1999 Subaru Impreza 2000 Turbo UK 2.0 from UK and Ireland


If in doubt.. flat out


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


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


Wheel bearings, front and back.

CV joints.


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.

1999 Subaru Impreza V5 STi Type RA Ltd 2.0 turbo from Japan


Absolutely fantastic with mind blowing performance


Worn near side wiper linkage.

Dash has very small grey patch where it has rubbed away for some reason.

General Comments:

I have now owned this car for 2 years and it has been a dream to own. Has had no major mechanical issues with the car and it is massive fun to drive. I can honestly say that for the money you will be very hard pushed to find anything this quick.

The performance of the car is something else. The acceleration from the 280 Bhp 2.0 liter turbo engine is really quite astonishing, with mid-high 4 second 0-60 times quoted, which is largely thanks to the close ratio Group N gearbox. The downside of this though is that top speed is limited to 118 Mph (de-restricted) but since I don't really get close to that on the mountain roads of Japan, where handling and acceleration are more important, that is not really an issue.

The Type RA's are also lighter than the standard STi's which does aid handling and acceleration, though the Ltd version that I own does come with all the electric goodies found on the normal STi so the weight gains are compromised a little, but the car still comes in with a weight saving over the V5/6 STi.

This car is also equipped with the DCCD which is a controllable center differential that allows you to control the torque split between the front and rear wheels to an extent. With more power sent to the rear in fully open mode, the car can be a lot of fun, especially in the wet.

The handling generally feels a lot more dynamic than my previous car (WRX wagon with Tein Super Street coil overs, uprated ARB's and front/rear strut braces) and the grip is astonishing. However the understeer, common to all Impreza's, is still present on this model, but can be dialed out to a large extent by using the DCCD and adjusting your driving style to suit.

Downsides with this car are mainly the noise and the harsh ride. The car has less sound proofing than standard models, so the engine, road noise and rattles and squeaks are much more noticeable. The ride is necessarily harsh as the STi suspension is quite stiff, but on long drives it can become quite uncomfortable, and as this is my daily driver, I do occasionally do long stretches on the highway.

Also of course, running costs are high. Servicing is every 3 months when I do a full engine oil and filter change. All other fluids, fuel filter, plugs and leads are changed once a year. This is purely down to me, but it is worth it in the long run as the car has been trouble free since I have owned it. Oh, and insurance costs can also be very high.

Finally, as an indication of how good this car is, I was intending to get an Evo 6 as a replacement for the WRX and on a whim test drove an RA, and in my opinion it was simply a better, more involved driving experience and felt quicker. The cars were about the same price to buy (about 1.5 million yen on average for a good example) but for me there was no contest. The car really is that good.

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

Review Date: 30th October, 2009