Used Subaru Impreza Saloon 2002 - 2007 review

Category: Performance car

Section: Advice for buyers

2002 - 2007 review
Subaru Impreza Saloon (02 - 07)
  • Subaru Impreza Saloon (02 - 07)
  • Subaru Impreza Saloon (02 - 07)
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Subaru Impreza saloon?

UK cars in standard trim with full service history are worth a lot more than second-hand imports from Japan, or any decked out with added-on body kits.

The same is true of tuning modifications unless they're Subaru-approved, such as the Prodrive conversions. Watch also for WRXs made into STi look-alikes.

Main dealer servicing is so expensive that many owners use independent specialists - which is fine if one of the couple of dozen 'known' garages are used. The big service needed every three years costs a packet and many owners sell just before it is due.

On test drives, watch for poor clutch take-up because replacements are expensive, and listen out for clonks from worn suspension bushes.

A full check and report by an independent engineer is wise before buying, as falsified mileages are common. Finally, budget for a security tracking device if none is fitted, because your insurer will probably insist on one.

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