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.
I bought this car because Ii wanted a compact sedan that would be reliable but also fun to drive. The 2.5RS has exceeded in both categories. There is road noise to contend with at higher speeds, but not much more than any other similarly priced compact car. There is an extensive aftermarket community for modifications. The car had a somewhat limited production making them a bit of an enthusiast's entry level tuner as an alternative to Honda. If you do find one of these cars, be warned that *everyone* will ask if it is a WRX or an STI.
All wheel drive. Moonroof. Leather option. Easy access to oil drain and filter. Frameless windows. My friend's fingers got slammed between the window and the B pillar as the door closed and he was fine, just a little sore.
The rear seat is a bit cramped with front passengers over 6 feet tall and the rear seats are bolted in so you need a rack for ski/bike trips. Center armrest extension and top storage compartment are less solid than the rest of the car. Road noise is also a problem at speeds over 50mph.
This is one of the GREATEST cars ever.
It's my first car as a teenager, and
let me tell you, ive driven an M3
before... and this thing... its quite
similiar. Dont get me wrong its not a
super fast car but it is a Super quick
car. A 5 spd is a MUST!! If you get
this thing in 5-spd, you will never
regret it... if you push it into the
powerband this work of beauty goes off
like a rocket. Leaving everything
behind. Looks very sporty, very
admirable, Definetly an eye catcher.
Not to mention its damn comfortable
inside. No complaints about the Sound
system either, its decent.GREAT Value
and a Great buy.
Aggresive appearance, Incredible
acceleration and handling. Corners
like a dream. Stock with a dual-
exhaust it just sounds sooooo nice,