Subaru Impreza Wrx Sti For Sale

June 10, 2011. Author:

Here's how to find a Subaru Impreza WRX STI for sale that meets both your desires and budget.

Introduction to the Subaru Impreza WRX STI

This vehicle offers truly impressive performance. Recent models produce over 300 bhp, and managed to do it at a relatively low engine speeds. This offers truly stunning off the line performance, and being that it is all-wheel-drive can make the most of that power both on road and off-road. This vehicle is rally inspired.

How to find the right Subaru Impreza WRX STI for sale for you

First you'll need to decide whether you are seeking to buy a new Subaru WRX STI for sale, or whether the used vehicle would be a better fit for you. If you opt for new, a Subaru dealer can assist you in finding just the right vehicle for you. Since the Subaru Impreza WRX STI for sale is somewhat of a niche vehicle, not every dealer might have them in stock. You might have to search nearby states to find the one you are looking for, or the dealer can have one transferred to its location.

If you decide that a used Subaru Impreza WRX STI for sale is what you are seeking, then there are several avenues to explore. Many people opt for a used vehicle because it saves versus the cost of buying new. The previous owner or owners took much of the hit of depreciation. And through the right channels it is possible to find the perfect cheap Subaru Impreza WRX STI for sale that you are looking for. A common place to look is at sites such as eBay and also at Subaru forums. Moreover, local newspapers often will have a classified section listing such vehicles for sale.

Buying used Subaru Impreza WRX STI for sale by owner tips

If you opt for a used vehicle, you can either go with the Subaru certified preowned vehicle from a dealer, or you can look for one for sale by owner. Some people prefer to find the vehicle for sale by owner in order to save the dealer markup for reconditioning and other costs. At the same time some people prefer to buy a certified preowned vehicle because it may include additional peace of mind that the dealer will stand behind the purchase.

If you buy your used Subaru Impreza WRX STI for sale by owner, there are number of things that are prudent to check. First, it is worth noting that since this is a performance vehicle, it has the potential to have been abused by previous owners. For instance, damage can occur to the drivetrain differential if the engine speed was brought up in the clutch was let out abruptly. When meeting the seller face-to-face you can often feel out how the person treated the vehicle.

Check the maintenance records

When you find a Subaru Impreza WRX STI for sale, it may be a good idea along with the normal vehicle inspection to check the maintenance records. Then you can see if routine maintenance as outlined in the owners manual was performed. Sometimes if this service was done at a dealership, this information will also appear on and from other car reporting services.

Check the tire wear

All-wheel-drive Subaru vehicles need the tires to match within our small tolerance for their circumference. Otherwise, you can result in excessive wear and tear or even damage to the drivetrain components. However, Subaru Impreza WRX STI for sale may be more resilient to this type of damage than other Subaru vehicles because the center differential is more heavy duty.

However, if you make tight turns at low speed with the vehicle and it feels as if the brakes are on or there is binding and popping sounds further inspection may be warranted. If the Subaru Impreza WRX STI for sale the you are examining has the driver controlled center differential (DCCD) you may need to set it to auto or to a forward position during this test.

Vehicle modifications

Since this is a high-performance vehicle, it is not uncommon to find that modifications were made to it. For example, a Cosworth high-volume oil pump may have been installed. While these modifications can be beneficial, it also helps if you are aware that they were made because it may present special considerations for future repair and maintenance needs.


To wrap up, when you're looking to buy Subaru Impreza WRX STI for sale, there are several things pay attention to. But this vehicle has a loyal following and is likely to give many years of driving enjoyment to its new owner.

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