2003 Subaru Impreza GX 2.0L from Australia and New Zealand
Diverse car with moderate performance, and awesome grip and handling
Gets a rattle around 3500 RPM when I'm changing gear, that I'm not sure is a good thing
Like I said, funny rattly sound at 3500 RPM. Noise from the engine or transmission (not sure which one) can seem a little excessive around 60-70km/h in 5th gear, I'd love to drive someone else's Impreza just to be sure this is normal, as I'm not sure; just seems a fraction too loud. I'm not doubting the car's mechanical reliability at all; Subaru has an excellent reputation; I just think the previous owners have treated this car a bit poorly, the more I discover about it.
Cruise control can be a little late to respond sometimes, or on random occasions takes forever to increase speed. Needless to say, I don't trust cruise control going past a speed camera, it seems to vary too much, though I've never driven another car with cruise control, so I don't know if that's normal.
Otherwise, top car, grip and handling are awesome, driving position is fantastic, nice amount of room for carrying things for just a 4 cylinder hatch, looks nice and aggressive, great headroom, low range was a surprise, though it's not really geared very low at all in comparison with a dedicated 4x4.
Engine is maybe a little underpowered for the weight of the car, but still totally bearable. Engine sounds nice too.
All round it's a comfortable and enjoyable drive, and it's probably the most suitable car for me and I love it, despite its suspected sketchy history, but that's not the car's fault :)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th January, 2013