2005 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS Wagon 2.5 from North America


The lack of the turbo brings out its shortcomings


The beeper for unlocking the doors died at around 30000km.

The paint is not very resistant to stone chips.

The rear left bearing started to make some noise about two weeks ago.

General Comments:

The car handles quite well espacially now that I've installed a bigger rear anti-roll bar.

The engine strains a bit to pull the car because this is a heavy car for its size. You got to drive very carefully to keep the fuel consumption down.

The interior is a bit small to use as a family car and the plastics are easily scratched.

I haven't had too much troubles with it, but I'm a bit nervous because my father has a 2004 2.5TS and he's had a bunch of problems with it (replaced the engine, replaced the rear brakes at 50000 km, the paint is chipped to an unacceptable level for a 3 year old car and the exhaust system will have to be replaced soon).

I've tried three different dealers, and they all have very ordinary service. They don't make the owning experience nice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th September, 2007

2005 Subaru Impreza Outback Special Edition 2.5 from North America


Lots of fun, but beware of the hidden costs!


Body/paint are not the highest quality - they show wear somewhat easily.

General Comments:

This is a generally well-built, reliable car that is a lot of fun to drive and offers a lot for the asking price. That said, the dealer service is extremely expensive and has not been 100% honest. In addition, the operating costs are high. Gas mileage is not good; I know that the car is all-wheel drive, but I have found the fuel economy to be quite poor in city driving. In today's energy crisis, Subaru should be doing more to improve this. In addition, the car was hit at low speed while parked and was seriously damaged. This raised some questions in my mind about body integrity. My first two cars were Volvo 240s. One time I was rear-ended in one of the 240s, and there was positively no body damage. This is not so much Subaru's fault; I think that the construction of many of today's cars is questionable, particularly the bumpers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th March, 2007

11th Oct 2007, 23:42

Totally agree with the mileage and paint issue. My car is scratched all over - but a friend of mine has about the same vintage Camry and the same paint problems. All wheel drive is much safer, but there is indeed a cost. I have not had good experiences with the local dealership, to say the least. Fortunately, the maintenance schedule is available on the web, and one can have the necessary services done elsewhere.

2005 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS 2.5 from North America


Sporty and fun, but has major issues


First problem is the car doesn't like to go into reverse a lot of the time. Have to put car in neutral let clutch out, then push clutch in and try again. Usually works, but very frustrating. I always wonder in the back of my mind what would happen if I needed to reverse quickly to avoid an accident and couldn't get it into reverse! Dealership tells me that this is normal operating behaviour.

Second problem. Got stuck in some major stop and go traffic, starting smelling terrible hot metal / hot rubber smell. Once out of stop and go, smell disappeared. Took to dealership, was told it was the clutch getting too hot and is also apparently normal operating behaviour as well.

Third problem. When taking off in first gear, after car had started moving and is past point of stalling because of lack of gas, the car makes a shuttering movement - like it's going to stall. Best way to describe is - feels like you're taking off in second gear and not giving enough gas. Haven't ventured to the dealership to try and explain this problem yet, but dreading that I'll get the "normal operating behaviour" line again.

General Comments:

Overall, despite all of our problems, I love my car. Sporty and lots of fun to drive - when it's working properly. Sick to say, but I'd buy another despite the nightmares I've encountered with this one.

Has anybody else had any of these problems or did I get a lemon?


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st May, 2006

2nd May 2006, 14:23

I think you have a lemon for whatever reason.

The reverse isn't that big a problem. The smell is normal and I get that with all the manual cars I have had, although not consistently.

I've never had the stalling experience and I've had my 2004 RS for two years now.