Subaru Coupes and Compact Cars Ratings
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2005 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Sedan
Advice: join the clubI went to the Subaru dealership with full intentions on buying a 2.5 RS. After test driving it I found it to be great in all aspects. I wanted to see what a WRX was like so I test drove a silver one. I bought it right then. The reliability, power, handling, and versatility are unmatched by any make or model world-wide. I did pay more than i wanted to for any car, but the WRX is not just any car. I now own a 2005 WRX that i drive effortlessly through snow, rain and everything else while laughing at the gas slurping SUV flounder about while using four wheel drive. From environment friendly to your pocket book, every angle is covered. I would recommend the WRX to my mother and my friends.
2005 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Wagon
Pros: Having a car that never gets old.
Cons: ....Ceiling fabric
Advice: Get the turbo gauge (to predict lag), the short sifter, and the arm rest.Ok....where to start.... This car is noisy, lets you feel road bumps and is not the ideal luxury car. However, this car is something that most cars will never be - a sports car that is truely great in bad conditions, that holds a ton of cargo and yet will...ok 0 - 60 in 5.4 seconds. CONS: -Noise -Cheap ceiling fabric -Cd player glitchy once in a while -turbo lag PROS: -Drivers's seat feels like sitting in a fighter jet. Everything adjusts. With the short throw shifter and the arm rest, you can shift with your fingertips! The steering wheel is so soft and shaped perfectly. Wonderful Ergonomics! Climate control is nice! Heater/AC work great. Defroster is fast. Speakers are offset by the noise of the car somewhat, but are high quality. -Over 3000 RPM, acceleration is absolutly incredible; akin to engaging warp drive. Gear ratios picked very well though modulating the throttles interesting with turbo lag. When steering, the car simply does as ordered - no tilting. Great car in traffic; able to shift lanes quickly. Good visibility. Watch the speed though. This car feels at 100 as most do at 45. The turbo sound is intoxicating. Meets EPA mileage. -I packed up my entire life and moved across the country in this vehicle. Plenty of room. Good performance when fully loaded. Great places to strap thing down (and you'll need to in this car) -You can feel the road. AWD works great too. Good ground clearance and somehow low center of gravity. Feels very solid - very rigid. No chassis rattles. -Not a cop finder. In fact, the innocent looks make it that much funnier after you burn the modded civic at the light. Great exterior. Beautiful machine.
2005 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Wagon
Advice: Drive it, you will like it!After testing Acura RSX-S, Mini Cooper S, and Neon SRT/4, I bought a Subaru WRX Impreza Sport Wagon. Everything about it seemed better: acceleration (esp. smoothness), ride, handling, finish, interior and sound system. I have owned many sports cars in the 45 years that I have been driving and this is one of the Best!
2005 Subaru Impreza - 2.5RS (M5) Sedan
Pros: CD I GUESS
Cons: WELL IT WAS NICE TO MOVE THE CUP HOLDER FROM OVER THE RADIO- TAPE PLAYER
Advice: TAKE ONE OUT FOR A TEST DRIVEPURCHASED A 2005 IMPREZA 2.5 RS SEDAN LIKE THE AWD HAD A 1994 IMPREZA. LIVE UP HERE IN FAIRBANKS ALASKA, IT IS THE ONLY CAN TO DRIVE. DOES EXCELLANT IN THE SNOW.
2003 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Wagon
Pros: Performance and handling
Cons: Nothing in particular bothers me.
Advice: If stealth is what you want, check out the wagon. It's better looking and practical too.Quite surprising power above 3500 rpm. Not much punch off the line unless you abuse the clutch, but from about 20 to 80 mph, hang on! At first the turbo lag was an issue, but now that I've learned how to drive the car, I rarely notice it. Handling was the big surprise. You don't expect a car that looks like this to be such a canyon burner! It takes a set in a corner and just claws it's way around it. This has got to be THE biggest sleeper on the road. This is a fantastic car, and so, so much fun to drive.
2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Sedan
Pros: Performance, gas mileage (27mpg highway), AWD
Cons: no standard turbo guage
Advice: I would skip on the carbon fiber trim and get the Turbo boost guage and upgraded stereoThe first time I drove the WRX I was hooked. I remember taking the car out (without the dealer :-), finding the closest backroad, pulling up to an empty 4-way intersection, revving the engine to 5000 rpm's and dropping the clutch while in first gear. The car was explosive! It took off the line like a rocket! All 4 tires squeeking for a split second and then I was gone! I bought it the very next day and have been happy ever since (80k miles later).
2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Wagon
Pros: Power and lots of it.. and handling is awesome .. saved my bacon more than once
Cons: uh... the ABS can't do it as well as I can
Advice: Hold on... tight.... grit teeth... smile and laugh hysterically.... OK, now start it upThis is the best all around car I've ever owned (over 30 cars). I feel safe in it because I know the car can do anything I ask of it. Only the Cooper S (1963) could corner better and only the 69 Road Runner was quicker to speed. My wife also loves this car dearly and is not afraid to push it hard. It's wonderful on snow and ice, with fresh rubber, anyway. The ABS is a bit odd, but you do get used to it. All of the complaints I've ever heard about turbo lag and so forth, do not exist with this car. I even like the stereo. The seats are terrific and you can go all day without destroying your lower back. It's got 65,000 miles on it and I have only had a very few minor problems... a window popped off the track and it had a radiator hose go south. Other than that....zip. At this mileage it still blows away the usual Audi's and BMW's. Ho hum...