Some Assembly Required: 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

It has been a little over a year since I sold my daily driver STI and I have to admit that I miss some of it.  I don’t miss the creeping feeling that some expensive mechanical failure will run me $3k for a new engine or transmission, or the feeling of every single piece of unperfect pavement being drilled into my backside, or the sensation of moderate understeer under every sporty driving condition except wide-open-throttle (the STI is a strangely fast beast, but you can’t drive it carefully and with fine inputs, you’ve got to grab it by the scruff and mash things — it is not unlike trying to ride a rhinoceros)….but I do miss the thrub-thrub exhaust note that is either love or hate.  Anyway, if I was to get back into an STI, I might be tempted to find an example that needs some work and turn up the boost a bit. Find this 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STI offered for $5000 in Silver Spring, MD via craigslist. Tip from Jeff S.

From the seller:

2004 subaru wrx sti 

fuel: gas 

title status: clean 

transmission: manual 

2005 STI project. 179k miles. Engine out, one plug is cross threaded, needs heads pulled and fixed. Bottom end is up to you.

Complete car. 


STI pink struts

clean interior

nearly perfect original BBS wheels and good tires

new sub frame and tie rod ends

new Invidia turbo back exhaust

new perrin turbo inlet

new group n motor mounts

new oil pan


some dings on the body as shown, passenger front fender and hood

rust spot under the rear wing

engine needs

Car was running and driving when I bought it, then discovered the plug issue so engine was pulled. Looking to sell it as a project before I dive into fixing it. of course I have much more into it then asking, but you win some, you lose some. I’ve been mostly losing on these lately. Bring a truck, a trailer and some cash and take her home.

See a better way to build some boost?