2008 Subaru Impreza Reviews

2008 Subaru Impreza 1.5 from Serbia

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance80000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Panda

Summary:

Reliable family car

Faults:

Wheel started shaking when braking at more than 130 km/h. Dealer said the brake pads need replacing.

Headlight bulbs went around 55000 km.

Started to rust at the rear badge.

My wife continuously scratches bumpers.

General Comments:

Very sluggish, Subaru should have never made the 1.5 engine. In my country, the difference up to 2.0 was around 30% at the time. Consumes 11 l/100 km city/highway, although in the brochure it was stated that it consumes 8.2 l in the city. The only time I get this consumption is when riding at around 90 km/h.

Small boot.

Very spacious and comfortable passenger area (although it doesn't appear that way). Also the interior design is very elegant, but modern.

Very reliable if fitted with original parts. Both headlight bulbs went around 55000 km, and the dealer fitted me with some no name bulbs, which I had to replace every 5000 km. The last time I bought some Osram bulbs; so far haven't done 3000 km with them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2011

2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i from North America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.5i Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance23176 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

Great package all in one!

Faults:

Nothing, it's been great so far.

General Comments:

I wasn't ever a fan of Subaru's until recently. I was about to lease a 2010 Prius, but financing fell through and I ended up with this Impreza.

At first glance, I wasn't thrilled with the styling at all. I thought it was boring. It came down to this Impreza or a 2009 Corolla after my financing was approved. When I first sat in the car (after driving a Corolla) I was rather impressed with the quality... I was test driving at night too, so when I turned the lights on, the red gauges were way cool.

The AWD was also a huge selling point (I live in seattle); I had to purchase the car in Utah then drove it back here... It averaged about 30 on the freeway, also we hit black ice while in route, it handled just fine!

Overall, I'm very satisfied, acceleration is good. I've recently had my windows tinted, I upgraded to a set of WRX rims. I love it now... Gets decent mileage, insurance is cheap and it's got a lot of add-on potential. I recently installed the factory MP3 jack and soon will get the subwoofer that mounts under the seat. I'm not a huge fan of modifying a car, but I like certain toys... I also like keeping it stock.

I'm not thrilled that it has a timing belt (my Maximas had timing chains), but as long as it's maintained, it'll run for quite some time.

Overall, I'm completely satisfied. Now that it has a set of alloy rims, nice tires and a nice tint job, it's great!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th April, 2010

2008 Subaru Impreza from North America

Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance300 miles
Previous carChevrolet Impala

Summary:

Nice affordable car

Faults:

Someone backed into it and busted the bumper.

Then an uninsured driver totaled it.

General Comments:

Plastic exterior breaks easy, but other than that, the car was pretty fun. I just wished I had longer to drive around with it.

AWD would have been nice for a Minnesota winter, and the wet rainy days.

Decent sound system, acceleration, and styling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd March, 2010

2008 Subaru Impreza Premium 5-door 2.5i petrol from North America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.5i petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance29500 miles
Previous carSaturn SC

Summary:

Decent car, average quality, horrible dealer service

Faults:

Creaking sound coming from dashboard since new.

Rear cargo cover squeaks.

Driver's window lift starting to fail.

Rear passenger window lift failed at 18,000 miles.

Two wheels dinged on potholes.

Small pit in the windshield turned into a crack that goes clear across the glass.

General Comments:

Overall, for the money, a reasonably good value. However, be warned that most Subaru dealers treat non-WRX owners like second rate people.

The overall impression I get from this car is that the powertrain and other major systems are of high quality, but that the fasteners, bodywork and trim are of such utter rubbish quality that this car is quite literally going to start falling apart in a few years. For example:

The seat fabrics are already starting to stretch and come loose, the gear knob is becoming discoloured, the carpets are coming loose and the plastic clips holding them in break.

The windshield glass is at the minimum thickness allowable, so expect to be replacing windshields fairly often.

The steel body panels also appear to be rather thin, and in spite of covering up some small nicks in the paint with touch up paint, they are now starting to rust, and some small bubbles are forming around them.

Fuel economy is also not up to par, giving an average of 25.8 MPG. My previous Saturn would average close to 30MPG, even if I drove it like a maniac.

Rims are very fragile. I live in the Northeast, and it is often impossible to avoid potholes in the dark on the motorway. Rims should not dent in low speed impacts with potholes.

I've been very gentle with this car, attending to all maintenance, washing it as often as I can, and trying to keep it nice. I suppose it's been built to a price, and that buying the first year of production of this particular model was a mistake. Nonetheless, their dealer network has been very rude and unpleasant to deal with; servicing costs at the dealer are ridiculously high. I fear that this car may become increasingly expensive over the years, due to the low quality of many of its constituent parts.

Buyer beware.

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

Review Date: 8th January, 2010

22nd Oct 2010, 08:15

More things going wrong with this car now...

Driver's sunvisor broke and kept flipping down at 36,000 miles. Dealer was kind enough to fix it, even though it was slightly past warranty.

Trim below windows on rear doors is warping.

Rear hatch, bonnet and passenger doors are rusting more.

Exhaust rattles, even after tightening all clamps.

In a nutshell, this car is rubbish. Save some money and buy a Ford.

8th Feb 2011, 08:44

Update: at 41,xxx miles, I'm now finding copious amounts of rust on the underside of the car as well as on the rear hatch, the doorsills and inside the wheelwells.

I believe that someone in Ota, Gunma forgot to rustproof this car when it was built...

15th Nov 2011, 12:15

I can't believe a car that recent would have so much rust; seems like they're punishing you for not buying a top-trim model.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 7 reviews