Before I begin I just want to say I have owned 2 Foresters and they are both great cars. I bought this Imprezza used from a dealer in 2014 with under 36000 miles. I thought it was a great deal because of the milage. I have owned it for less than 3 months and I am now scheduled for my 3rd service appointment to fix the turn signal. I have read that Subaru cut corners on this model to save money and actually made the wire harness too short so that it pulls loose. I really like my dealership and in general I like Subarus, but I cannot recommend this model. I will actually be purchasing a new car this year, but I am no longer considering the Crosstrek, as it is just another Imprezza. Update: My local dealer did eventually get the turn signal fixed (at no charge). After several years the car has exhibited no other problems. I am actually considering a Crosstrek again, but will not be in the market for a couple more years. At this point I think I would recommend it.
I am very concerned about the engine vibration at idle on this car. It is very disconcerting to be sitting in a car with just over 1,000 miles on it and feel the engine vibrate. I called Service and the guy said that the Boxer engines tend to do this due to the alignment of the pistons. A look at the Subaru website says that a characteristic of the Boxster engine is REDUCED engine vibration. I look forward to presenting the Service adviser with this information tomorrow morning. Reliability is a big selling point for Subaru, but I am extremely concerned about mine.
This is a replacement of my 2005 Impreza Sport (manual). Some things are better, some are worse. Better instrumentation overall (but where are some gauges that used to be there – “idiot lights” are for idiots). I like the engine, it seems to be a bit more responsive, but the rest of the “sport” designation is not as good: greater roll (not as firm suspension? Higher center of gravity?), the seats are too comfortable: for “wide” people. The bucket seats are sized to fit much bigger person and don’t embrace as tightly. When combining that with increased roll in turns, the feeling of “tight control” is not there. Gearbox, while smooth could use different ratios and one more gear.
I just purchased anew 2010 Subaru Impreza Outback and was really excited - first new car in over a decade. I had a Subaru in the 90's and loved it. My new car looks great but the driver's seat and headrest are horrible, the headrest extends forward too far causing neck strain, pain and nausea for me if I drive more than 30 minutes at a stretch. Can't find a solution to this, may need to return this car.
What other vehicle can rip the roads and have as much space as a mini-van inside? At 10% throttle, you have a car that almost behaves like a well mannered commuter vehicle in traffic. Step on the gas, and you will probably be breaking any speeding law in less than one second.
WRX STI Special Edition 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Options on test vehicle
2,457cc (150 cu-in)
DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
305 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
290 @ 4,000
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I - 3.64, II - 2.24, III - 1.52, IV - 1.14, V - 0.97, VI - 0.76, final drive - 3.90
Launching an STI is always a clutch-killing endeavor because it cannot spin the tires. Slow-reacting tach makes 1-2 shift a bit of a guessing game. If you get greedy, the rev-limiter/fuel cut-off punishes acceleration numbers. Shifter is notchy and 3ird gear feels needlessly tall.
Good initial bite, some dive but steady, straight stops with good fade resistance. The distances are highly susceptible to surface conditions such as dips and hops.
Skid pad: Very good balance with ESP off with an ability to steer with the throttle. But not with much precision due to turbo lag and constantly adjusting differentials. The circle becomes an octagon with on/off throttle. With ESP on the car stays tighter to the desired line and requires less work. Slalom: While the STI no longer flops around on its too-soft suspension with good tires, it now stays flatter and works the tires much harder. Understeer is no longer the limiting factor, but now it slides all four tires as a unit. Timing the suspension wind-up, diff reaction and turbo lag is a big chore that results in good, but not easily repeatable runs of around 70 mph.