1999 Subaru Impreza 2000 Turbo 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland

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 from UK and Ireland

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 Outback Sport 2.2 from North America

Summary:

Handles like it's on rails, but expensive to maintain

Faults:

Wheel bearings, front and back.

CV joints.

Brakes.

Occasionally fails to start.

Squeaks and rattles.

General Comments:

The car has good performance. With the all wheel drive, it handles like it's on rails in most road conditions. With the Michelin X ice winter tires, it handled really well in snow, and the only time I got it stuck in snow, was during a severe blizzard in Saskatchewan.

Occasionally the car failed to start; I researched about why. When the car is being driven, and when the engine is immediately shut off after being driven, what happens is there is fuel starvation, due to fuel evaporating in the fuel lines around the intake manifold, due to heat soaking into the fuel lines while the engine is still hot from being ran.

Once the engine is shut off, the evaporation begins when the engine is still hot. The only way to guard against fuel starvation from fuel evaporating in the fuel lines is to let the car idle for about half a minute or a minute before shutting the engine off. This keeps the fuel flowing as the engine cools down by idling. Then the next time you start the engine, there should be no problem.

Aside from this no start quirk, the car was great for handling. I only sold it because I needed a truck.

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

Review Date: 21st June, 2010

9th Jan 2013, 15:12

You should always let any turbo engine idle before switching off to prolong the life of the turbo.

9th Feb 2014, 17:33

In so far as I am aware, the ej22 was not equipped with turbo for the Impreza. Wiki mentions the ej22g, a turbo variant, as used on the "Impreza STi 22B GC8 series(JDM)." Perhaps the original author imported this vehicle, perhaps he or she mislabeled their post, or perhaps an aftermarket turbo was added.

Never heard of this problem in a non-turbo engine.

20th Dec 2014, 03:20

I am the one who originally posted about this car. The engine was not turbo. The car was originally from California and it was a fuel injected 2.2 liter engine.