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This blog is about stuff you can do with a 2002-2003 Subaru Impreza WRX.

The 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX was the first WRX (turbo) model of the Impreza released in America.  The new design with its round headlights was at first regarded as ugly by some magazine editors and commentators, but it was still revered for its amazing performance for the value.  The bugeye WRX only lasted 2 years before Subaru decided to redesign the front end with more a “refined” (boring.) styling…

The bugeye WRX is only now widely deemed one of the best looking Subaru WRX models ever made, and an icon for Subaru owners with acult following.

ME: I’ve have had my bugeye WRX since May 2002 and am the original owner.  It’s silver.  It’s been modified since its had 7 miles on the clock.  In eight years of ownership I’ve built it up, tried things, taken it apart, and built it back up again.  It’s been at “Hot Import Nights” events (lol) and it’s been a daily driver.

More importantly, in eight years I’ve also seen hundreds of bugeye mods and my goal here is to try and preserve some of the stuff I’ve seen (mostly on Nasioc) for the ages.  With bugeyes getting older, and parts getting rarer, I think it’s good to know what parts are out there.  Hopefully some people read this and I’m not talking to myself 😀

Important: I try to give appropriate credit to photographers (and car owners) where possible. I know some people are sensitive about their photos being used so (1) I am more than happy to remove any photo that you own or pic of your car – and will comply immediately – just comment on one of the posts with your photo; and (2) I am more than happy to give you credit for your photo or car – just contact me in the same manner as #1 and I’ll do it immediately.


ANOTHER NOTE: If you got here by way of, the words ‘bugeyegarage’ stay in the browser even if you move on to other sites unaffiliated with this site. As such, I disclaim any and all responsibility for the contents of those sites… All of them, but especially the ones that aren’t even linked to directly from this site.


22 responses

  1. Hey,

    have been following your blog for quite awhile now.

    I personally drive a V9 STI (Hawkeye) but im planning to get my brother an Impreza V7 (bugeye)

    Can you please send me some pics of your car so i can show him?


    December 12, 2010 at 4:01 am

  2. Ben Jennings

    Came across the old pics of my car. If you want more, I have a ton. Send me a note. Damn, I miss that beast.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:09 pm

  3. Bugeye

    nice picture! what is your email? i want to sent some pictures of bugeye.. lol

    April 19, 2011 at 4:28 am

  4. kouppouin

    Hello.I am from Cyprus and own a Bugeye.
    Can i have your mail to sent some photos of my baby?
    Thanx 🙂

    May 8, 2011 at 8:20 pm

  5. Hey there just been stoppin by to check up on your page. Seeing alot of bug i wagons on here, just stop by to see what you think about mine. Hope to see it on here. Keep up the good work with the site. Hope to hear from you. Take care. Julian.

    May 17, 2011 at 5:53 am

  6. Bugz

    great site! having been with a couple bugeyes myself since 2002 this really does bring back the memories of all the parts that were available for the MY02-03 imprezas. Great work dude!

    May 20, 2011 at 11:33 pm

  7. johnisjdm

    made a separate email address (sorry it was never posted) bugeyegarage -at-!

    May 22, 2011 at 10:05 pm

  8. Alexander

    Hi! I’m from Russia and have Bugeye wagon GG9 (Sorry, no WRX, just 20N).
    This is very nice place!

    October 9, 2011 at 11:17 am

  9. An excellent site! I also have GG9 (bug eye) Impreza. Not as cool as those presented here, but I have still yet to come:)

    October 11, 2011 at 4:19 am

  10. 9Vapors

    I’m here! Lurking and learning…

    October 31, 2011 at 3:08 pm

  11. Ronel

    Great site!! makes me love my car more lol

    Ive got my self a bugeye, and looking to see if the Prodrive front bar (the model that covers the fogs)are sold in Australia?


    April 3, 2012 at 5:58 am

    • Ronel


      April 3, 2012 at 5:59 am

  12. Manuel Sanchez

    Hey man just want to say thanks. Got my wrx bugeye a month ago still have work to do on it but thanks for the ideas.

    April 16, 2012 at 10:22 pm

  13. Thanks for all the info, I just pick up a JDM 2002 Impreza 20K wagon (WRX Wagon) as project car. I’m definitely gonna send you some pictures of it later as I rebuild and restore the car to a better shape!

    June 10, 2012 at 6:58 pm

  14. Trevor Ha

    Hey, I’ve been following this site for quite some time and love it. It gives bug eye owners a real outlet to see and talk about everything bugeye. I finally went all out this summer and had my 02 bug eye freshened up doing full body work paint rims new custom interior and lots more. Would live to see if you would be kind enough to put it on site? Thank you for keeping the bug eye passion alive and look forward to reading more from your blog.


    June 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm

  15. Matt

    Hey man, new reader to your blog but I have been through every page and Im thoroughly enjoying it. Can I make a recommendation for a feature though? I would like to see a special on parts for roofs. Things like roof scoops, vortex generators, roof spoilers, and other crazy things that people have done to their car to make it unique. Cheers for reading and keep up the great work on the blog.

    July 25, 2012 at 3:53 am

  16. Aaron

    Great Blog mate, loving looking at all these sexy bugs. Bugeye Rep

    February 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm

  17. Professor Humdinger

    Hey, when are you going to update this blog? I went through it start to finish back in February and haven’t seen a scrap of new content since then… NOT a criticism, just a fellow bugeye geek lookin’ for his fix!

    July 10, 2013 at 2:28 am

  18. Mike Aus

    Now it’s 2014, it’s great to discover your site. I’ve been a bug eye owner here in Australia since Feb ’12 When bought my 2001 bug eye WRX (AUDM – built Dec 2000). I managed to buy it off the original owner with only 64,000km (bugger all miles in the old money). Ive always liked the shape despite all the haters. Keep updating the blog – this is is the ultimate bug eye site!!!!

    March 7, 2014 at 11:26 am

  19. Anthony Chang

    Is this site dead?

    February 5, 2016 at 1:34 am

    • johnisjdm

      Not a chance, but I have been struggling with finding the right format for the site. Back when this site was it would take a long time to make a post that I’d consider ‘post-quality’. I’ve tried a number of substitutes from different platforms to content but none has had the sticking power of the original WordPress, even if they were more efficient ways of posting Bugeye content. The one thing I’ll say is that my interest in this site/Bugeye content hasn’t subsided even if my posts have. I’ve been modifying my car with one off mods as recently as last weekend, thinking about what the next steps with bugeyegarage are as recently as today, trolling the inter webs for Bugeye content as recently as an hour ago ;). I would definitely stay tuned in the next week or so as I’m hoping to jump start the old Bugeye garage with new content soon !

      February 5, 2016 at 5:59 am

  20. Anthony Chang

    Good to hear! Hope to see some more from this site. The Subarus around my area have been all coming together for more meets and there are some nice looking bugeyes. I’ll try and get some pics and send them your way. Keep up the good work!

    February 19, 2016 at 11:10 pm

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