through the gears a blast. The power is transferred to the ground smoothly and shifts are pleasant free of any clunks or slips. Midrange torque is there in abundance and boxer emits a throaty bark from its polished Presto Rally-Racing axleback exhaust.
It's time for this pocket rocket Subaru to hit the US roadways. This federally legal, rally ready, all wheel drive weapon is a turn-key Japanese Classic that's as practical and sporty of a car out there!
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.