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The Subaru Impreza WRX is a well-loved performance sedan with a heritage rooted deep in rally racing. So much so, in fact, WRX is actually an acronym for “World Rally eXperimental.” However, attending any number of racing events just about anywhere in the world is likely to put you in the same place as a WRX. From drag racing to winding road courses, the WRX is capable of just about any discipline. However, the opportunity to purchase an older used example in great condition with low mileage is not that common.

This 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX Only has 3,833 original miles on the odometer

2002 Subaru WRX Bugeye Sedan with 3,833 original miles at Portland, Oregon dealership front three-quarter
2002 Subaru WRX | Braden Carlson, Motorbiscuit

Currently listed for sale on Autotrader, this 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX is in stunning condition thanks to its mind-blowingly low mileage. The odometer reads 3,833 original miles. As one might expect, the condition of this remarkable example is essentially flawless. Though it does have some modifications, it’s offered for sale on consignment from its original owner, who bought it brand new in June 2001, according to the Carfax report found in the Autotrader listing.

The asking price of this car is $39,900. While that may seem mighty high to some, it’s worth keeping in mind that the price of collectible cars, especially performance-oriented Japanese cars, is at a remarkable all-time high. Furthermore, this particular model is special for a couple of additional reasons.

According to Subaru, the WRX was first released in 1992. However, the US Market did not get its first taste of the rally-inspired legend until the 2002 model year. Often referred to as the “bugeye” thanks to its round headlights, this front end was only available in the US for the 2002 and 2003 model years. So, finding one in this condition is quite rare.

For comparison’s sake, another 2002 model year Impreza WRX with 25,000 miles was recently sold on Bring A Trailer for $30,000. Given this vehicle’s substantially lower mileage, the price doesn’t seem all that unreasonable.

How fast is a 2002 Subaru WRX?

2002 Subaru WRX EJ20 turbo engine with modifications, engine bay shot
Subaru WRX 2.0 Engine | Braden Carlson, Motorbiscuit

Under the hood of the 2002 Subaru WRX sits a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine. Power is sent to all four wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. When new, they made 227 horsepower and could sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour in about 5.5-seconds, according to Edmunds. However, this particular WRX is likely a bit quicker than that.

Despite the low mileage, this WRX has a shortlist of modifications installed by the one and only owner. The modifications include upgraded front and rear strut bars, an upgraded intake system and intercooler, an upgraded downpipe and full exhaust, and Raceline Motorsport wheels. Additionally, it has a fully-adjustable set of DMS coilovers. Finally, it has a Cobb Accessport and a custom tune from Southern Speed, Inc. So, this WRX is set up to provide outstanding performance, despite an average annual mileage of less than 200.

Its one owner has maintained it quite well, too. The listing states that it has a new timing belt, a new water pump, and a full inspection and replacement of gaskets throughout the engine. It also includes all the original dealership documentation and paperwork.

Collectibles are not always an easy sell

Interior, low mileage 2002 Subaru WRX with Cobb accessport
2002 Subaru WRX Interior | Braden Carlson, Motorbiscuit

Despite what seems like a reasonable asking price, a collectible vehicle in this niche doesn’t exactly come with a long list of potential buyers. However, it is very exciting to get to see a Subaru Impreza WRX in this remarkable condition.

If you’re in the market, you’d better act now! This is likely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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