2002 Subaru Impreza Consumer Review: Solid car, with quirks

2002 Subaru Impreza - Consumer Review

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Outback Sport Wagon (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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Solid car, with quirks
By Goatmount on


2002 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


I have put 150,000 miles on car with no major problems. Changed timing belt at 90,000, as all Subarus are required, which is about a $400 job. The engine is solid and will probably run to 200,000 with very few issues. Great in snow and cold. One of the most fun small cars to drive out there. There are some quirks to the 2002 model. The driver side seat belt squeaks every time you move even an inch. I have talked with other 2002 impreza owners and this appears to be a common problem. Replacing fog lights is $200 per light! The wheels get thrown out of alignment after driving through deep snow. As with all AWD cars, all the tires have to be replaced at the same time. Auto windows both broke.

Best Features

The AWD is essential in the north country. Fun to drive. Surprisingly roomy interior.

Worst Features

Interior parts seem cheaply made. Cup holder broke, CD player broke, seat belt squeaks, auto windows broke on both doors.
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By mrjibbs
on 10/01/11 20:44 PM (PDT)

Can you please give an update as to where your at with mileage and any associated issues?! Thanks!

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