Since many parts are interchangeable between all models of Imprezas and throughout many years, finding parts is pretty easy. So the next time a loose gas cap trips the check-engine light, you could use your handheld computer to turn it off and save yourself a dealer visit. However after due to the turbo and all-wheel drive the maintenance cost are higher than a normal 'commuter' car. If you're one of them, be wary, as we've heard stories of dealers not honoring warranties if the car has been autocrossed. The All Wheel Drive gives excellent traction and handling. All other acceleration numbers were within a 10th or two of a second. Im gonna drive it till it dies.
It's very fun to drive. But then again, it's about half the price of an in-car system. Although we never entered any competition events with our car, it took a beating anyway. Nice looking, great space and awesome handling in the snow, or on mountain roads. A real cut-and-thrust king in traffic. We found that the unit's screen is too small and that learning the software for downloading maps and getting directions is more difficult than simply entering in an address.
But we had plenty of sport-utes around to haul our junk and didn't want the wagon's extra weight diminishing the fun. It never failed to pinpoint our location on the downloadable maps. After that, the owner's manual called for an oil-and-filter change and tire rotation at 7500 miles and every 7500 miles thereafter. It's compact about the size of a brick , comes with an internal battery and a 12-volt cigarette-lighter plug, has a color screen, and also includes a useful temporary dash mount. The dealer discovered that the wiring harness was pinched and causing certain electrical connectors to intermittently lose contact, which tripped the warning light. We got them from the Tire Rack 888-541-1777;. .
Loose gas caps can trigger warning lights, so we tightened ours, but the problem persisted. Primary Use: Commuting to work An All In One, Fun Daily Driver — I appreciate how this vehicle blends reasonable performance with daily drivability and practicality in an effortless fashion. It has great handling but it needs a 2. At 31,971 miles, the check-engine light came on. Primary Use: Commuting to work O2subie — Great Car. Still, it didn't warrant a new gearbox, if indeed that was the culprit. Perhaps our testing shoe was a bit off that day.
We didn't hesitate to heap copious amounts of slobbering, unbridled praise on it. That distressing tranny noise and the one instance with the check-engine light were the only niggles, and they didn't lessen our enthusiasm. None of the staff seemed to mind that the times were off, however. Battery just died and trying to figure out if its the battery or alt. The Subaru finished second behind the Audi and damn near won the thing. It Keeps Going And Going And Going.
The new 17-inch wheels and tires are not a good idea for this car, as they make the ride too harsh. The Boxer Rumble may be one of the sweetest sounding engines ever produced. It called for replacement of the coolant, brake fluid, and air and fuel filters in addition to the regular oil change and tire rotation. That seems like a significant omission to me. These courses are usually set up in parking lots, so there's nothing to run into and the cars go through one at a time. The plain interior and exterior is very cut and dry, with no superfluous stuff that makes it feel cluttered.
In the car's first 500 miles, the praise had already started. It is, through and through, a family-friendly rally car, and I love it. At 30,000 miles, downshifting from second to first gear at piddling speeds resulted in an occasional and discomforting crunch, which grew more frequent as the miles piled on. Daily commutes became foot-to-the-floor qualifying sessions. If slow in this case is a relative term, our long-termer was the slowest of the three. At least the car's performance held up over its stay. It took 15 minutes to clear a frosty backlight in 20-degree weather.
Drives Easy, Greate Handling And Power When You Need It. When we performed final testing at 40,000 miles, the 60-mph sprint equaled the car's time when it was new 5. Top speed fell 6 mph to 139, and the worn Bridgestone tires could only manage 0. We switched to Vredestein's Wintrac tires you can locate a U. During that service we also had the transmission and differential fluids changed, procedures that are recommended by the manual but not mandated.
Bigger turbo and tuned on lowered rated fuel would be great. At the 40,000-mile mark, the crunch occurred about half the time we went for first gear. Primary Use: Commuting to work 2002 Bug Eye — Subaru's offer a great platform to work with. The transmission needed to be rebuild and he motor is still rock solid with no real performance mods done for power. Primary Use: Commuting to work Great Reliable Car. Give it a listen on YouTube! For years, the turbocharged hot-rod sedan was sold in Europe and Japan but not here.
It sucks on gas, but I still love it. Fashion, or looks, on the other hand, is not this car's strong suit, but I like it better that way. Primary Use: Family transportation Fun Sporty Little Car — a fun all wheel drive car that has some getup and go. Once connected, you can record any or all of 12 engine parameters including manifold pressure, throttle position, and intake air temperature. I checked, the engine's still there. Interior is great and even after 10 years of wear none of the seats are torn.