2008 Subaru Impreza Consumer Review: A great car, ruined by Subaru

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI - Consumer Review

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A great car, ruined by Subaru
By bensti on


2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4dr Hatchback AWD w/VDC, Gold BBS (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


This was my first Subaru. I bought it as a CPO with 19k miles on it.

About 1300mi after buying it, the MAF sensor failed, then at 3k miles, the engine spun a rod bearing and failed, got a new engine which was broken in properly and then failed from another cracked piston 5kmi later. Oh, and did I mention that it sat in the shop waiting for Subaru to get off their asses and fix it for over a month each time.

On top of that, the transmission has begun to have issues, like it won't go into 1st gear without a horrible grind, the dealer says it is "Not a major problem"!

Headlights failed, rear diff failed, clutch failed due to bad work from the dealer, and the car is still broken

Buy an Evo

Best Features

The car is fast from the factory, it is quite a blast on the highway! When you get into corners, it is good until you start pushing it, then you run into the understeer. The front seats are great, the cluster looks awesome, and the overall feel of the interior is high quality.

Worst Features

Fix the issues with the engine Subaru! It is stupid to have to keep putting in entire new engines to fix issues that you could have prevented at the factory! Slightly stiffer bushings would help a lot. Steering is fairly sloppy but could be corrected with better bushings in the control arm. There are plenty of small mods that can be done to greatly improve the car's handling and feel from the factory with little or no extra cost.
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