Originally posted by KiKoBa
... I prefer the '03 look of the WRX. Are there any major advantages that really mean anything (i.e. brakes, suspension, stabilizer bars, etc.) that the '04 has vs. the '03?...
'03 XS and '04 XT have the same brakes as the WRX. As far as suspension, the Foresters are given more ground clearance and not as much attention to stabilizing has gone into them as compared to the WRX: Forester is Subaru's crossover (SUV/wagon) thus given the increased height and utility capabilities vs. the WRX's track-tuned stylings.
I backpack around the Sierras and take my '03 Forester everywhere I'm "legally" able to.
The Forester's offroad capabilities are underappreciated. And the Second Generation's ('03-'04) on-road (track) capabilities are just now being tapped.