2002 Subaru Impreza 2.5 TS from North America
Great car, shoddy chassis
Transmission lock out happened twice during ownership.
A/C was average at best during the hot summer months.
Rear hatch support failed at 40,000 miles.
Maintenance for general things was costly, but worth it in the long run.
This was my wife's absolute favorite car, which was fun to drive, but the dealer made for a very unfavorable experience. Make sure you find a proper independent mechanic to help you work through the quirks of a Subaru.
This is not the first Subby I have owned and will not be the last. Subaru dealers have an issue with realizing fault when they don't rustproof their vehicles properly. I took my TS wagon in to have the 100,000 mile belt replacement and engine overhaul done, to realize I could punch a screwdriver through integral parts of the chassis. I traded it in the next week for a NUMMI Pontiac and haven't looked back. My wife wants a Subby in the worst way; I just have to find a dealer that isn't a shyster.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th March, 2016