Bought this subie for $1700.00 with 175,000 miles. The car now has 204,000 miles. Winter force tires and this car will out run any 4wd truck in the snow. I've done brake work, timing belt, some rust is showing over the rear tires and needs repair. This Impreza now needs two new rear struts (cost 500) and the transmission has a bearing going, cost 1000 with a new clutch kit. I might do the repair, I hate car payments. To tell if a (manual) transmission bearing is on its way out, start the car, put the trany in neutral, push in the clutch, if the motor at idle is quiet with the clutch engaged compared too the idle being noisy with the clutch disengaged, you might have a bearing starting to go.
I got this car as a college graduation gift in spring of 1996. It has been a reliable workhorse since. It has taken the abuse of Midwestern snow and ice, and well as tackled storms in Colorado. I just passed 144,000 miles this week. I would recommend a Subaru to anyone who values quality and reliability.
All wheel drive!
Only thing is that I would like a full size wagon for more room.
I have not had any problems with my
1996 Impreza since I bought it off the
show room floor 8 1/2 years ago. In
Vriginia with the snow. Having AWD is a
real must. I am considering going to a
newer Subaru and may put this one on
the market. It will be tough. The only
real complaint I have is that the tires
wear out quicker and the road noise can
be loud at times.
My overall score may not be as high as
others, but I don't love it any less.
Overall, great value, fun car, and
great features. I'd buy it again - but
not the automatic.
Good and firm handling, with high
ground-clearance for snowpack or dirt
roads. 2.2 is peppy, but the automatic
limits performance. High torque makes
up for avg horsepower.
Real killer with auto is 90-10 AWD
bias. Manual is 50-50. Mild understeer
coming into a turn but neutral steer
As bad as 16 mpg when driving
aggressively in the city! Noticed from
exhaust smell and smog test results
that my air-fuel runs rich. Overall
20+ mpg isn't bad.
AWD, sport suspension -> extremely fun
to drive. Versatility of folding
seats, roof racks. Interior layout
(superior to even 02-03 WRX). High
quality vinyl. VERY reliable.
Stock stereo was terrible. Putting
drinks in cupholders makes climate
control inaccessible. If you buy a
used Impreza, look for sets of new WRX
wheels and tires for $400 on eBay.
Best value upgrade you could do to a
2.2 Impreza for looks and handling.