2003 Subaru Impreza Consumer Review: Little Red Wagon of Fun

2003 Subaru Impreza - Consumer Review

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

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Little Red Wagon of Fun
By WRX03 on


2003 Subaru Impreza 2.5 TS AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)


I did some pulls to seat the rings when
I first got the car and now I'm babing
the engine until the recommended 1000.
Seating the rings was a teaser of the
potential of this peppy little wagon.
The misses jumped on me because I
surpassed the 4k max rpm for breakend
when I had to pull out in heavy traffic
Even at 3/4 throttle the car and rpm's
jump when you reach 3k rpm.
Unfortunatly I see that you really need
to either slip the clutch or drop the
clutch if you really want a fast
takeoff. But in turn it's a nice little
car to putt around at gas saving
speeds. There is enough power
at low rpm's for everyday around town

Best Features

Even putting around town, the car is a blast to drive. It's cute, can get good gas mileage, has some grrr when you step on the loud pedal. This wagon is a perfect sleeper. *The 03 has a trailer hitch connector now, unlike the 02.

Worst Features

I installed the trailer hitch and a Prodrive muffler the second day I had the car. The stock muffler doesn't do this car justice. The main driver is over 50 and a woman and she loves the sound of quiet rumble the Prodrive muffler gives the car. The Prodrive should be a stock item.
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