1999 Subaru Impreza Reviews from UK and Ireland

1999 Subaru Impreza 2000 Turbo 2.0 turbo

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance152000 miles
Previous carLancia Delta

Summary:

If you have one, keep it, if you don't, then definitely try one out

Faults:

Alarm fault 2 weeks after purchase. Other than that, nothing!

Routine stuff - tyres, brake pads.

General Comments:

What an incredible car - I have had it over 4 years now, and at 150000 miles, it still feels tight and like there are lots of miles left in it yet. I bought the car from its original owner completely standard (the best way to buy a turbo Impreza) and have kept it that way since.

All that the car has required in 4 1/2 years is regular servicing and a set of tyres and brake pads - everything else has been left as is. The car passes its test every year and still has more than enough power for daily use and the occasional fun drive ;)

It will be due a timing belt shortly, which I would put down as a routine maintenance cost.

The only downside to the car is fuel consumption. However, if you want one of these, you are better off forgetting about that and just enjoying the handling and the noise.

Having owned 30+ cars, I would easily place this as the best, most reliable, most fun car I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2013

1999 Subaru Impreza 2000 Turbo UK 2.0

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance57000 miles
Previous carHonda CR-V

Summary:

If in doubt.. flat out

Faults:

Brake pads wearing quickly, but that's my driving.

General Comments:

Brilliant car, a childhood dream to own one, although it's second to an Escort Cosworth.

Fantastic acceleration, braking, and the handling is sublime.

I've had sensible mods on it; HKS filter, BOV, Scorpion exhaust (the sound is immense), Walbro fuel pump, HKS oil filters.

Servicing is expensive, but it's worth every penny.

Just changed the tyres to RainExperts by Uniroyal, which help the grip.

A reliable everyday car, which nothing in the realms of life will outrun, and you've got a boot for shopping.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th October, 2011

1999 Subaru Impreza Type R v5 2.0

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Previous carSubaru Impreza

Summary:

My blue bomb shell

Faults:

Gearbox lost 2nd gear at 42,000.

Lots of knocks and rattles, and a new clutch.

General Comments:

I love this car and nothing compares to it; the speed, handling and grip are unbelievable.

Not the best in comfort, but who cares, it puts a smile on my face every time I get in it, and the attention you get in; it's like owning a lambo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 20th January, 2008

1999 Subaru Impreza Turbo 2000 2.0

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 miles
Most recent distance92100 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Noise, speed, looks, get one!!!

Faults:

Heat shields rattled (removed them).

You have to tap the dash clock to get it to work.

Think there's a problem with the wastegate due to not getting full power, but this has only happened a few times (when overtaking aaarggg!)

General Comments:

I originally had a Honda Accord type R, which I loved, but always wanted an Impreza. I looked at the range, and decided to go for a UK Turbo 2000, as this was the cheapest insurance car. I have noticed that most of this model (UK turbo) tended to have less engine rebuilds.

I've got to say that this car is amazing to drive. I not only bought it due to knowing how quick they are, but for the noise of the flat four and turbo spooling up, but I'll tell ya, it's a dream to drive cruising around town or quickly out on the main road, and the looks you get when people hear the rumble, well everyone knows.

There are a few points to bring up though:-

It likes to eat front tyres.

You've to keep on top of the servicing, I do oil change every 3000mls and spark plugs etc every 7,500mls.

The cabin area, although the seats are comfy and supportive, the rest looks like it was taken out of a wheelie bin with no thought to design.

It drinks fuel heavily as you're probably aware, but I have been able to go long distances at around 80 mph and get good economy. Keep it standard and it'll be OK.

Just to say finally; if you are thinking of getting one, just do it and get it out your system (or not in my instance).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2007

1st Jul 2007, 05:53

That last comment is fake, it's a rouge BMW driver saying it, its the same comment for the SRI turbo below. Similar things have been said on a few of the 2.0 turbo cars on here.

2nd Jul 2007, 03:09

No way can a 3 litre BMW get away from a scooby.

15th Nov 2007, 03:59

I'm the originator of this thread and still have my scooby, still nothing gone wrong with it. My local shell garage has closed down so won't be able to get V-Power unless I go 35 miles to get some so am probably gona change my car : (It doesn't really need to use shell fuel, but prefer to. My dilemma now is what am I going to get now? Any ideas folks?

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 28 reviews