Reliability?Fun factor?How often do they need servicing?
Only third party info from mates but
Reliability - Good
Fun factor - Excellent
How often do they need servicing - Frequently but can't remember figure.
Biggest killer is fuel. Drive it "properly" and you'll get about 6mpg
i have a 911 turbo, my mate has a 95 wrx sti. i can tell you now, on twisty a roads and b roads the subaru will piss on my porsche, and anybody tells you any different is a liar.
his car has expensive kayaba suspension, but i was amazed at the handling on greasy back roads.
book a parking place down your local magistrates court
Had a WRX Wagon (Estate) before i bought the RS6, cracking car but the new 2.5 litre ones alot better to drive but lost the rawness compared to the 2 litre ones!!!
Was nearly about to buy a Forester's STI from Litchfields (google them, best importer for subaru's by a long way, and he's just bought a new GTR 35 Skyline, Bastard!!!) But the Mrs Alex J drove the RS and fell in love with it!!!
Also there is a fantastic Subaru Specialist in Wheelers Hill, just off the A130 near Chelmsford.
Hope that helps!
I have owned 5 Impreza Turbos all bought brand new over the last ten years.
The current one is a 2.5 WRX STi Type UK which I have owned for 2 years and the one before was a MY02 STi Type UK Prodrive Style with PPP (300bhp) kit and owned that one for 4 years.
The previous 3 were standard UK spec Impreza turbos of the classic style.
Reliability has been 100% but I have had to have sticking/knocking rear struts changed on both STi's.
The anti roll bar bushes and drop links went on the first one at about 3 1/2 years old but was under warranty as I had taken out the extended warranty.
The bleed nipples in the Brembos can corrode and strip the thread in the alloy caliper when you come to bleed them. The calipers are £500 each, (warranty job again).
I removed the nipples and greased the threads wih copper ease grease to try and stop the corrosion on my latest car.
They point vertically so water runs down the threads after you have washed the car and if it isn't run and the brakes heated up a great deal the moisture corrodes the poorly plated nipples.
New front discs were £208 each plus vat and the front pads are £170 a set + vat all plus fitting, so over £700 to swap at the dealers.!!!!!
Front pads last about 13,000 miles for me.
You can use Alfa Romeo 166 or EVo 6,7 front pads which are available far cheaper, and lotus elise front pads fit the rear.
Pattern front discs were about £160 a pair a couple of years back.
Fuel consumption about 20/22 pretty much all the time.
Service every 10,000 miles or every year on the latest cars, every 7,500 or 6 months on the older cars, but I do my oil and filter every three months or 3000 miles.
Tyres last about 11000 miles if you are lucky, but I have gone through two sets of Bridgestone RE070's in 14,000 miles.
They are the ones with a semi slick outer edge and are very soft.
You could destroy them in a couple of thousand miles very easily on the road, and in an afternoon on track.
I wouldn't own any other car, as it fits 5 adults plus luggage, does acceleration on par with very expensive exotica, can top 160 mph and can switch from 4 wheel to two wheel drive (rwd) with the centre diff control on STi's MY05 and onwards IIRC.
So for the money there is nothing that comes close just on performance on public roads in my opinion.
There are cars that are better on circuits, but you will waste them on bumpy pot holed badly cambered public roads, and if it's raining then it becomes a joke watching BMW M3's dissapear in your mirror from a standing start.
Even in the dry a Audi RS4 V8 is no quicker from a standing start if you have no mechanical sympathy, as I demonstrated to one chap recently.
The STi is no faster than M3's or RS4's and on paper should be slower but the differences can become academic under favourable conditions, and both of those other cars are considerably more expensive than I can afford.
Only EVER run on 97 or 98 octane fuel.
Edited to say tyres last about 10/11,000 miles not 15,000 as I first said. Sorry.
I should point out it's because I own an Impreza I ended up buying a KTM Duke II as Robinsons of Rochdale are a Subaru and KTM dealer.
I happened to be in getting my new rear struts organised when I was told about the KTM open day in 2006 and ended up having a ride and buying a bike after a 30 year lay off from bikes.
Cheers all, some good stuff there.
Looking for a replacement for the Monaro and the STi seems to be a good fit at the moment.
Have you also considered a Mitsubishi Evo ?
Would buy 2nd hand as they heamorage cash if you buy new unless desirable special editions.
Great to drive but terrible interiors. Brilliant fun per £ though !
This was my MY02 STi Prodrive style with Prodrive Performance Pack (PPP).
I don't have a picture of my latest one but it's the one that looks like a Seat from the front.
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i have a 911 turbo, my mate has a 95 wrx sti. i can tell you now, on twisty a roads and b roads the subaru will piss on my porsche, and anybody tells you any different is a liar.his car has expensive kayaba suspension, but i was amazed at the handling on greasy back roads.book a parking place down your local magistrates court
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Scoobies along with Evos are undoubtedly the UGLIEST cars around. It's like the designers copied a drawing his 5 yr old had done.
ive got the gb270 wagon on a 57 plate...great car to drive...fuel consumption crap...but who cares...you dont buy a car like that and worry about mpg! they only made 100 of these..300 saloons...in blue..and 100 wagons in grey..mines got the 18inch black aloys which really finish the car off...i think servicing is every 10k..unlike the evo..which is every 4.5k!!
done 7k so far with no problems...its got the short shift box as standard and a few other goodies..ppp kit upgrading to 270bhp...i totally love it...
So far nothing's putting me off - fuel & serviceable consumption seems on a par with the Monaro with the adv of 4wd for trackdays etc.
I think I prefer the earlier model (as per MTR's pic) to the Seat looking model but aren't terribly fussed.
Evo's seem ok if a bit too clinical IYSIM.
i talk through the mouth not the ass. there is no way my 05 996 turbo will live with a subaru on b roads and tight a roads. give me a circuit and i'll prove that to be different.
but as i stated on the tighter roads a well sorted subaru or evo is unbeatable.
as for no balls.....i've seen you on track.
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