Any Impreza owners in here ?
Correct mate. The P1 was a revised V5 STI, all were Sonic Blue and were set up by Prodrive who also built the SWRT cars. Best Impreza ever bar the 22B. My P1 had the optional Alcon brake conversion, 18inch OZ wheels and Prodrive exhaust. My Yamaha R1 has very similar characteristics, power, noise and the fact it doesn't like going slow!Had 3 in the past, the 99 STI V5 coupe was the pick (think you called them the P1 in the UK), they got heavier & heavier after that. Just like Mitsubishis’ EVO 6.5 TME, 1999 was the height of Jap awd ‘bang for buck’ performance cars.
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Yes the WRX was absolute rubbish in comparison to the STI.I owned a 2001 bug eye WRX (non-sti) for some 4 years. gearbox was the main issue, hardly capable of handling even the stock power (when pushed). running just above stock, around 240 - 260 hp, i had syncromenchs replaced a few times. understeer was another problem and you'd need to 'learn' how to drive to overcome it. at the end had an engine built for excessive oil consumption but i don't really remember the exact, technical reason behind it. I was 25 at the time, living in Istanbul and was both tracking it regularly and driving quite ridiculously on public roads as well so ended up with many additional small problems as well as the ones mentioned.
I had a couple of friends who were driving STI 's at the time and they never had any of these problems. Those cars seemed bulletproof in comparison. I remember that I strictly told myself to make sure to get an STI if I ever buy one again.
The Jap domestic market STI’ have always had the good 2.0L, it’s only the export markets that get the rubbish (non forged) 2.5L engines, it started back when Subaru entered the US market which is when they really went to crap.I think 2007 was the last great one. I vaguely remember reading / hearing that 2.5 engine wasn't as durable than the earlier 2.0 though. I really wound't mind one if I knew I could deal with the running costs and keep it 100% at all times.