Friday, April 12, 2013

15k: STiealthy Subie: 2006 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT SpecB

Ask anybody who drives a Subaru Impreza WRX STi and they will tell you that it is difficult to keep the spiky hairdo safe under flat-brim hats. Additionally, skinny jeans are expensive and really chafe in the wrong places.  Sure, its great to have a zippy all-wheel-drive turbocharged Subaru, but it'd be nice to get one without pink graphics, a cavernous hood scoop and shopping-cart-handle wing...because its not always desirable to look like a bro-douche.  Enter the Legacy 2.5 GT SpecB...also known as: an adult's STi.  Find this 2006 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT SpecB for sale in Minneapolis, MN for $17,000 via craiglist.

The standard Subaru Legacy 2.5GT was no slouch, with a 2.5 liter boxer four cylinder shared with the Impreza STi - but boosted by a smaller turbocharger producing 250 horsepower.  The SpecB option was a limited (500 units in 2006) edition that added Bilstein shocks, well bolstered seats and 18 inch wheels for sportier proposition. 

The 2006 SpecB was only available with a silver exterior and garish red interior, but this example with 88k miles on the odometer looks great on the inside - a testament to the upgraded materials of the Legacy lineup.  A similar era/condition Impreza will typically start showing signs of wear on the switches, steering wheel and shifter by this age.  Speaking of shifters - the 2006 Legacy SpecB uses the lowly 5-spd manual transmission from the standard Impreza WRX, but the 2007-2009 SpecB versions use the 6-spd from the STi and command a slightly higher price.

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  1. You forgot the always present loud exhaust to complete Bro-douche. As an owner of said STi type, this model yawn! Go for the real thing!

  2. So, what you're saying is this SpecB is an STi for grown-ups?

  3. In 2007 the garish red interior was replaced with blue inserts black seats.

    Also that year, Legacy GT's and Spec B's got the Subaru SI drive. This let the driver select between 3 modes:
    Intelligent Mode-the most fuel efficient,
    Sport Mode, or
    Sport Sharp Mode.

    Very fun and reliable cars. Awesome in the snow and ice!


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