1999 Subaru Impreza L 2.2 from North America
Avoid all Imprezas!!!
Engine head gasket leaked at 95,000 miles.
Engine developed a bad rod knock at 100,000 miles (replaced engine).
CV boots have torn repeatedly.
Window regulator failed at 80,000 miles.
Struts began leaking at 60,000 miles.
Steering column coupler failed at 50,000 miles.
Makes a loud grinding noise from engine that no one can diagnose at 102,000 miles.
Alternator failed at 90,000 miles.
Knock sensor failed at 75,000 miles.
Oxygen sensor failed repeatedly.
Very poor build quality-something is always breaking down. If you must have a Subaru, avoid Imprezas and buy a Legacy ($).
Fair fuel economy.
Engine performance is pretty good for a 2.2L (when it runs), and the AWD system is great.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 13th April, 2009
Hey! Look at the mileage breakdowns. Some of these items should have gone a lot sooner. For the most part these are service items that need to be replaced at regular intervals... they do not last the entire life of the car. I can only imagine from these comments why you had engine problems... LACK OF MAINTENANCE!
Actually most of these failures did happen quite early in the car's life. I wouldn't expect to have these problems until about 130,000 miles or so.
My wife drives a 1999 Impreza Brighton Wagon that has 277,000 kilometers on the first power train, including clutch!!!
If I was any shorter - I am 6'6" - I would have another Impreza in the driveway! They did have trouble with wheelbearings, but they were re-designed and are no more trouble at all. Sometimes they fail emission testing due too bad PCV valves; that creates a $25.00 replacement bill.
The only other car that can compete with our Impreza is my 1993 Lexus LS400 that has now 418,000 kilometers and is in the garage at this moment to get the ORIGINAL UPPER CONTROL ARMS replaced.