1999 Subaru Impreza WRX 2.0 turbo from Australia and New Zealand


Bullet-proof rocket that's versatile and FUN, FUN, FUN!


Absolutely nothing... trouble free motoring... except a battery.

General Comments:

The WRX is a gem. Nothing on the market comes close for the money.

The dash and trim are a bit 'how's your mother' but the turbo rush and AWD chassis is well worth the poverty pack interior.

I will be knocking at my Subaru dealership's door very shortly for the latest incarnation...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th September, 2006

1999 Subaru Impreza Turbo Wagno 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland


Fast, fun, reliable but VERY thirsty. FSH is essential.


Vibration at 100mph was traced to sticky joint in the prop-shaft. Replaced under warranty. MAF and oxygen sensors failed at 57k. Parts alone cost over £200. Drivers side seat wearing. Lots of rattles!

General Comments:

Excellent car on performance. Puts a big grin on your face every time you floor it. Very expensive to run though. Fuel consumption is BAD, you will be luck to see much over 25mpg, but then again these cars weren't built for economy, but for speed. Insurance is high to. Group 17. A lots of companies insist on a tracking device as well which is extra expense. Car is very reliable though, starts in all weathers. Nice to drive although the interior is a bit sparse. For some reason Subaru installed a button that dims the clock. That's about the only luxury item!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th January, 2006

1999 Subaru Impreza STi version 5 2.0 flat 4 turbo from UK and Ireland


Absolutely excellent! More bang for your buck


Nothing as yet.

General Comments:

The car is the best Impreza I have owned.

I have owned a 1994 WRX Turbo and a 1995 STI that were heavily modified.

This car was unmodified when I bought it, and it was still quicker than my previous STI. I have put in the usual dump valve, de-cat exhaust and induction, and it eats my mate's Sapphie Cosworth for breakfast! Sorry Cosworth owners, but the Impreza is a far better car - Cossies were good in their day, but too outdated now.

I have had no problems with the car, and with 76000 on the clock, it is still going strong.

I'm looking forward to getting a P1!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2005

15th Mar 2006, 10:49

On a reliability note, my 2004 Impreza RS (the base model) has been extremely reliable except for some minor trim problems. Although I think Subaru should upgrade their interiors for the price they are charging, I think my next car will be a WRX or STI (we don't have ProDrive version in US). They seem to have the whole package (handling, speed, reliability) which seems to be a rare commodity these days.

1999 Subaru Impreza RS 2.5 from North America


A good sporty little vehicle


Front oil seal developed a leak (recall item fixed by dealer)

Clutch chatters some mornings until it warms up. (Known issue, updated part available)

CD Player has been failing and skipping intermittently. Does not depend on weather, time of day or anything that I can determine. All of my CD's are scratch free and perfect yet some CD's cause the skipping problem more than others.

Clutch pedal was sticking down half way on cold mornings and then it started happening all mornings until the car had been driven about 20mins. I removed the linkage and fiddled with it and it's good as new. I believe there is an updated master cylinder that addresses this issue should it occur again.

Cruise control went dead. This was due to a small plastic switch strike plate near the clutch pedal failing. The cruise control thought that the clutch pedal was depressed. Easy fix by the dealer was to stick a nut and bolt in the hole.

Batteries in key less entry remotes were not making good contact so I was having to twist and squeeze the remotes to deactivate the alarm.

The exhaust has developed a whistle starting at 3500rpm when accelerating under load. Dealer claims this is common.

General Comments:

This has been an excellent reliable little car. There have been a few issues, but overall I'm satisfied and would buy another one.

Car needs about 25-35 more horsepower to make up for the AWD drive train power loss.

Certain corners were cut on this car to keep costs down. Features that you would think to be standard on ANY vehicle. The one that drives me nuts most often is the lack of trunk light. The worst part of that is that there is an ashtray light!!! Worse yet, Subaru has a factory part available to add a trunk light and the hookups are already in place.

The Bridge Stone Potenza RE92 tires that came on this car originally are the ABSOLUTE WORST tires I have ever owned. If I were to buy this car new today and it came equipped with these tires, I would replace them immediately and DESTROY the old (unused) tires so no one else could possibly hurt themselves. They are unsafe and unsuitable for this car. I replaced them with Yokohama AVSdb2's and I could not be happier, especially in Washington State's rainy conditions. The RE92's are not fit for any automobile.

Beautiful styling, I wish they still make this body style or I wish they still made a two-door vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th May, 2005