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SUBARU IMPREZA Saloon 2000‑2008

4.3
Based on 85 reviews
SUBARU IMPREZA Saloon 2000‑2008

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lms_man

Disappointment but still a very good car

SUBARU IMPREZA 2.5 WRX 4dr (Review date: 6th March '14)

3

Sadly, I owned my 2.5 WRX only briefly because I knew it was heading for serious problems so I cut my losses and run.

I had owned a 53 plate blobeye WRX which I was also forced to sell, although that was a great car and it was financial reasons at the time that led to selling my first Scooby.

I bought a 55 plate (half price road tax compared to later models) from a main VW dealer with FSH and a good warranty. But the car had many problems which soon became apparent. It had covered less than 60,000 miles. The rear shock absorbers were ceased (common problem), drivers door window switch packed up (another fault at purchase that gradually got worse until I had to disconnect the unit because it was flattening the battery). There was a ticking noise coming from the engine bay and a whining noise coming from the rear drivetrain (although a Scooby owner who drove it told me he thought it was a serious gearbox noise).

On top of this, I had owned an old basic model Toyota prior to the WRX and in comparison the Scooby doors and boot felt very cheap and light. So overall it was a massive disappointment.

Compared to the earlier WRX, they both were a pleasure to drive at speed but the 2.5 did seem a lot thirstier than the 2.0, even more than I expected.

I would like another WRX, looks wise I prefer the 2.5 but in every other way, I think the earlier 2.0 was a better machine. Maybe I was just very unlucky.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

2 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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margre

supercar performance for everyday money

SUBARU IMPREZA 2.0 WRX STi 4dr (Review date: 22nd December '13)

4

I sold my last Sti 3months ago, what a car!!!, I've had several different Sti's down the years, but my Impreza type-Uk was the best by far, great chassis, amazing handling and a very tuneable engine, 320bhp easily accessible for not a lot of money, totally reliable, with a fantastic exhaust note. These cars tick all the correct boxes (except good mpg in 320 bhp tune), spacious interior, good driving position, powerful engine, reasonably in-expensive, great headlights, characterful reliable engine. plus you get to join fantastic forums and Subaru clubs. What's not to like???

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

1 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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wozlington

Brilliant Car, if you can afford the fuel

SUBARU IMPREZA 2.0 WRX AWD Turbo 4dr (Review date: 28th October '13)

4.3

This is now my second WRX, the first being a classic. My current car being the 05 plate WRX. I must say both are awesome to drive, I get so much enjoyment out of leaving people behind regardless of the car. I havnt had one yet that can keep up other than an STI :-) I find driving the Subaru puts a smile on my face every time, when I see other Subarus they are all friendly people waving nearly every time and booting with me but not getting road rage like a lot of other guys in quick cars. Its more appreciation of the nice car rather than jealosy when you are seen by another Subaru driver. Because they are getting as much enjoyment out of driving as you are, obviously the running cost is a lot. Especially with a heavy right foot, but it would be rude not to. I am impressed with how the compromise has been made between raw power and providing for a family, my children love it. And yes the stereo is poor but who cares, you dont buy a subaru to listen to radio 1. They are all solidly built, and handle amazing but I must say I prefer the classic engine, overall though amazing car that turn heads and give you the power to leave people behind.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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bartekl

Avoid Impreza STI 2004-2009

SUBARU IMPREZA 2.5 WRX STi Type UK 4dr (Review date: 28th August '13)

2.8

Before you decide to buy your Impreza type to youtube:

Project Import: Subaru EJ25 STi Piston Ringland Failure Breakdown

Subaru Chocolate Pistons made me a loss of about 3500 pounds.

Unfortunately when I was looking for reviews everybody where writing rubbish informations about how fast it is and how much they are spending on petrol. There was no info about how bad 2.5 T engines are. And that problems with pistons are so common and cost a fortune to fix. If you are looking for Impreza STI buy it only with reforged engine.

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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slim_kim

gx sport non turbo

SUBARU IMPREZA 2.0 GX Sport 4WD 4dr (Review date: 21st July '13)

4.3

A pleasure to drive but with only 126bhp people expect you to zoom by, you can but probably only in 1st and 2nd gear. Doesn't cost a bomb to run and cheap to insure if you can't afford the WRX. Nice looking car and practical for every day use.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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300gasgas

Perfect Sports Saloon

SUBARU IMPREZA 2.0 GX 4WD 4dr (Review date: 5th November '12)

4.8

The Impreza justifies its reputation from my experience. It is reliable and well built, it looks cool and the driving experience is first class. All controls fall to hand easily and it is as good to drive as the critics say.

I cannot agree with the complaints about the interior as it seemed fine to me and did not feel at all cheap. The bodywork internally and externally still looked good after several years of use and came up well when cleaned.

My version the 2.0 GX had around 120 bhp which is adequate for most purposes though I can imagine the turbo models are electrifying to drive. The GX feels grounded and is an enjoyable car to drive.

Downsides? Fuel consumption is only average but it is permanent 4 wheel drive which is useful in winter and it could have managed a bit more BHP.

All in all a fine car.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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andy_run

Amazing Car - would have another if I could afford the petrol

SUBARU IMPREZA 2.0 WRX AWD Turbo 4dr (Review date: 15th July '12)

4

I owned a 2003 reg blue Impreza WRX for a couple of years and loved it to bits. I've been driving 17 years and no car has ever given me the same driving pleasure.

Good - Stating the obvious, but it's quick! Whether pulling out for a quick overtake or pulling away swiftly from traffic lights, it was always so easy. Also, an incredibly reliable car - no issues in my time owning it. Wear and tear to parts such as tyres and brakes is nothing remarkable either, as long as you take it easy now and then.

Bad - Fuel consumption is incredible and ultimately my undoing once I acquired a daily commute of 80+ miles , the car had to go. I would always struggle to get a range of 250 miles.

Overall - I would buy another tomorrow if I could afford to run it. Make sure it has a decent service history though and bare in mind the cambelt needs doing at 5 years/50k miles (cost me around 700-800 pounds when I had mine done)

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

2 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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richard777

Well worth it!

SUBARU IMPREZA 2.0 WRX AWD Turbo 4dr (Review date: 25th March '12)

4

This car is not the most practical in the world, but for a mixture of school-run useability and laugh-out-load performance, it takes some beating. Always run on super unleaded for maximum MPG and performance. [The extra cost is more than compensated for by the extra miles you get per tank.] Great fun, well reccommended.

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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chrishuntington

A car that makes you smile every time you drive!

SUBARU IMPREZA 2.5 WRX STi Type UK 4dr (Review date: 25th February '12)

3.8

Had my 06 Sti for a while now & I never tire of it. You know it will drink the fuel but it's a small price to pay for the happiness it gives, although I must admit it's getting very costly at the pump to run. Very quick on the off & the feel you get through the steering wheel is sharp. Brings a smile to your face every time your in it. Handing is just simply great. Servicing is pretty good too considdering other rival manufacturers.

I have two young boys that love it too. It has enough space in the back for child seats & a resonably sized boot too. Easy to use on a day to day basis. It's not a MPV so be warned. Your not going to buy this car for a replacement of a family run around with space for family & freinds.

It's a sports car at the end of the day & that is it selling point.

Great car so if your thinking of buying one, don't hesitate just get one!!

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

2 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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steviep

Impreza STi, what a car !!!

SUBARU IMPREZA 2.5 WRX STi Type UK 4dr (Review date: 29th January '12)

4.8

I have now had 5 Impreza's over the years, starting with Impreza 2.0 turbo (standard) to finally owning the BEST I have had the 2.5 STi type UK & sent it to Pro-Drive to produce the most mind blowing car £29k will ever get you from new (look forward to any challenges on this).

It combines the practicality of a spacious 4 door saloon (easy fit 5 people in) with a big boot & near supercar performance but only when you want it.

Pro-Drive gives you 0-60 easily under 5 seconds & 0-100 in who cares ! The car is like riding a go kart with handling & 4WD that gives you supreme confidence.

However, for those times you have the family in its not raring at you & will drive like a sensible family car (admittedly a great looking one)

Downsides, well the radio isnt great but i'm not buying the car for its sound system ! There has been a big reduction in Subaru dealers over the years BUT fantastic service from the likes of Scoobyworld & others more than make up for it.

My advice, you gotta get one to experience true supercar for under £30k (even less second hand!)

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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