Subaru Ratings

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    2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Turbo enging coupled to AWD - super stealth supercar

    Cons: Radio antenna placement, needs more power features

    Advice: Dont drive one unless you are willing to purchase it!!!!!!!!!!!!

    After driving a 97 Maxima, I had a taste for luxury and speed. My next vehicle was a Jetta GLX. It was a sad disappointment from a performance and a comfort standpoint. The Jetta is simply too small for a 6'3' person and the performance was sub par. After some horribile quality problems, I test drove a WRX wagon and was thouroughly hooked. I can say this WRX is the fastest car I have ever owned and every day I drive reinforces the belief that this is the best car I have ever owned. It is lacking in luxury features, but the power the car delivers is truly intoxicating and makes up for any other shortcomings ( I have not found any yet). The car has more than enough headroom due to WRC heritage and the need to wear race helmets. It also has ample room for the outdoor recreations that I enjoy (mountain biking, snowboarding, etc.). Only dislikes are: 1. Needs more power features (passenger side one touch up/down window controls) and sunroof. 2. Antenna placement on A pillar

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    2002 Subaru Outback - H6-3.0 L.L. Bean Edition (A4) Wagon

    Pros: Great Stereo Sound

    Cons: Premium fuel required by 6 cyl. engine.

    Advice: The L.L. Bean Edition with its extra options is worth the price.

    Very smooth ride. Great sound system with optional CD-Changer Stereo. Seating very comfortable. Engine has excellent response. Brakes are outstanding. Very predictable handling.

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    2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Wagon

    Pros: Turbo Engine

    Cons: Stock stereo

    Advice: Buy one

    Amazing acceleration and traction. Turns without leaning and the steering is extremely light and precise. The care goes exactly where you point it and tracks straight and true at any speed.

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    2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Sedan

    Pros: TURBO!

    Cons: none so far.

    Advice: Best buy for the price

    Very powerful and fun to drive.

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    2002 Subaru Forester - L (M5)

    Pros: Head room

    Cons: Get's dings easy.They need to improve this big time.

    Advice: If you don't like dings

    Good performance,not great.But that's what I want.I don't want my wife driving our kids in a car with 220hp.The faster the car the more trouble you can get in.This car is good for passing and getting on the parkway.

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    2002 Subaru Outback - H6-3.0 L.L. Bean Edition (A4) Wagon

    Pros: The silent and turbine smooth Boxer-6 engine

    Cons: The fact that the seat heaters are all or nothing

    Advice: Get the H6-3.0; this car needs the power.

    This wagon can accomodate 5 people, their luggage, and skis for a week-long ski trip. It is exceptionally smooth, well built, and quiet. The H-6 is an exceptional engine that is superior to it's eupropean compition. GM should use Subaru's engines in it's Saab line. I can only imagine it as a Saab Turbo. Overall the Subaru is a better car the Volvo, and it's all-wheel drive system is technically superior to both the Audi and Volvo. This is a great family car, and I would recomend it to and SUV owner as well. Way to go GM for buying Fugi Heavy Industry.

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    2002 Subaru Forester - L (M5)

    Pros: I finally have a shoulder restraint that doesn't rub my neck - the height of the attachment is adjustable.

    Cons: It's just a little small in the seat (I'm plus size) - the seat belt catch (on the driver's right side) rubs my hip until I adjust it out of the way every time.

    Advice: Check out the government safety tests - Subaru excells!

    Zippy and fun. The 4WD holds to the road securely but not obviously. When my Nissan Pathinder was in 4WD and I made low speed turn to park, I could feel it pulling itself thru the turn. The Forrester just feels like I'm driving!