Why this particular Subaru is a hidden gem that you should buy ASAP
When you tell somebody that you own a Subaru, they will say 'wow nice WRX you've got there', or if you've got a two-door sleek coupe, then they will they you you've bought a Toyota with a Subaru badge on it. Or if they're really into cars, they would applaud you for buying an SVX.
However, nobody seemed to talk about the Subaru Legacy. Not that it's any worse than any other cars in Subaru's range right?
Yes we know the Legacy, but it's not exactly a Legacy right?
I see what you did there, but hear me out. Personally I prefer the look of the Legacy to the Imprezas of the same era, the front end of the Legacy look sleeker and better in general. It doesn't have the cumbersome look of the bugeye, or the somewhat dumb looking headlights of the blobeye, it just looks better.
But why the wagon in general? Why not the saloon?
Because it's a wagon! You can get the normal saloon body in an Impreza too, so why bother with the normal Legacy saloon and why not go straight to the Legacy wagon? Isn't it cool to have all that extra space behind you? It's just cooler and better use of space than normal saloons.
I get it now, but why this particular Subaru?
Because this particular Legacy wears this very unique badge on the back - 'Tuned by STi'. Yes the boffins at STi who tuned the WRX STi and other good cars have got their hands on this very special limited edition Legacy Wagon.
What did STi do exactly?
Under the bonnet STi just put a strut brace to stiffen up the chassis. But they didn't tinkle with the engine as it's straight out of an Impreza WRX STi from the same era so why bother.
All the cool parts that Subaru put on are hidden. They put on some Brembo brakes all-round and put STi alloys on all four corners, to make sure the car stops properly and reduce the unsprung weight massively.
They, of course, had to free up the engine, so they fitted an exhaust to make the flat-four burble even more. The result is something of a marvel, they've basically turned a wagon into a lengthened and cooler WRX STi.
Of course, the added bonus for having a Legacy, is that you get all the goodies inside. Sat-nav, dual zone climate control, radio, some aluminium pedals, a mechanical handbrake and most importantly of all - a 6-speed manual gearbox.
On later cars, they even fitted the fancy differential from the WRX STi, which lets you switch to different modes which lock and unlock the differentials at different times. These are things that you get on a sports car, and you can get one from a wagon. A wagon!
Of course, to shift these Legacies, they can't just modify the underside and not care about how the car looks one bit. So they fitted some half Alcantara, half leather Recaros in front.
The Japanese, of course, thought of the kids in the back too, so they also get the Alcantara on their seats to make sure they won't get shaken around in the bends and get car sick while Daddy and Mummy is having fun in front.
Finally, to top it all off, just look at the boot. How big is this boot? You don't even need that many yet they gave you that much space to play around with. Wow.
And because these are limited editions, they are limited to 600 units in 2005 and 2007 respectively. The best part is, unlike the S402, which is also a special limited car tuned by STi, the prices stayed relatively affordable. A clean title car from Japan in good nick will only set you back £4500, bargain right?
Do you still want your Impreza, or do you want this cool wagon?
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