Best drive by miles
Generally the car was OK considering the age, but I had to replace just about everything on it between 100-150 K. The majority of EJ20 engines seem to get big trouble with the bearings at 150K, requiring an engine rebuild. I rebuilt my engine fairly majorly, costing NZ$5000 at 150K, and it was like brand new thereafter.
Having watched the Subaru inport scene closely, I can only recommend to buy a fully rebuilt engines if they have six figure kilometres on them, as otherwise it will be you paying for the rebuild. Generally an STi full rebuild will cost up to $8000 from Subaru dealership - so you were warned. But hey, if you can find a rebuilt one, look forward to another 100,000 K of fantastic driving - the acceleration and grip of an WRX in standard or STi version is amazingly good.
The killer app if you are a real driver. I can't wait for it to rain or to get off tarmac.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st October, 2008