1994 Subaru Impreza Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1994 Subaru Impreza GX AWD 1.8L H4 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8L H4 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 kilometres
Most recent distance210000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Pulsar

Summary:

Reliable, sporty, safe and heeeaps of fun!

Faults:

Coolant temperature sensor - 136000km. Replaced under warranty.

Crankshaft and camshaft front oil seal leaks - 190000km. Replaced at 200000km timing belt change.

Front cv boots split twice (never actually had to replace the joints!)

I think the clutch is starting to wear down a bit now - might be time for a new one.

General Comments:

I specifically bought the Impreza for the AWD, and having felt the difference in handling, I'll only ever drive AWD!

The 1.8L is a little lagging in power, especially below 3000rpm, but it is acceptable. Fuel economy is good, probably a little down with engine wear. The engine starts first time, every time, doesn't blow smoke. I find the gearbox to be a bit notchy, but it shifts quick if you need to.

My wife and I love the car. Its all wheel drive handling is superb, and it is a joy to drive, equally around the city and on long highway trips.

The only negative - insurance. Even for a "next door to a corolla" car, it costs me more than a V8 to insure. Why? One insurance company said simply: "Because it has a Subaru badge on it." No, more like "Just because we like to fleece you."

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2004

1994 Subaru Impreza wrx 2l turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2l turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired139000 kilometres
Most recent distance139721 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Legacy

Summary:

Performance and safety

Faults:

Nothing so far, although the synchronisers in the gearbox are getting lazy.4wd turbo puts a lot of strain on them.

General Comments:

Turbo power with faultless four wheel traction, its safe and an adrenaline rush at the same time!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th November, 2002

1994 Subaru Impreza WRX 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 miles
Most recent distance66000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Coupe

Summary:

A head turning classic

Faults:

Electric window switch failed.

Power steering reservoir leaks.

Unresolved intermittent loss of power.

4 coil packs + leads (£400 pounds - ouch!).

Everything rattles.

General Comments:

For an 8 year old high performance car I cannot really complain about the few faults I have had in the last 2 and a half years.

It is such a shame that I cannot resolve the intermittent loss of power, otherwise I would class this car as perfect.

My local garages have little experience on this type of car, and the main dealers refuse to touch it because it is a grey import. To me this is very childish and only damages their image - especially as there are so many grey imports now in the UK.

When it runs well, it is a pleasure to drive, but the 17 inch rims and hard suspension can rattle a few fillings.

If you drive it hard, it will drink fuel at a sickening rate, but the grip is unbelievable, so it just begs to be pushed.

When parts wear out, they are very expensive from Subaru.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2002

4th Feb 2003, 06:06

Try mass airflow sensor.

26th Jan 2005, 08:26

I have a 1993 Subaru Impreza. It has been a great car except for an intermittment loss of power. The mechanic who works with Mercedes, Lexus and BMW's cannot find the source of this problem. While driving you can feel that the car is losing power. It then stalls and the lights come on. Put it into park or neutral and restart it and it will start immediately. It may not happen again for weeks or even months. Any ideas?

1st Dec 2005, 04:26

If you need an expert on Imprezas, if you live somewhere in the South of England, look up East Sussex Mobile Services based in a little village called Berwick in Sussex. It's a little business run by a father and son, but they have been doing Subaru's for about 20 years and can solve a problem like your power loss by just looking at it!

Email me on Jimmydee74656@aol.com if you need any more info - they have saved me a fortune and I would highly recommend them!

1994 Subaru Impreza GL 1.6 petrol from Israel

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired29000 kilometres
Most recent distance110000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Leone

Summary:

Not good enough for its price

Faults:

A/C makes a banging sound every once in a while when turned on.

Power steering makes ringing sounds when it is cold.

Wind coming in from the front doors' side-mirrors areas at about 100 km/h+.

General Comments:

A very weak car for i's engine, all Japanese 1.6 liter cars are faster, it does 0-100 in twenty years and has a top speed of only 160 km/h!

On the other hand, it's mechanically reliable, smart in overall design, drives very comfortably and the engine will never drown.

If you buy a Subaru, make it a 1.8 liter at least! This one's too weak.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2000

18th Feb 2005, 07:50

I am the owner of a Subaru Impreza 1.6 liters 1995.

I am trying for years now to get some spare-parts for my car. If it was a 1.8 liters I could have gotten them a long time ago. Can somebody help me with an address in Japan or the U.S.A. where I can order my parts?

1994 Subaru Impreza Turbo 2.0 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carRenault 19 16v

Summary:

Massive performance combined with practicality

Faults:

A few exhaust heat shields - but that's only because I was having too much fun.

Ignition coil.

It was a lease car and it had to go back last week :-(

General Comments:

The best car I have ever driven.

It may be a little more thirsty than the average family hatchback, but then its performance is closer to a supercar!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th December, 2000

1994 Subaru Impreza WRX 2.0 turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Nothing major yet.

General Comments:

Great car with awesome acceleration and handling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 1999

11th Jan 2007, 15:10

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11th Jan 2007, 15:10

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Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 14 reviews