2002 Subaru Impreza Consumer Review: Bring on the curves and hills.

2002 Subaru Impreza - Consumer Review

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2.5 RS Sedan (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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Bring on the curves and hills.
By ProfBogey on


2002 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


The "Rex" really begins to live above 3,000 rpm on the curvy, hilly Pennsylvania roads! The engine response is lively and it has plenty of torque for accelerating on those terribly short, up-hill highway on-ramps. It does have a turbo and 270 HP, so 24 mpg combined hwy and winding through the woods aint bad. The 2002 model is a super car! The “head-scratchers” are: 1) warm air from the foot duct with the A/C on bilevel setting? 2) owners get a clutch vibration starting out in first gear (note: dealer shops have a fix-up kit comprising new housing bolts and clutch for this vibration issue) 3) Ony the armrest does fold down for minimal access from the trunk.

Best Features

Distinctive styling may become a classic in the near future. Zippy, yeeha engine with a short throw manual shift. Plenty of sporty feel with a reasonable back seat. A quality stereo and quiet enough ride to be able to enjoy the music at relatively low volume.

Worst Features

Ask the dealer about an in-warrenty replacement clutch to eliminate the cold-transmission vibration that occurs in first gear. More lumbar support for the driver. Fold-down back seats.
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