2004 wrx reliability

2004 wrx reliability DEFAULT

how reliable is wrx i drive 60 miles a day start and stop the car 15 times a day how long will it run for if it already has 100,000 miles on it thanks

While my 2005 WRX was practically bulletproof, my 2012 WRX was nothing but trouble. I can't remember everything that went wrong with it, but it was always something. Last straw was that the Turbo simply quit working on the way back to Virginia from the 2015 Dayton Hamvention in Dayton, Ohio, so I took it up to CarMax and got $13K for the car with 121,000 miles on the odometer. They at least do hold their value pretty decently. Current 2015 WRX has been towed twice, once when the MAF sensor went belly-up, other from a maintenance error - you have to take lotsa stuff apart to change the plugs, and the mechanic apparently didn't reinstall a bolt, or tighten the hose clamp at the inlet of the intercooler, and it all came apart on I-20 about 90 miles from Midland, Tx. Towed (flatbed) 90 miles to Midland, Basin Subaru got it back together in about 45 minutes with parts from a cannibalized car, and I continued. I suggest not buying a WRX without a 5 year, 100K extended warranty. That's REALLY been worth it. This car has also had the center diff fail, and had to have that replaced - free via the extended warranty, but it was 75K miles, my previous car had the clutch go at 85K, so I had that replaced "just because" the tranny was out anyway which saved me $500 on the overall clutch replace. Still $1800. It has 90K miles on it right now, and I will probably sell it within a couple weeks and get a new WRX with a 100K mi / 5yr warranty. Love Subies, but damn.... just wish I could get back to the "bulletproof" 2005 WRX.

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2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Long-Term Verdict

Just your everyday rally racer

For years, stateside driving enthusiasts were tortured by overseas reports touting the Impreza WRX, the turbocharged rally-winning machine from Japan. When it finally was offered to the American market in 2002, Subaru single-handedly launched a vehicle niche.

What's so special about the WRX? It's a sedan about the size of a Honda Civic--but with almost twice the horsepower, all-wheel drive, and sophisticated suspension derived from the FIA World Rally Championship race cars. Nothing else on the market could touch it for the money, though Mitsubishi tapped into the street-legal rally-car pool with the Lancer Evolution series, and so did Volkswagen (in a spiritual sense) with the one-year-only R32. To keep the Joneses at bay, Subaru issued the Impreza WRX STi in 2004. Subaru Technica International upped the engine's output and displacement and McLaren F1 designer Peter Stevens penned an updated exterior--and an even better, maximum-strength WRX was born complete with an adjustable center differential.

Our Car
Base price (incl dest) $31,545
AM/FM/CD6/cassette $2100
Rubber floormats $175
MSRP, as tested $33,820

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We had to have one--for a year.

Standard equipment on our $31,545 tester included a turbocharged 2.5-liter, 300-horse horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, gaping intercooler scoop through the aluminum hood, a six-speed manual transmission, all-wheel drive with driver-selectable fore/aft torque adjustment, front and rear limited-slip differentials, and dual-front and front-passenger-side airbags. To that we added only rubber floormats and an AM/FM/CD audio system--trick equipment for a daily driver, and, despite its race-car roots, that's the first surprise the STi sprang on us.

The suspension, though taut and nimble, offered an almost posh ride. One-handed driving wasn't a problem, with little fear of the bump-steer demon that lives in the Mitsu Evo. In fact, the STi featured some of the best steering, with one curiosity: When pointing the car through a bend with constant steering input, planting the throttle inclined the car to go wide of the corner, and lifting would dive it into the arc. It didn't matter if it was a left or right corner, it'd do this in either direction. Unlike a front-drive car, this wasn't torque steer, as that tendency goes only one way. We're confident this throttle-induced attitude adjustment was built into the race-bred chassis--we found it particularly useful on one of the several visits the STi made to a racetrack.

Another race-spec item all club racers should have is the STi's programmable shift indicator light and chime. In the heat of battle, the ability to not have to look at tach shift points is invaluable; rather, just set the reminder a few hundred rpm short of the 7000-rpm redline and let your ears do the rev-spotting for you.

It didn't take long for the WRX's logbook to fill with gratuitous hyperbole: "Who needs coffee when you've got this adrenaline supply in your garage?" "The term 'amazing' doesn't even begin to describe the STi's driving experience," and "High performance on sale!" No car in recent Motor Trend history has generated such passionate gushing as the STi.

There were a few quibbles. When the tires began wearing, road noise and harshness crept into the cabin. After the brakes had been used at a track outing, a squeaky pad was fixed at the dealer. And, believe it or not, some people didn't care for the peculiar thumping flat-four engine note--it reminded them of an old Volkswagen Beetle somebody had massaged. To each his own, but there's no arguing with the car's stellar performance. In fact, the STi got quicker as the tires wore, allowing more wheelspin on the launch: 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds; quarter mile in 13.2 seconds at 102.9 mph; average speed through the slalom at 69.1 mph; and an impressive figure-eight lap time of 25.7 seconds at 0.71g average. Of course, driving a high-performance car as it should be doesn't result in favorable mileage. Our annual average 17 mpg was shy of the optimistic 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway economy the EPA supplies.

Can one have all this performance and comfort, too? No problem. One six-foot-plus staffer picked up two of his equally large buddies for a Sunday golf outing, and they all fit--with their golf bags. The attractive two-tone seats were snug and reassuring, but some felt the low-buck roots of the Impreza donor car shone through where the rest of the materials were concerned. Still, there were no unusually worn or worn-out surfaces or switches. Even the alumitone-painted plastic withstood a year of hard use.

At around 1500 miles on the odometer, we encountered a finicky A/C system and trunk release. A trip to the dealer got us back on the road gratis with recharged refrigerant and an adjusted latch, both covered under warranty. When 3000 miles rolled around, our first scheduled maintenance for an oil and filter change cost us $38.62. By the time our 7500-mile service was due, the steering wheel had gone out of alignment; a lube, oil-and-filter change, and tire rotation plus alignment totaled $38.07.

When all was said and done, our STi had served us well, shuttling us to and from work and around a racetrack or two. Sure, we could've earned better fuel economy while conserving our tires, but why? Yes, the interior could use sprucing, but what do you expect for what's effectively a race car priced at $31,545? When it comes to performance for the dollar without sacrificing comfort, plus the low cost of ownership and all-weather capabilities, we can't name a better car than the Subaru Impreza WRX STi. Now, if we could just convince Subaru there's a market in the U.S. for the 316-horse Impreza WRX STi WR1--because a great car always needs more horsepower and letters.

Nitty Gritty
Total mileage 15,661
Avg test mpg 17.2
Problem areas Initial A/C recharge, trunk-latch adjustment, four-wheel alignment
Maintenance cost $206.71 (3 sch'd maint)
Normal-wear cost $765 (dent repair)
Current value, wholesale/retail* $21,842 / $29,162
Recalls 2: cruise-control cable; engine-oil control-valve cover bolts
*According to IntelliChoice
Our Take
What's Hot• Max-strength WRX power and torque• Intelligent (and adjustable) all-wheel drive• Nice shifter plus real overdrive sixth gear
What's Not• It gobbles up tires (driven as we do)• Some wish interior were more special• We wish fuel economy were better, but with this kind of scoot, whaddaya expect?
Don't Miss• Programmable shift indicator
Bottom Line• Despite our best efforts to beat on the car mercilessly, it begged for more and never failed us once
From The Logbook"Hopped out of the Evo and into the STi, and my first thought was, 'a kinder, gentler kick in the ass.' This Subaru has twice the civility of the Mitsu. It's possible to drive it every day without falling into the shallow end of the boost. "--Thomas Voehringer

"I never tire of this car, and it never fails to reinvigorate my passion for driving. Much as in the same way a Porsche feels like it was conceived, designed, and built by drivers for drivers, the STi excites the same pleasure lobes in my brain. "--Chris Walton

"The five-speed in the WRX makes it a buzzy. This six-speed makes freeway speeds far more liveable. The engine is a jewel, and I can feel the the diff doing its thing when I'm working the car hard--especially on uneven pavement when traction varies with the road surface. "--Matt Stone

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2004 Subaru Impreza WRX User Reviews

2004 Subaru Impreza WRXReview

Guru9DT1TT writes:

Price is way to high for the amount of work the car needs to to pass inspection!

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2004 Subaru Impreza WRXReview

Carter writes:

Its a classic and you can do endless modifications to it.

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2004 Subaru Impreza WRX BaseReview

William writes:

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2004 Subaru Impreza Wrx — It's a fun little car with plenty of power; once you add an intake, exhaust and have it tuned professionally on a dyno. Stock the car comes with 225 HP to the crank but once tuned with just the mentioned modifications, I got 240 HP to the wheels which is more than a Porsche 930. As far as handling goes, the car is plagued with understeer and never really seems to be sure of itself. I'm sure if I added coilovers and upgraded the rest of the suspension, it would give me more confidence for my spirited driving style.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Cons: Aged styling and fuel economy

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Dave writes:

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04 Wrx Premium — Loved it and still love it ... during my time of ownership other than oil changes and tire rotations I never went back to the dealer for anything. This WRX was traded in on my new WRX which has features that were unavailable in 2004.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Handling, Turbo = fun, Inexpensive in comparison to other brands

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Matt writes:

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The Subaru Wrx - Don't Buy It For The Brake Pedal Feel. — Quite mellow in stock form, much potential. Performance is good, fun in the corners. Build quality is quite good. I love the styling of the car. This car has kept me plenty happy for the past few years as both a daily driver (with low expectations) and as a weekend warrior.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Potential. Huge aftermarket.

Cons: Brake pedal is squishy as all heck.

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Matt writes:

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Subaru's Are Awdsome — Amazing car to own! very fun to drive, easy to work/modify things on the car. Performance is ok for the daily but would like more power. amazing in the snow/offroad, never get stuck in another snow storm again!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Andrew writes:

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I Love It!!! — I love this car. Everybody loves to look at me drive by and I love driving my even more. Looks and sounds super sexy! At first, didn't think much of it when i bought it, if i can go back, I'd buy the 06 STI i could of had, but nonetheless not at all disappointed with this beast!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: AWD is so much fun!!! car has TONS of power and so much fun to drive!

Cons: Engine/Tranny Problems... buy 05+

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A Great All Around Car, With Lots Of Diffrent Directions They Can Be Taken With Aftermarket Parts — An excellent all around car, with many many after market options for performance upgrades on the cheap, and the flexibility to be a rally crosser, autocrosser, road racer, or even just a nice daily driver, and the reliability to keep going no matter what you do with it.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Handling, reliability, power, adaptability, support

Cons: Comfort, insurance costs, profile,

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2004 Subaru Impreza WRX WagonReview

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Wolf In Sheepscloth. — The 2004 Impreza WRX is not a particularly slow car with its 225 standard horses. The Prodrive Performance Package (PPP) version makes it a much more desirable car. I am completely hooked. Prodrive modified the engine management and exhaust, boosting the output to 270hp. It's not an STI of course, but in the wagon it is a must. I tested several second hand cars with very low kms on the clock but they all shared the same problem: they were badly treated by their first owner. In the end, I found a good example. I agreed to buy it on Wednesday before a long week-end. On Monday, the seller contacted me to tell me he changed his mind and wouldn't sell the car after all. All I could do is tell him he was absolutely 100% right. This is a brilliant car.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Punch, character, power.

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Garrett writes:

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Incredible. — When the go pedal is pushed and the external wastegate opens up, EVERYTHING disappears and tunnel vision begins at 4500 RPMS when the 18g hits 21 psi and I'm thrusted back into the seat. It's what makes a subaru, a subaru.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Exhilirating, Gas-friendly, Obnoxious :)

Cons: Can cause legal trouble (speeding, loud, flashy)

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Reliability 2004 wrx

Despite, or perhaps because of its performance-symbol status, the Subaru WRX hasn’t always proven to be the most reliable car. Or even the most reliable Subaru, for that matter. Then again, even well-regarded icons like the Nissan Skyline GT-R have their good and bad years. And, just like there are reliable BMWs, there are some reliable WRX models.

2004-2007 Subaru WRX

Although the first US-market Subaru WRX arrived in 2002, Road & Track reports, as with many first-model-year cars, it had some issues. Club WRX forum users report the 2002 and 2003 cars are known for weak transmissions. This is exacerbated by the WRX’s all-wheel-drive nature. AWD adds traction, which is great for snow but launches put more stress on the clutch and transmission.

By 2004, though, Club WRX forum users report the transmission issues had been ironed out. The WRX also received new styling, going from the ‘Bugeye’ to the ‘Blobeye’ design. 2004 was also the first year the hard-core STI model was available, Hagerty reports, which featured an electronically-controllable center differential. It was also the last year the car used the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which made 227 hp in the WRX and 276 hp in the STI.

2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

2004, along with 2005-2007 model years, are the best-regarded years for the WRX, Hagerty, and r/Cars sub-Reddit users report. 2006 (the ‘Hawkeye’ year) saw the Subaru WRX receive a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which made 300 hp in the STI, Hagerty reports. The base car made 230 hp on paper, Motor Trend reports, but in reality, it developed quite a bit more. Plus, MT reports, for 2006 the cars received a stronger transmission and reinforced clutch. The STI also got an updated center differential.

The 2004-2007 WRX models are highly-rated for several reasons. Firstly, these were all part of the first generation of US-market WRX cars. Secondly, the base WRX could be ordered as a wagon, though the STI was sedan-only. Also, in addition to avoiding the 02-03 cars’ transmission issues, they avoid the 2008 model’s dynamic flaws, R&T reports.

2011-2014 Subaru WRX

However, precisely because of their desirability, a 2004-2007 WRX can be quite pricey, especially in stock STI form. An excellent-condition car, Hagerty reports, can go for $34,000. Though, admittedly, on Bring a Trailer, the average is closer to $20,000. In addition, although Car and Driveradmires the 2004 STI’s raw nature, in terms of interior quality and overall refinement, it’s rather lacking.

Luckily, for those wanting more day-to-day comfort, a 2011-2014 WRX also comes recommended byr/Cars sub-Reddit users. By 2015, the WRX was its own model, separate from the base Impreza sedan. However, that was also the year the car developed transmission issues, Torque News reports. Ever since then, the WRX has continuously been ranked low by Consumer Reports. In fact, it’s the only modern Subaru to receive a below-average reliability score.

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

By 2011, Car and Driver reports, the base Subaru WRX’s 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder put out 265 hp and 244 lb-ft. But, although it only had a 5-speed manual, and the 305-hp STI a 6-speed, the base car was actually faster to 60. However, even the sharper-handling STI was comfortable enough for daily-driving, Autoweek reports. And during Autoweek’s year-long review of the STI, the car never broke down.

Issues to look out for

To be sure, even these rather reliable Subaru WRX models do have some issues to take note of. For one, r/Cars sub-Reddit users report their engines require constant attention to oil level and oil change schedules. Also, as with other turbocharged cars, lugging the engine—high gear, low RPM—is more stressful than downshifting and keeping RPMs up.

2004 STIs, R&T reports, can wear down their steering rack bushings and wheel bearings, especially if track-driven. 2005-2006 models are really only susceptible to broken motor mounts, which are fairly inexpensive. The 2007 STI was known for some ECU tuning issues causing acceleration hesitation, though this appears to have been rectified.

In addition, all 2004-2007 and 2011-2014 WRX cars can suffer from ringland failure. As Come and Drive It explains, ringlands are the parts on the side of the piston which hold the piston rings. These rings help seal the combustion chamber and control oil flow. However, engines that have been improperly tuned, run on low-octane fuel and generally abused develop knocking issues. When this happens, fuel combusts uncontrollably, which can fracture the ringlands and cause further engine damage.

Also, Garage Dreams reports the Subaru WRX is prone to head gasket leaks and failures. Because non-STI models had smaller intercoolers, the heat was able to build up more rapidly and dissipate more slowly. This, especially if combined with excessive tuning, degraded the gasket.

2005 Saab 9-2X

Finally, if you find that a 2004-2007 model isn’t refined enough, a Saab 9-2X Aero is basically a 2005-2006 WRX, but with added refinement.

Importing a JDM model

1995 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III

There is one more category of Subaru WRX that we haven’t discussed yet. As with the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo and Toyota Celica GT4, US fans never got the real first-gen car. But now, they’re old enough to import.

1995 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon

From 1995, Jalopnik reports, Subaru offered the Impreza WRX as a wagon. And they’re relatively affordable. Importer Japanese Classics recently sold one for $12,995. But, not only did the first-gen car get an STI trim, Subaru offered even more rally-ready versions.

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One of these, SpeedHunters reports, was the Type RA. Engineers removed sound deadening, the A/C, and ABS to save weight. Instead of power windows, it had crank ones. And in addition to the STI’s upgraded springs, it received larger anti-roll bars and upgraded dampers. As of this writing, Japanese Classics has one listed for $17,495.

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