craig’s list crumbs - 2005 subaru forester xt sti

2005 Subaru Forester XT STI for under 20K!

We found a 2005 Subaru Forester XT STI for under 20K!For whatever reason, we have a soft spot for all wheel drive turbo Subaru’s. Always have. They are incredibly fun to drive and the grip is unbeatable especially when sticky tires are added to the mix. We have streaked down tree lined forest service roads on full boost and had our inner Colin McRae come raging out in us. We’re actually lucky to be alive and to be quite honest, Subaru’s all-wheel drive technology saved us from the ER on more than one occasion. We’ve also wondered aloud why nobody has ever done a well-publicized vintage VW with STi power.

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So whenever we’re scanning craigslist.org we always stop by the Subaru section to see what’s up. And then BAM we see stuff like this ludicrous, stanced, Hellaflush Forester STI. The owner is handy with a camera too which helps us bring it to you in beautiful sweet light! This is dream material right here. Lord only knows what kind of “truths” exist surrounding it but it seems legit. And for under $20k – it’s worth taking a flier on, even if it only lasted 6 months. Because damn! It’s sexy!

craig’s list crumbs - 2005 subaru forester xt sti

The motor looks legit. A fully built EJ257 was prepped by Bay Area open source tuning legend Mike Warfield at Hayward, California’s GST Motorsports. It ain’t playin’ either – Brian Crower connecting rods, a VF 39 turbocharger, catless downpipe – this one is engineered to rip. We’re guessing it makes north of 450 all wheel horsepower knowing what we know about Warfield’s dyno prowess. All that racket from a flat 4 cylinder motor!

craig’s list crumbs - 2005 subaru forester xt sti

craig’s list crumbs - 2005 subaru forester xt sti

The killer street stance is courtesy of BC Coilovers, Whiteline sway bars, Kartboy Endlinks, STi Brembo brakes and StopTech rotors. We can literally hear the cash register ringing! All four 18×11-inch Cosmis Racing Wheels are wrapped in 275/35s rubber.

The interior is the premium factory leather and is in great shape as you can see here from these photos. So basically, you’re getting a lethal SUV hybrid; part race car, part stylish family wagon. The smog test is a whole ‘nother topic! To make an offer or to read more tech, you can view the full ad here

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Senior Editor, Digital Media

With three decades of automotive journalism under his belt, John Drummond serves as Senior Editor – Digital Media for Fuel Curve and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association where he has worked since 1990. Drummond got his start in motorsports reporting by making a fake press pass to gain starting line access. The ruse worked and he began covering auto races as far back as 1986 in Northern California, eventually getting his stories published worldwide. He has owned and driven everything from a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere to a ridiculously modded Subaru WRX as well as a string of Mercedes AMG’s, most of which had the warranties voided the day after leaving the dealership.

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