2003 Subaru Impreza WRX 2.0 turbo from Australia and New Zealand
Sport-shift WRX an underestimated joy
Car is still being run in, so nothing significant to report here.
Just purchased this vehicle and am still running in. Can't really comment on reliability or service costs. So this could be a biased initial review. First impressions are that this is a very well built Subaru (with quality, refinement and security vastly improved over the old ones). The fact that I have upgraded from an Audi A4 (lots of expensive problems) should speak volumes. Even though I am taking care to run it in, acceleration on light throttle is still excellent. Have driven older model (MY2000) WRX's and I think this is as smooth and as rapid as ever! Had doubts about buying a performance car in an auto, but new Sport-shift gives a good compromise not available before. And you don't build up a sweat in traffic. But you do build up a sweat every time you park it!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th August, 2003
24th Aug 2003, 21:26
I agree that the Sports Shift is an excellent buy. Why buy a manual when you can change gears around the twisties, but revert back to auto in every day traffic conditions. Unless you're a racing car driver or over-enthusiastic motorist journalist (who doesn't have to pay for a ruined clutch), the auto will drive faster too...