2002 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5L from North America


Do not buy any Subaru under any circumstances unless you like tossing money down a hole


Power windows squeaked from day one when wet. Dealer cannot fix after multiple tries.

Engine blew a piston at 33K. Dealer fixed, but getting the warranty service coverage was near impossible unless you walked up the food-chain and screamed at Subaru Corporate.

Seats are horrible & uncomfortable from day one.

Paint on hood started to chip after 2 years, dealer warranty tried to cover to no avail. They blamed tree sap when an independent auto body shop said the paint was defective.

Cooling system leaks after just 20K miles. Another warranty nightmare to have covered.

General Comments:

I will NEVER buy another Subaru ever again. You are stuck with utterly incompetent dealer service, and an uncaring company that takes your money and does not care a bit, & gives in return terrible customer satisfaction.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st July, 2006

12th Mar 2007, 08:15

I feel your pain, I really do. However, I think the problem is more with the dealer than the car. Not to minimize the problems with your car, but I have the same car and have had brutal service from my dealership. Having owned Subarus on and off for more than 20 years, I can tell you, Subaru dealers can't seem to inspect and prep their cars before the sale to save their hides. I bought mine used last year (with 42000 km on it!!). There were some brake, steering and clutch problems they were supposed to fix before I bought it. They assured me they were fixed. My co-signer insisted I drive it before we signed the papers: not fixed. It took two blown tires and a lot of yelling on my part to get the dealer to accept responsibility for the problems. Turns out all the problems were related to bad tires. Final word: Subarus are good cars with bad dealers.

2002 Subaru Impreza WRX Sport Wagon 2.0 turbo 4 cylinder boxer from North America


I love the Scuby! Faults and all


Leak from fuel injection feeder hose, replaced rubber hose with metal kit covered under warranty.

General Comments:

In 02 I almost bought an Audi A6 Avant when I happened across a road test of this model. I bought the WRX wagon after the first test drive.


Outstanding performer on the freeway and on offroad excursions. It's suprising how much mud you can plow through and drifting around dirt and snow turns makes a novice look like a pro. (however keep a friend with a jeep close by).

My experience with Subaru service has been great. Free loaners for all my annual service and solid tuning advice. Turnaround has been excellent. I've never had the car in the shop for longer than overnight.

WRX wagons are sleepers. You can travel at pretty high speeds without attracting a lot of attention. And if you do attract any, the small front surface area gives you little more time to get your speed down.

Small car, gets you in and out of tight spaces. Cutting traffic is a breeze. Parking is cake! Small narrow size with nimble handling enables you to squeeze into the tightest spaces with confidence.

Pedal distance is perfect for heel & toe action in the corners.

Predictable handling at the limit.

Great visibilty. No real blindspots.

Makes cutting traffic much easier.

Sweet location for a Bell or Passport remote radar detector. Fit's right in the slot next to the cupholder. If your into plastic fabrication you can even reinstall the plastic blank as a cover.


On the freeway the WRX wagon wanders at very high speed so you need to upgrade the 205/16 wheels and tires to 215/17 or better. Problem solved.

Tight seating, arm rests are awkwardly placed for highway driving, but most of the time you'll want to drive 9 & 3 anyway.

Not much room for accessories. GPS, CB, Police scanner, radar detector, cell phone, iPod mount makes you feel like your in the Mellinium Falcon or something. Only one lighter jack so everything else has to be hardwired in. Overhead storage would be nice.

Low seating, freeway visibility is terrible, particularly in Texas where the F250 reigns supreme.

Brakes are awesome 90 mph and under.

Over 100 and they have substantial fade under sustained use. Must upgrade pads and switch out the brake lines with stainless for a stiffer pedal.

ABS system is awful. Hard braking on wet roads or gravel causes the system to go into convulsions. Just downshift.

Not much power under 3000 rpm.

Fragile coachwork. Hood and hatchback susceptable to dents.

Air conditioning is weak at idle.

Detailing the engine is a bit of letdown. Not much stuff to dress out.


The WRX has big performance in a cheap car so you MUST keep up on the maintence. Follow the mileage schedules religously and you will be rewarded with near flawless reliability.

The clutch upgrade is sometimes covered under warranty if you can catch it early.

By a turbo timer or make sure to let your engine idle for 30 to 45 seconds after you've stopped if you've been running over 3000 sustained rpm.

If you run on a road track any distance install a baffle or perfmance pickup for the oil pan. Hard sustained cornering can starve the engine of oil.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2005

4th Aug 2005, 15:56

All the drifting and 100+ mph sprints are what are causing your high maintenance woes. You can't drive ANY car that hard all the time and expect it to consistently perform well. I see young kids in these cars all the time and they just don't know when to back off. Common sense needs to be used otherwise you'll go broke! these cars were built for rally racing, but most racer's have quite a steep budget to keep them on the track. I have seen many fairly new WRX's that run terribly from too much abuse. Good luck to you with yours.