2007 Subaru Impreza Wagon 2.5i liter gas from North America
Overall good, solid car with persistent design defects and high maintenance costs
33k: Fuel shutoff valve.
41k: Head gaskets, oxygen sensor, L/F tie rod.
48k: Front lower control arm corrosion, ECM re-programming.
56k: Ignition coil, spark plugs and cables.
67k: Water pump.
78k: Exhaust heat shield.
81k: Transmission gearshift linkage frozen, ignition coil, spark plugs and cables.
I bought this car used from the original owner who is a good friend, so I knew what I was getting going in. The car has been 100% dealer-serviced since day one. My friend shouldered most of the costly inherent design defect issues, although some of them have revisited.
All told, the Impreza is a solid car that performs well, but it doesn't inspire much enthusiasm. It's a good appliance. I bought the car for sure-footed handling in foul weather and it has managed that admirably, although the broad 36 foot turning radius in a small car is an annoyance.
Reliability is disappointing with significant and expensive repeat repairs of primary systems. Hopefully Subaru has gotten their hands around issues such as failing head gaskets, water pumps and ignition coils with their newer cars, but for 2007 cars, these items are major red flags.
The added complexity of AWD and a flat four engine, coupled with short maintenance intervals, makes the Impreza a relatively expensive car to keep on the road, averaging over ten cents per mile for maintenance costs (almost five times higher than the Mazda 3, the Subaru replaced at similar mileage).
Unlike the Mazda, customer support from Subaru is quite good. Subaru understands the importance of customer support for client retention. The car and the company are solid; I'd buy another Subaru without reservations.
I'd recommend this specific car as used only if you can be assured that the persistent issues have been addressed.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th March, 2016