2003 Subaru Impreza GX 2.0L

Summary:

Diverse car with moderate performance, and awesome grip and handling

Faults:

Gets a rattle around 3500 RPM when I'm changing gear, that I'm not sure is a good thing

General Comments:

Like I said, funny rattly sound at 3500 RPM. Noise from the engine or transmission (not sure which one) can seem a little excessive around 60-70km/h in 5th gear, I'd love to drive someone else's Impreza just to be sure this is normal, as I'm not sure; just seems a fraction too loud. I'm not doubting the car's mechanical reliability at all; Subaru has an excellent reputation; I just think the previous owners have treated this car a bit poorly, the more I discover about it.

Cruise control can be a little late to respond sometimes, or on random occasions takes forever to increase speed. Needless to say, I don't trust cruise control going past a speed camera, it seems to vary too much, though I've never driven another car with cruise control, so I don't know if that's normal.

Otherwise, top car, grip and handling are awesome, driving position is fantastic, nice amount of room for carrying things for just a 4 cylinder hatch, looks nice and aggressive, great headroom, low range was a surprise, though it's not really geared very low at all in comparison with a dedicated 4x4.

Engine is maybe a little underpowered for the weight of the car, but still totally bearable. Engine sounds nice too.

All round it's a comfortable and enjoyable drive, and it's probably the most suitable car for me and I love it, despite its suspected sketchy history, but that's not the car's fault :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2013

2003 Subaru Impreza RS 2.5

Summary:

I will be loyal to Subaru for years

Faults:

- The only thing that has gone wrong with the car is a blown headlight globe.

- I'm not so happy with the fuel consumption; it does about 11-12L/100km, and uses a lot when accelerating.

General Comments:

- I love this car, it has more than enough acceleration and speed than you need anywhere in Sydney, and even out west.

- Extremely reliable; I can always count on it to start with no issues, and everything in the car is always tip top.

- The interior is durable and great, and the back seats don't fold down, but that is expected in a sporty car like this, and the boot is huge; I expected something much smaller.

- The AWD system is amazing; you cannot un-stick it. I have taken it offroad many times going camping with mates etc, and while everyone else is going side to side on sand and gravel roads, it handles like tarmac.

Overall, I am very pleased with this car, and I'm a P-plate driver, and I cannot believe I have such a good car for the price I paid.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2011

2003 Subaru Impreza RS 2.5

Summary:

I love it

Faults:

Nothing at all!

General Comments:

The AWD is excellent. I will never drive a rear wheel drive or front wheel drive car ever again. NOTHING compares to the AWD, especially in the wet.

Love the Momo interior. Some say a bit plasticky, but I think it's just nice.

Stereo could be better, but that can be fixed.

A bit soft in the suspension around 120ks (65k corners); that's standard suspension, but still hangs on like it's on rails.

"Power"; she has the go if you want it, and the more you give, the more she loves.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th March, 2008

2003 Subaru Impreza WRX EVO SPEC 7 turbo

Summary:

Disappointing

Faults:

Transmission/suspension noise (improved under warranty)

Faulty LF window switch (replaced with warranty)

Hard flat leather seats improved, but shaped badly.

General Comments:

Reliable, fast, excellent steering, excellent in wet, quality fittings.

I liked the sports shift option of auto or manual with sequential style shifting. This suits my wife and myself and is a good compromise.

Dash rattles {never fixed) and poor flat, hard leather seats with poor lateral support spoilt this car. My previous WRX did not have these problems.

Regretfully this car has to go and with no WRX auto option I will give Golf GTI or Golf R32 a try with their 6 speed DSG (Direct Shift auto box) and excellent seats.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th March, 2007

26th Mar 2007, 11:14

You need to learn how to drive a stick, my 3-series was my first stick and hooked me for life. I never want another slushbox again, I think you will feal the same!!

11th Jul 2007, 05:20

Wow, can't believe you are unhappy. Totally happy with my MY03 WRX auto. To the last reviewer, I agree manual cars are addictive in their way, but they can get really dreary too, particularly in traffic. Subaru should introduce DSG --and some decent styling -- on their WRXs.

2003 Subaru Impreza RV 2.0 non turbo

Summary:

Money very well spent

Faults:

Central locking buttons on the key don't always work the way they should.

Cruise control slow to react when activated.

Apart from those minor points, the car has been spot on.

General Comments:

This is the first AWD car I have owned and the grip and handling is by far the best I have ever experienced.

The overall finish is extremely good, but the front seats could offer better support.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2004

2003 Subaru Impreza WRX 2.0 turbo

Summary:

Sport-shift WRX an underestimated joy

Faults:

Car is still being run in, so nothing significant to report here.

General Comments:

Just purchased this vehicle and am still running in. Can't really comment on reliability or service costs. So this could be a biased initial review. First impressions are that this is a very well built Subaru (with quality, refinement and security vastly improved over the old ones). The fact that I have upgraded from an Audi A4 (lots of expensive problems) should speak volumes. Even though I am taking care to run it in, acceleration on light throttle is still excellent. Have driven older model (MY2000) WRX's and I think this is as smooth and as rapid as ever! Had doubts about buying a performance car in an auto, but new Sport-shift gives a good compromise not available before. And you don't build up a sweat in traffic. But you do build up a sweat every time you park it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th August, 2003

24th Aug 2003, 21:26

I agree that the Sports Shift is an excellent buy. Why buy a manual when you can change gears around the twisties, but revert back to auto in every day traffic conditions. Unless you're a racing car driver or over-enthusiastic motorist journalist (who doesn't have to pay for a ruined clutch), the auto will drive faster too...