Originally Posted by thom52
Biggest problem I find with the Impreza, compared to other cars I have owned is it has the worst (lowest)entrance angle I have ever experienced.
Then you've never owned a VW TDI. Not only are those cars 1" lower than our Imprezas, but the TDI engine is taller than the gasser engine that VW also fits into these cars. VW couldn't mount the TDI engine higher, so their solution was to drop the TDI engine down lower. As a result, the fragile oil pan on the TDI actually hangs below the car's subframe, leaving it wide open to strikes against road debris, ice chunks, curbs, and so on.
I had a skid plate installed on the TDI that I dumped. I don't feel a need to install a skid plate on my Impreza.