2003 Subaru Impreza Consumer Review: some flaws, but great

2003 Subaru Impreza - Consumer Review

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WRX Wagon (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 5-speed Manual)

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some flaws, but great
By wrxtarheel on


2003 Subaru Impreza WRX AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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.

Best Features

turbo engine, wonderful seats, 6-cd changer,driver visibility,useful backseat and cargo area. Best power and package for the price.

Worst Features

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.
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