2003 Subaru Impreza Reviews - Page 2 of 5

2003 Subaru Impreza RS 2.5 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.5 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired59000 kilometres
Most recent distance61200 kilometres
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

I love it

Faults:

Nothing at all!

General Comments:

The AWD is excellent. I will never drive a rear wheel drive or front wheel drive car ever again. NOTHING compares to the AWD, especially in the wet.

Love the Momo interior. Some say a bit plasticky, but I think it's just nice.

Stereo could be better, but that can be fixed.

A bit soft in the suspension around 120ks (65k corners); that's standard suspension, but still hangs on like it's on rails.

"Power"; she has the go if you want it, and the more you give, the more she loves.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th March, 2008

2003 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance38000 kilometres
Previous carFord Windstar

Summary:

Fantastic Car

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car.

General Comments:

This is the best car I ever owned.

The car is slow on takeoff, but accelerates great at higher speeds making highway passing a breeze.

It handles everyday driving very well making any commute fun.

We shopped around looking at other competitors such as the Toyota Matrix and the Honda CRV. Looks aside, the Impreza feels and behaves like a more expensive vehicle. We have been so impressed that we are adding a second Impreza next week. (2008 2.5i Sport Sedan)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 2007

2003 Subaru Impreza WRX EVO SPEC 7 turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission turbo Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired4 kilometres
Most recent distance58000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Impreza

Summary:

Disappointing

Faults:

Transmission/suspension noise (improved under warranty)

Faulty LF window switch (replaced with warranty)

Hard flat leather seats improved, but shaped badly.

General Comments:

Reliable, fast, excellent steering, excellent in wet, quality fittings.

I liked the sports shift option of auto or manual with sequential style shifting. This suits my wife and myself and is a good compromise.

Dash rattles {never fixed) and poor flat, hard leather seats with poor lateral support spoilt this car. My previous WRX did not have these problems.

Regretfully this car has to go and with no WRX auto option I will give Golf GTI or Golf R32 a try with their 6 speed DSG (Direct Shift auto box) and excellent seats.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th March, 2007

26th Mar 2007, 11:14

You need to learn how to drive a stick, my 3-series was my first stick and hooked me for life. I never want another slushbox again, I think you will feal the same!!

11th Jul 2007, 05:20

Wow, can't believe you are unhappy. Totally happy with my MY03 WRX auto. To the last reviewer, I agree manual cars are addictive in their way, but they can get really dreary too, particularly in traffic. Subaru should introduce DSG --and some decent styling -- on their WRXs.

2003 Subaru Impreza STi type UK 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired3500 miles
Most recent distance19000 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo

Summary:

I love it to death

Faults:

The only thing which has gone wrong with this car is battery died after 5000 miles.

Brake pads don't last long, Around 6000 miles, which are red stuff pads.

General Comments:

This car is great. It throws you in the seat with a pleasing smile. Best driven on the country roads where this car comes alive. I have had this car around 2 to 3 years now and have loved every minute of it. I have had front and rear strut braces put on this and it handles brilliantly.

Although its quick you will get used to the power and will want more. I tried an induction kit, but the car did not like it at all. I have a K&N panel filter fitted which helped it get to the limiter that bit quicker.

Now it's coming to its end of warranty I will be tweaking it a bit. If you get to own one you will get every boy racer and porsche boxer driver trying to beat you off the light's.

Also you will get women trying to get your attention, Evan if you have 2 kid's seats in the back.

Worst thing with this car is that all the young kids (6 year's onwards), will run around the car and annoy the pants off you and get really close with there bike handle bars!

On a good day I get around 24 miles to the gallon and around 14 giving it some (that's using shell optimax).

Servicing is about £80 cheaper than my misses Clio 172!!

It goes through tyre's around every 4000 miles. And I change the oil every 3000 miles. The turning circle of this car is bad!!

If you are thinking of getting one, buy one around 2 to 3 years old. Dealer's are now offering me around £12000, a loss of £9000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2006

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 17 reviews