As a car enthusiast, you know The 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STi is iconic, especially the first generation. However, the second generation was better and more modern. It was introduced in 2000. It got a facelift in 2002.
The first two years can be recognized by its round headlights, the Blobeye. Afterward, the lights became more angular. There was another facelift in 2005. The headlights became more pointy at the sides. It was called the Hawkeye. Those are all three varieties of the Mark II Impreza.
The 2007 Subaru WRX STi Specs
We know this car as the ultimate rally monster, but don’t forget there are sub-100 hp types. Less than 100 hp. 94 hp to be precise in the 1.6 naturally aspirated 4-cylinder boxer engine. I say boxer. All engines in the Impreza are 4-cylinder boxer engines. The biggest one is the 2.5-liter for the WRX STi. The most powerful one of those has 276 hp engines gasoline You can find 65 Imprezas of this generation for sale on Marketplaces.
A little over 50% is a Station car. Almost 50% is a WRX or WRX STi. If you’re looking for a powerful rally beast, there is plenty of choices. Automatic gearboxes are rare. At the moment, there are only two which take care of shifting gears themselves. Diesel engines weren’t available, but if you want to save fuel, you can try to find one with LPG. At the moment, three are for sale on Marketpalecs, and the prices start at 1,000 euros and go up ’til 14,000 euros for the 2007 WRX.
There are reasons to buy a Subaru Impreza. Reason one: Colin McRae. Reason two: Colin McRae. Reason three: Colin McRae. This car’s cult status is huge. No car enthusiast will call you a boy racer with your big spoiler. Everyone who doesn’t love cars looks at your car and thinks you’re a boy racer with your big spoiler. You know, whatever. That’s the WRX only. You can also buy a version without the big spoiler. That’s also a great car.
Also read: 2006 Subaru Impreza Specs & Review
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2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Buyer Review
Another pro: AWD is always standard. If the car is taken well care of and kept original, it’s very reliable as well. Of course, there are things to watch out for. First, especially the WRX and WRX STi are popular among tuners. They have been altered, squeezing out extra hp. That’s not always good for a car. It’s that simple. On the other hand, if you want to buy a WRX and tune it to 300+ hp there’s a good chance someone did it for you already. You can buy that car ready-to-run.
If you want to buy a 2007 Subaru WRX STi Limited and tune it, try to find one with a 6-speed gearbox. Those are sturdier than the 5-speed gearboxes. Another fun thing to know about the WRX: the 2.5 has a more linear performance curve and is the better car. Although, the turbo rush from the 2-liter engine in the older model is very nice. Choices, choices, choices.
Important for all Subaru Imprezas is to stay clear of leaks underneath the hood. Check for strange leaks at the engine or valve cover. Next, for the cars with intercooler, the intercooler’s lamellae have to be straight. If not, it’s hooned and shows how the previous owner maintained the car. If the lamellae are crooked it doesn’t cool as well and you’ll loose power.
Important for all Impreza models is no leaks underneath the hood. So, no leaks at the valve cover, things like that. If oil leaks out at the valve cover, it’s easy to see because it drips onto the exhaust. You smell this really well; the smell of burned oil. You recognize this. That’s bad. For an Impreza it’s very important that the engine is allowed to warm up and gets the time to cool down after a long or passionate drive. Always try to figure out how the car was treated by its previous owner. Let him drive while you’re riding shotgun, so you can see if he’s a good driver. Or ask and maybe you’ll find out.
The 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX or STi’s spark plugs need replacing every 15,000 km (9,000 miles). That’s quite often. Keep that in mind. After the last facelift in 2005, Subaru changed from metal to plastic engine mounts. These weren’t as good as they’d hoped. They were often replaced under warranty, but check this if you have a post-2005 model. If it has metal mounts. They were replaced by metal ones, which turned out to be the better solution. Next: it is a car with AWD. This means more differentials. Check for liquid leaks or strange sounds in the powertrain. This may cause problems and money. Not cause… You know what I mean.
Next is a problem with the WRX brakes. The brake pistons rust sometimes. You don’t want that, so you have to replace those. A new set is 150 euros. Specific to the post-2005 WRX is that the shock absorbers rattle sometimes. Not much can be done about it other than replacing them. It’s because they installed them upside down, allowing liquids to slowly leak out. It’s no longer lubricated, so you need to install new ones to solve it. You may encounter rust, which means it has been damaged and didn’t get fixed properly.
This goes for every car, but an Impreza (especially a WRX or STi) are sometimes driven by passionate young men. They drive it into a ditch or into a tree because they think they’re Colin McRae. They’re not. The damaged parts may not have been fixed properly. Check for differences in paint color on panels and such. If you do, it doesn’t have to be a problem. But find out what happened, how it has been fixed, and who fixed it, so you know what you’re buying.
There’s a problem with the standard radio. The reception isn’t all that great, so keep that in mind. The last problem, next to the high maintenance costs of the Impreza is that the dynamo only kicks in when the engine has warmed up. This means that if you only drive short distances and the engine doesn’t warm up, the dynamo does little to nothing. That means the battery will go flat. There’s a simple fix: always switch on your lights. The dynamo is signaled something needs to happen, so it kicks in and charges your battery.
The 2007 Impreza is a great car, and I couldn’t resist it. I had to drive a blue one with a big spoiler. I have to say, I regret nothing. It’s a lot of fun. The blow-off valve, It’s fun. I like it.