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.

General Comments:

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...

2003 Subaru Impreza wrx 2.0 turbo from North America


Standing behind product is questionable


Transmission was hard to shift into second gear and grinding going into first gear the first day of purchase. Second gear went out completely within a week (800 miles). The dealer denied warranty coverage with claim of abuse. Missing gears because of tranny problem probably led them to their conclusion.

I purchased a second trannny (new) from dealership and It has started the same problem less than 2,000 miles, but it is hard to shift in all gears this time. I got it to the dealer before anything totally failed this time. They tried (special) tranny oil with no result. Now they are waiting on a decision from their rep. I wonder if abuse claim is going to be their out this time, even after I paid over $4,000 cash for my second transmission.

General Comments:

I bought car for performance and price.

Reliability and Subaru not standing behind their product is unacceptable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th April, 2003

20th Mar 2004, 01:55

Wow, US$4000 for a new trannie with a car still under warranty? You weren't driving in the World Rally Championship were you?

Seriously, my WRX has been very reliable since new. If you got a dud car and really didn't abuse it, you should get a lawyer and pursue your rights if you haven't already.

13th Oct 2005, 16:19

Maybe the clutch has something to do with it, such as, can't completely disengage, therefore, always grind.