1997 Subaru Impreza Review from Australia and New Zealand

1997 Subaru Impreza WRX 2 litre turbo

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2 litre turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 kilometres
Most recent distance117000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore


Great Car, Furious Beast!


The forever hated WRX gearbox fault. When I bought the car, the day I took ownership of it I couldn't get it into reverse. Needless to say, Subaru after sales service is just over expensive, and extremely unhelpful. I now have the third gearbox, which was the cheapest and has lasted the longest!

Stock brakes were mediocre, I replaced them with 2000 model 4 pot front brake calipers. Now a 9/10 for brakes.

General Comments:

Not for the faint at heart. These cars are serious machines that have killed many people.

Although they aren't "as fast" as a lot of others, they get to speed very very fast.

They handle like, well, a rally car. As this is pretty much how they were designed. You Point, You steer! Although a little much body roll from factory, can be fixed with a number of After Market suppliers.

The Seats are possibly the best stock seats every to come in a car under $60k. Very sought after items! Enjoy!

At highway speeds, they had a really annoying wind noise due to the doors having no top, Also called pillar less.

Can't really be adjusted, but Armorall makes it a bit less noticeable.

Great car for the money. Will beat 95% of cars off the lights.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2005

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 1 review