1998 Subaru Impreza RX 2.0 Non-turbo from Australia and New Zealand


A reliable runabout


Only stereo problems have gone wrong. The dealer fitted a CD stacker and new head unit. They are clarion brand and have been the only real trouble I have had with the car. Replaced twice.

Key less Entry has stopped working .

General Comments:

Has been a fantastic car. Although I don't do a lot of mileage in this car (it is a second car) it has proved to be ultra-reliable and dependable. Done a number of interstate trips and the car cruises nicely, but is a bit underpowered up hills or when quick overtaking is required, especially when fully loaded.

Cruise control is a bit disappointing, as doesn't keep car at same speed on hills.

The AWD, ABS and dual airbags inspire confidence and it feels like a safe and solid car, despite its small size.

Dealer has been good, replacing the stereo without question, and recommending the next time it goes, going to a stereo shop and getting a better one than he can supply, now that it is out of warranty. (Sydney City Subaru)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2003

1998 Subaru Impreza WRX 2.0 turbo from Japan


Needs a driving enthusiast to get the best out of it


Handbrake lamp now always on.

Clutch. My fault in a sense. The off the mark acceleration is indeed "disturbing" and when I first bought it I would drop the clutch and beat Nissan sports cars (Sylvia and Skyline alike) away from the lights. The all wheel drive sticks like glue. But this takes its toll on the clutch which is not built for to be thrashed using the power that the turbo can deliver. Racers need to upgrade the clutch and perhaps the gears. The brakes too are only normal, unlike the power.

General Comments:

A cross between a motorbike and a tank; it accelerates like a motorbike handles like it is on caterpillar tracks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2003

1998 Subaru Impreza 2000 Turbo AWD 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Awesome Jap raw performance!


I popped a tyre by hitting a kerb. My fault cost me £83 for a new tyre.

That's it so far. Touch wood.

General Comments:

This car is truly awesome. I have a MY98 with AC and Sunroof.

The performance is breath taking. Look greats, goes like stink, and handles amazingly especially in the wet.

Great car sadly you'll need a tracker fitted for insurance and Full Subaru servicing is required to keep up its great reliability.

Lots of Jap imports around, but I went for a UK for insurance reasons.

Fuel consumption is terrible when the car is driven how it should be ;-) on a UK car I recommend Super Unleaded or Optimax. Don’t use normal Unleaded 95.


Fuel Consumption (240 miles to £38 using Super Unleaded)

Insurance (£1000 +)

Servicing (£700 pa on average)

Kev's in Nova's constantly wanting to race you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th December, 2002

1998 Subaru Impreza WRX 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland


An unreliable car outperformed by 15 year old Sierra Cosworths


After 24,000 miles the alternator broke, then after having the car back from the dealer for 2 weeks, the starter motor decided to give up. At 30,000 miles the power steering pump and rack were both replaced to poor performance.

Even though the car has been regularly serviced and has a low mileage, the reliability is terrible. Other problems include 3 sets of disc's, new rear calipers, differential required a rebuild at 40,000.

General Comments:

OK the car is fast and burns up the tarmac, but it also burns a hole in your pocket. It seems that every month something is going wrong, I have owned the car nearly 4 years, in that time I have accumulate bills of £4,000. Extremely poorly built, the interior is not up to modern day standards. The car is quick, but I have Sierra Cosworths passing me regularly. I think tuning must be the next step for me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th November, 2002

7th Dec 2002, 22:59

I own a 2002 Subaru WRX and also Rally a 2002 Impreza STi.

To be honest I believe that your comments are that of a typical "tar burner" as you also state in your review.

Your road-going car has given you more problems than what we had on the rally car, winning the N4 production car title in South Africa. My WRX has given me a few teething problems, but after 40 000kms (25 000 miles) I am on the second set of brake pads, and had nothing else replaced. A Subaru is one of the strongest cars I have ever driven (my 67th car) but believe me, if I want to break it, I will be able to!

Whenever it is wet, my wife simply takes off in the Subaru leaving her BMW 328i for me to slip and slide around on the road. When she has to travel into any "danger" zone she takes the Scoobie!

Have you really driven one of these cars professionally in anger? Nothing is better balanced, nothing in this world near this price range will ever offer you such a perfect ride. Leon@rallystar.co.za.