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Old 10-18-2019, 10:32 PM   #1
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Question 2007 Impreza Wagon

Hey everyone, thanks for the add!

So I've been looking at getting a Impreza wagon as a second vehicle, mainly for winter months and to reduce kms on my primary vehicle. I live in Northern Alberta, Canada, where the roads are quite icy for the majority of the winter months. A AWD car seems to be a no-brainer to me. A friend of mine had the 2004 Impreza wagon sport and he really liked it a few years ago. Now, I have a friend who has a 2007 wagon with 200000 kms (125000 miles) and is selling it. He bought it for its engine as he was going to build a box car with his son and use its motor and tranny. The car project got shelved and now he's unloading it. I was curious what are these cars like as far as reliability?

I don't care much about performance or comfort.. I realize its not a super luxurious car. I've read a few things on the head gasket being bad in this year and a few other things.

Are there any red flags with this year that I might not know about?

Any info would be greatly appreciated!!

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Nathan
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Old 10-19-2019, 12:27 AM   #2
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Pretty sure HG issues were resolved by then. I had 250k miles on a 97 Legacy GT and currently had 230k on my 9-2x (WRX) before I swapped motors. Be diligent with changing oil and other fluids. Do regular maintenance and as long as it wasn't beat on before you it will be fine.
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Old 10-19-2019, 07:10 AM   #3
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Pretty sure HG issues were resolved by then. I had 250k miles on a 97 Legacy GT and currently had 230k on my 9-2x (WRX) before I swapped motors. Be diligent with changing oil and other fluids. Do regular maintenance and as long as it wasn't beat on before you it will be fine.
Thanks a lot for your feedback!! I did a bit of reading yesterday and it said that years 2003 to 2007 Patty had issues with the head gasket. I sure hope that that is the case and it was resolved. I will do my due diligence and pull the Carfax. Current owner has already checked all the fluids and change most to prepare for the engine swap but obviously hasnít Gone that route.For that reason I do feel relatively confident in the engines performance in ability. I will make sure to swap out the oil on a regular basis. Has anyone else experienced any issues with these engines?
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Old 10-19-2019, 08:53 AM   #4
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I have a 06 wagon 2.5i and its been a great car needing only brakes and tires in its life and of course fluids until the front lower control arm broke off from rust. Great car, no problems with the engine good in snow and ice just do a good check for rust on the LCA were they mount to the front cradle.
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I have a 06 wagon 2.5i and its been a great car needing only brakes and tires in its life and of course fluids until the front lower control arm broke off from rust. Great car, no problems with the engine good in snow and ice just do a good check for rust on the LCA were they mount to the front cradle.
Great tip! Thanks a lot for that Iíll be sure to have a look for it.
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Old 10-19-2019, 01:08 PM   #6
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Definitely take a look for rust given the age. Get it to a mechanic or someplace you get it on a lift and inspect the underside.
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Old 10-19-2019, 02:43 PM   #7
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Definitely take a look for rust given the age. Get it to a mechanic or someplace you get it on a lift and inspect the underside.
I've seen the car up on hoist already, and it looks great. There is not much rust on vehicles here as we don't use a lot of salt on the roads.. more sand. So they don't tend to get too bad. There is some small deposits of rust on two fenders.. but I feel like that's common.

Thanks for the feedback.. and I do tend to take it to mechanic to have it looked over once it's mine!!
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Old 10-19-2019, 10:43 PM   #8
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I have a 2007 wagon with 123k on it right now, the previous owner had headgaskets done around 100k so they are still a problem on this year! They also had the clutch and throw out bearing done too, but that was more preventative because they were taking a several thousand mile road trip. No other issues Iíve seen in all the records Iíve had. I would do the PCV valve at this age, the reason the PO wanted it gone was that it consumed oil (about a quart every 1-2k miles) but changing the PCV really cut down on that, oil consumption on these is pretty normal.

Really nothing else on mine, I would check the AC as mine is a little weak but Iím guessing it just needs a recharge next year before summer
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Old 10-20-2019, 11:42 AM   #9
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The Clutch seems tight... but I'm a little weary about the throwout bearing? Is this a know issue.. was it done just only due to the tear down for clutch replacement??
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Old 10-20-2019, 05:34 PM   #10
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I think itís just a do it while theyíre there, I donít think the PO was great at driving stick, my last 5MT had 190k on the original clutch and bearing and was doing fine

Make sure it has matched tires and all of that, especially take it up to speed on highway to make sure the center diff isnít cooked
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Old 10-20-2019, 10:42 PM   #11
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How will I know if the center diff is cooked? The Current owner says heís changed all of the differential oil and the engine oil, transmission oil and new red fluid.

I also have another odd question. Iím not sure if I totally trust speedometer on this car. The Carfax kilometers registered does not match the car. Iím assuming itís easy to switch out a Speedo
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