1995 Subaru Impreza WRX
Stock Number: 4994
The GC8 Impreza is a four-door road-legal rally rocket. The lightweight chassis makes for an exceptional driving experience, and it displays tremendous grip and poise through the twisties. This 1995 model is offered with a mere 65K verified miles on the chassis, which works out to a little over 2k miles driven per year! Known for its symmetrical all-wheel drive, nimble chassis, and torquey two-liter boxer-four, the Impreza is an absolute blast around town. The Cardinal Red (936) color is striking and goes well with the subtle matching interior accents. The paint itself is in good shape with only your routine blemishes like clear coat scratches and little stone chips and dings associated with normal use. Recently serviced and legally imported, this Japanese Classic is a wonderful family car, sports car, and can be used year-round.
The interior is just as well kept as the exterior. Unlike most dark-colored cabins available at the time, Subaru accented the interior with splashes of the exterior body color. The WRX models received special seats with red inserts and larger bolsters to keep the passengers firmly in the seats during spirited driving without killing you on a normal highway cruise. Typically with this style of seat, the first thing to go are the bolsters but luckily this one has held up quite well. Both driver and passenger seats are free of any seam separations and stains which are the most common issue. The dash is also in great condition with no cracks or major sun damage. The carpet is free of any major stains as well and the door panels which have a tendency to split along the top over time still lokk good. The factory leather-wrapped Nardi steering wheel and shift knob are icing on the cake., making for a sporty aesthetic. Power windows, door locks, and mirrors are all standard and work as they should. The a/c blows cold currently, but recharge was needed stateside so there could be a small leak. The system is simple to use and the heater blasts volcanic heat during the wintertime. The head unit below is powered but no longer sends tunes to the speakers so a US option would be a handy upgrade.
The heart of the WRX is the EJ20G; a small displacement, horizontally-opposed, engine mated to an AWD 5 speed manual transmission. This configuration results in a lower center of gravity and that trademark Subaru rumble, which is enhanced through an RS*R catback exhaust. It's pretty much a necessity that the first thing you do to a Subaru is put on a proper exhaust, so you can save a few bucks on that item. Otherwise, this GC8 has been kept all stock which is generally a good sign of how something has been treated over the years. The startup is prompt thanks to a new 12v battery that has been installed here in our shop. An oil and filter service has been performed as well to ensure no scheduled service is required for the next three thousand miles and a new engine air filter ensures the little burbly four-cylinder breathes well. The 5-speed manual shifts smoothly, and the clutch feels solid when transferring power to the AWD system. A new shifter busing improves the transmission feel, ensuring slick, direct gear changes. A viscous coupling type center differential and viscous limited-slip rear differential were standard features from the factory and part of what made this car such a legend offroad. The transmission has nice gearing for both city and highway use, and can actually turn out some decent fuel economy if you can keep your foot out of it. The suspension is plenty capable from the factory without being excessive. It's robust enough to handle daily use and the chassis feels stable, even after encountering larger road imperfections. The bantam curb weight is such that the WRX is so light on its feet, the GC8 practically begs to be driven backroad. New all-season tires have been mounted and balanced on the OEM alloys. They quite the ride down a fair amount and will provide plenty of year-round grip for tens of thousands of miles to come.
Produced for almost three decades, the WRX is still a hit because the formula is the same. Durability, performance, low cost of ownership make this AWD missile a sure-fire Japanese Classic.
*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.