1994 Subaru WRX GC8
The CG8 is one of the most rewarding chassis to drive, regardless of price point. It doesn't hurt that the WRX is fast, reliable, and affordable either. This 1994 is finished in Light Silver Metallic (406) and is offered with a mere 64k verified and documented miles. The body is in good shape, aside from some light dings, chips and scuffs associated with normal use. Rocking a set of OEM one-piece rainguards and some menacing black refinished factory alloys, this sedan is all business. Our road legal rally rocket has seating for five, plenty of cargo space, and is fresh off a recent service. For the enthusiasts who value performance, practicality, and ease of ownership, this Japanese Classic is surely the ticket.
The cabin is in good shape overall and was cared for in a prior life. Subaru saw fit to use more premium materials than other manufacturers of this era, and 25 years after the fact you can see the difference. The Nardi steering wheel and Nardi shift knob came from the factory and are classy looking, and add to the sporty aesthetic. The dash is in good shape and lacks any cracking or weather-related fading or distortion. A simple to use automatic climate control is front and center and works like a charm. For summer time the A/C is nice to have on hand, and rear privacy tint keeps cabin temps down under direct sunlight. The driver receives an adjustable steering column and power windows, locks, and electric folding mirrors. All this power equipment is functional and makes daily use manageable. The seats are another high point of the interior and are in above average nick. The gray and charcoal cloth is durable and lacks any major rips, stains, or tears. They are also aggressively bolstered keeping the front occupants from sloshing about during some spirited driving. The headliner, door cards, and carpets look fine and have withstood any major abuse over the past quarter-century. Even the owner's manuals are still sitting in the glovebox, as a gift to the new American purchaser. That's not to say the cabin is perfect as there is some light wear on some of the soft-touch surfaces and the audio system is inoperable. Still, we are impressed with the Impreza overall and think the next buyer will be too!
The chassis and drivetrain are loveable and can withstand plenty of abuse. The EJ series of engines were offered in the states, as well as in Japan, and our example is powered by the EJ20G. It's fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up with the twist of the key. The 2.0L idles with confidence thanks to a new engine air filter and set of plugs. While it was up on the lift, one of our trained techs took care of a few of those pesky oil leaks commonly found on these Impreza's. Our little sedan received a new rear main seal and an updated metal oil separator plate to keep the four-banger topped up on lubricant. The boxer-four is connected to a slick-shifting manual transmission. The transmission is a blast to row through and it lacks any grinding. Power is distributed to all four wheels care of Subaru's legendary symmetrical AWD setup. This GC8 is quite quick and gets up to highway merge speeds in the blink of an eye. It stops just as good as it accelerates, too! New front and rear brake pads, and a set of new rotors up front have done the trick and brand new tires help to gain even more road adhesion. These all-season tires will last for tens of thousands of miles to come and deliver year-round, premium grip when called upon. The handling is predictable and the factory suspension feels fresh for its age. A front strut tower brace stiffens everything up and is a worthwhile upgrade for those who want to blast through some fun back roads. Why wouldn't you, as this WRX is a true all-around performer.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant 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.