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Old 05-01-2003, 11:26 AM   #1
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Talking just got my 04 wrx wagon

I finally settled on a price locally on a silver 2004 Impreza WRX wagon. It shipped with the security upgrade and mirror/compass options and I have a "we owe" on the cargo net, arm rest and air filter.

The clutch does feel different than the 03 but I think preferences on clutches are somewhat subjective. I like the 04 better. It seems like the turbo may be a bit smoother on the 04 as well, though that may be my imagination. Last night was my first time to drive the wagon and I did think it had a bit more body-roll than the sedan but not a dealbreaker unless you plan to race it on a track or in rally and need to max it out--in which case you'd be better off starting with the STi anyway. I'll probably look into better sway bars.

I really do like the new look except for the ugly ass tail lights. If any of the rice shops begin to offer aftermarket lights that fit the 04 Imprezas, I'll be looking into them.

Meanwhile, my first upgrade is probably going to be a Valentine One. I'd like to do the concealment thing so if any of you guys have images of good installed examples, I'd love to see them.

Next will be a Kartboy short throw shifter but I may not do that until after the 1000 mile break-in.

I'm told exhaust mods are the best shortcut to extra horsepower so I guess that'll be next. Again, any suggestions welcomed here but I have some time to get used to the car first so I'll definitely be researching in advance.

As I mentioned, the sway bars will be something else I'll be needing to look into. However, I feel a good deal of handling can be improved just from better wheels/tires. Since I'm a cheapskate, I'll probably wear the stock tires down quite a bit before doing this upgrade and will be looking into the best bang for the buck wheels between now and then--probably 17".

The stock audio stuff ain't bad for stock audio. I can't believe six disc in dashes are standard fare these days. I'm a bit of an audio enthusiast so I know how much better it could be, but when it comes to cars I just don't think the return on investment is worth it. I may still look into speakers at some point but no rush, there.

Anyway, very cool car. Anyone hestitating on the wagon because of a fear that it won't match sedan performance should rest easy. This was a big concern for me since I couldn't test drive a wagon. The differences aren't huge, though, so go with whichever body style you like best and what your needs are. This is my only vehicle and my last car was a two seater (Del Slow/Del Soak) so I was looking forward to something I could actually put stuff and people in.
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Old 05-01-2003, 11:39 AM   #2
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sweet...good luck and enjoy
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Old 05-14-2003, 08:54 PM   #3
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Wagons rule.

If an STI wagon were to happen to get on this continent... hmmm I'd be there tomorrow to buy.
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Old 05-15-2003, 12:50 PM   #4
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Kelly,

As far as I know the only mechanical difference between MY2002 and MY2004 is that the power steering pump is larger in the later model.

Personally I would go to track days, driver training school before doing any mods. The car is plenty fast enough stock, and quite forgiving.

Enjoy the car!

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Old 05-15-2003, 12:53 PM   #5
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Kelly,

As far as I know the only mechanical difference between MY2002 and MY2004 is that the power steering pump is larger in the later model.

Personally I would go to track days, driver training school before doing any mods. The car is plenty fast enough stock, and quite forgiving.

Enjoy the car!

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I'm thinking about that--if I can find a good driving school in my area, I may do that. I think I'd still like to upgrade the rear sway bar if possible, though. There's more body roll than I'd like. And honestly, I do wish the car had a bit quicker throttle response in the lower RPMs and I wonder if exhaust mods might improve that.

I'm getting tint and the rest of the dealer options this Saturday (arm rest, air filter, cargo net). I already have the Valentine One.
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Old 05-15-2003, 02:11 PM   #6
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Or hit an auto-x or two.

Yes, wagons do rock.
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Old 05-15-2003, 10:33 PM   #7
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Wagons rock! Nice choice of options. Now you can surprise your friends with what you can fit in at Home Depot and still burn a Civic or two on your way home.
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Old 05-15-2003, 11:29 PM   #8
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I finally settled on a price locally on a silver 2004 Impreza WRX wagon. It shipped with the security upgrade and mirror/compass options and I have a "we owe" on the cargo net, arm rest and air filter.


Meanwhile, my first upgrade is probably going to be a Valentine One. I'd like to do the concealment thing so if any of you guys have images of good installed examples, I'd love to see them.


I'm told exhaust mods are the best shortcut to extra horsepower so I guess that'll be next. Again, any suggestions welcomed here but I have some time to get used to the car first so I'll definitely be researching in advance.

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I tucked the straight wire behind the plastic so I could go up and across the top over the visor to the Valentine 1 mounted to the left of and higher than the mirror. That way it has high forward and rear visibility. The wire can't be seen. The V1 is small and can be concealed from the rear by putting the visor down. You can still hear the informative sounds, but only for front radar and laser. I have the remote readout but don't use it much because you still have to have high placement for the front/rear detectors. It has saved me from tickets many times. But it is no substitute for knowledge of risky places on the road where you can be ambushed by instant on, especially when you are a single car on a lonely stretch, hence no scattering activity to pick up.

On mods. If you are concerned with the warranty, the UTEC can be put on in about 20 minutes and taken off even quicker. It then gives you engine management for other mods (including, but not limited to just exhaust) you can make when the warranty is of little concern.
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Old 05-16-2003, 08:09 PM   #9
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Kelly, reading your post was funny because I could have written almost the exact same thing. Just got an 04 silver wagon last week myself. My shopping list is, in order, Autobahnd (clear bra), window tint, V1, Kartboy shifter and bushings, then possibly something to provide low rev power and/or more throaty (but not loud) exhaust. My only unhappiness with the car so far is the lack of low end torque and the turbo lag. However, I think much of the solution involves learning how to give the right amount of throttle off the line so you get a smooth acceleration.

It's hard to do too much of an evaluation of the car until I'm allowed to rev it over 4000. Just when it's starting to get exciting, I have to back off.

I'm still not sure what I think of the new front end styling. I actually really like the previous look, particularly on a silver wagon. I find the new hood scoop a little cartoonish, but I'm getting used to it. The rear lights don't bother me at all--I actually think they look good as far as matching the front lights goes.

The car that got me infatuated with the WRX was a used 02 silver wagon that I test drove but someone else snapped up before I could put a deposit down. That one had a waist spoiler like you can get from Subaru Canada, which I thought looked very cool. It also had a radar detector display of some kind in place of the digital clock. The dealer hadn't even noticed it until I asked what it was. I don't know what model it was (it was definitely not a Valentine), but it seemed like a great place for a readout, either in place of or in addition to the clock. Alternatively, I've been trying to imagine a way to mod the gauge cluster housing so it could have a GPS display instead. <Cartman>Sweeet.</Cartman>
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Old 05-16-2003, 09:25 PM   #10
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Wagons rule.

If an STI wagon were to happen to get on this continent... hmmm I'd be there tomorrow to buy.

Hell yeah!!!!!!!
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Old 05-16-2003, 10:16 PM   #11
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Cool Wagons!!!

Cool beans about the wagon.

Hardwire your V1 when you get it. I waited 2 years...just wired it in this week, and added the concealed display. Very cool.

I used this link: Install

I've had mine since March 2001...it's a blast!

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Old 05-16-2003, 11:57 PM   #12
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Cool beans about the wagon.

Hardwire your V1 when you get it. I waited 2 years...just wired it in this week, and added the concealed display. Very cool.

I used this link: Install

I've had mine since March 2001...it's a blast!

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Awesome link. I was planning to do the install Sunday so you have great timing. Do you have any idea how install the remote display in the bottom of the instrument cluster?
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Old 05-17-2003, 12:12 AM   #13
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I ran the wire accross the top of the window (above the ceiling molding); then down behind the A pillar molding (it helped that I had the windshield replaced the day after I ran the wire, so I could just reach in from the outside and really stuff the wire down behind the A pillar); then fed it through behind the steering column; and then I just used the adhesive "velcro" pad to stick it to the top of the steering column, dead center, in front of the parking light switch, just far enough back that the steering wheel doesn't hit it. It may not be exceptionally well "concealed," but people outside the car can't see it, and it's pretty easy to see the display. It does get obscured when the steering wheel is turned past 45 degrees or so, but if you are speeding while turning the wheel that much, you should probably be looking at the road anyway.

If I get a chance, I'll post pics tomorrow.

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Old 05-17-2003, 12:23 AM   #14
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John

I thought about putting it there too but I'd really be a lot happier wih it just at the bottom of my instrument cluster so I can see it when I'm cruising down the highway just like my tach and speed. No idea how to do that, though.
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Old 05-17-2003, 12:35 AM   #15
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Do a search for "Valentine."

It may take some sifting, but you will find what you want.

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Old 05-17-2003, 11:33 AM   #16
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My shopping list is, in order, Autobahnd (clear bra),
Kelly,

I do not know if your mind is made up on the Autobahnd clear bra. I just finished designing the kit for the '04 Rexes and thought I would give a fellow rexer an option. If you would like to check it out here

http://www.rockblocker.com/images/WRX/3599_280.gif

The kit sells for $266- and made from 3M material computer pre-cut to fit your car perfectly. If you are interested PM me.[
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Old 05-26-2003, 03:09 PM   #17
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I am about to purchase a 04 silver wagon and was wondering if anyone could post some pictures of yours just so I can take a look at some ones. Thanks.
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Old 05-26-2003, 03:19 PM   #18
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Here is a link to a thread I posted the day after I got mine that has a photo:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=358119
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Old 05-26-2003, 04:02 PM   #19
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Mine looks almost exactly like that only with tinted windows and no dog. I'm not too handy with a camera.
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Old 05-26-2003, 07:13 PM   #20
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...Alternatively, I've been trying to imagine a way to mod the gauge cluster housing so it could have a GPS display instead. <Cartman>Sweeet.</Cartman>
A pop-out, in-dash, single din monitor should fit right into the Subaru OEM gauge pod.
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