I bought my 2.5RS in 2001, and have never regretted it for a moment. Unfortunately, on March 23rd, with 121,823 miles on it, someone nailed it in a parking lot and did $7K of damage, so it was totaled out. I had a lot of amateur radio gear installed in it, and when I had to go to the body shop to remove it, I just about cried when I walked away from the car (yea, 49 year old guy). I had planned to drive it until the wheels fell off, and it was over-due for the 105K major service interval. Only real problem was a slow drip from the head gasket on to the exhaust, which left the garage smelling like hot oil now and again. Would I buy another? Without question (if I could only find one...)
My favorite is that in 11 years in the city of Atlanta, I only every saw *4* other 2.5RS's. The 2.5L engine is perky, pulls strong, comfortable seats, good ergonomics, reliable.
Release a 2013 model in this body style (the 2-door looks much nicer than the 4-door WRX/STi), but with the STi engine/drive train. Imagine 330HP in this body style :)
That'd be awesome.
2001 Subaru Impreza L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 4A)
I wish I could write a great review of the Three Subiís Iíve owned however, per my experience Iím not able to.
Subaru has major major major design, engineering, assembly, and supplier parts quality issues.
Here is my experience.
1999 Outback about 40,000 miles head gaskets blow.
Several thousand for a new engine (yea sometimes the heads and block will warp when the head gaskets blow) car totaled.
2001 about 500 miles head gaskets blow.
Another engine about 40,000 miles spun bearing.
Run only Mobil 1 every 3-5,000 miles oil change. Car totaled.
1997 outback 20 miles yep 20 miles head gaskets blow.
All Three were the EJ25 4 cyl engine.
All wheel drive.
Bring back the unique styling of the 2002 to 2005.
All the current models say "me to"...
Greatly improve your design, engineering, and supplier parts quality.
love to drive my car, it is sharp and fun to drive. i was in a parking lot at one of our local grocery stores and when i came out, saw a note on my windshield, and it said, if ever interested in selling my car give him a call and he will be far in pricing it. cannot find one that looks like it and still turns heads when i go by, not bad for a 58 year old. only issue is that i was told may need a pricey head gasket in the future.
Great car all around, sporty, decent power, drives strong. Beware of the leaking head gasket, VERY expensive to repair (3-4k), knock sensor tends to go out at least once, otherwise drives superb in snow and rain with great suspension and AWD, Limited Slip is a plus.
AWD + LSD, Fog lights, exterior looks.
Better preventive headgasket issues, better gas mileage (average 22 mpg city/hwy combined) for a 4 cylinder
I've owned this car since the fall of 2000. I preferred the "Old School" style and wasn't really interested in waiting for the new WRX to come out. I was a previous owner of an Outback Sport (98) and loved that. The RS with the leather interior that I upgraded to made me love the Impreza even more. I use it as my daily driver, drop my toddler off to preschool (the 4 doors are a bonus for this over the coupe). The trunk is large enough to fit a full size hockey bag-but one drawback of the 01 is that the seats don't fold down. Never had an issue with anything mechanical. Now with 97,-000 miles on it, it's still going strong. Excellent in the snow. I would highly recommend this car.
Rally styling and handling. The RS has the ABS brakes, CD player, moon roof, standard.
The extra horsepower is nice, but I wish it got just a bit better gas mileage. I average in the mid 20's, but with gas 3 dollars a gallon it takes $42 to fill it up. Fold down seats (which they do on anything newer than 2001) would have been nice.