2002 Subaru Impreza Consumer Review: very good car for the money

2002 Subaru Impreza - Consumer Review

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

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very good car for the money
By awduser on


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


My son bought it used with 170,000 km in 2007 and I got it from him with about 210,000 km. This month it turned 300,000 km. Engine and transmission all original but have small oil leak, probably from valve cover gasket. Had trouble with A/C compressor - replaced this summer (after 11 years of service). Had to overhaul front end - ball joints, tie rod ends, again after 11 years. Shock absorbers started leaking last year - I think 10 years is as good as it gets for driving through Canadian winters. And so apart from some rust (se reference to Canadian winters above), the vehicle looks and driving qualities are the same when we got it, and I even suspect it drives like new.

Best Features

Road stability, acceleration, comfortable front seats.

Worst Features

Until I got new tires which i selected for comfort, I thought the car was overly noisy during highway driving. However, it's very quiet now. Rust over rear wheel wells seems to be a problem but I am not sure what improvements Subaru can make to counter salt and water on the roads.
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