Originally Posted by ridethecliche
I have an 02 impreza ts and I was just googling random stuff about the cars from that era and I read something about the pre 02 impreza's being more desirable. Anyone know why that is? I'm just curious. Figured someone might have been an enthusiast back in the day.
In related news, the check engine light was on because of the cat and a knock sensor. I'll wait on the cat, but there seem to be no issues with pickup etc, so I might have the engine light reset and then see if it flashes the same code again. I think it might be a dud since there aren't any ill effects so it's unlikely that the knock sensor is actually dead.
It might have a lot to do with the GC/GF Chassis never being sold in the U.S in an STI Variant. when the GD was introduced as an STi in Japan.and later overseas.Opinions were divided between applause for the Brembo equipped Brakes, stronger 6spd Transmission, and stiffer Chassis. with many others complaining about the more radical styling, and increased curb weight. - the GD was seen as a brash, (and to some, ugly) step backwards, instead of a further refinement. many enthusiasts rejecting the GD Chassis altogether. until prices subsided, when the tuning potential made them a smart buy performance wise. Now, with solid GC's becoming increasingly rare, they are becoming seen as more of a collectible "purists" model. -ie: an emerging modern classic. with prices on stock originals, and tastefully modified examples reflecting that.
They also have influence in pop culture. with a Blue GC8 STI version 5 Type-R (=2 door) featuring as the Daily Driver for Takumi Fujiwara's father in "Initial-D".
where it is spoken of as a car that can handle with the best of them. having balance, ample power, and excellent braking. one thing to note is, for this particular Anime, where they worship cars, and go into detail about each cars strengths, weaknesses, and driving tactics, they chose THIS as the car to be the personal choice of Bunta Fujiwara, the legend of Akina. over all other cars sold in Japan. -that was a gutsy move. though many enthusiasts simply can't fault the choice. it deserves the title as the one that was never beaten.
The Chassis also featured strongly in the "Gran Turismo" Game series, in many incarnations, from the infamous 22-B:
And variations from tuners like "Mine's", and "Tommi Kaira".
-even this Bad boy:
Personally? as the owner/driver of a 1999 GC8 STI Version 6,(the last incarnation and refinement of the GC Chassis) i can tell you without a doubt, these cars are a weapon. as fast as my R33 Skyline was, handles as well as my Altezza did, and the surge at 2,600 Rpm....... oh, it is ungodly fast.
sure, mine has some rust, and dents. but a rusty dented can of whoop ass.... is still a can of whoop ass.
culturally speaking, the thumbs up and looks i get in traffic,from both men and women asking me about it, and how fast is it,etc. speaks volumes for how much these are ingrained in car culture. where there is plenty of respect for keeping one of these underestimated heavy hitters on the road.
Not sure about "back in the day". but a renaissance coming, and classics like these are at the forefront of tuning culture. so all of that, and more. is why.