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Yes, I had finally owned my dream car and was I disapointed..... NO WAY. This review is for the Subaru Impreza WRX import, so slightly faster than the UK version, which I would advise on any Subaru Impreza wanna be owner to consider before going for the UK version. Imports aren't scarey. No far from it...
I purchased the WRX as a M reg (which had to be registered once it was imported (private seller)). It came into the UK as G.A.S powered which was new to me but was easily converted to Petrol. It also came with extas (like most imports) OZ racing alloys, Magnex stainless exhaust which boosted the total BPH from 260bph standard to 275/280bhp. The only trouble I had was with insurance as most insurance companies do not like imports but Tesco's do and they are cheap. But at group 21 insurance it's not going to be a cheap deal from the start but well well well well worth it. WHAT A CAR. Handling was out of this world and the Subaru is one of the most realible sports cars out there. A deffinate must have for you petrol heads.
The Subaru Impreza Turbo is a car that I had aspired to ever since I was 15 years old and the late Colin Mcrae won the World Rally Championship.
In 2004 I bough myself a UK spec Impreza Turbo, year 2000 model. In standard form it produced 215bhp and it's all wheel drive provided great traction. Because of the typical British weather I ran the car on Toyo Proxes TR1's which provided great handling and grip in the wet, and a decent amount of grip in the dry.
One of the first thing I did to the car was to fit an Afterburner Vortex back box, which in my opinion is one of the best sounding back boxes you can buy. You can hear the distinctive flat 4 burble coming from miles away!
I also fitted an atmospheric blow off valve from Forge Motor Sports, which added an extra element to the car, and sounded great too.
No matter where I drove the car no-one was in any doubt that an Impreza was coming.
The car is some what of an icon and it was summed up to me when I drove past a primary school and there were two young girls waiting to cross the road, and I heard one of them sound "Oh my God!! That Impreza is so lush!" Even young girls know what it is!
My favourite moment in my Impreza has to be when a Ferrari 360 pulled up next to me at a set of lights. Ahead of us was a straight road with a 70mph speed limit, and the road was slightly damp. The Ferrari driver starting blipping his throttle so I knew he meant business. When the light changed to green I dumped the clutch from 4000rpm and launched away from the line, and all I heard from the Ferrari was a bag full of traction control. By the time I got to 70mph the Ferrari was still some way behind struggling to get its power down on the road.
The Impreza Turbo is an awesome car, and the classic shape will always be my favourite. It has such a distinctive sound and that bonnet scoop is so recognisable.
I know the Mitsubishi Evo is the faster car, but for me the Impreza has so much more character.
The only grip about the Impreza I had was it's tendency to under steer. I rectified this by keeping Yoyo Proxes on the front and cheaper Hannock tyres on the back, now the car had a much more even balance with a hint of over steer.
However when I had the car serviced once, the garage swapped the wheel round so the proxes were on the back and the Hannocks were on the front! How I avoided hitting that tree on the way home I'll never know!!! So I quickly swapped the tyres back over when I got home.
I was forced to sell my Impreza when petrol prices reached £1 a litre, as I could no longer justify the expense. But I do miss the car badly. Every time I hear an Impreza rumble by know I feel a tug on the old heart strings.
If you ever get the chance, and you can afford to run it, it needs servicing twice a year! I suggest you buy one. Get one of the classic shape pre 2001 ones. These are unrefined monsters, and huge amounts of fun.
There are many words that you can use to describe the Impreza WRX. Boycy, ugly, insane, pointless, tacky, you name it. The sceptics will say that the interior is made of plastic so thin that it'll melt in the sun, and that you'll never pick up girls with it.
There are few words, however, that describe the drive. In fact that makes for quite a difficult review, because that's the best thing going for it! All I can say is, yes, the interior is a bit tacky (it's not that bad, just a bit old fashioned), but seriously, it's so good to drive that you really won't care.
I drove the 2.0 WRX, 2003 model for the record. Put your foot down and this thing flys, it'll do 0-60 in under 6 seconds and on to a top speed of around 160-ish mph. OK so it's quick, it has ample top end power, loads of torque (which makes up for the slight turbo lag below 2000rpm), but that's not the Impreza's party piece. The real fun is in the handling. This car is insane, you can take any corner at any speed whatsoever, and it'll just stay planted. It actually takes a bit of brain re-programming to get to grips with the thing, as your mind is telling you that you really shouldn't be going so quick into that bend, but the car's just saying "is that all you're gonna do? Wimp." So to those sceptics, I say take a drive, or even get a lift in one, it'll soon keep you quiet!
Now, the performance is pure sports car, the steering is easy yet nicely weighted, you can really feel everything that's going on. The brakes are obviously nothing short of incredible, but it's as if you can feel each pad as it touches each disc to slow you down. You really know what's going on.
Of course, being 4 wheel drive and closely linked to rally legends, the impreza will give you insane grip, but when things let go you do get a big load of understeer. Before that happens though, you will feel a nice 4 wheel drift coming on to warn you that you maybe should back off. Unless you're a bit nuts though, you probably won't ever get that far on the road. Oh and if it does understeer, it'll eventually sort it's self out with a bit of oversteer anyway, or you can always give it a bit of a scandinavian flick to get it sliding.
I really can't put into words how well this thing drives, so go and have a test drive!
Other than that though, as I said the interior is basic. Subaru have really tried to shed as much weight as possible, and this shows in the tacky dials and switches. Bear in mind though, this is a Subaru, and these things don't go wrong, so even though everything's a bit tacky, nothing feels like it'll snap off in your hands.
Open the boot and the first thing you notice is that it feels as if the bootlid is full of helium, even with a spoiler on the back the weight is impressivly low. Now don't be fooled, this is a seriously practical car! It's got plenty of boot space (though no folding seats or ski hatch may be a pain for some). It's got 5 decent seats, and thanks to the lightweight bucket seats being so thin in front, you've got a decent amount of legroom in the back too. The seats are sporty, but comfortable all day easily.
OK, so this all comes at a price. The car I tested had 30,000 miles on, and was dealership approved used for £10,000. That's a lot of car for the money. Fuel consumption isn't brilliant obviously, though you'll find it'll keep well above 25 mpg for most of the time.
The standard WRX gives 220bhp, but there's also the STI which gives closer to 300. Both models come with the option of a PPP or Pro-drive Performance Package. This gives you an extra 50-60bhp, and costs around £1700 including fitting from a main dealer. Of course, it's brilliant flat 4 engine, which can be easily boosted up to 400bhp without issue.
Try one, if you've even come close to considering it, give it a go, you'll forget everything about the image, this is one addictive car. Just make sure you hold on to your licence long enough to drive the thing!
Every kid wants one, no one under the age of 40 can normally afford one, but yet, we all seem to still have this desire and hope that some day we will get one. No, I?m not talking about a wife, I?m talking about the Subaru Impreza WRX. Since I moved to the States, I have been lucky and managed to get my hands on one. With a little wheeling and dealing, and the British touch, I am now the proud owner of a 2003 WRX. Yes it is a US version, and there are slight differences, but the car itself is the same, and I will talk about the UK version, as that?s really more useful than the US to readers on Dooyoo. So the WRX. It?s been a while since I wrote an opinion, so I may be a little rusty, but I will try and remember how I do it. First a little history lesson and some general information on Subaru themselves. Pay attention, there will be a test on it later. Subaru, I think everyone knows. They have their hands in most things from rally to town cars, however they manage all this with quite a small range of cars, when compared to other manufacturers. The Impreza, Legacy, Outback and Forester. That?s it for Subaru?s range. In the US they also have the Baja, which is meant to be a Pick-up truck, but is really a Forester with the back half of the roof chopped off, and isn?t much use as a truck, or much use worrying about in this opinion. So, what makes Subaru manage to be so popular with such a small range? Well, their rally history is a key factor. They are famous for their AWD (All Wheel Drive) system, plus they have a habit of always coming up one above the competition, as they can concentrate more on the few cars they have, instead of having to worry about loads of different models. Subaru is part of Fuji Heavy Industries, in Japan. They do a lot of other stuff like aerospace, buses etc, but Subaru is what we all know. The Impreza hit the streets in around 1994 I think, and was available with Turbo pretty quickly after that. I
t became popular very quickly, due to the Rally heritage and the fact, Subaru managed to overcome a number of feats in order to produce a car that out did the competition. The 4-cylinder boxer engine itself was a clever idea. Not found in cars, even today, other than exotic cars such as the Porsche. Then managing to fit a Turbo to this set up, and the engineering needed to get the exhaust to the turbo and all the stuff that goes with it, meant they produced a high performance sports car, with the refinements of a family car, but a price tag that didn?t make it exotic. Thus the WRX was born. So, the car. Start with the Engine. The Impreza comes with 3 set ups. RS, WRX and the WRX Sti. RS has since been split up into the TS and the GX. For purposes of ease of writing, I am going to refer to these as the RS. Which are naturally aspirated engines, TS running the 1.6 engine, and the GX runs a 2.0 engine. WRX is the star of the range, with its 2.0 Turbo charged engine. Sti is the rally car of the roads. Probably as close to a rally car as you can get, and still be street legal, running a 2.5 turbo engine, with a bigger turbo than the WRX, bigger intercooler and lots of nice little toys that make it a great, fast car, but often out of most peoples price range, and really for those who want a sports car, and can afford it without worrying about it. Other independent versions of the WRX are around. For instance Prodrive UK version, which is tuned by Prodrive UK, that are responsible for the Rally car. We are talking about the WRX though. So. To give the engine its full technical name, it runs a 2.0litre turbo charged 4 cylinder, horizontally opposed engine. What makes this such a great set up, is the engine being laid down on its side lowers the center of gravity of the car, thus improves front end stability, better than a standard inline 4 cylinder engine. For those who may not be up to speed on this, the simplest way to describe it is a V6 engine,
which has been flattened. In this case it would be a V4, but its been flattened out flat, with 2 cylinders on each side. I don?t know if the setup gives a performance advantage, but it does give a handling advantage. It sports a top mounted intercooler, which cools the air being drawn into the engine, giving more power. Turbo is mounted on the side, and contains all sorts of new designed hoses and exhausts in order to do this, but works very well, if not making it a bit harder to work on for the home mechanic. Air enters the engine via a front mounted air dam hidden by the hood and grille when on the road, but this can be replaced with a Cold air induction system, with the filter located in the Wing, giving much better air flow and colder air, since air vents are already built into the bumper to feed it. There are a number of technology advances, on this engine, which although, not all are unique to the Impreza, but all together make it a unique engine. Things such as the ignition coils mounted directly to the spark plugs, eliminating HT leads and such, giving a bigger spark. Other things such as multi port injection, tumble port intake manifolds, DOHC set up, all this adds up to what makes it a great powerful car. Performance has to be mentioned. The WRX pumps out 221HP, which for a 4 cylinder, is a respectable amount of power by any ones standards. You can see 60 from a standing start in around 5.4seconds. If you go for the short throw shifter option and learn the car well, it is easy to shave this time a little bit more. If you ever had the option to open this thing up, it will see you to around 145mph, but the engine is limited by the ECU, so its true top speed, I don?t know. To put this into perspective, for those who find this hard to believe. The Jaguar XK8 4 litre, does 0-60 in 6.4 seconds, BMW Z4 roadster does in around 7seconds, depending on engine size, quickest being the 3litre top end model which do
es 5.8seconds. The 2.5 Porsche Boxster see 0-60 in 7.4seconds, with the 3.2 litre seeing 6.3 seconds. That should give you an idea of just how quick this car is. The Sti will compete against pretty much anything you put it against and stand a chance. The main place the WRX suffers a little is through the AWD system, which eats up Horse power, more than a 2wheel drive system does, but it does give the car almost perfect acceleration, with very little, if any, wheel spin. The gearbox is a very nice box. Gears are smooth, but positive, and its possible to do rapid gear changes, to aid in that hull shot. It can take a beating, and keep on ticking, however, regular drag strip use will wear it out quite fast, as dropping the clutch with the turbo spooled up and engine revved up at around 5000 rpm suddenly dumps all 221horse power into that drive train, and it wont take it to much, This car is not a 1/4mile racer, its designed as a rally car or circuit racing, if you want to race it. Handling: It handles like it is on rails. The AWD makes it great on twisty roads, giving maximum traction, but yet is forgiving enough that if you really want a taste of rally driving, and have somewhere to do it, you can get the back end out for some power-sliding action, and still remain in control. Most of the time, when I talk about handling of a car, I concentrate on how it handles everyday driving. But with the WRX, everyday driving is not all it has. This car really comes to life when you take it off the A roads, and take it onto the Z roads. It?s no off road Jeep. It wont get you to the top of Benn Nevis, but it will give you a lot of fun off road as well as on. Its low center of gravity helps it keep pointing the right direction when the surface may not be ideal, gravel, snow etc. You can take a bend faster, without the roll and high center of gravity, found in 4x4 off road vehicles, causing the car to slide. I finally had a chance to t
ake it out in the snow, and where as before I would have to check the road surface, make sure the car could do it. Fighting for grip on hills, taking bends as slow as possible to avoid spinning out. With this, it wasn?t a problem. AWD gave it more than enough grip to cope with the 2 or 3 inches of snow it had to deal with, only thing letting it down for grip was the all season tyres. Never got stuck. Following people in rear wheel drive cars snaking up the road, and front wheel drive cars under steering on bends. I only had one slip, and that was over a bridge that was solid ice. All 4 wheels started spinning and it started to slide slightly, but was under control, and was never a danger. Overall, if you like to drive, and want more from a car than just going fast down the motorway, or racing the 1/4mile at a drag strip, then this car will give you what you want, in terms of handling. Suspension is stiff, but not uncomfy. Roll is minimal in cornering, but potholes don?t jar your back. They have hit the perfect compromise between handling and comfort. It isn?t especially low, so ground clearance isn?t a problem, however it is worth investing in the rear differential protector if you are going off road. The chassis is built strong. It uses the same design and engineering they use for their rally car, so it is stiff and strong. No strut braces in the front or rear, which maybe it could do with, and like all manufacturers, they have gone for the cheaper, rubber, bushings and engine mounts, which would have been better to charge a couple extra pounds for the car and fitted some better stiffer mounts and bushings, but this is easily solved by aftermarket parts. Exterior. The 2002 and 2003 are what have become known as the ?bug eye?. Taking on the big roundish headlights. I prefer them to the newer 2004 headlights, personally, but people will differ I'm sure. The car looks like the car most boys used to draw on the back of t
heir text books in class. Big wheels, sleek curves, and to quote a car program I watched over here, ?has a hood scoop bigger than most top fuel drag racers and a spoiler that will help a 747 jet take off!? The bonnet scoop gives it a very aggressive look. And actually functions. Most of the time they are just for looks, and don?t actually serve a purpose, but on this car, it serves a big purpose and shovels a lot of air onto that top mounted intercooler, which in turn gives you more power, physics says so, so just believe it. The great thing about the WRX is, even if you cant afford the Sti, nearly all of the Sti parts will bolt straight onto the WRX with little or no modification. So you can buy a Sti bonnet scoop, which is even bigger and bolt it straight on without having to take a jigsaw and drill to your bonnet. The front end is also aggressive. With the typical big round fog lights mounted back in the bumper, a feature the 2004 version got rid of, which I think was a mistake, as the WRX has always had those big rally style fog lights, and are a feature I think it should have kept, but obviously the marketing people at Subaru think different. It is worth investing in some fog light covers off the Sti or if you use them a lot, some of the mesh covers, as they are prone to stone damage being so low and so big, and aren?t a cheap part to replace. Moving back the car curves well, everything looking like it is supposed to be that way, with a simple, but yet effective side skirts, which are usually black, and I don?t know why they didn?t colour code them. The back end is as aggressive as the front. The taillights are big, and obvious, but yet not too in your face. The spoiler is big, but yet doesn?t get in the way with vision out the back. LED stop light in the spoiler finishes it off. However the spoiler is an optional extra I think on a lot of models, and if you have one put on, you will then have a 3rd brake light in the back window which renders it u
seless. So removing the bulb from that stop light will aid you in night driving as the reflection of this off the spoiler can be distracting, depending on the colour of your car. The alloy wheels suit the car well, and although may not be to everyone?s taste, I think they are fine, and I wont be rushing out to replace them, until I can afford the Prodrive gold wheels. Overall, this car looks like it is meant to go fast. No part of this car says wimp. I have been followed by some and they look quite intimidating in the rear view mirror, especially at night with the fog lights on. People often move over. It definitely turns heads no question. Even before we added the rally graphics and such to ours, we would be making enemies with the local boy racers as their girlfriends look at my car and one time 1 even said to him, why don?t you have a car like that? I left before it got ugly?. Interior Interior is surprisingly well layed out. Again Subaru hit the mark with compromising sports car looks to practicality. The front bucket seats are comfy, not to short, hold you nicely, but are accommodating enough for even the slightly larger than average driver. Pedals on the WRX are alloy with grips in them, and well spaced so you can drive it without worrying about catching 2 pedals at once, but yet close enough that if you are into the hard driving (legal of course) you can heel and toe it. The clutch pedal is stiff, and feels heavy, but it needs to be to cope with the large amount of horsepower your dumping through it. Hydraulic clutch does ease the strain a little, and bites about half way down which makes for a faster gear change and less effort. Dashboard is well layed out too. Everything you need to know is within sight. Big speedo in the middle of the Dash, with the rev counter and gauges each side of it. The steering wheel is adjustable for the shorter people out there. The turbo boost gauge doesn?t come as standard I believe, but is wel
l worth the extra few quid to have put on. It mounts on the steering column and sometimes does restrict view to the rev counter, but isn?t a big problem. Its much nicer and better to have a factory installed one fitted, as it matches the rest of the car well, where as often, aftermarket ones will require special gauge pods and its hard to find one that matches. Another optional extra is the center gauge pod, which replaces the standard clock in the dashboard. It houses 3 gauges, for turbo, oil pressure and battery I believe. Its quite expensive and is really more for looks than anything, but does make an ideal base for future stereo upgrade to DVD players or for aftermarket gauges you might want to fit. Headroom is plenty. The roof lining is thin, much thinner than normal, and although makes it a bit noisier when it rains, it does increase the head room that little bit more. The cockpit roof is high right through to the back, so even in the back you have plenty of head room. I?m 6foot and I have no problems what so ever. Legroom again is fine in the front, with the seat back. If you want people in the back, you will need to move the seats forward, if they are older children or adults, and this can make for cramp conditions up front, as the dashboard comes down quite low. An option to turn off the passenger side airbag would be useful here. Rear space is actually quite good for a car like this. It is possible to fit a large adult in the back, without needing to be double jointed. Being a 4 door makes getting in and out easy. One thing I will say against this car is the lack of fold down function on the rear seats. You can?t fold them down to increase boot space. So the only access you have from the rear is through the armrest that folds down revealing a plastic cover that also folds down to reach into the boot, but being able to fold the back seats down would have been useful. They have thought of everything really in this car. Simple little touc
hes that set it apart. The OS bars as they are known, or grab handles above the doors, push in flat when not in use. Meaning you don?t crack your head on them as you get out. The dashboard mounted drink holder that pops out when you push it, is a nifty little function and makes use of what would have been wasted space, and is strong enough to hold even a large McDonalds coke. The center console is a good height to actually work as an armrest without smacking your elbow on it when changing gear, and if you go for the armrest extension, which adds another compartment on top of it, makes an ideal place for phones, sunglasses etc. The stereo system is nothing to get excited about. Typical Japanese quality in the stereo. It is very well featured, 6disc changer, built into the dash which is very useful and easy to use, and for the average driver who just wants the radio when driving the M1, the stereo system isn?t bad. But if you want something a little special from your stereo, your not going to get it in the WRX. The Subaru premium stereo upgrade is available, which puts a sub speaker under the seat and upgrades the door speakers, but it is expensive and to be honest, for the amount you would pay to have that fitted, you could buy a very good aftermarket system. In the US its $700 for the stereo upgrade, (about £450) for the same money I replaced the door speakers, fitted 2 10inch subwoofers, and amplifier and a Sony stereo system, which not only looks much much better, but actually makes listening to music nice. Air conditioning, I?m not 100% sure if it is standard on the UK version or not, but blows very cold, and is very nice on that hot day in the summer that sometimes comes around. But if it isn?t a standard option, I wouldn?t worry too much about getting it. It really effects your MPG and with English summers the way they are, is not really a must have function. I know it is standard on the US version, but they NEED it. The clock i
s pretty useless. It?s very hard to see being set back in the dashboard like that, during the day, and I think was added just to fill an empty space more than anything. Electric windows and mirrors, all 4 windows with control from the drivers door is useful and a nice feature, as well as being able to turn off control to all window switches, for when the kids start acting up. Remote central locking is nice, alarm is worth investing in, if buying from a dealer, but as an after thought, is an expensive piece of equipment, and would be better going aftermarket for the alarm. Remote trunk release and fuel door release is nice, and means you can stay in the car when picking up the wife from shopping and its raining. Modification potential Yes as usual, this part is not every ones essential information, but none the less, is for some people, including myself As I said before, nearly all the parts off the Sti will fit the WRX, from the larger intercooler to the huge rear spoiler. Performance modifications are a plenty, with no end of parts you can fit. It is very easy to tune these cars to 300hp + without making it look far from standard. Exhaust and induction system upgrade are an easy and effective start. K&N induction system is expensive, but releases the true sound of the engine, which is unique to the ?boxer engine? Just removing the silencer on the intake system will give you that sucking noise and hiss as the bypass valve goes off, lets people next to you know, your turbo charged and not afraid to use it. Subaru really built this car with modifications in mind. Even simple things like fitting a new stereo is easy. Running large power wires from the battery into the car is easy and no drilling is required at all. They even put a firewall grommet below the main access for the wiring loom, which you can run much larger wires through and still maintain a water tight seal and neat standard finish, without having to drill holes, cable tie
up wires etc, all wires run through the wings and behind the dash out the way. No end of parts available for this car, allowing you to easily make your car unique and personal. I am going for the rally car look myself, with the rally graphics, roof scoop etc and not changing the body itself much with body kits, but for those who like the big, wide, body kits, there are plenty of very nice ones around. Overall: Overall, this car is a must have. It does everything you could want from a car. I watched a Car magazine show the other day that took 50 cars, and with their own opinions and readers votes, picked out 1 top car. The WRX came out on top with flying colours. And beat off competition in the form of the new BMW, new Audi, even the new Porsche, which considering this was voted by American readers, where the bigger the V8 the better, and this is a Japanese 2litre, was quite a feat in itself. This car has power, comfort, handling, and practicality, all built into it. It?s hard to find bad points about the car. Only bad point is its price tag. However, in a way, that is a good thing, as it helps keep the cars status symbol, and appeal. Not especially insurance friendly, especially for the younger drivers, if you?re under 25 forget it, you?re not going to get insured on this without paying a fortune. Subaru have done a good job here, and managed to secure a number of markets in one car. I never thought I would ever go Japanese, but in this case, I think it was a good choice. So, the big question I?m sure everyone has is. Which is better, the WRX or the Mitsubishi Evo? As that is its only real competitor, no one else can come close to matching it. Answers on a postcard please?.
In 2000 I bought myself a Subaru. It was something I had always wanted and I made the mistake of asking for an insurance quote, and it was within my reach. I was like a kid in a sweet shop, I had to have one, I needed one, and why, just because, that?s why. I went straight to my local Subaru dealer. Now I was 20 and I was looking at high performance cars, and I was expecting to be ignored. I couldn?t have been more wrong; they were friendly, showed me around, offered coffee and took details. At this point I was getting prices and part ex deals, but of course I saw the one, the Subaru I fell in love with and eventually bought. It was a limited edition Catalunya Turbo in Black, and it just begged me to buy it. I was too young to test-drive it, so a salesman had to drive, but all it took was a blast around the block and I was sold. A little bit of haggling, and I agreed to have it. After 2 weeks of insurance company problems, sending the cover note, which never arrived, I managed to pick it up. When I first decided to buy a Subaru I knew my budget would be tight, so I decided to buy it and not modify it for a year or two. After 2 months I had new alloy wheels, new exhaust system and new performance air filter. I couldn?t help myself. I became a member of www.scoobynet.co.uk and unexpectedly found loads of people like me. I never realised there was such a following. Unfortunately after a year I decided that the cost of running a Subaru was too much. Over a grand insurance a year, two services a year, one costing over five hundred pounds, fuel (during the peak cost) and 20mpg. It was a sad time, but I will always have the memories. Would I ever recommend a Subaru, well defiantly YES. Great cars, wonderful speed, amazing handling, friendly dealers and a Subaru society. The Catalunya was a limited edition, only 200 ever made. It had gold alloys, smaller gear shifter, sport seats and air con, but this nev
er worked. The cars themselves are very reliable, winning JD Power for 2 years and coming second another, being beaten by its bigger brother. I had no problems with mine, expect the cost, but what do you expect for the power you get. The turbo is spot on, giving power when needed, and a great big smile to go with it.
I bought my Scooby from new in Jan 1999 & kept it for nearly 3 years. One test drive sold it to me, it's a reasonable price for the level of performance & it's cheap to run - apart from the 20mpg on super unleaded & new tyres every 6 months! However, it's VERY reliable! An essential purchase for every enthusiastic driver! Interior ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The seats are excellent, very supportive & good over long distances too. The cloth material covering has got little loops in it, so be careful that you don't catch it with zips. I pulled a loop with the ring binding part of a road atlas. The interior is cheap plastic which scratches easily (with a thumbnail) & is generally very uninteresting. However the steering wheel is excellent, as is the driving position. The drivers seat is very adjustable, so you can get a perfect position. Don't worry about the interior too much, the money on this car is spent on the engine & handling - not on the interior or looks. Bodywork ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Good quality painting, but very thin coating with a light grey undercoat. If you get a dark colour car, you'll see stone chips very quickly. The paint chips very easily. Alhtough I initially felt that it looked like a Noddy car, I did find that after a few months of cleaning it, I came to more appreciate the lines of the car. I had a dark blue mica with gold wheels & EVERYONE stared at the car. All types of people often came up & said what a nice car it looked & I never felt that the car was at risk of being "keyed" as would say a BMW. There was also no trouble on the road as other car drivers always gave a certain amoutn of respect to the car. Driving ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The standard exhaust system masks the boxer engine sound, so go for an aftermarket exhaust to get the full boxer beat. If you've been used to powerful cars, t
he Scooby isn't THAT fast in a straight line & you can be caught out if you're offboost. However, where the Scooby really scores is it's superb handling - the best of any car I've ever driven. You can completely trust this car - go into a bend too quickly & the car will handle whatever driver input you put in. The brakes also are excellent, although they can overheat on an extended very quick run. You can fly along in this car, it feels stable at very high speeds. You can approach bends very quickly, position the car, dab the brakes & then rocket around - it's the velocity that you can retain though a bend that makes it unbeatable. You look in your mirror & it's as htough the cars behind you have stopped! Servicing & maintenance ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Cheap at £100 to £200 per time at 6,000 intervals. It was very reliable & any small problems that you would ignore in another car were immediately fixed under warranty. The expensive things are tyres - my Bridgestone SO2 PP's lasted about 8000 miles at £100 per tyre & fuel, I used super unleaded & got 20 mpg (better on a long motorway run). Insurance is also getting more & more expensive. Safety ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Airbags, excellent brakes, good ABS & perfect steering response makes this car suprisingly safe to drive. The car can put a wheel on the gravel on the inside of a bend & not spin. Here's an example from my French trip 2 years ago. I was tearing along the fantastic French roads & I was approaching a right rend (driving on the right side, remember) & a coach was approaching the bend from the other way. Normal for French drivers & unexpected by me, the coach put it's 2 offside wheels over the while line forcing me to put my 2 inside wheels on the rough stuff on the inside of the corner. I was going very fast & the Scooby handled the change in surface with no problems. I was careful of coaches after tha
t! Watch out though, you will drive fast, cars will pull out of turnings in front of you, & you'll start overtaking 3 or 4 cars at a time on the road. It's not magical, you can still crash it - be careful - take a fast driving training course, it will help.
The fact that this is a rally car speaks for itself. It's reliability, performance and safety features would be second to none against another road car plus the fact it has been voted best car of the year two years in a row! I first saw the car on Top Gear and it leaped out at me. I hope this insight will make you realise what you're missing if you haven't got one. What about the colour, there's only one. The famous Subaru metallic blue, superb. In fairness I wouldn't regard Subaru as a top manufacturer however the one really good car that they make is an absolute gem. My mate has a Subaru and the number of chicks he's pulled just for having it is unbelievable(he's ugly!!) The Impreza is quite pricey at 26 grand but boy it's worth it! If i won the lottery the first thing on my list would be a top of the range Subaru Impreza with all the extras. After being a very reliable and competitive car on the world rally circuit Subaru have transferred these factors into the road model. Is there another car in its class you would rather have than the Subaru Impreza? No i didn't think so! How could you refuse a Subaru Impreza!
I've owned my Impreza Turbo (MY99) since December, and have done 17000 miles in it. If you like driving down unknown B roads at high speed, then this is the car to do it in. It handles like a go-kart, sticks to the road like glue and the four wheel drive system will get you out of trouble nearly every time. The problem is, the car's too good. Someone once told me that they'd never seen a lightly damaged Impreza Turbo in a scrap yard or garage. When you have an accident in one of these, it's usually a big one. The interior is typical low-rent Jap plastic, but the seats are pretty supportive (although not as good as Recaros). There's a fair bit of space inside, but I wouldn't want to carry five people in it. The thing is, it's actually quite a small car from the outside. A lot smaller than, say, a Honda Accord. The gearchange is notchy and the clutch is a little too heavy. It also has a tendency to cook in traffic on hill starts and so on, and Subaru have replaced mine under warranty already. The engine is incredibly responsive, with very little turbo lag. Things go bang at about 2800rpm, when the turbo kicks in and the world goes blurry. You do get a lot of road noise from the tyres and drive train, but the engine itself is actually pretty quiet at speed; you just hear a bit of turbo whine. It's the ultimate Q car for the road, and people still stare at you when you drive past. With all the spoilers and dinner plate fog lamps, this isn't a car for introverts!
Read this review if u wanna know ‘bout da Impreza. This car is just so mazin’. Just looking at it starts making you quiver at the knees. Subaru’s best car is probably the Impreza, not just in looks, but it power too. I am only 15, so I have never driven a Subaru Impreza, but I’d imagine that the drive is quiet, relaxing and FAST. If I could change anything on this car, I would probably change the styling of it. Although it looks really good, it also looks quite old, especially the front. I would probably make it even more powerful (If that is even possible).