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Old 06-14-2001, 08:46 AM   #1
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Post Mileage: '02 2.5 worse than previous 2.5?

Surprisingly, pre-02 brochures list the mileage for the 2.5 RS as almost the same as the 2.2 Imprezas. But the new 02 2.5 models list a couple miles worse mileage than previous 2.5s.

Was the mileage given in past years incorrect, or is the new model less efficient?

I'd like a new Subaru, but high mileage is a priority--last year's 2.2 and 2.5 models were acceptable, but if the numbers don't lie, this year's 2.5 is getting into a realm I want to avoid.

Any comments, or 02 vs. previous comparisons? I did note in a thread below that it is possible to beat the listed mileage estimate, so Subaru is not out of the running for my next car yet.

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Old 06-14-2001, 09:17 AM   #2
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OK, first of all those are estimates. Secondly, the rating dropped by one steenkin' MPG for city and hwy each. Woohoo! And third, the new Impreza is heavier so a slight loss in economy isn't surprising.
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Old 06-14-2001, 09:55 AM   #3
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and on top of all that, the GC8's (last gen Impreza) estimated fuel efficiency seems a bit optimistic anyway. I, in my 5 months of driving my 01 RS over 12,000 miles, have never got the advertised 29mpg highway rating...maybe 26mpg at best(likely 23-25mpg) and no I don't rev it like a madman with a death wish.
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Old 06-14-2001, 11:41 AM   #4
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I keep very detailed records of my gas mileage, and although I have only 2600 miles on the car, I have yet to average over 26 mpg. I am consitantly averaging 25 mpg. No complaints though. I still love my baby.

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Old 06-14-2001, 02:39 PM   #5
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When my '00 RS was new, I got about 20. It slowly crept up to a peak of around 24 when I drove EXTREMELY conservatively (80% highway). It's settled down to around 22.3 mpg on every fillup now.
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