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Old 09-28-2000, 04:36 PM   #1
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OK, I apologize in advance if this is a little long.

Obviously I'm new here, and the reason I'm here is to get some honest opinions about these cars. A little background first: I have as my daily driver a Jeep Cherokee. I've had it for 5 years and I'm getting really bored with it, and since I live in Minnesota, I want to replace it with 4wd or AWD. I don't need the extra size and I want a little more driving enjoyment - that's why I'm looking at a new RS. My other car if a '92 turbo Miata - very fast, lots of fun in the summer, but you know the rest.

OK, after all that, here's what I need to know: Honestly, how good are the Imprezas when it comes to reliability, longevity, quality, etc? From what I've been reading, it looks the the fun factor is high (and yes, I have driven a new one at the local dealership), and you all seem very enthusiastic about them. That and all the aftermarket parts available are making it sound like the way to go. I just need a little reassurance that I'm heading in the right direction.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 09-28-2000, 05:09 PM   #2
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if u live in minnesota man the RS sounds like an excellent choice for u.

subaru's are very reliable

i own a 1995 impreza L coupe that has 81,000 miles, six years old, and has survived 3 very bad accendents, no reliablity problems whatsoever as of yet, and i drive hard man always in high revs, etc....

dad owns 1992 legacy, think it has 150,000 miles, only problem its ever had was the a/c needed to be fixed

friend had 1992 SVX until he totalled it last year, had just hit 100,000 miles. think he had a prob with the climate control thing but other than that no problems until it went head on with a tree at 35mph.

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Old 09-28-2000, 05:49 PM   #3
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OK, the longevity sounds pretty good. How about build quality? Squeaks, rattles, etc.

Maybe I'm picking nits, but you can learn a lot from what people *don't* like about their car and they all feel/sound good when they're new.

What don't you like about your Imprezas???
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Old 09-28-2000, 05:51 PM   #4
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What I don't like about my Impreza is the tons of squeaks & rattles, but that's mostly from the stiff Ground Control suspension & loud Borla exhaust. Oh, & rattles from the JC intake filter hitting the hood vent blocking plate.

& that it pings even on 93 octane & I had to get a new piston & head at 2000 miles because the engine coughed up a piece of steel.

But otherwise, it's tons of fun!

[This message has been edited by RidinLow (edited September 28, 2000).]
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Old 09-28-2000, 05:58 PM   #5
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Garrick......it's Ithaca I tell you! THe roads up there made my car squeak and rattle a bit too...but move to smoother roads and things are nice and quiet! The car isn't perfect by any means, but I think it depends on what mods you have. Since my stereo install, I have had my door panels off a bunch, and I have recently started having a buzz in the door at 3000rpm. Of course the Rallispec N1 doesnt help .....but I will take the lower quality in buld to the smiles it puts on my face any day. The past two weeks have been hell for me at school, but one 30 minute blast hearing the N1 and JC Sports intake roar are enough to make meel feel all warm and fuzzy. I love this car!
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Old 09-28-2000, 06:04 PM   #6
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Ok Nat, the roads up here are pretty crappy, but I was just thinking how much better it is here than NYC!!!
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Old 09-28-2000, 06:08 PM   #7
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RidinLow,

"ping with 93 octane" and motor regurgitating ferrous pieces are a little toooo honest.

I don't think Subaru would ever ask for your help as a champion of Fuji Automotive.

Although I don't own one, I have been at this BBS a few months checking in on the '02 WRX... all the while noting quality and reliabilty stories of owners' rides. Luckily the far majority of gripes have been squeeky/rattling interiors. Although I'd prefer serenity, I'd take noisy trim over profound powertrain headaches.

Also, I think Subaru is ranked in the top twenty for Initial Quality and Long Term Reliability(5 years) in JD Powers.

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Old 09-28-2000, 06:10 PM   #8
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Well, I was being honest, & surprisingly, it hasn't really put that big of a damper on my enjoyment of this car. I still drive it with a huge smile on my face & I never want to park it when I get to my destination. I also lovingly gaze out of my bedroom window at it. Sound familiar, anybody?
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Old 09-28-2000, 06:55 PM   #9
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I hear ya Ridinlow, I catch myself parking the car an looking back at it two or three times before I make it into the house. I also make silly excuses to go to the store for my wife that I never did before just so I can drive it. No guys she buys her own panty shields.
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Old 09-28-2000, 07:28 PM   #10
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OK, this is sounding really familiar (see Miata above).

It sounds like the cars are basically very sound. If there are annoying little details, they're usually caused by modifications to the stock car. I'm a guy who loves to modify his cars, so I'm always willing to accept the consequences if the mods cause an annoyance or two - just makes it more challenging to find the problems.

Usually you don't find a group of people this wildly enthusiastic about a car unless there's really something special there to be enthusiastic about.

Now I've gotta find somebody to buy the Jeep. I'll do everyone a favor and not ask what color to buy...
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Old 09-29-2000, 07:31 AM   #11
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I have to add in that when winter comes, the car has new squeeks. Also when I have the music volume at say 15....the doors would sorta vibrate. Dynamat? it's only 15!!!
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Old 09-29-2000, 07:41 AM   #12
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I had a Suzuki. Drove the dog-piss out of it. Only had to replace one 02 sensor. But it was cheaply made and rattled all over.
I love my Impreza. It's very airtight, pretty quiet. I used to work for the dealer and I never saw them in for anything but routine maintenance. Great example: Friends up north have Subarus, even with the salt and snow, no problems. My boyfriend moves down from Mass. The corrosion from up there made parts start falling off. Needless to say, he doesn't drive a Subaru, but the guys who did were fine.
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Old 09-29-2000, 07:50 AM   #13
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I think that you will be very happy with an RS or any Impreza (AWD of course, because of your snow situation.) My family has owned and loved Subaru's for about 20 years now, they are extremely reliable, Extremely fun cars. My father has a 95 legacy wagon with about 130,000 miles and he has never replaced the clutch. Buy one! You will love every second of it.
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Old 09-29-2000, 07:51 AM   #14
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I traded in a saab 900s for this car. I love it. The fun factor is way up, i too make silly excuses to just go and drive. yes there are some squeaks and rattles, but nothing a little dynamat or a check in the mods section of the iclub can't fix. Miata Sh-miata. buy the impreza!
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Old 09-29-2000, 08:01 AM   #15
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I'm a guy who loves to modify his cars, so I'm always willing to accept the consequences if the mods....

Hehe, another junkie. Cool. Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny...

Seriously, the build quality of the Subarus is excellent. The interiors are not the nicest, nor are they the most quiet ride. However, if you want a car that is a blast to drive and is very reliable, a Scoobie will do nicely. Also, the RS seems to take pretty well to mods. One thing to seriously consider is that the WRX is coming next year. You may want to wait on your purchase so that you can test drive the factory turbo. I plan on keeping mine (turbo MY99) because the new ones are fugly. Either way, you won't be disappointed.

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Old 09-29-2000, 08:07 AM   #16
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Reliability wise - excellent, that is why I own 2 '95 - 120K miles, 2000 17K miles.

Build Quality is excellent, although the interior on the RS does have a rattle or two. (Oddly enough my '95 doesn't have any rattles!) My only rattles comes from the radio trim, I could fix it but I've been lazy

Easier to mod every day as more parts and vendors become availible.
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Old 09-29-2000, 11:49 AM   #17
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It's pretty simple, I have a buddy with a fast ass Miata, he loves it. He also LOVES my Turbo Scoobie 2.5RS. If you like the quality of the Miata, then the Subaru will be about the same, yet with All wheel drive! Sweeeeeeeeet.

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Old 09-30-2000, 12:29 AM   #18
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Kyle,
Now we're getting somewhere! I want both...
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Old 09-30-2000, 12:34 AM   #19
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But the car is wonderful overall
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Old 09-30-2000, 12:46 AM   #20
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hey if you like moding the car ...get a intake and dynomat your car ...doors,floor, and trunk ...I promise NO RATTLES and no speed drop off with the extra wieght the intake counters it.
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