1994 Subaru WRX Wagon GF8
Available for: $10,995
Stock Number: 4225
Fun wagons just don't get built very often anymore, and when they do, expect some serious sticker shock. The WRX wagon filled this niche perfectly, combining heart-pounding driving dynamics with space to haul the whole family and everyone's cargo. This 1994 GF8 is finished in Black Mica Pearl (47A) and offered with only 26K verified miles. The body has been kept in good shape, other than the normal dings and scratches accumulated over the years. It features the OEM rain guards and all the spats, ducts, spoilers, and skirts you'd expect in a rally car. A rock-solid and fun platform that you can daily drive or autocross in, the Impreza WRX wagon is a value-packed Japanese Classic.
The interior of the GF8 is simple, yet thoughtful, and utilizes quality materials for its construction. Unlike Toyota or Nissan, Subarus rarely suffer from heavy interior wear and this particular one exemplifies that. The dash hasn't seen any distortion, cracks, or discoloration from the sun that many vehicles are plagued by. The view upfront is unobstructed, and there is lots of glass for 360 degree visibility. The seats are quite comfortable and are trimmed in a thatched blue cloth. They are aggressively bolstered around the hips, slightly firm, yet supportive. The rear seats are trimmed in the same material along with the door cards, and both are in fantastic shape. Long drives can accommodate five folks in comfort, and the levels of noise, vibration and harshness are liveable. There is always a hint of that exhaust burble, but the wagon's sound deadening is good overall. The heat and A/C operate properly, and power amenities include power mirrors, locks, and drivers one-touch window. The carpets are in good nick as well, as the old owners kept the OEM Impreza mats to protect the floor plan. That's not to say the interior is perfect as there is some discoloration on the headliner and the OEM head unit is inoperable. Still, the cabin is remarkable for a quarter-century old hauler. Located in the glove box, we have salvaged some of the Japanese service records and will be including that in the purchase as well.
Subaru was known and still is, for building a stout driveline. The startup is brisk, and the boxer sets into its charismatic idle. This EJ20G gasoline four-cylinder loves to have its legs stretched and provides decent power and the right noises from the updated Subaru axel back borrowed from a later model WRX. This two-liter unit has benefited from a fresh oil service and a set of new valve cover gaskets. Getting up to interstate speeds is easy, and the WRX manages to keep up with traffic without any issue. The automatic transmission shifts as it should, and provides relief for those with a traffic-filled commute. Power is split between front and rear with Subaru's vaunted symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. The suspension feels fresh still, and the OEM struts have ample ground clearance. Large and small potholes alike are no match for the platform, and grip comes from four new all-season tires. Mounted and balanced by one of our trained technicians, they can handle wet and dry climates without a fuss. The brakes are direct and slow this little wagon down to nothing, in no time.
Subaru's WRX still has staying power and is in production still to this day. As a daily driver, family hauler, or weekend toy this wagon would be a fantastic Japanese Classics. With readily available parts, underrated looks, and a heart of gold this Impreza an incredible value.
*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.