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Old 04-15-2003, 01:33 AM   #1
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Thumbs down 2004 2.5 Rs

Hi guys,

I pop by a subaru dealer today and finally saw the 04 RS. All I can say is yuck!

First, I looked at the interior, the seats were so ugly and cheap, the "pattern" on the fraberic is like those cloth in corollas. Glad that our 02-03 RS has a nice color and way better looking. (BTW the 04RS seats are not the same as the 04WRX)

I also sat in the WRX seats, 02 seats are better, more side supports, but the 04 WRX looks nicer.

Second thing I notice was the rear bumper. The 04s doesnt have the little "rear spats" that hangs down on the sides of the rear bumper, which us 02-03 has and looks much sharper.

Third, I found out that moonroof is NOT an option for the RS. (Good!)

Fourth, the gauge is changed, but the RPM is not in the middle like the WRX! (which is a gain for 02-03s because ours is the exact same as WRX)

Fifth, tail lights are very ugly. (02-03 are better looking)

Lastly, fogs are too little, no more "impreza style".


Just wanted to share it with other fellow 02-03 RS owners because we thought that we got ripped off by subaru since the 04 gets spoiler, leather wrap pieces, fogs, etc etc....and that they made a new face lift after 2 yrs.

BUT, I am glad I got the 02RS!

Now I felt much better!!

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Old 04-15-2003, 01:55 AM   #2
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I saw a silver 04 RS at DD also

its not bad, i agree the taillights do look pretty ugly and the interior isnt as good as 02-03 but everything else seems okay.

Im satisfied with my car
both models look good, those new lights suits the rest of their lineup a lot more.
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Old 04-15-2003, 02:40 AM   #3
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I am disappointed that soc takes the big fog light away, but you can get the JDM/EDM big fog light conversion. Just like what we have done on our GC8s

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Old 04-15-2003, 04:52 AM   #4
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I saw a silver 04 RS at DD also

its not bad, i agree the taillights do look pretty ugly and the interior isnt as good as 02-03 but everything else seems okay.

Im satisfied with my car
both models look good, those new lights suits the rest of their lineup a lot more.

thats not what u said before, mr. light conversion ;D

The round lights are much more unique, and less RSX/Civic look.
My 2 cents.

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Old 04-15-2003, 11:13 AM   #5
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I love my 2K1 GC8 2.5RS.
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Old 04-15-2003, 11:36 AM   #6
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GC--- Pure to the Core!!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-15-2003, 01:27 PM   #7
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GC--- Pure to the Core!!!!!!!!!
I totally agree!
My next Subaru project will be a GC (coupe?) with either a boosted 2.5, or an EJ20 swap.

the disco monkey will be pleased.
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Old 04-15-2003, 03:21 PM   #8
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Sedan - GC
Coupe - GM
Wagon - GF

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I totally agree!
My next Subaru project will be a GC (coupe?) with either a boosted 2.5, or an EJ20 swap.

the disco monkey will be pleased.
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Old 04-15-2003, 03:38 PM   #9
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So that makes my RS a GM6!!! 6-denotes the engine type I believe.

So in truth, none of us have a real GC8, unless we have imported a true 4-door WRX from Japan or overseas!

Hypa - a GM8 would be wicked

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Old 04-15-2003, 05:38 PM   #10
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I'd still take a GG6 over a GF4 any day. The GG hatch styling looks so much better.
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Old 04-15-2003, 08:32 PM   #11
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The round lights are much more unique, and less RSX/Civic look.
AGREE!!


do you guys notice that the 2004s headlight has the same shape design as the '99 Corollas?

I just noticed it today, when I looked at a Corolla closely
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Old 04-15-2003, 11:48 PM   #12
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GC--- Pure to the Core!!!!!!!!!
CANT BEAT GC STYLE!
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Old 04-16-2003, 12:50 AM   #13
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GC is the oldest yet most handsome brother of the three!
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Old 04-16-2003, 01:02 AM   #14
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AGREE!!


do you guys notice that the 2004s headlight has the same shape design as the '99 Corollas?

I just noticed it today, when I looked at a Corolla closely
i actually noticed that the first time i saw a 04 pic, which was like couple of months ago, but no one believed me...

my aunt has a 98 corolla, the one be4 the little headlight change..

good observation!!
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Old 04-16-2003, 01:20 AM   #15
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Quote:
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GC is the oldest yet most handsome brother of the three!
Agreed I always wanted a GC! I think the STi looks great but after throwing in about $2000 worth of cosmetic mods on the current GDA RS, it'll look way better.

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Old 04-16-2003, 02:32 AM   #16
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i actually noticed that the first time i saw a 04 pic, which was like couple of months ago, but no one believed me...

my aunt has a 98 corolla, the one be4 the little headlight change..

good observation!!
Bruno and I have been saying that ever since the first pictures of the facelift came out. No one listened to us then...
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Old 04-16-2003, 02:46 AM   #17
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Bruno and I have been saying that ever since the first pictures of the facelift came out. No one listened to us then...
Actually, I was saying the whole front end looks a lot like a Sentra SE-R Spec V. The corolla headlight observation is a fairly common one that's been floating around since the first pics were posted.

I think the large, round foglights were a subaru "trademark" trait, and the're probably the biggest loss. The redesigned nose looks like just about every other Japanese made economy car and I think it's lacking some of the agressiveness of the last two models.
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Old 04-16-2003, 04:41 PM   #18
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Hypa - a GM8 would be wicked

LaterZ!
Darren!!
I totally agree.
That's the car that caught my attention in my first ever rally viewing. You may have heard of the driver/navigator Colin McCrae and Nicky Grist?


One day my friend..... one day.
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Old 04-17-2003, 02:45 AM   #19
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Thumbs up How bout a GM-bodied STi V.7 ?

Found this over at Toronto Subaru Club.

http://www.toronto-subaru-club.com/c...ST;f=17;t=1998

A GM-body (coupe) with an STi V.7 engine transplant!!

Holy!
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Old 04-17-2003, 01:41 PM   #20
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jftam, that's an awesome link.
As the guy said, the mechanical side is easy. The wiring is a bugger, but I wonder if it would be easier if someone didn't use the latest, greatest motor.

That tangle of wires scares me.
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Old 04-17-2003, 01:48 PM   #21
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Originally posted by hypa
jftam, that's an awesome link.
As the guy said, the mechanical side is easy. The wiring is a bugger, but I wonder if it would be easier if someone didn't use the latest, greatest motor.

That tangle of wires scares me.
Hypa - I think if you do any engine transplant (cept for another EJ25 into an RS), there's going to be an ugly wiring job needed as well.

Too bad it isn't just a nice plug-and-play system.

Don't forget, he probably needed to change the front crossmember AND sway bars as well as a few other things that weren't mentioned.

I'm surprised he kept the stock style clutch and stock tranny!


Perhaps I'll wait for an STi to get rear-ended and be written off - then I"ll grap the engine and ECU from it! I can dream, can't i?

LaterZ!
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Old 04-17-2003, 05:25 PM   #22
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Default it's not THAT bad??!!!

Way to go... you ruined my high for the day...

I'm not thrilled by the new interior exactly but at least I got a new car!!

I just bought the 2004 RS sedan in MT... will be getting it next week...

I'm stoked none-the-less!

later

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Old 04-17-2003, 07:52 PM   #23
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Go ahead and continue to be stoked Superhero Just ignore the many bitter 02-03 owner who had their fun ruined the same way by GC owners a mere two years ago, and then have to endure Subaru's desertion of their car today. We're bitter alright
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Old 04-17-2003, 08:00 PM   #24
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-S-,

its different for us though,

our cars were only 2yrs, then changed, with more added back features from the GCs too.

GC8s had their model for like what? 4 yrs?, thats like the subaru timeline for face lifts.
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Longer than that, I can recall seeing MY94 Impreza L's for sale around town, that is if you're talking about body style... when they started putting the EJ20T on the impreza's, I really don't know. But I would think it's longer than 4 years.

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-S-,

its different for us though,

our cars were only 2yrs, then changed, with more added back features from the GCs too.

GC8s had their model for like what? 4 yrs?, thats like the subaru timeline for face lifts.
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