What should I look for in a used Subaru Impreza saloon?
The sporty Imprezas - and particularly the saloon versions - are very popular with trackday enthusiasts, so ask the seller about what the car has been used for. If it has been a regular on the race circuits, only you will be able to decide if that's something you want to worry about.
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? 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 remedial work has been carried out.