1997 Subaru Impreza Consumer Review: A 100K Shay

1997 Subaru Impreza - Consumer Review

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Brighton Coupe (1.8L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
A 100K Shay
By jake3_14 on


1997 Subaru Impreza Brighton 2dr Coupe AWD


In the poem "The 100-Year Shay," a legendary horse-drawn sled performs perfectly for a century, then disintegrates. Similarly, my Outback Sport performed flawlessly for 100K miles, then required replacement of ALL the major seals, the steering rack, and cam cover caps, repainting and clearcoating of the hood scoop and vents, in addition to the normal 100K service, to the tune of $2650, half the Edmunds private-party resale value. Shame on Subaru.

Best Features

Handling on curves, ventilation system - A/C is great!

Worst Features

A cooler-running engine, seals that need staggered replacement, better gas mileage (23-25 combined city/hwy).
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