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New Subaru Impreza Owners - Give Us Your Report!

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  • I test drove an Impreza yesterday and decided to get it. Owners of Imprezas, do you have any reservations about getting onto the highway? Is the pick up not that great? I've read this before, but wanted to hear it from the real owners. If you had it to do over, would you have bought? I'm supposed to pick up my car today. Let me know ASAP! Thanks
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    My Miata has 116hp and I have no problems merging on to highways. I'm sure 170hp is plenty.
  • I have a 2003 impreza ts, and it accelerates onto the freeway just fine. The low end pick up is quite good in imprezas, it's higher speed passing pick up that is a bit weaker. It feels great on the freeway. Go drive a Civic on the freeway in a rainstorm, and then drive an impreza right after, and see which you would rather drive.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Something similar happened to my sister...

    She was choosing between a Forester and a Camry. She test drove the Camry in pouring rain, and ended up buying the Forester.

    Interesting. My dad had a Camry for a while but I had a Forester at the time. I really thought she was going to buy the Toyota, too.
  • izzy8izzy8 Posts: 1
    I bought new Impreza Nov 26th, we had snow shortly after that. In Pennsylvania they use gravel as well as calcium on the roads. Within 2 weeks the paint from the small flairing by bottom of the rear doors was gone. Now the stone shield is peeling off, Subaru has looked at it, and tells me that they have had only 2 cases of this.
    The undercoating is also nicked, has anyone out there had the same problem?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Gravel?! Seriously? :sick:

    Man, I knew they used tons of salt, but gravel too?

    I visited Taos a while back and they just used sand, basically. It worked, too.
  • Hi. First post here. I'm looking at purchasing the '08 Impreza Outback Sport with a 5-speed. Do you mind if I ask what the rate for installing the short shift is? I have a '96 Protege with a fairly long shift, so anything will likely be an improvement, but the snickier the better, so I'm looking at the short-shift kit.

    Thanks!
    David
  • Hi. I'm about to purchase an '08 Outback Sport. I've read a couple of reviews that talked about the noise from the crossbars, and when I went to the dealer today, the bars were in a box in the back of the car. The salesperson noted that Subaru suggested they leave them off "because they can get a little noisy...."

    Can anyone who uses the crossbars comment on them? Do they whistle? Throb? Hum? Oscillate? Is it truly noticeable/annoying (subjective, I know)?

    Thanks very much!
    David
  • Hi. I'm about to purchase an '08 Impreza Outback Sport... until I see the '08 Forester sitting next to it with its shiny PZEV badge.

    Can anyone tell me why the Impreza isn't a PZEV vehicle (besides the fact that it emits too much C02, that is...)? I don't think the non-PZEV rating will nix my purchase, but it might disrupt my sleep....

    Thanks!
    David
  • Hi. First post here. I'm looking at purchasing the '08 Impreza Outback Sport with a 5-speed. Do you mind if I ask what the rate for installing the short shift is? I have a '96 Protege with a fairly long shift, so anything will likely be an improvement, but the snickier the better, so I'm looking at the short-shift kit.

    The stock shift throw on the 08 OBS is already drastically shorter than previous models. Drive it for a bit. I don't think you will want it any shorter. After 1000 miles or so, the linkage should be less notchy as well.
  • Can anyone who uses the crossbars comment on them? Do they whistle? Throb? Hum? Oscillate? Is it truly noticeable/annoying (subjective, I know)?

    They have a whistle at around 40mph. There is no noticable noise for me at other speeds.

    Since they're incredibly easy to install and remove, there's not a lot of reason to leave them on unless you just like the look. They have to hit your MPG a bit.
  • I bought new Impreza Nov 26th, we had snow shortly after that. In Pennsylvania they use gravel as well as calcium on the roads. Within 2 weeks the paint from the small flairing by bottom of the rear doors was gone. Now the stone shield is peeling off, Subaru has looked at it, and tells me that they have had only 2 cases of this.
    The undercoating is also nicked, has anyone out there had the same problem?


    check NASIOC.com under the problems and maintenance forum. Lots of chat there.
  • I have an '03 Impreza, and have never noticed noise from the crossbars. The bike rack is another story though.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Some times people mount the cross bars backwards. The rounded side should point to the front, like the wings of an airplane.

    If they are backwards they will whistle incessently.
  • I'm thinking of getting an impreza and would like to know what real mpg you are getting with your car. Thank you
  • My '03 has averaged about 21mpg since I got it, but in the last 18 mos or so, since I have been driving it to work and back exclusively (mostly freeway), it has been 23-25 mpg. It was much lower when it was our only car and we lived in the city.
  • Hi All,
    I was researching 08 impreza's on nhtsa.gov and found about 10 people exhibiting
    their front windshield fogging and/or film developing on it. They are claiming bad visibility especially at night. Dealer's are saying just wipe it off and that it's possibly due to the A/C unit? No fix for it yet. Anyone experiencing this issue?
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,398
    I cannot report for the Impreza specifically, but on both new Outbacks I have owned, they did develop a film, especially if using the defroster significantly. Simple enough to "fix," just take some Windex and paper towels to the inside of the windshield. The residue seems oily to me - perhaps something burning off new parts.

    If people are claiming bad visibility, they need to keep their glass clean. Ownership without maintenance is a losing game. :sick:
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The plastics in the interior will be outgassing for a while. The fumes bother some (welcome to Subaru New Car Stench), and the haze on the windows should be cleaned off routinely even after that smell stops.

    It's normal, though. I clean my van's windshield every couple of months. For my Miata it's more like every week or so, as convertibles get very dusty.
  • janice96janice96 Posts: 19
    Am I reading this right, that the 5speed only gets around 21 miles to a gallon??
    If thats true it is surprising. My 2000 Suby Legacy 5 speed wagon got 33 on a trip and 29 around town.

    Even when hard on throttle it never got below 25 miles to gallon. But a 80 year old driver decided I didn't need it any more and ran a red light and totaled it so thats why I'm looking at the 08 Imprezas.May be I need to look for good used Legacy with stick.
    Janice
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That Leggy had EPA number of 21/27, I believe.

    Maybe you just get better numbers due to an efficient driving style.

    I'd suspect you would do well with an Impreza, too.
  • nathansnathans Posts: 15
    My numbers were with an automatic, not a 5 speed. You are getting better than EPA mpg, though, especially in town, so maybe part of it is your driving. I do drive aggressively sometimes. Those are calculated number also, not from the computer. Our Tribeca always overestimates the mileage.
  • janice96janice96 Posts: 19
    Maybe. But I never thought of myself as an efficient driver. I'm usually on the gas or the brakes. Janice
  • janice96janice96 Posts: 19
    I live in West Virginia and they put gravel here also.I haven't had it take pant off my Legacy though. I am looking to buy an Impreza right now.Speeking of that what are the differances of a 07 & 08 ?
  • janice96janice96 Posts: 19
    Did I read on here to be sure and get the Premium Package? And does the VDC come with it?? This would be with the 08 Impreza.If I am reading the book right on the 08 it does come with it. I'm looking at 08 with the Premium package..

    Thanks, Janice
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Per my Consumer Guide price book is does.

    Hill holder on the manuals, rear disc brakes, stability control, leather wrapped steering wheel w/radio controls, 6CD, aux input, fog lights, and alloy wheels.

    The fog lights and alloy wheels alone are worth the price of the package.

    It's a great value, IMHO, no way I'd pass on it.
  • Bought my 2008 Impreza 2.5i wagon (5 speed) in February. Have 1,200 miles on it. I was averaging 28.5 mpg for my 100 mile daily commute. I reset the computer this morning, changed my route (more highway), used cruise control set at 70mph, and parked my car 48 miles later with . . . 31.8mpg! That is with the last 5 miles driven on Pennsylvania Ave (heading into DC)!

    I must say I am thoroughly pleased with this, especially after trading in my 16mpg truck!

    Jason
  • janice96janice96 Posts: 19
    Went and got my 08 Impreza 2.5i wagon to day. Dealer is 81 miles from my house. Reset computer before I left dealer Coming up the mountain the weather turned into blizzard conditions roads were icy and blowing snow. Know problems, I could fill wind trying to blow me around, car stayed steady. Came through 6 inches of snow in my drive way. Little Impreza did well and driving in these conditions averaged 27.5 according to computer.Concidering condition and first 80 miles thats not bad at all. Maybe by the time spring gets here it will be broken in and ready to open up some My first impression is I love this car the way it drives and handles in and around traffic.. One question what is the traction con toll button for?? Dealer really did not have an answer.
    Janice
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    Congrats on the new Impreza! The traction control button is for the VDC, which is Subaru's electronic stability control. I would leave it "on" as it can help in terms of keeping you from going into a skid or in losing control of the vehicle if you enter a corner too fast. Check the owners manual for a further description.

    If, by chance you do get stuck in snow, mud, etc.; or if you do some high-performance driving, or if you race the vehicle, as leaving it "on" will hurt your lap times; you would want to disengage it, which is why the button is there. Again, check the owners manual.

    http://www.sb9t.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3531

    Bob
  • randylfrandylf Posts: 12
    So, I did my homework, shopped around and ended up leasing a 2008 wrx today.

    MSRP was 26,566 - It was the non premium, with a rear spoiler, s1 sports trim, auto dim mirror, and shift knob.

    Invoice was 24,100.

    I ended up doing 22,356 sale price with a 24k mile, 2 year maintenance warranty for oil changes, tire rotations, etc.

    It was a 42 month lease, w/ 1500 down, and 272/mth payments, with a residual of %59. Also,It was a 12k per mile lease.

    I think I got them pretty rock bottom on price, but would like some feedback.

    So far, Im totally loving the car. The powerband starts out really low, around 2800 rpm I believe, which makes for a real fun ride.

    I will report back in a week or two, once I get a better idea, but Im loving it so far.
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