2002 Subaru Impreza WRX Sportwagon 2.0L turbo from North America
Low rent, High performance
Two transmissions, the first repaired due to failure of the synchos from 1st to 2nd. This took a month to get parts, as there were a number of failures of this nature in Canada, and the parts were back ordered. The dealer provided a loaner at no cost, and was very helpful. The second time the transmission was replaced (as opposed to repaired) due to whine in the 3rd gear bearings, heard on deceleration.
There was a chronic problem with gas smell due to a problem with the fuel rail, and needed the whole intake manifold off to replace. It was in the shop three time to get it right...
The paint chips very easily, although having the clear 3M plastic "bra" really helps the front hood.
The metal is very thin on the body, I bent the rear trunk in closing it firmly.
My wife finds the transmission hard to shift when cold, but that's normal for most manuals. Shifted to synthetic tranny fluid and may have hastened the synchro failure, although the dealer didn't think so.
This car is a blast!!! Although there have been some problems (it's not a first year car as some have said, it's been on the market elsewhere for years) they have been handled fabulously by my dealer (they also handle BMW and it shows!) They have been helpful, and willing to listen whenever I've had an issue.
The seats are comfortable (I'm a chiro and this is a critical issue for me) and the seat heaters are terrific. Stereo is OK, and the 6 cd capacity is great. Fuel economy on premium sucks, but I didn't buy this car for it's fuel mileage.
It puts a smile on my face every time I drive it. I love the round headlights and since it was only two years on the market in this style, I think it will be worth something in a decade? First of the Japanese Muscle cars...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th August, 2004
"The metal is very thin on the body, I bent the rear trunk in closing it firmly."
Funny you should mention this. I did the exact thing to my 04 WRX sedan. I've also had a couple of trim problems, where the plastic strips from the 2 rear wheel wells came loose, however Subaru happily repaired and replaced them under warranty. The 3M film protection for the hood is a must have as well.
The car is a dream in questionable road conditions, especially when icy. I can't say enough good things about it.