I purchased my Subaru Impreza about 5 months ago after trading off my Honda Pilot. I was hesitant because of the large amount of snow we get in North Dakota. However, I could not be happier with the trade. The gas mileage is much better, no problems in the first 8,000 miles, and it is fun to drive. We ended up with 12 inches of snow in 24 hours and I had no issues commuting to and from work. Probably the funnest car I have owned, and it is number 6.
This is my second Impreza. The first one, a 2006, was a much better car. I had no problems with the 2006. The 2010 has 31k miles on it and feels like it's rattling apart. It's been idling rough for a few months, but according to the dealership that I brought it to, that's what makes a Subaru a Subaru. I just dropped it off for an oil change and found out that the rear brakes are completely worn down to the metal. The paint is also pretty terrible. It scratches if you look at it funny. After less than a year, I had scratches around all of the door handles. It's my personal theory that Toyota is not so slowly trying to kill the Impreza.
This car burns a ton of oil and they will not fix it. It has to burn more than 1 quart every 1,200 miles or they will not fix it. I am unhappy with Subaru for this reason alone. I will not buy another Subaru or promote buying any of their cars. If something breaks or is flawed, like my engine, they won't make it right.
I bough (and I am now selling) my 2010 Subaru Impreza (Outback Sport). I bought it new, it burns oil. Ridiculous. All the maintenance and oil changes as required. In under 100K miles I had an oil leak develop and had to replace valve gasket -$$$ repair. less than 10K miles later I had a push rod bearing go because of oil burning! and now I have to buy a short block engine if I wanted to repair it. I am selling it for salvage for more than I expected as I refuse to sink good money after bad. At least I don't owe any money on it. This is the 2nd Subaru I have purchased with oil issues (the other was a turbo Baja - 4 burned valves while still under warranty in the first 36K miles).Stay away.
i was expexcting so much more out of this car.bought it new in 2010. after about 3000 miles realized that i had no oil thought that was weird. but let it go happen again.so i took it to the dealership where i had bought the car and they said they had been getting a lot of these kind of complaints. So i sold that thing as soon as possible and got my self a wry and could not be happier. same car just much better all around except for gas milage. glad i sold that car
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.