What should I look for in a used Subaru Impreza estate?
Imprezas are very popular with trackday enthusiasts, although that's less true with the estate than it is with the saloon. However, it's still prudent to ask the seller whether the car has seen many race circuits in its time. Our advice is to find out the fact before you buy.
Ask about any damage or repairs. Take a good look at the service history, too - has any routine maintenance been missed or done late as cash-strapped owners try to cut corners. How has the car you're considering been used? Hard-driven examples need frequent changes of brake and suspension parts.
A recall launched by Subaru UK in late 2004 affected about 1500 cars, and was over concerns that a control valve cover might come loose, causing oil to leak, which could lead to the risk of fire. Check to see if your car was affected, and if any necessary work has been done.