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Mileage: 54,200 Miles
Engine: 2.0-Liter EJ205 Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Engine
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual Transmission
Exterior color: Platinum Silver Metallic Exterior
Interior: Black / Blue Cloth Interior
Limited-Slip Rear Differential
Momo Sport Steering Wheel
Cloth Bolstered Sport Seats w/ Blue Centers
6-Disc CD Changer / Tape Stereo System
Power Windows, Door Locks, Mirrors
Fold Down Rear Seats
Aftermarket Rear Sway Bar
16-Inch Alloy Wheels
Bridgestone Potenza All-Season Tires
Mature Enthusiast Owner
First Year WRX
In the early 1990s Subaru continued on the limited rally success of its prepped Legacy models with the newly minted WRX (World Rally Experimental) and a legacy was born (pun-intended). The WRX was based on the new GC generation Impreza and put into the hands of legendary World Rally Championship driver Colin McRae. Wearing the blue and yellow livery of certain cigarette brand, the pair became an iconic duo that cemented Subaru’s position in motorsport and McRae’s dominance of one of the greatest eras of World Rally Championship ever. When the WRX was released to the U.S. Market for the 2002 model year, based on the GD generation Impreza, a decade of envy of Japanese and Euro-market envy was rewarded as we quelched—we had a WRX to call our own! The first two years featured the “bug-eye” headlights and lead what would become a fun, practical and potent WRX institution for generations of American enthusiasts. The importance of the original WRX is huge in the heritage of the brand, and finding one that has not been abused, molested, or neglected has become a rare feat.
This original-owner first-year 2002 Subaru “bug eye” Impreza WRX wagon is one of those examples. Finished in Platinum Silver Metallic over WRX Black and Blue cloth interior, and with only 54,200 miles, it is stock and unmolested other than an aftermarket rear sway bar. Factory standard options include the sport seats, Momo steering wheel, limited-slip differential, fold down rear seats, and basic amenities (which help keep the weight down). A good friend and fellow enthusiast’s father purchased it from Flatirons Acura in Boulder on March 19, 2001 and has owned it ever since. He was an avid rally enthusiast and relished the opportunity to own the WRX when it was released to the U.S. market. Included with the car are several marketing brochures from the WRX’s release and a book. Since then, it has split time between Boulder and Steamboat Springs, Colorado, spending the majority of its time in Boulder. Under his tenure, it has always been regularly serviced at Flatirons Subaru; records are included with the car. In preparation for sale, we had independent Subaru specialists Super Rupair replace both front shocks and an alignment, replace the oil cooler O-rings and an engine oil change, flush the brake fluid, and replace the wiper blades. The Carfax is clean and, overall the condition is very good compared to most early WRX’s. As it sits, this is a piece of Subaru history and ready to be enjoyed by a new owner as it becomes an important and relevant classic in the WRX timeline.
The exterior of this WRX is very presentable, but it does have typical flaws and imperfections from regular use. The silver paint is all original gauging at 3-5 mils and in good condition. There are light moderate rock chips, scuffs, and scratches with the worst being on the front and rear bumper covers and passenger side doors. There are also several small dents. The front bumper cover has a small crack below the license plate. There is no notable rust thanks to Colorado’s arid climate and using sand in lieu of salt up until last year. The exterior trim is in good condition, but it does have UV fade on the darker plastic pieces. The windshield glass has slight pitting, but no cracks. The side and rear windows are lightly tinted. The headlight lenses are in good condition, with no cracks, but are slightly opaque. The foglights are crack-free with the exception of a small hole in the driver’s foglight. The taillight lenses are clear and crack-free. The stock wheels have light to moderate curb rash on all wheels. They are wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza all-season tires with 50% tread remaining.
Overall the interior is in great shape. There are no odors and it has never been smoked in. There are no rips or tears in the carpet and the factory floor mats are present with moderate wear on the driver’s side floor mat. The steering wheel leather is good shape with slight wear; there is no failed stitching. The gauges all function correctly and the instrument cluster shows no warning lights. The headliner is in good condition, but it does have a few wear areas. The heat blows hot and the air-conditioning blows cold. All interior functions, options, power accessories, and controls work correctly. The cup holder is functional. The OEM stereo sounds excellent. There is typical wear light on the shift knob, but the remainder of the center console and trim are in excellent shape. The rear door cards have scratches from a dog. The driver’s seat has only slight wear on the outer bolsters, and is in very good condition. The passenger and rear seats are in excellent condition. The rear hatch area has some minor staining and wear, but is presentable and the cargo cover is present. Two keys are included with the car, the owners’ manuals and several magazines and reviews from the U.S. Market’s WRX time of release.
This WRX has benefited from being owned its entire life from a mature owner who left it virtually unmolested and did not abuse it—a rare commodity in a twenty-year old WRX. Like any Subaru, it will need continued care and maintenance. As it sits, there are no warning lights or check engine lights. The EJ205 engine starts on command, idles smoothly, and pulls very strongly to redline (once the oil temp is warmed up, of course). The turbo is healthy and it does not smoke or have excessive leaks. The transmission shifts smoothly and the clutch take-up is correct. The suspension and steering are tight, and there are no clunks or noises. The brakes have plenty of pad and rotor thickness remaining. We ensure it passes and pay for emissions in the State of Colorado. As it sits this would make a great first car or candidate to preserve as the WRX ages into a future classic.