2003 Subaru Impreza WRX SL 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland
The best drivers car available today
No faults have shown up as yet, and the reputation for rock solid build, and bullet proof reliability seem to be true.
The beauty of this car lies in it's engineering.
The lay out of Flat Boxer engine and Four wheel drive train, allow a very low center of gravity. The result is a feeling of great security, and the sense you are glued to the road surface!
I can, "hand on heart", say this is the best handling car I have ever owned or driven in my 25 years of driving experience.
Then we come to the power delivery, this model comes with the 225HP version of this superb engine, the power below 2500 rev's is gentle, easy and mild... and then as you hit 3000 revs the beast is unleashed...WOW!
The down side is the car attracts a lot of attention, some very nice comments and some unwanted. Several owners I know have reported attempted theft and vandelized cars. The security of the car could not be higher, it has a category 1 alarm and immobilizer as standard, and my Subaru dealer fitted a satellite tracking device free of charge.
Don't believe the silly comments about it's looks you may read in car magazines.. If your buying a car just for it's looks then your missing the whole point of this car..It's like a specialist high end, separates Hifi system, it doesen't on the surface look much, it does not grab your attention like cheap mass produced audio equipment, but when you play your Cd's, it allows you to experience music on a level that takes your breath away! Just like driving this car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd August, 2004
Wait till you try the 280bhp STi version. Can pick up a 10-year old model for a song at the auction (in Japan) and it's just an MOT in UK, but you might do well to consider a twin-turbo Legacy. The older the car, the less the safety checks. But that's UK for you: The lunatics are in charge of the asylum.
I think when people slate the Impreza's looks, they mean it looks a bit over the top with its big scoop and rear spoiler. Some say it looks ugly, but like you say, you won't be buying this car for its looks.
However, a few people that don't know and don't look like they're into cars say what a lovely car it is. It's down to personal taste. I think most people would say they look good, jealousy plays a part in the negative comments, but not all.