The great thing about a WRC rally-bred car is its all terrain-ability- the only thing able to slow it down being deep powder. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Subie WRX has even that surface beat, but will you find its price to be a big snow job?
Okay, I promise, no more German cars for the rest of the week. Still, before we have a vacate the Vaterland completely we'll have to deal with yesterday's AMG-powered 1995 E-Wagon. Longroof Benzes are muy popular here, and despite having nearly a moon-shot's worth of miles, its 70% Nice Price win proved that heart-swapped W124 to be no exception.
So long Germany. Like I said, no more candidates from that former axis power, today's car comes from. . . oh crap.
This 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX is unique in that it comes with both street sneakers and snow shoes. Sure the tractor treads are of limited value if you don't live where they get more than a dusting of snow, or perhaps the Sahara desert, but they're easily removable according to the ad. In fact you could store either set of footwear in the trunk - and probably back seat, those things looking like they take up a lot of room - so you'd be prepared for any contingency. After all, isn't that what the Boy Scouts taught you to be? Well, that and not being self-conscious about wearing short pants and knee socks.
The maker of those gnarly treads is a company called AmericanTrackTruck (no, I'm not linking it here), and the actual track kit is called the DOMINATOR. The seller is obviously a company rep as his eBay seller handle is dom333 and the Subaru is featured on the ATT Website. Alternatively his real name is Dominic and he's half evil.
There is something slightly incongruous about a company with American and Truck in their name having a Japanese car as a demonstrator model, I mean haven't they ever heard of America, eff yeah!? Whatever, the Subie itself sports nearly 200,000 miles, which hopefully were street and not slush. Despite the seeming abundance of miles the car is described as leak-free and in fine working order. There also appears to be no major issues with either body or interior, although most of the when-wheeled add-on bodywork is kind of asstacular.
For those not paying attention the past decade, the bug-eye WRX sports a 227-bhp edition of Subaru's flat four. The boxer doesn't stand alone either as it's backed up by a 5-speed manual gearbox and all-wheel (or track) drive system bred on the WRC rally circuit. Wrapped around that hardware is a four-door body that's about as exciting to look at as a bowl of oatmeal but is unreservedly practical.
And this one will have you singing let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. . . which I want you to stop, because it's totally annoying. Seriously, knock it off. For the $15,900 asking price, you're not just getting a high-mileage WRX with a carbon fiber hood, you're getting that plus the DOMINATOR - which together will let you pretend you're both Ken Block and Admiral Peary.
But what about that combo price? The DOMINATOR maker doesn't offer pricing on their Website, and spending nearly sixteen large for a high-mileage WRX doesn't seem like something anyone should do so I guess you'd have to gauge the added value offered in that extreme winter off-roadability. What do you think, is $15,900 worth it to go into snow business? Or, is this Subaru's price way off track?
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