While the car has served me well over the years, at 150k miles it is starting to require an increasing frequency of maintenance, such as replacing aged gaskets and seals. The rear bumper cap wraps all the way to the rear wheel openings and is contoured for a sporting effect. If the initial price is too high, it may have a stigma attached to it that will be hard to overcome. Momo is also wheelmaker to Ferrari and other exotic carmakers, so the wheel bears the Momo logo in its center, rather than Subaru. I decided on the Subaru for the all-wheel-drive feature. Certainly Subaru dealers have never experienced anything like this, so buyers may encounter dealer markups. It took 15 minutes to clear a frosty backlight in 20-degree weather.
It's very fun to drive. Top speed fell 6 mph to 139, and the worn Bridgestone tires could only manage 0. Rallying inspired the huge oval headlamps and the large round fog lamps set in the cavernous lower radiator opening. Four-wheel disc brakes are standard, with big 11. When the turbo came up to full boil at about 3300 rpm, the drivetrain transferred the power to forward motion -- and plenty of it -- with no drama.
The rear seat is roomy for a subcompact. There's also a set of butterfly valves in the intake manifold that have the top third of the butterfly disc removed. The latter is a welcome change because on the highway, the 22B was about as relaxed as Sam Kinison. It's fun to drive with the five-speed. Daily commutes became foot-to-the-floor qualifying sessions. And the standard audio system sounds greet.
I checked, the engine's still there. The hood scoop forces air into the turbo's intercooler. The gauges are positioned under a semicircular pod on the dash, the speedometer centrally located with the tachometer off to the right. The supportive, racing-style seats are adjustable for tilt and height and have beefy side bolsters. These courses are usually set up in parking lots, so there's nothing to run into and the cars go through one at a time. Subaru estimates that the split between body styles will be 80 percent sedan and 20 percent wagon, although we estimate the demand for the wagon to be greater than that in the long run. In the car's first 500 miles, the praise had already started.
As mentioned, its turbocharged and intercooled 2. We also saw the car in silver, and the car will be offered in standard plus two special colors, but the blue is our favorite. It's also a perfect size for my needs. During that service we also had the transmission and differential fluids changed, procedures that are recommended by the manual but not mandated. It's also a perfect size for my needs. The brakes left a similarly warm, fuzzy feeling. That bodes well for its long-term durability, as well as for the other Impreza models, which are built on the same solid chassis.
Knowledgeable rally enthusiasts have been lusting for this type of car for years. Still, it didn't warrant a new gearbox, if indeed that was the culprit. Saito and others admitted that Subaru has been going haggling with parent company Fuji Heavy Industries over the price. If you're one of them, be wary, as we've heard stories of dealers not honoring warranties if the car has been autocrossed. At least the car's performance held up over its stay.
Value-oriented models are gone, replaced by high-performance models. Nothing is more satisfying than smoking the old guy driving an automatic-equipped Corvette complete in the requisite Corvette jacket and embarrassing him in front of the blonde 30 years his junior in the passenger seat. But then again, it's about half the price of an in-car system. In fact, there are no factory options, though ground effects moldings, a rear spoiler, and 17-inch wheels and tires will be available as dealer or port-installed options. The front track has increased by 20 mm, and rear suspension members were strengthened to add lateral support and reduce understeer.
We didn't get to sample how well the optional four-speed automatic transmission works with the turbo engine, but smaller engines with large turbochargers usually tend to work quite well with automatics as they keep the boost up during shifts. Small scoops around the fog lamps are indeed functional, channeling cooling air toward the front brake disks. With wagons becoming cool again, a seriously fast, practical sport wagon should be a sure-fire recipe for success. Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. Finally, they used three catalytic converters for cleaner emissions: a pre-converter is just before the turbo, a front catalytic converter is mounted next to the manifold, and a rear cat is mounted midship.
The single Mitsubishi-supplied turbo adds 14. For the past decade, while Subaru's U. Walkaround Subaru has looked after the details in updating the Impreza line. Up front, twin-piston sliding calipers grab 11. We didn't hesitate to heap copious amounts of slobbering, unbridled praise on it. We found that the unit's screen is too small and that learning the software for downloading maps and getting directions is more difficult than simply entering in an address. Shifter action isn't the most precise, but it gets the job done.