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New Subaru Impreza Owners - Give Us Your Report!



  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Congrats to you, Janice, and yes that mileage is good and should improve since the engine is still very green.

    Randy - nice price, indeed. Enjoy your WRX!
  • roc797froc797f Posts: 7
    I chose this vehicle after test driving and negotiating a sales price of the following vehicles;
    Pontiac Vibe / Toyota Matrix, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra, Kia Rondo, Kia Optima, and Hyundai Elantra. Needless to say, i did alot of looking.
    I actually went into a local dealership to purchase either a Mazda 3 or Hyundai. While waiting to test drive the Mazda, i saw the Impreza in the show room.
    Long story short, for the $, finance rate, saftey features, and ride - the others could not match it. I ended up paying a final sales price of $17.5K for a base with the usual stuff plus automatic transmission, tint, splash guards, mats, bumber guard. I would have loved to get the premium package vith VSC but could not afford the extra $2-3K. To be honest, if i were to add another $2K to my sales price, i would consider a different vehicle. In the end, i gave 0 down, purchased gap insurance for $500, financed for 72 months paying around $300/month. Man, i hope i can send extra $ each month to avoid paying almost $3K in finance charges!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Congrats. 3rd new Impreza owner I've congratulated today! :shades:
  • rebel71rebel71 Posts: 87
    I have to decide soon between a impreza wagon and 08 legacy sedan, already test drove both. How has the reliability been for your impreza, any issues? What was the reason you chose wagon or sedan. Its a difficult choice, I like the legacy a bit more. Thank you :)
  • dinterndintern Posts: 24
    In terms of reliability, Impreza is built in Japan while Legacy in US. I think Impreza has an edge here maybe not much.
  • janice96janice96 Posts: 19
    The reason I decided on Impeza Wagon was because of cargo space. The 4 door sedan Impez and Legacy sedan doesn't have enough cargo area.If Subaru had contenued to make Legacy wagon I would have probiablie have decided on the legacy. I've had suby wagons sense 1987. The Outback I had felt like a pig in mud with too much body roll. The Impreza is funner to drive than the plain legacy wagon and handles better. My choice was between VW Jetta wagon and Impreza wagon.Between milage and not needing another exspenive german car I choice the impreza.. As far as reliability of impreza I would think it would be about the same as legacy. But I only have about 200 miles on my Impreza so I don't have any exsperance yet.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Get a Forester and add STI springs. ;)
  • I bought my 2008 Impreza in Nov also.. experienced a few minor problems, but so far I am very happy with the overall performance.

    I started to notice that the paint is very thin and comes off quickly.. I am going to speak to the dealer about it. I have a dark gray color..

    Also the gas door was sticking.. a little lubricant seemed to help. Had a brake sensor trip some lights.. it was promptly handled.

    I was told that I have to rotate and balance tires every second oil change.. not sure I need to do it so often.. what is your experience?

    I will report back about the paint when I go in for the next oil change, three months from now.. more or less.

    Sol Briks
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Tires should be rotated on Subies every 5k-7.5k miles so every other oil change makes perfect sense.

  • nathansnathans Posts: 15
    my impreza paint chipped quite easily also, I think it must just be a low quality paint.
  • Mike,

    The dealer charged me $39.95 for rotate and balance.. do I really need both.. or a rotate only...

    Also, what are you doing about the paint? What year is your Impreza and how bad did it get?

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Rotation should be enough, unless you feel that they are out of balance.

    Just get a can of touch-up paint. I've had one for every car I've owned for as long as I can remember. Dings are unavoidable.
  • joerandjoerand Posts: 2
    I just bought a '08 Impreza 5dr w/premium package. Yes the VDC is part of the package, along with rear discs (vs drums), plus more goodies. I think its well worth the $1,500 package price. :)
  • nathansnathans Posts: 15
    The dealer gave me a little bottle of touch up paint in the same color. It doesn't look great, but it does cover the chips. I also got the rock shield on the front of the hood, which seems to help prevent some chips on the hood.

    Mine is a 2003, and for a while it was chipping quite a bit, and I was painting over them like once every month or two. I think the rock shield helps, and I also don't pay as much attention as I used to as the car has gotten older.
  • Dan Perkins Subaru came through again. The manager looked at the paint flaws and I showed him how I can scratch the paint with my nails.. even a light scratch produced a mark. He took the car and in five hours he completely cleaned the car and applied a hardner. The paint looks better than new and no longer mars with my nails. He really made my day.. we will be ordering a new Forrester with confidance now.

    To get me to work while they were fixing the paint on my Subaru Impreza, they rented a car for me. The car I got was a Chrysler with the identical paint. The paint was all scratched up, just like my Subaru. I think the quality of paint is on the decline...or maybe the dealers try to sell you a hardner to make a few more bucks. This is my first experience with getting an incomplete product. I will be very careful with the next purchase. Buying a new car today seams full of pitfalls.

    Sol Briks
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    No more solvent-based paints. So we make that trade-off but it's less harmful to the environment.
  • dl1934dl1934 Posts: 3
    My 2008 Impreza 2.5i has dimmer headlights than my old Acura Integra. Subaru says they are working fine. How do I get better headlights?

  • I purchased a new Impreza last November, this is the Canadian Sports Model (similar to the US sold "2.5i with Premium Package, VDC". A great car to drive, and have thoroughly enjoyed it. We had a severe winter that had snow on the ground over a 6 month period - and this is definitely a fantastic car for these conditions (added snow tires for winter driving). Only negative was when I noticed rust on the rear panel (around the license plate) in a number of spots in June. The dealer has been very helpful and concurred that yes, this is rust, and this should not happen. Have seen other comments on the paint job in this forum and wonder if Subaru has a Paint Quality problem with this new vehicle. My prior car, a Ford, used under similar conditions, did not show any exterior rust until it was nine years old - including all the snow and salt that Canadian winters throw at a vehicle.

    Not sure what the next step is to deal with the rust issue. The dealer has proposed body shop work, but my experience with prior cars that this only buys a few years in Canadian conditions, and the rust returns. Any feedback / comments are invited. I really like the feel and drive of this wonderful car.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I hope it's just one panel?

    I would let them fix it.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,699
    '08 Impreza Premium package
    Manual transmission
    Dark, dark gray with black cloth
    Also had some port installed options:
    STi metal pedals (sporty, but out of sight, mostly)
    Mesh sport grille.. Instead of the normal bars.. looks really good.
    STi short-shift kit.. this is awesome... really short throws..

    Traded in my '02 CR-V, and leased this one for two years...

    Only 200 miles so far.. but, here goes.


    Better handling than expected
    Supportive, sporty seats
    Great visibility
    Decent power
    6 disc CD in-dash (part of premium pkg)
    Steering wheel stereo controls
    Comfortable rear seating (for two)
    Plenty of fore-aft room (leg room for adults in rear)
    Alloy wheels (part of premium pkg)
    Fog lights (premium pkg)
    Stability Control (premium pkg)
    Nice size trunk w/fold down rear seats
    ABS and a half-dozen airbags
    Dash appearance and layout (step up from Civic and Corolla)


    Throttle.. hangs on to revs too long.. shifts aren't smooth (yet.. I'll get it)
    Engine.. I'm partial to Honda in-lines in comparison.. a little rough
    EPA fuel mileage estimates.. 20/27. Hopefully, I'll do better
    Cloth interior... relatively unattractive.. doesn't look durable

    That's about it... It is a little more mature looking than the last model, though I wouldn't say it's pretty.. Metallic paint is very rich looking... I can't tell if the engine is noisy, or if it's the dual exhausts... Doesn't bother me, either way, though.. I'm happy with it, and very happy with the lease payment..



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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Sweet, congrats!

    The Premium package is a bargain. In fact, per car_man it actually increases the residual values as a %, so it basically pays for itself.

    I think the whole hangs-on-to-revs issue is for emissions purposes, but that's just an educated guess.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,699
    I think the whole hangs-on-to-revs issue is for emissions purposes, but that's just an educated guess.

    That's what I thought, as well.. This is the first stick that I've bought since '98, so I'm sure they've changed... I'm learning to get off the gas just before I shift.. It's not as weird as it sounds, and I'm getting smoother... The shifter is great and the clutch is good.. It's not Honda-like, but I'm still glad to be back rowing my own gears...

    The premium package is $1500 more.. It would be a bargain, even if it didn't improve the residuals... A lot of stuff for that amount (stability control.. didn't even know I was getting it, until I read the sticker)..

    Now.. having to hang out with the Subaru Crew? :surprise: ;)


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  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Welcome back Juice!

  • tonka9764tonka9764 Posts: 21
    Hey! I just got an 08 Black Impreza and put black alloy rims, Kuhmo tires, front and rear lower bumpers, 2 tone leather, a 5 position dual vent sunroof and Momo shift knob. It looks fantastic. I considered a WRX but didn't want to sacrifice the fuel mileage, or use premium. Will try to post pix soon.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yes, pics please! Bet those wheels look sharp.
  • Here are some photos...! Not the best shots, but I love the car.



    looking In
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    Looks really nice. :)

  • Thanks Bob!

    I love the stuff i got to pick out better than factory options. The sunroof I got is amazing! Double vent, multi position one touch auto close option... I think customizing a base model has a lot of advantages if you don't want to go with premium fuel and hood scoop etc. on a wrx. I think i got something different and it was about $22.5K total. Granted, I did give up wrx performance. But I live in Minnesota, so I am focused on the AWD and heated seats!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I like the two-tone seats. Very nice.

    We had an aftermarket moonroof on our 2002 Legacy and we were happy with it.

    Our 2009 Forester Limited had the huge moonroof standard, so I can't complain.
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