I bought my 95 LX while living in Vancouver, Canada seven years ago. Six months in, the engine blew. Turned out it was a faulty repair that resulted in the engine chewing itself to bits. The dealer sourced a used one ($2000 CDN, including labor), and gave me 3 months' warranty on the work. 7.5 years later (with 262,000 kms on the clock) it still runs like a top. I took it in to have it smogged last fall and the tester said, "what does this thing run on, air??" Emissions were lower than some new hybrids he'd tested.
All the usual good stuff about subarus is represented here - great in snow, pretty strong little motor (the 2.2 at least) and better than your average econobox to drive.
I bought this car 7 years ago, and it was the best decision I ever made. Only had 60k miles when I bought it; now has 170k. This car has been all the way across the country and back. Has endured 3 very minor accidents, which are fully repaired, and has lived through a technician's serious error. He had taken the pulley's and gears off the crank shaft to fix an oil leak but didn't put it back together right. The car jumped out of timing, which i couldn't figure out at first, and ran it like that for some time. When the problem got to bad to run the car, we finally figured out the problem. When other American made junk would have been dead, this car still runs like when i got it.
I really like the durability of this car. It's tough...not like the new "plastic junk" they make now. You can't imagine how hard i drive this car...but every time i drive it, it still responds the same.
Even though it's front wheel drive, I've watch this car out preform other front wheelers in the snow and rain. It moves through the snow like nobody's business.
The sad part is the paint is starting to fade. After all, it is 17 years old. But i hope to get it repainted soon, perhaps a nice "metallic sapphire blue."
If there is anything i could fix about the car, is that it is a little sluggish on take off and has been since i got it. it needs a little more punch when i hit the gas. But all-in-all i can't complain about how well this car has withstood the test of time.... and my driving. :)
Have loved this car for 6 years. Drove it 5 days a week for 3 years as a pizza delivery car. I like to drive at high RPM and as fast as possible around corners and over speed bumps so needless to say this car has taken a beating. That said only thing it needed to keep it going was gas and oil changes and of course brakes. At this point the struts are pretty wasted, but other than that it continues to cruise along like it did when I bought it 6 years ago. I love that my car can get up and go every time there is a snow storm and everyone else is left stuck on the side of the road. This is a reliable car that takes a beating. Just like I like a car to be.
Well. I'm happy to say that the auto in the 1.8 was surprisingly more frisky and rev happy than I originally thought. It's relatively quick upon acceleration as well, considering you're driving a saloon automatic. Performance: well. on 13's, this thing is fun. Diving into corners is great. The perfect amount of body roll, the perfect amount of predictable understeer, the FF oversteer is extremely entertaining on a car with 170k+ miles. This car is fine. It is just a perfect cruiser. Yea, it's not turbo. Yea, its not AWD. Yea, it's not a manual. But you know what - this car has heart. This car will get you from here to there. And you'll be comfortable. And to hear the 13's squeal...
Subaru reliability. Seats as wide as a horse. Quick revs. Giant steering wheel. Rolling understeer. Championship white color. Trunk size. Back seat size. 13 inch wheels. Pillarless doors.
Nothing. You cannot change anything on this car. You will create a different car. This impreza is what it is in its completeness. If you want to "improve" it - go buy a AWD or a boosted impreza.
1995 Subaru Impreza Outback Special Edition 4dr Wagon AWD
This car refuses to die. It now has 17500+ miles on it (mostly from teenagers). This car has plowed through snow that was over the bumper. It's been air-borne on dirt roads many times too. This is the most amazing car I've ever owned. It's like a tank. It can take anything. It gets great mileage too (26-32).
The 5-speed transmission, comfortable seats, cargo space, fits great in all parking spaces, great on gas, great for driving through snow.
This car can go through axles really fast (but that's probably my fault); after 13 years the cruise control and horn quit working; the door locks stink.