This car has been in our family since new. Minor routine maintenance and we have 145,000 miles and still going like the day we took it home. AWD makes it burn a little extra gas, but this car rides better on the ice and snow than our jeep! Love the split back seats, nice pep in the 2.2, and still doesn't burn a drop of oil. Would only hope that our next car runs this well.
AWD in the winter, ice cold AC in the summer. Reliable, lots of room for a subcompact wagon, peppy 2.2 liter.
Cup holder is in a bad position to drip into the radio / shift mechanism. After market would probably take care of that problem- can't have it all I guess.
This is an example of a well rounded car at its core. Subaru is by far the most underrated car company on the planet, and this car lives up to the Subaru family name. For its price, you are getting safety, reliability, and comfort. Not the fastest car on the block, but if you bought this car, you probably weren't looking for that anyway. I would personally give this car a 9 out of 10 for being what it was supposed to be.
I like the fact that all Subaru models come with All Wheel Drive, and an attractive interior.
If I were to improve on anything, I guess it would have to be top end horse power, but like I said, it wasn't meant to be a race car.
The 1.8L equipped with the 5 speed and
AWD is adequate. The car wont sit you
back in your seat off the line. But
once the car is traveling at highway
speeds it has plenty of passing
power. the awd comes in handy in the
rain. the car feels very stable and
confident. Same can be said driving
in the snow. The back seat will seat 2
Ok. My only complaint about the car is
the gearbox. 1 3 5 are far away from
each other, it takes some getting used
to. the car handles excellent. If you
need a good reliable car dont hesitate
to give the impreza a look. with its
abundance of body styles.
Wagon/Sedan/Coupe you can find a car
to fit your needs.
All wheel drive, Good handling, Better
styling than other cars of that era.
potential to be modified with later
model subaru parts i.e. engine,
transmission. Can you say WRX?
Stronger engine, adressed with the
2.2L and 2.5 rs in 1998. and WRX in
I had a 2003 Cadillac CTS that was a
lemon. After the dealer bought it back
I needed a car. I bought this car on
ebay for $1200.00. I put in new spark
plugs and that was it. It's FWD
handled fantastic in the blizzard last
year. Very reliable.
The car is very ergonomical. Great
engineering. 30 mpg. Every accesory
works as designed.
I have 156,000 miles on this car. The
heat works and the A/C cranks out. It
gets 30 mpg. Would I improve anything?
Nope not a thing.