Wonderful College and Family Car
By jxp293 on
Vehicle1993 Subaru Impreza LS 4dr Wagon
ReviewI bought my 93 used in 2000 with 19K on the odometer. Now in 2009, it has 136K and the only maintenance done has been brakes/rotors (done myself) and a tuneup @ 90K. I had the piston slap issue (tick-tick noise) and that was fixed for $500. Otherwise, just oil changes every 4k. This car drives well, handles well and hauls a lot of stuff. I've remodeled most of my house and use this car for getting supplies from lowes/etc. I highly recommend this car and Subaru in general. Be aware that Subaru models between '98 and '03 have head gasket issues, but the early to mid 90's cars (1.8/2.2L) are just solid.
Best FeaturesI can select the 2nd gear on the auto shifter, press the "man" button and start off in ice/snow with limited wheel spin. (I don't have awd.) I also like that the back seats fold down flat. The front seats and VERY supportive and comfortable. I like that I can reach the oil filter/plug easily.
Worst FeaturesUnderpowered. When the AC compressor is on and I'm at a light, the engine bogs down. Fuel economy is not so great for an underpowered car, but I consistently get 28-32mpg. The "boxer" engine is rock solid, although the 98-03 ones were junk.
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