1993 Subaru Impreza WRX
The early 90s were a great time to be a sports car enthusiast. If you caught the rally bug, you would be in luck, as road-legal AWD pocket rockets flew out of Toyota, Mistubishi, and Subaru showrooms. This 1993 GC8 is a killer little sedan and packs a few light performance upgrades to enhance the driving experience. Fresh off a recent service, this 109k verified and documented mile example is finished in Black Mica Pearl (924). Set off by its subtle factory aero and pricey Advan RC alloys, this spicy Suby looks every bit as good as it drives and the paint is in good nick overall aside from some light dings, chips, and scratches associated with normal use. For those looking for a practical, collectible, sporty, and authentic way to run back to the glory days of the nineties, this is it! For year-round use, a fun weekend at the track, or a quick detour in the gravel, don't let this Japanese Classic slip away, as they don't last long!
The Impreza was never known for its interior fit and finish when new, but let us tell you, these Subaru's cabins have aged better than almost any other manufacturer. The quality of materials shows and the soft-touch dashboard is in wonderful shape lacking any cracking. Aside from some light wear on the leather Nardi shift knob and steering wheel, it's really hard to complain about the cabin. The driver benefits from a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, a comfy Recaro bucket seat, and electric mirrors. locks and windows to make daily use enjoyable. In typical Subaru fashion, they all work flawlessly. An HKS boost gauge allows the driver to keep an eye on the positive pressure and an Addzest head unit was added at some point in Japan. Although we prefer hearing the trademark boxer rumble the audio works well and makes longer drives go by quicker. For the remaining dog days of summer cold A/C is on standby. The OEM upholstery on the passenger seat and the rear bench is in good nick and lacks any major rips, stains, or tears. The headliner, door cards, and carpet have all withstood the past 25 years without sustaining major abuse, and it's clear the car was cared for in a prior life.
The tried and true driveline design has proven itself through the test of time, in part due to just how well it works. A robust and potent EJ20G powers this five-seater and the 2.0L is fresh off an oil and filter service. A new 12v battery helps the four-banger promptly crank to life and should last for a few more years to come! The sound is stellar, and the rumble is a bit more aggressive thanks to an upgraded downpipe and polished FGK exhaust. The boxer idles with confidence, even with its lightened flywheel, and one of our trained techs has refreshed the powertrain to give this EJ a new lease on life. The pesky oil leaks Subaru is known for have been fixed, were proud to say. New valve cover gaskets, oil separator plate, and a new rear main seal keep the Subaru topped up on lubricant and will save some time and money for the next owner. We didn't stop there and are happy to note we took care of one of the most expensive preventative maintenance jobs out there! A new clutch was installed while it was up on the lift and now this five-speed equipped Impreza is solid as a rock. Gear changes are precise and the transmission lacks any grinding. It is notchy and direct and sends power through a symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. Both the front and rear differentials have been upgraded as well with the front being a 1.5-way and rear a 2-way limited-slip to keep you planted in the turns. They do chatter and whine, but we've performed a fluid flush on both with redline fluid to quiet them down a bit. We think a performance enthusiast would really appreciate them, too. Out of the hole the WRX moves impressively and sustained freeway driving is comfortable for a lowered car. The OEM suspension was replaced in Japan with some quality Ohlins adjustable dampers. A Cusco brake master cylinder bracket, aftermarket front strut tower brace, and STi rear trailing arms and lateral links deliver improved performace over stock and this combination would be killer carving some canyons or at the local autocross. The brakes are direct and slow the WRX down quickly while braided stainless steel lines we added to give a firmer feel. The five-spoke Advan RCs are wrapped in brand new grippy Falken all-season rubber. The new tires quiet the ride down a touch and will last for tens of thousands of miles to come.
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