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SUBARU IMPREZA Saloon 2000‑2008
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Perfect Sports Saloon
SUBARU IMPREZA 2.0 GX 4WD 4dr (Review date: 5th November '12)
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.
Amazing Car - would have another if I could afford the petrol
SUBARU IMPREZA 2.0 WRX AWD Turbo 4dr (Review date: 15th July '12)
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)
Well worth it!
SUBARU IMPREZA 2.0 WRX AWD Turbo 4dr (Review date: 25th March '12)
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.
A car that makes you smile every time you drive!
SUBARU IMPREZA 2.5 WRX STi Type UK 4dr (Review date: 25th February '12)
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!!
Impreza STi, what a car !!!
SUBARU IMPREZA 2.5 WRX STi Type UK 4dr (Review date: 29th January '12)
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!)
R Sport 2.0
SUBARU IMPREZA 2.0 R Sport 4dr (Review date: 22nd January '12)
I have just sold this car after owning it for 3 years and it has been a very pleasurable experience.
Often over looked by its WRX and STI cousins it shouldnt be underestimated. I remember reading that it is 80% of the WRX and I have to say there is a lot of truth in this.
It has real road presence and apart from the lack scoop on the front is identical to the other cars. The steering, handling and ride was superb, better than the Mercedes B class I have just bought to replace it.
The 160bhp is ok, 90% of the time I never got near the red line but on the odd occasion you are left wishing there was more. I would have loved Subaru to have squeezed out an extra 30 bhp from the engine but that would bring it dangerously close to the WRX and just wouldnt happen.
For 160bhp the fuel consumption and insurance are the biggest let down. It is thirstier than my 193bhp Mercedes and the insurance was a lot more. Apart from this I loved it and was sad to see it go.
A girls guide to a Subaru Impreza
SUBARU IMPREZA 2.0 WRX STi 4dr (Review date: 19th January '12)
Yes a 'girls' guide....talked into buying this as a shared car with my husband who rides motorbikes and is definitely old enough to know better! The car drives like a dream, hugs the road as if it were stuck like glue and corners like its on rails. Changing up through the gears is just brilliant and delivers on so many levels. Seats five and has isofix fittings so would take car seats safely. The seats hug you close in comfort and it does feel really safe. Ours has a PPP pack and is deserving of the Brembo Brakes...with a manual switch option for the four wheel drive, control in ice and snow is super. Downside with a car like this is obviously the running costs...when the car is being driven like you're having fun the fuel consumption rockets and it's not really a car for pootling about....unless your'e into posing! Insurance would be pricy for younger drivers etc. When asked recently if I would consider changing the car....it was a tough choice and took me all of 30 seconds NO, this car is a joy to own and drive and overall opinion is Brilliant, and I haven't yet felt the need to buy a baseball cap!
Fast, reliable and practical
SUBARU IMPREZA 2.5 WRX 4dr (Review date: 19th January '12)
The Impreza WRX ticks all the right boxes for me. I like the way it delivers power when I need it but will still cruise comfortably at 70 on the motorway. The boot is large and reasonably accessible and the cabin is neatly, if not luxuriously fitted, and comfortably holds four adults. Fuel costs and road tax are expensive but insurance is OK for me. These costs and the slightly high level of road noise are the only downsides and well worth enduring for the fantastic performance.