We bought our Impreze new and have
loved it ever since. We have put
175,000 miles on it over the years.
Only work we ever had to do on it was
tires, brakes and a muffler. We don't
count the new oil pump we needed
because that was caused by trying to
pull too many small trees out of the
ground with the help of the AWD. The
AWD is the best though, as long as you
are not landscaping with it. Can't
spin the tires / car if you try even in
the snow. In a nutshell Our little
pea pod has been safe, reliable and a
lot of fun to drive over the years.
I got this car as a college graduation gift in spring of 1996. It has been a reliable workhorse since. It has taken the abuse of Midwestern snow and ice, and well as tackled storms in Colorado. I just passed 144,000 miles this week. I would recommend a Subaru to anyone who values quality and reliability.
I have not had any problems with my
1996 Impreza since I bought it off the
show room floor 8 1/2 years ago. In
Vriginia with the snow. Having AWD is a
real must. I am considering going to a
newer Subaru and may put this one on
the market. It will be tough. The only
real complaint I have is that the tires
wear out quicker and the road noise can
be loud at times.
My overall score may not be as high as
others, but I don't love it any less.
Overall, great value, fun car, and
great features. I'd buy it again - but
not the automatic.
Good and firm handling, with high
ground-clearance for snowpack or dirt
roads. 2.2 is peppy, but the automatic
limits performance. High torque makes
up for avg horsepower.
Real killer with auto is 90-10 AWD
bias. Manual is 50-50. Mild understeer
coming into a turn but neutral steer
As bad as 16 mpg when driving
aggressively in the city! Noticed from
exhaust smell and smog test results
that my air-fuel runs rich. Overall
20+ mpg isn't bad.