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Old 05-13-2008, 11:01 AM   #1
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Question Tell me about 98-01 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS



I'm possibly looking to buy one of these for winter season, while my Crx sleeps. :laugh:

Anyways, how are these cars ? Decent gas mileage ? Reliable ?
I want the RS for the 4WD. :thumbup:
Are they hard to find in good shape these days ?

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Old 05-13-2008, 11:09 AM   #2
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funny ive been looking at them too, apparently they are boring cars but very reliable.
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Old 05-13-2008, 11:11 AM   #3
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I would definetly drive one of these, amazing cars.
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Old 05-13-2008, 11:27 AM   #4
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this girl i know has a 4 door RS

all wheel drive and she drove it off the road.
and got it tboned..
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Old 05-13-2008, 11:34 AM   #5
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they handle great, good on gas, CHEAP on insurance.
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Old 05-13-2008, 12:08 PM   #6
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Are the outback/legacy/forester reliable as well?
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Old 05-13-2008, 12:38 PM   #7
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Are the outback/legacy/forester reliable as well?
They are just as good if not better.
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Old 05-13-2008, 12:48 PM   #8
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They are just as good if not better.
i thougth the outback or legacy have a headgasket problems?

correct me if im wrong please.
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Old 05-13-2008, 12:57 PM   #9
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i thougth the outback or legacy have a headgasket problems?

correct me if im wrong please.
From what I have seen, only the older models (pre 2000) legacy/outback have had headgasket issues, and this is with atleast 200k's on the clock.

Im not a subaru expert by any means, im basing my judgements on the cars that pass through my shop.

I suggest to anyone looking into buy a vehicle, to do extensive research and not just take anyones word for it.
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Old 05-13-2008, 01:41 PM   #10
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^I almost bought a legacy GT...I heard the same thing about head gasket issues and rust.. Decided to go with Audi A4 instead.
I don't know for sure but seems to me Subaru packed/copied things from many german manufacturers and put it into one car.

Boxer engine = Porsche
AWD = Audi
Handling/braking = Bmw
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Old 05-14-2008, 02:33 AM   #11
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Are the outback/legacy/forester reliable as well?
One of the most reliable cars you can find! The only problem is the headgaskets on EJ25 motors, but a used JDM motor is about $700 and take 5 hours to do a swap. Also older 2.2 Turbos have transmission problems (but engines are great!). I have been driving Subarus for about 5 years now, and as much as i hate to say it, FAR more reliable then any BMW i have seen (and i work with them all day long)...
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Old 05-13-2008, 12:34 PM   #12
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I breifly considered them before I started looking at M5's. Not bad, they have dropped in price, and rust seems to be the main problem, along with headgasket failures.
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Old 05-13-2008, 05:03 PM   #13
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i wanted to get one of those too. They are soooo DOPE rides

Aren't WRX STi coming next year considering the 15year rule and WRX STi were sold in 1994.?
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Old 05-13-2008, 07:27 PM   #14
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Ha, i've been considering/looking at these too lately. I've always loved them and almost bought a black 2.5rs before i picked up my 328.

Apperently the Impreza's have the same headgasket issue that the Legacy's have in 2000 i think.

Also, the Impreza's (Subaru's) are much better cars than Audi's in terms of handling and AWD systems, but their two different classes of cars!

Can anyone WITH one of these cars comment on the Fuel consumption? I want something a little better than my car!
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