1998 Subaru Impreza RS Coupe 2.5 rs from North America
Horrible, expensive to buy and maintain
I bought a 1998 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS in 2000.
With the overpriced tag when I bought it from the dealership, and grossly overpriced repairs for inferior parts, it was a struggle to keep it on the road.
Ran OK until I reached 90,000 miles. Now I am smack dab in the middle of the Subaru cooling system malfunction. 4 thermostats, 1 waterpump, 2 radiator flushes, about 20 gallons of antifreeze, and a negative carbon monoxide test; still no answer.
I have missed so many days of work stuck on the side of the road overheated (the car and myself). No garage can give me a straight answer other than that they think it's this or that, until they fix it and it still overheats.
Head gasket? All set with that! For the $2,000 dollars that will cost, it will go towards a vehicle not named Subaru. It's a shame and disgrace they would destroy their reputation they once had. Subaru needs to man up and take responsibility for inexcusable ignorance.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd November, 2007
Sounds like you got a lemon. Subarus are still one of the best values on the used market.
I don't think it's fair to blame Subaru, I had some older Subaru's that were bulletproof.
The problem is that all the newer cars are disposable junk, nearly impossible to fix with all the computerized fuel injection, and all the other stuff that requires expensive diagnostics. They are throw away cars, simply put.
To the two writers above, yes Subaru makes very reliable cars. BUT those don't include the infamous cars known to have head gasket problems. The early 2.5 RS is the one to watch out for. Had some different later ones in early 2000's. It's a shame Subaru let it happen over multiple years. But they did.