1995 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon
Stock Number: 4382
For some reason finding a cool wagon has always been a bit of a challenge. The name "station wagon" has such a boring reputation associated with it that people have a tendency to overlook their potential. Just because you want to be able to comfortably fit four or carry more than one suitcase doesn't mean you have to sacrifice an enjoyable drive. Lets not even start on the new pretend SUV bandwagon that every manufacturer has jumped on. Luckily Subaru was fully aware that active people still want a legitimate performer. Our latest 1995 GF8 is the first we've had come through with a handful of performance goodies to take an already capable chassis to the next level. The Light Silver Metallic (406) bodywork has been kept pretty much all stock since there's little reason to mess with a good thing. The paint itself is in good condition but does have some small blemishes like stone chips and some dabs of touchup paint. You will notice in the photos that the fuel door is wrapped in a carbon fiber vinyl so it does stand out a bit more than normal. Anthracite 16" 5 spoke Schneider wheels give off a sportier look than the stock wheels which are a little on the boring side. While typically known for their AWD prowess, this one has been dropped down to a more fitting ride height thanks to Adjustable Tein coilovers.
The interior of the GF8 is simple, yet well laid out, and utilizes some higher quality materials. Unlike Toyota or Nissan, Subarus rarely suffer from heavy interior wear and this particular tells that same story. The dash hasn't seen any distortion, cracks, or discoloration from the sun that many vehicles are plagued by. The seats may be the best part of the interior on this one. The blue thatched cloth seats that come standard offer a surprising amount of bolstering, but nothing like these Recaro Confettis do. More importantly that bolstering hasn't been worn down from getting in and out over the years as we see so often with aftermarket seats. Both driver and passenger seats are in exceptional shape, I can't imagine they were in the car for long before it was exported. The factory back seat is equally clean and offers a 60/40 split so you can double your cargo capacity when not in use. The factory Nardi wheel matches the sporty feel well and the polished shift knob feels surprisingly good in the hand. While there is Tein's EDFC (Electronic Damping Force Controller) below the Kenwood radio the sensors aren't attached to the shocks. At least having it there makes adding it easier down the road if you wanted to. Naturally, you have all of the creature comforts you would expect for the time in work order; power windows, mirrors, locks, and automatic climate control.
Things under the hood have been kept pretty much all stock for longevity purposes. The EJ20G 4 cylinder turbocharged engine starts with the unmistakable Subaru boxer rumble compliments of the Fujitsubo high flow exhaust. With right at 100K miles the two liter fires right up and settles into a steady idle. 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 city and highway use, and daily use would provide decent fuel economy. 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. Not to mention with the suspension upgrades this car is a real performer. When needed, the WRX brakes can be used to slow the car down in a hurry. For those of us who are looking for something that has day to day practicality but isn't willing to sacrifice fun in the name of it, then we have the wagon for you.
*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.