2003 Subaru Impreza Consumer Review: some flaws, but great

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some flaws, but great
By wrxtarheel on


2003 Subaru Impreza WRX AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


I had been drooling over a WRX since
seeing them in WRC and British car mags
like CAR or EVO, and was highly
anticipating their advent into the US
market. I've had one for 6 months and
8000 miles now. The engine is lethargic
up to 3000 rpms, but then pushes the
power to the wheels from that point up.
Driving part-throttle is fine above
2500 rpms, but there's still that lag.
Love the car in town, but find it a bit
twitchy at highway speeds of 70 and up.
Body is solid, with some body roll, but
not bad. MPG Is not what it could be--I
average about 22 in town, but 29
highway. Power can be helped with
muffler or aftermarket items.

Best Features

turbo engine, wonderful seats, 6-cd changer,driver visibility,useful backseat and cargo area. Best power and package for the price.

Worst Features

lower gearing-5th gear fairly useless unless doing 75+, a useful cupholder would be nice, better tires, more power, tighter suspension...maybe I should have waited for STi version.
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