1999 Subaru Impreza WRX 2.0 litre intercooled turbo from Australia and New Zealand


Utterly brilliant


Nothing from Subaru went wrong - aftermarket satellite tracking/alarm was troublesome.

General Comments:

The WRX was a wonderful car. Fast, reliable, but your Mum could drive to the shops and back.

All wheel drive made it a joy in the wet and a hoot in the dry.

The cabin plastics are below par and the stereo was cheap and nasty, but the handling, engine and warp drive were all worth it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2004

1999 Subaru Impreza Brighton Wagon 2.2L gas from North America


A fine all around performer, even in 'cooking' trim


Rear wheel/hub bearings at 48000 Km

Again at 85000Km

Replacements failed very rapidly after that.

All replaced under warranty.

Solution - Legacy Roller Bearings installed - Service Bulletin now exists.

Clutch replaced at 150000 Km. Always had slight judder when cold

Replaced with LUK unit. Performance OK.

Mass Air Flow Sensor replaced under recall. Car suffered poor drivability until replaced.

Tires have been replaced a couple of times. Currently running Dunlop SP 2s.

Handling and wet performance satisfactory.

General Comments:

Bought the car originally for me to travel year round between Toronto and Montreal.

Enjoyable to drive, good handling, no aches and pains after a 6 1/2 hour trip.

Has stood up admirably to Canadian hard climate and extensive freeway driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2004

1999 Subaru Impreza STi Version 5 2.0 turbo from Australia and New Zealand


A great high performance car, but better to by used import and save money


Air flow meter replaced as K&N filter damaged it. This car requires a standard air-filter.

General Comments:

This has to be the quickest most exciting car I have owned. Passing other traffic was safe and easy.

It was reliable and comfortable.

The only real downsides were:

Boot space or lack thereof.

Lack of lap/sash rear center seat-belts, at a time when other Subaru models of the same year had them.

The cars inability in Snow. Besides being 4wd, all the car's wheels just spun (in 2nd gear) in one of Ruapehu's car-parks. I got out with help from by-standers pushing the car. The 4wd system is biased towards performance grip and handling, not low down traction as needed there.

Even though the car was NZ new, it's trade in value suffered as imports could be bought (by Subaru franchise dealerships) for less, and this major dealership does not differentiate between NZ new/imports at trade in time, though it does place a premium on second hand NZ new cars when they retail them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2004

10th Apr 2005, 03:45

Bogging down in snow? Considering the short ratios of the STi gearbox you might want to short-shift to third next time... might work better then.

1999 Subaru Impreza 2.0 Turbo awd 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland


Serious Sports car performance at a fraction of the cost

General Comments:

Wow. I thought my 911 was fast. I'm not sure what is scarier? My Porsche losing its grip in the wet, or this cars ability to grip in the wet.

Its true, this car drinks petrol, but it is to be expected from one of the fasted 4 door family cars on the road.

I have been very impressed by this car, and contrary to myth, it's a pleasure to drive. Not too bumpy, not jerky, and no engine troubles.

My other car tends to be garaged a lot now, as I get more laughs from my pro-drive impreza than ever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2004

1999 Subaru Impreza RB5 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland


The RB5 is, in my view the best Impreza ever made


The engine blew up 3 times. Replacements were given under warranty.

The gearbox was rebuilt after 4th and 1st gears started to crunch/grind.

The engine management was replaced as this was thought to be the underlying problem with the engines blowing up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th September, 2003

11th Jun 2004, 11:38

I would love to know how many other people have had engine go kaput on them. I own a 1999 Impreza an at 62,000 miles lost oil pressure and totally trashed the motor. I never got an indicator light or any sign that something was wrong. Of course it was 2000 miles over the warranty so Subaru said So Solly!

23rd Aug 2005, 19:17

Most dealers will work with you if you are only a few thousand over the warranty. A domestic car dealer replaced a head on a 5.4 V8 4,500 over warranty. I had to be very persistant. I have heard of others getting the same treatment.