2002 Subaru Impreza Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2002 Subaru Impreza WRX 2.0 flat four turbo

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 2.0 flat four turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance133000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 9-3

Summary:

More fun than a nudist camp weekend with Cindy Crawford

Faults:

Nothing. Not a damn thing. Oh, OK. The clutch judders when cold, which I believe all 2002 WRXs do.

General Comments:

As an all-rounder, it's hard to beat from the money. Stonking performance, supercar cornering, bulletproof reliability, Mondeo space, four cylinder economy, and cheap insurance (here in Australia anyway). I know the other WRX reviews say the same, but you really do have to drive this car to appreciate the face-destroying grip it offers on fast, twisty roads. I've had an E36 M3 Evo before, and even that wouldn't have kept up with the WRX through the bends... plus it costs three times as much to buy/run/insure/maintain.

I bought my WRX totally stock, after spending a good while looking for one that hadn't been messed with. It's very easy to buy one with numerous 'upgrades', and that's had the daylights flogged out of it, so I was keen to avoid that trap. For the $10k I paid, I would have struggled to find a high mileage Commodore SS or Falcon XR8, that would be slower, thirstier, less reliable, and more to insure.

Not since my old Alfa Romeo 147 GTA have I laughed so much and so often when driving. Buy a WRX. You owe it to yourself.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2014

2002 Subaru Impreza B4 R25 2.5 petrol

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.5 petrol Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 kilometres

Summary:

Very good value

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Nice car.

Got it for $9900, good for a NZ new and 62000k.

Came with fuel, warranty, reg, warranty, and AA inspection.

Love the car. Have been able to get it down to 7 litres per 100 kilometers, which I'm very happy with for a 2.5.

Was sold with a faulty battery, but this was covered by the warranty, so all good.

Insurance was more than I thought at 1500 dollars a year and a 900 dollar excess for a non turbo, but I am under 25 and a male, so it's probably right.

Definitely will buy another B4.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2011

2002 Subaru Impreza WRX NB-R N 2.2L twin turbo

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.2L twin turbo Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired12 kilometres
Most recent distance22000 kilometres

Summary:

The king of the pocket rocket hill

Faults:

The Subaru stock turbo went into remission at 10000km's.

The brakes needed upgrading almost as soon as I bought it.

The fire extinguisher was in an unusual position.

General Comments:

The car is one of the least known models by Subaru, and is factory modified by VenoM.

The halogen light inside the cabin is a little bright.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th May, 2002

Average review marks: 8.7 / 10, based on 3 reviews