2002 Subaru Impreza WRX 2.0 flat four turbo
More fun than a nudist camp weekend with Cindy Crawford
Nothing. Not a damn thing. Oh, OK. The clutch judders when cold, which I believe all 2002 WRXs do.
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