2002 Subaru Impreza Consumer Review: Bring on the curves and hills.

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Bring on the curves and hills.
By ProfBogey on


2002 Subaru Impreza WRX AWD 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


The "Rex" really begins to live above
3,000 rpm on the curvy, hilly
Pennsylvania roads! The engine response
is lively and it has plenty of torque
for accelerating on those terribly
short, up-hill highway on-ramps. It
does have a turbo and 270 HP, so 24 mpg
combined hwy and winding through the
woods aint bad. The 2002 model is a
super car! The “head-scratchers” are:
1) warm air from the foot duct with the
A/C on bilevel setting? 2) owners get a
clutch vibration starting out in first
gear (note: dealer shops have a fix-up
kit comprising new housing
bolts and clutch for this
vibration issue) 3) Ony the armrest
does fold down for minimal access from
the trunk.

Best Features

Distinctive styling may become a classic in the near future. Zippy, yeeha engine with a short throw manual shift. Plenty of sporty feel with a reasonable back seat. A quality stereo and quiet enough ride to be able to enjoy the music at relatively low volume.

Worst Features

Ask the dealer about an in-warrenty replacement clutch to eliminate the cold-transmission vibration that occurs in first gear. More lumbar support for the driver. Fold-down back seats.
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