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2003 Subaru Impreza WRX AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M) WRX AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
I bought this car brand new. It has been a rocket of a car despite the turbo lag at low rpms. Very responsive and nimble for a wagon. This was the 2nd gen WRX. Reliable except for some problems. There is strut knocking in the rear, disc/brakes problems (numerous brake replacements) not braking hard. Clutch smells when driving it hard. A bit cramped for tall people. No rear room for adults great space with seats folded down. Comparable to an SUV. Excessive wind noise and engine noise. Fogs up easy on the windows. Lots of fan noise when on high but not much output to help defog.
Great power, reliable, good handling with awd. Sharp looks, great visibility all around. Solid shifting gearbox.
Bigger brakes and clutch to handle the bigger (turbocharged) engine! I believe they are stock. I think it's corrected in later models. Better interior quality. Heated mirrors and seats standard. Reduce cabin noise from wind and engine. More options.
2003 Subaru Impreza WRX AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M) WRX AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
This car is fun...fun...fun!!! As long as the engine rpm is kept in its powerband, you'll have the feeling that it is much larger than the 2.0l that it is. My car is a 5 speed. Stomp on the pedal, and its warp speed capable! The car handles the road as if were velcroed to it. Living in Vermont, there is no shortage of twisting roads. Some of which, have more kinks in them, than a roll of cheap garden hose. Yeehah!!! I truly wish that I could drive this beast, as it was designed to be driven. If I did, I'd be walkin'! Speeding tickets are expensive. With a few tweaks, my mileage is hovering around 32 mpg. Thank you Subaru,
100 watt stereo, a/c, cruise, 32 mpg and fun, fun, fun.
Heater controls. Switch them around. Replace the stock intake plumbing with a cold air intake system.
2003 Subaru Impreza WRX AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M) WRX AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
I chose my black WRX wagon over an Acura RSX-S. I am glad I did. This car is fast, handles great, drives well, and has been a reliable work horse. I only wish I had hills, curves, and snow to drive it in.
The power and handling. This is a car I love to be in. Being a wagon has helped with practical stuff. Seating is comfortable. Did I mention that I like the power and handling?
Better paint. The paint is weak. Scratches, dings, and swirls way too easy. An optional 6-speed is definitely a must. Would have preferred 17" wheels as standard. 16" wheels make the car float a little in the handling. Make the shifter a little shorter. My wife would like larger cup holders.
I have been a VW fan for the last 15 years, at one time saying I would never buy anything else. That was until my '96 Jetta GLS. To say I was disappointed with it is an understatement. While looking for a replacement for that car, something fun like VW's without the problems, I started looking at the WRX wagon. I needed a wagon and 4 doors, otherwise I may have ended up with a GTi. I took the WRX for a test drive, and that is all it took. This car is pure joy to drive! I had to get one, and I did. I have been driving it now for six months, and I still love it. I still look for reasons to take it out and I am still volunteering to drive my friends to and from the airport. I love it!
Steering, awd, turbo, the look of it, racing steering wheel & pedals.
Better placement of drink holders. Dampeners for the doors (close hard). Make 17 & 18 inch rims an option.
This car rocks -- I love it.
Cornering is amazing, it grips to the road. In snowing conditions, it never slips.
Interior needs some help, my floor mats are terrible and it's a little noisy.
This car will change the way you look at wagons!
TURBO!!..AWD!!..GREAT FRONT SEATS!! Plenty of trunk space! oh, and the thing is a blast to drive!!
better gas milage (a little disappointed for a 4-cyl..this may be the awd) still worth it!!!
bar none, best bang for the buck going. Test drive and buy. Thats what I did. You will love this car. Turbo lag is an issue but with practice it is somewhat eliminated. Fun to out -accelerate 90% of the cars on the road. People unfamiliar with a wrx wagon have no idea what they are up against. Turbo plus awd is a winning combination when out performing other sport cars. I have over 50,000 miles on this car and every morning it is a pleasure to get in it and drive. I have never felt this way about any car. Buy one and you will know what I mean.
Awd and turbo. Reliability. Engine can be safely modified.
Better paint. Suggested accessories= A clear hood bra to prevent paint chipping. Have it put on before leaving the lot. 3M makes a kit for the hodd and bumper. Pay the extra.
Beside the known fact that this car is the best in its class, I'll want to highlight some problems I experienced with it. Front brakes rotors, sipping radiator, bad paint quality.
Every option is driver oriented and useful. The only thing I'd like to illuminate is the parking light switch, which is totaly useless and may cause battery to drain if accidentally left on.
I planned on keeping my '00 Protege until it died but for a WRX I traded my reliable economy car for more power. Generally not rash to buy a vehicle, when I found a WRX wagon on sale for a great price I bought it the day I test drove it. For anyone into spirited driving on gravel roads, a WRX has no rivals for the cost. Compared to the sedan version, the wagon is sluggish but the utility of extra interior space has been worth it. Everyone I know who has considered a wagon and bought a sedan has since regretted the lack of room. Fuel economy: 22 mpg day-to-day, 29 highway, 9 when running wide open.
Rough road speed combined with poor-weather handling to provide performance unlike any other vehicle in its price range. Sleeper appearance -- unless someone knows what the WRX badging means they generally mistake it for just another Subaru wagon.
Everyone dislikes the dash cupholder, fog light & cruise engage button would be better off on stalks instead of the dash, stereo tuner "dial" should either be a normal dial or just two buttons.
The best performing car I've ever driven. Great fun around town, or on the expressway. It's a little cramped inside (I'm 6'3"), and seriously needs a 6 speed trans, but other than that, I LOVE THIS CAR!
Outstanding performance. Versitility. It's a sleeper.
Needs a six speed tranny. Needs a little more "me" space inside. The interior finish needs some upgrading.
this car runs great & steers realy good under cornering, has lots of power & looks good to. my wife chose this car for her & she is happy with it. it;s a little small for me but i injoy driveing it also, we realy wanted the all wheel drive system so we can go when the weather is bad. over all we like the car & have had no prolbems with it as of now.
all wheel drive
great car fun to drive tons of power for such a little motor i added a intake and exhaust and made it really fast i love it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
short throw shifter stock
The winding, mountainous roads around me are a kick in my WRX, with power, pickup and handling. (Even Porsche and BMW driving friends LOVE driving it!) But gravel and rutted roads are tough on the tires (on my 2nd set), brakes (going in for its 2nd brake job at 27,000 mi.) and alignment (can't seem to hold it.) Could use a little more ground clearance. Doubt I'd buy it again because of the brake and tire problems.
Power, mountain road handling, price.
Better/more cupholders. Climate control a/c. Easier-to-clean upholstery. Better brakes.
It is absolutely fantastic car. The infamous turbo lag can be sometimes annoying, but after 6 months I almost mastered beating it, when need power. Florida is flat, but those wet ramps are great! I took a wagon for utility (also looks are in my opinion better then sedan) and can recommend all cargo accessories from Subaru (bin, net, tray, etc.). Also get the armrest extension if you are tall. An of course, get short-throw shifter! Fuel economy is an oximoron for this car: 20/25 premium (at best) is pathetic for a 2.0 l engine. Highway can be even worse if keep the speed above 80 mph. But boy, is it worth it.
Good ergonomics, fantastic seats, nice accessories, short-throw shifter. An of course: power and handing (control).
1. Closing door sound! Instead of a click, I hear all empty molding shaking inside. 2. Give me sunroof! 3. Do something with fuel consumption. Even 10 percent would be great. 4. Reduce the turbo lag. Do all that, but don't charge $5k more!
Plenty of pickup, amazing suspension, corners on rails, tons of room to put stuff in back, decent gas mileage. Handled incredibly well in over a foot of snow, in rain, in all weather conditions. AWD is amazing. Drawbacks: Suspension being so tight causes ride to be a little stiff for long distance (worth putting up with), interior design could be a little better engineered(no place to put cd's, only one useful cupholder. In short, totally worth the price paid for the fun on tight roads, handling in all weather, and zip. Eminently practical, too.
suspension, handling, power.
better interior design, better base stereo system
The most fun car I've ever had. This is the perfect blend of practicality and performance. It is as close to a full-on race car as most of us will ever need, while offering a good deal of safety and convenience in a very confidence-inspiring package. You can't help but love it after you drive it.
Wonderful engine mated to excellent AWD system. Will go through the worst of conditions with ease, or through the best of conditions very quickly. Enough cargo space for two people to haul whatever they need for weeks. Excellent stock front seats.
Poorly designed cupholders. Gaping hole in the middle of the windshield not blocked by sun visors.
Overall a a very nice car. Open road driving is great, but the turbo lag is annoying. The power is poor until you hit 3,000 RPM, then it takes off like a rocket. Also, the gas mileage is nowhere near the 20/27 listed on the sticker. More like 20/23. Also, the transmission is not that smooth at times. Overall, though I like the car a lot and often take the long way home as long as that way involves lots of hills and curves!
Open road driving is excellent and makes up for the lack of excitement in- town. The in-dash 6 CD changer is also very nice to have. The standard radio needs a little more power, though.
Gas mileage stinks and the race- inspired seats are a little too narrow for my 200 pound butt. Do something about the turbo lag!
This car is the most fun of any car that I've owned. Every car I have ever owned has utilized forced induction but this one is by far the most entertaining. I went with the wagon because my wife was having our first kid and I wanted the utility. I must say though, the trunk isn't THAT big. I can fit more stuff into my '97 Honda Civic. Also, rear leg room is meager and is only recommended for short trips. If you're really looking for a long trip family car go with an SUV or Minivan.
I've done some engine modifications and other maintenance items. This car is really easy to work on. Most nuts and bolts are easy to get to. It's really quiet when cruising around with the windows shut.
If I had to improve anything I would make the trunk floor deeper and move the rear bench seat back 3".
The most practical, fun and fast car you can buy for under $25,000! A true all-season, all-condition fast and fun car. With performance tires it can handle with the best and with snow tires winters are a breeze. Not perfect, but you get more than you should for the money.
Turbo engine, great steering and nice steering. FUN!!!!
Interior material quality and better brakes.
What a switch!! All I have ever driven has been a full size truck. My last was a Ram. I feel like I'm driving a Go-Cart!! I love it! I think the car has awesome bold styling and nice headlights. It is an absolute blast to drive. Its like having a toy and a commuter car all in one. The WRX is so versatile, sports car or hauler!
Turbo, drivetrain, love the tight seats (but could see where a fat person wouldn't like them)not too many around
Is that supposed to be a cupholder in the dash?
I think the bug-eyed look is cool, I took a 700 mile road trip two weeks ago and it ran like a champ. Seating is comfortable and I like the engine sound from a boxer engine.
Drivetrain is flawless, pick-up from 3000rpm onward is stellar for a car in this price range.
I am 6'2" and wish it had a little longer front doors, but it has plenty of leg and head-room. I still think that its a good trade for a car with the rigidity and torsional strength of this one.
If any of you out there like SPEED, PERFORMANCE and MODIFICATIONS! Should go ahead get this car, even with standard manufacture's specs it will make you go WOW.......^_^ Also, there are so many aftermarket mod parts out there that will really amaze you if you want to put in a little more .........
In March 2001, I leased one of the first WRX in the U.S. and am very pleased after two years of driving it. It can outrun, out accelerate, and outcorner anything but the Porsche 911s or BMW M series on dry roads and outdo anything on rainy or snowy roads. Yet police never notice it (particularly my low-key black WRX wagon). I've got another year left on the lease, but am already planning to lease a newer WRX.
Impossible to spin or skid. And 0-60 in 5.5 seconds.
I'm glad that the newer WRXs remove the bug-eyed headlights. Besides that, what's not to like?
The 0-60 starts from the tollbooth gate are something to behold at 5.4 seconds. All this in a reliable economy compact wagon under $25,000 that gets over 20mpg on average. Handling with 4wd is razor sharp. Driven normally, it is a very comfortable well-behaved car. Driven hard it is amazing! It is, however, one of the ugliest cars on the road. It takes practice to eliminate turbo lag. Wagon space compared to the Subaru Legacy is tiny. You'll need to fold the back seats down for real hauling space.
Performance and handling. 0 to 60 in 5.4 seconds. 4wd. Low Price.
Exterior styling PLEASE. Eliminate the turbo lag. A seek button on the radio.
The WRX wagon may look like a strictly utilitarian vehicle, but drives like an expensive sports car. Its acceleration, handling and braking match those of cars that cost thousands of dollars more and have the sporting pedigrees to match. I have been thrilled with this car!
This is a hard choice between acceleration and handling, as both are spectacular. When the turbocharger kicks in, the WRX takes off with a real kick. At the same time, its all-wheel drive and firm suspension provide superb control in the most difficult driving situations.
One way the WRX does not match its more expensive competition is its noise level. A little more sound-deadening material here and there wouldn't hurt.
You cant beat the bang for the buck. I have done more mods than I care to mention but the performance of the car is amazing. I now have a little wagon that will easily run with or beat a turbo Porsche at a fifth the price. I can take 4 other people along with me for the ride in reasonable comfort. Then I can stuff the hatch area full of stuff and take a trip. This car is the ultimate all-weather interceptor. Very few cars can offer this level of performance, reliability and fun! Every day its basic goodness shines through as soon as you fire it off. Downsides to the car: mileage, interior materials and terrible tires. Buy one!
Drivetrain is my favorite aspect about the car. You have performance that will keep you entertained for a long time and excellent all weather grip. I am really impressed with the car as a whole. It does so many things well.
Tires are trash; plain and simple. Subaru needs to do something about the mileage. I get worse mileage than my diesel SUV in normal driving.
At initial purchase this was the most bang for the buck in my price class. Although the styling might be taken as dowdy by some, this car is the swiss army knife of vehicles. I commute 110 miles each day(80 highway, 30 dirt) and I find the car very comfortable. Gas mileage could be better. The motor and AWD are the big reasons to have this car. I've put 25,000 miles on this car in less than 4 months and it shows no signs of slowing down. The car will see action in both auto-x and rally-x this summer. The most amazing thing is that with an experienced driver at the helm I have never seen a faster car down a dirt road..."UNCLE!"
The AWD and sport tuned suspension (with 8" of travel!). The boxer motor. Comfortable, if uninspiring cabin. Ease of maintenance, very well thought out mechanically. Oh yeah! Cargo space. This car flat out hauls, speed wise and cargo wise.
A little more noise insulation, it can get a bit droney on a long road trip. Better routing of the plumbing that brings fresh air into the cockpit (it always seems too warm) and better headlights, for the velocities that this car encourages it deserves, no, requires better lighting.
nothing bad to say
Turbo, seats, seamingly invisible to the speed inforcers (silver wagon)
Owning a VW for the past 20 years, I was skeptical about the switch. Now I know what Subie owners have been keeping for themselves all these years. All the auto publications were not exaggerating what a value this car is compared to all else that is on the road. I just dig how well it performs in all conditions. Took it for a real test in the canyons above L.A. in the Angeles Crest National Forest area with lots of immediate twisties and it was impossible to keep the smile off my face. Nothing can touch this car for under 25K.
Unique styling, solid build, excellent power, AWD, short shift kit and most important-THERE AREN'T A BILLION OF THEM ON THE ROAD!!!! (at least not to my knowledge)
Better cupholders, Moonroof, smaller 3- spoke steering wheel-THAT'S A REAL STRETCH!!!!
This car is the best overall vehicle for most people. Forget about gas guzzling SUV's, this all wheel drive WRX kicks their a$$ in every way. One mont all and NO regrets...
Rides like it is on rails.
great car! really the only choice for an AWD wagon under $25K -- which makes the 227hp/turbo almost a freebie... FYI mainj, the horn-alarm can be easily turned off -- read your brouchure or call your dealer
except as noted, everything SUGGESTED IMPROVEMENTS driver's seat and headrest should have more adjustability - straight-backed seat with full head support - cannot be achieved the rear headrest don't lock in place, so they fall out when seats are folded down
cont. make available in navy blue as for RS models make the armest extension more stable and remove the one-inch bump in its well -- that way the armrest well could hold 6 cd cases, rather than just 4 get rid of white embroidered CHILD logos on rear seats
From the first look at this car you know its not the typical grocery getter. The Unique styling and loud but tasteful blue makes this car very attactive. And after sitting the High bolster sport style seats you know for sure this ain't you momma's wagon. Loads of fun to drive, yet still useful for loading you friends and snowboards in. Little pricy butr well worth the extra money. You get more than what you paid for.
Turbo, Sport seats, handling, over all solid feel.
A little more leg room in the back.
I had never thought about getting a WRX, but after test driving my friend's I couldn't resist. I didn't know I would love this car so much until I own it. This car has got a decent amount of horsepowers, great performance, sporty interior and exterior design, 6 CD changer and it comes with so many other standard manufacture options that so many new cars out there call optional.
Great handling and ride, AWD, Child safety features, MOMO Steering Wheel, Sporty Seats.
Moonroof, Leather Seats, 17" Wheels.
A wonderful little car, able to lay dust to anything on the road. In stock form, it's a fantastic ride. Great handling, power, and room for my dogs. The cool factor is even higher than you would expect froma Subaru. Three weeks, and I've gotten multiple complements. Car can easily be modified safely to put out 300hp. Many supporting websites and tuners across the nation.
Rally look, Momo Steering wheel, powerful Turbo, great handling, room for my stuff. Premium stereo is pretty good. Short throw shifter is great. Seats hold well.
Dog hair proof seat covers! No leather is a problem, but for this price who really cares.
I had been drooling over a WRX since seeing them in WRC and British car mags like CAR or EVO, and was highly anticipating their advent into the US market. I've had one for 6 months and 8000 miles now. The engine is lethargic up to 3000 rpms, but then pushes the power to the wheels from that point up. Driving part-throttle is fine above 2500 rpms, but there's still that lag. Love the car in town, but find it a bit twitchy at highway speeds of 70 and up. Body is solid, with some body roll, but not bad. MPG Is not what it could be--I average about 22 in town, but 29 highway. Power can be helped with muffler or aftermarket items.
turbo engine, wonderful seats, 6-cd changer,driver visibility,useful backseat and cargo area. Best power and package for the price.
lower gearing-5th gear fairly useless unless doing 75+, a useful cupholder would be nice, better tires, more power, tighter suspension...maybe I should have waited for STi version.
Have 7000 miles on my WRX wagon.I read all I could on this vehicle for about 6 months and test drove it 4 times before purchasing.Having driven everything from Acuras,Hondas,Mustangs,other Subarus and a Porsche 928.I will say this is the best all around handling, performance car I have driven.For under 25,000, a steal.In weather no comparison,unless you purchase an Audi,BMW or Volvo.Car is a blast to drive,and with mods,0-60 low 4's and 1/4 mile in 13's.Super car territory.
AWD,acceleration,handling,unique looks,proven reliability and resale,and of course the way this vehicle handles in the snow,mud and rain.Subaru WRX STi and Mitsubishi Evo out in America spring 2003.At around 30,000 each these are great cars,but not in every ones price range.
Stock tires load,upgrade asap,heat soak on very hot days.So bigger turbo with intercooler.Body roll when cornering hard.Bigger mm sway bars,front and rear.Improved A/C. Careful with mods as dealerships now will not cover repairs caused by mods.I am waiting until warranty is up.
Well what to say: amazing grip, incredible launch, hard to break the tires loose. Nice styling especially for my wagon model. Completely changed my idea of Subaru as a family car. Looking forward to hitting the mountains in the AWD! Actually having space for humans and skis/snowboards, boots and garb. Easy access to storage. Nice engine design. Aggressive styling. Fogs light up the road like spots! Handling to the point of having to lay off due to fear rather than loss of traction. Nice headroom in back seats. Nice stereo for a stock system. Overall a great buy!
Power at 4K plus, grip, roomy, easy to understand instrumentation (no yuppish attitude), gas milage, comfortable seating for 4 6' or less passengers, fun to drive! More options than you can shake a stick at! All around value!
Stereo needs just a little more bass! More turbo goodies! Blow off valve, show that power off. Factory leather, seat warmers, and moon roof. 6 speed. MP3 decoder. NAV system. I mean can't we get the options to add up to over 30K :)
This is the best car I have owned Bar none. Fast and agile in traffic and fun to drive
Power and wet weather prowess.
This car is just plain fun to drive! Jumps off the line with great acceleration once you get the engine (RPMs) spooled up. In the turns the car is balanced and rock solid with minimal body roll. Have driven in the rain and have yet to break the grip loose. Would recommend getting the short throw shifter for more precise shifting. I am averaging 21 (mpg) because it is hard to stay off the pedal in this car.
Power, MOMO Steering wheel, perfomance, stereo is layed out perfectly
Might bump up the brakes a notch, but other than that, Perfect!
A Great small car. To the point.
I don't know. I love the turbo of the WRX, the 6 cd stero and the seats.
Subaru may want to go back to having a 2-door, but also have a 4-door. That would be cool.
It rocks! This car is FUN to drive! And, being a wagon, it'll not only haull ass, it'll haul stuff!
Acceleration... AWD... upgraded stereo... seats... wagon versatility...
This car is a hoot to drive and has all kinds of mods available. You can make this car go very fast cheaply. Just by pulling a vacuum/pressure hose I was apply to pull a 13.68 in a 1/4 mile. This car is otherwise stock except for an aftermarket muffler. What is also great about this car is the following at WRX's forums and all the info about them.
Fun to drive. Tons of info, accessories, and modifications available. Can run with high $ cars with very little tweaking and cost.
CUP HOLDERS don't the Japanese believe in cup holders? You can buy rear cup holders overseas for the car(and pay $50 for shipping) but not in the US. A wagon needs rear cup holders-I hate it! 17" tires for playing. You can see so much better if you keep the rear seats folded down.
Driving a WRX Wagon makes all the difference in a commuter town like Houston. The power of its turbo engine and 227hp affords more agility, ability to negotiate between vehicles in traffic, and a certain level of safety that one cannot attain in a traditional off-road vehicle like an SUV. Because of its low center of gravity and full time AWD feature, the WRX Impreza has married the ideas of performance and safety to the test! The adventures await! Be sure to invest in an under-carriage protector! $80 bucks can save a bucket- load...
turbo, bucket-seats, cloth type
larger cup-holder needed to accomodate varying sizes of cups, and a re- placement of original cupholder behind the gear shift.
I did some pulls to seat the rings when I first got the car and now I'm babing the engine until the recommended 1000. Seating the rings was a teaser of the potential of this peppy little wagon. The misses jumped on me because I surpassed the 4k max rpm for breakend when I had to pull out in heavy traffic Even at 3/4 throttle the car and rpm's jump when you reach 3k rpm. Unfortunatly I see that you really need to either slip the clutch or drop the clutch if you really want a fast takeoff. But in turn it's a nice little car to putt around at gas saving speeds. There is enough power at low rpm's for everyday around town driving.
Even putting around town, the car is a blast to drive. It's cute, can get good gas mileage, has some grrr when you step on the loud pedal. This wagon is a perfect sleeper. *The 03 has a trailer hitch connector now, unlike the 02.
I installed the trailer hitch and a Prodrive muffler the second day I had the car. The stock muffler doesn't do this car justice. The main driver is over 50 and a woman and she loves the sound of quiet rumble the Prodrive muffler gives the car. The Prodrive should be a stock item.