1994 Subaru WRX Impreza Sedan
Pending Sale: $11,995
Stock Number: 4932
The GC8 Impreza is really the car that put Subaru on the map between its 4 door practicality paired with its rally-inspired driver's feel. The lightweight chassis makes for an exceptional driving experience, even if it is just to the store and back. This 1994 model, with a mere 48K verified miles, surprisingly has been pretty much all stock. The factory lip kit gives it a bit more aggressive look without having to sacrifice ground clearance as you do with a lot of aftermarket aero. The trademark hood scoop and rear wing hint at the fact this isn't your average US Subaru. The Light Silver Metallic (406) paint shows well for its age with generally few blemishes. Naturally, a few stone chips and some clear coat scratches, but nothing out of the ordinary. The same can be said about the body itself with only a few standard dents and dings collected over the years. Fitted with later model 16's really cap off the looks with that OEM+ feel. While we all love sports coupes, most of us need the practicality of a proper four-door sedan. Even if it simply comes down to being able to load up groceries in the back without having to sacrifice having some fun on the weekend.
The interior has been kept up just as well kept as the exterior, if not better. The WRX models received special seats with red inserts and larger bolsters to keep the passengers firmly planted when the road gets twisty. There is very little wear on the seats and they have no major rips or stains. The dash is also in great condition with no cracks or notable sun damage which can be a concern. While the head unit was removed, they did leave the GPS screen on the dash that we wanted to note. The carpet is free of any major stains, as are the door panels. Both are in great condition with no rips or other major damage simply some light wear along the top of the driver's panel. In keeping with the sporty nature of these the wheel was replaced with a Momo Race three-spoke that looks nearly new. While the automatic is more convenient for day to day life Subaru ensured that you didn't have to miss out on all the fun. The auto comes with a manual mode that can be toggled on the center console that then allows you to manually run through the 4 speed. These came rather well-appointed out of the gate. Power windows with factory one-piece rain guards are a nice touch that allows for some extra ventilation on bad weather days. Another slick option is the factory moonroof. Instead of your typical sunroof that, chances are, you always have the shade pulled over, this one is an all-metal piece that blends right in with the headliner. The climate control system is a bit more rudimentary but does have an automatic setting which is helpful. We do want to make note that the heater core has been bypassed on this one. The assumption is that it was leaking and instead of replacing they simply bypassed it. To round it out you've also got power-folding mirrors and power locks as well.
Power comes from the 2 liter, closed deck, EJ20G which wasn't an option for the US market. The robust boxer motor has immense power delivery all the way through the rev range. The 4 cylinder fires right up with its trademark boxer tone. The power delivery is exceptionally linear and you have no doubt about when the turbo starts doing its thing. Boost comes on surprisingly low in the RPM range which makes it a blast no matter what gear you're in. The transmission has nice gearing for both city and highway use, and should provide decent fuel economy if you can keep your foot out of it. Then again we know most of you are more concerned about "smiles per gallon" than actual MPG. Four new tires partnered with that tenacious AWD system means that you've got grip in any situation, especially with winter bearing down on us. The trans has no issues running through the gears, and with a quick jab of the throttle, it's pretty quick to drop a gear. The featherweight sedan does well over large and intermediate road imperfections, while still managing to keep the OEM suspension sporty. The steering has a much more direct feel than the first US legal WRX's, the bug-eye, and is power-assisted. These cars really do wherever you point it with very little input. Aside from the new tires, this one came in really needing very little. It did need a new bellow boot on the front left, and of course, we do an oil change on everything when they first come in. The WRX has been an icon for Subaru since its inception, and while the more modern models may be more technically advanced, the original version brings back that raw feeling of what made these so great, to begin with. This low mileage, well-maintained, example is the epitome of that, don't miss out on this true Japanese Classic.
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