1998 Subaru Impreza Sport Wagon STi Version 5. White
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1998 Impreza Sport Wagon STi Version 5
This car was bought to special order for a customer who wanted a good condition white Sti 5 Wagon in standard conditon for business use. We not only targetted his specification, but as low mileage as possible within budget to provide a car with maximum life left in it.The STi Version 5 Wagon is one of the most interesting and capable of the classic model 5 door Imprezas. A model only built for the Japanese domestic market officially. It was on the previous model STi Version 3 that Subaru chose to introduce 4 piston signature front brake calipers with 2 piston rear callipers to match. The engines are Sti Blueprinted units with stronger internals incl. better camshafts, valve springs and larger turbo combined with an 8,000 rpm rev limit (Normal WRX's are 7,000) packing 280+ bhp as standard. The STi 5 is also distinguishable by it's updated vented bonnet, light green tint on windows (Privacy glass on the rear), updated rear spoiler with integrated central brake light and the red and white rear lights in addition to crystal type headlights and a fresher design of front bumper. The Sti 5 interior was also of a brighter design than previous versions, with "STi" embossed front seats white dials with a digital odometer. The air conditioning controls were also updated and a driver's SRS airbag included with the Momo leather steering wheel in addition to a passenger dash-mounted airbag. Further mechanical improvements from Subaru Technica International include a carbon fibre front strut brace, uprated intercooler, full Sti Exhaust and red signature sports shock absorbers - an option on this model. This example also includes privacy rear glass and original wind deflectors.
For the sports driver who wants reliable high capacity load carrying capability without the weight penalty,outstanding 4WD road holding, STi performance and reliability - this is the wagon to own. Better dynamically than the later heavier and more watered down bugeye STI wagons, performance for money - you'll be hard pressed to find better. Classic Impreza Sti performance - with all the practicality of a normal 5 door wagon.
Condition: Our full array of pictures will speak for themselves - to show the outstanding condition of this Impreza STi 5 Wagon. This car's in standard condition aside from a Greddy turbo timer - which can easily be removed. The previous owner removed the stereo before sale, so we're providing a 200W double DIN Kenwood DPX-5000 (CD/Cassette/Radio) head unit, together with wiring adaptor and original fitting plates + a replacement cigar lighter - which will be fitted prior to completion in UK). Paintwork to repair small dents and scratches has already been completed to provide this car in top condition. Note that classic shape Imprezas easily get pin dents - due to their lighweight construction.The following are minor faults that were too small to repair, but are described to provide a complete report: Rear spoiler has a small section of laquer which has peeled away. On the aluminium bonnet there's a small section of bubbling paint. The o/s side skirt has a touched in area on the rear section. Some small pin dents on the n/s doors. These are all difficult to spot unless looking specifically for them. Interior's in excellent condition with no faults to report (This has been a non smoker's car) aside from normal wear to the gear shift knob. Test Drive: Mechanically it's also in good condition. Strong power with good response, a nice quiet engine with no noisy valve gear or signs of a hard pushed engine. Note Brake discs usually suffer from heavy wear on Imprezas - if driven hard for most of their lives. This example's discs are visually in very unworn condition. We test drove this car after warming up - which revealed a very tight feeling car. Over a bumpy road there were no rattles or squeaks. We noted the tyres have been rotated to even out wear - but fronts are nearing the legal UK limit. Although they'll pass MOT replacement will be required soonish.
Since April 2004, a model report has been required when SVA testing any car of newer manufacture than 10 years of age at first registration in UK. Although there are model reports for Sti 7 8 wagon models models, there are none available for the classic STi Impreza models. This mean that only pre 10 year old 1999 Imprezas can currently be imported to the UK. As most pre 1999 Imprezas in Japan are too tired nowadays, or just too expensive if in top condition and low mileage - we are usually unable to supply these. We simply won't buy a car that doesn't meet our exacting standards.
This is an exceptional Impreza STi 5 Wagon in excellent condition. Inclusive of full SVA conversions de-restriction, new MOT, 6 month's road tax, UK registration, 12 month's comprehensive warranty and a full valet just before collection, this car is supplied at £6,675 w left Japan and is due to arrive 2nd week of March 2010. Please contact us to order your own specially selected premium sports car from Japan.
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