2003 Subaru WRX

2003 Subaru WRX

Our 2003 Subaru WRX sedan is new to the fleet, but we're familiar with the breed. We've loved the turbocharged flat-four with all-wheel drive configuration as a wagon, but wanted to try the slightly lighter, stiffer sedan version for this project. So far, it's being used as a daily driver and as an entry-level autocross trainer. We're looking for suggestions with this project, so drop us a line and let us know what you think we should do with it next.

Even the nicest early model WRX's should be available under the $10,000 across the country, with high-mileage cars or examples with mechanical needs available for much less. These cars were hugely popular with enthusiasts, so many of those available on the used market have already seen some level of modification. We chose to start with one that was completely stock; some previously modified cars may represent a bargain for the parts they already have, while others will be a nightmare of problems from poorly executed changes. We wanted to document the whole process, so it made more sense to avoid the risks and start with an unmolested example.

Latest updates

Jun 9, 2011
Studly Subaru

A little testing leads to a big headache.

Jun 21, 2010
Piping-Hot Performance

A full-court press on our Subaru's exhaust system.

May 28, 2010
WRX Goes to Work

We figure out where we're at and where we're going with our Subaru WRX project.

Dec 4, 2009
Taking Stock

We evaluate the condition of our new WRX project car.

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