by wickedawsome7 on Apr 29, 2013 Vehicle: 1997 Subaru Impreza L 4dr Wagon AWD
I bought this car to commute me around. I bought it after saving up a little money(600). Once I got past the body repairs, it ran like a top. It has been amazing through the New England weather even without anti-lock brakes. The major issue is that cars of this time have issues where they rust in the rear wheels. I think the previous owners must have gone off-roading. the only major scare I have had is replacing the speedometer sensor, and replacing the radiator cap(my mechanic thought it was the was the engine gasket, I almost junked the car.) I love this car and I will run it into the ground.
by dbfrmarc on Aug 21, 2011 Vehicle: 1997 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 4dr Wagon AWD
Well lets start with the fact that this is my first car but I have driven many cars before but I love this car. I can take turns down mountain passes at 85 and this car wont have a problem doing it. I dont get great mpg but my work is at the top of a mountain and so i drive up and down a mountain pass everyday so i didnt expect it to be great. All my family has replaced on it is the clutch system and a transmission bearing. Considering this car has 269,000 miles on it, im pretty damn impressed by it. We also replaced the stereo system but if you dont feel you need an extra loud stock stereo, I would recommend this car to anyone and everyone.
by thomas68 on Feb 24, 2011 Vehicle: 1997 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 4dr Wagon AWD
I bought the car new.
It has never left me stranded.
Have had to replace multiple CV Axles.
The car has been spring leaks like crazy the last few years and I have had to replace just about all the hoses, gaskets and seals.
That said it is still fun to drive and the engine runs as smoothly as the day i bought it.
If you find one for sale by owner that has all the maintenance records you will probably be getting yourself a great car for around $3,000.
Imprezas receive a facelifted front end that includes a Hemi-size hood scoop. A new Outback Sport Wagon debuts, with over six inches of ground clearance, foglights and a slightly raised roof. LX model disappears, which means only the Outback is equipped with ABS. Power and torque for both Impreza engines are up for 1997, and some new colors are available. HVAC controls are revised.