2002 Subaru Impreza Reviews

2002 Subaru Impreza WRX 2.0 flat four turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 2.0 flat four turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance133000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 9-3

Summary:

More fun than a nudist camp weekend with Cindy Crawford

Faults:

Nothing. Not a damn thing. Oh, OK. The clutch judders when cold, which I believe all 2002 WRXs do.

General Comments:

As an all-rounder, it's hard to beat from the money. Stonking performance, supercar cornering, bulletproof reliability, Mondeo space, four cylinder economy, and cheap insurance (here in Australia anyway). I know the other WRX reviews say the same, but you really do have to drive this car to appreciate the face-destroying grip it offers on fast, twisty roads. I've had an E36 M3 Evo before, and even that wouldn't have kept up with the WRX through the bends... plus it costs three times as much to buy/run/insure/maintain.

I bought my WRX totally stock, after spending a good while looking for one that hadn't been messed with. It's very easy to buy one with numerous 'upgrades', and that's had the daylights flogged out of it, so I was keen to avoid that trap. For the $10k I paid, I would have struggled to find a high mileage Commodore SS or Falcon XR8, that would be slower, thirstier, less reliable, and more to insure.

Not since my old Alfa Romeo 147 GTA have I laughed so much and so often when driving. Buy a WRX. You owe it to yourself.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2014

2002 Subaru Impreza WRX 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Corrado

Summary:

Awesome

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Awesome performance with 0-60 in 4.8s and great handling. Uprated coilover suspension and stiffer (adjustable) anti-roll bars and chassis bracing made it unbelievable through the bends, and on Bridgestone RE070 tyres in dry weather, it was never less than amazing. On road and track, this car was thrilling, and never let me down once in almost 3 full years and 40k miles. Sure, it drank fuel, but my God it was worth every drop.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 2011

2002 Subaru Impreza B4 R25 2.5 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.5 petrol Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 kilometres

Summary:

Very good value

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Nice car.

Got it for $9900, good for a NZ new and 62000k.

Came with fuel, warranty, reg, warranty, and AA inspection.

Love the car. Have been able to get it down to 7 litres per 100 kilometers, which I'm very happy with for a 2.5.

Was sold with a faulty battery, but this was covered by the warranty, so all good.

Insurance was more than I thought at 1500 dollars a year and a 900 dollar excess for a non turbo, but I am under 25 and a male, so it's probably right.

Definitely will buy another B4.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2011

2002 Subaru Impreza TS 2.5L from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.5L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance170000 kilometres

Summary:

Should've been the official car of the Winter Olympics

Faults:

Transmission blew up due to transmission line rubbing on the steering column and bursting. Get that checked out when you buy a used one. Very tough transmission indeed though. Still used today. BTW, it was $3500 CDN to replace.

Nothing else. It was a great car until I crashed it! :(

General Comments:

Very fun to drive. AWD isn't 50/50 split unless you get a manual 5 speed (get the 5 speed).

Good all-seasons or winters + AWD is awesome fun in the winter months.

Keep up basic and advanced maintenance using good products like Mobil 1, Wix filters, Amsoil oils, and Subaru OEM, and this car will last forever.

Many aftermarket solutions for this little car. Even a supercharger for the 2.5L that will out do a WRX!

Join a local forum so you can learn about this awesome little car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2010

2002 Subaru Impreza WRX 2.0 turbo from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Previous carAcura Legend

Summary:

A great car; an everyday street and track car

Faults:

The car works perfect; the only thing that has broke is the clock.

General Comments:

The car is great; it feels great in the turns.

The transmission is great, but it's easy to miss a gear sometimes, but it really needs a sixth gear. The gas would be great if it had sixth gear, but other than that, it's perfect.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th March, 2008

2002 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles
Previous carSubaru Impreza

Summary:

Very reliable car, refuses to die!

Faults:

Drivers door window motor and dashboard clock; both replaced under warranty at 60K miles.

General Comments:

After 170k miles I now have to replace a rear shock.

Considering this car has carried all my work gear around rural roads, farm lanes and across fields for the last 6 years, this is not bad!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2008

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 33 reviews