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    Owning a Subaru - Any advice?

    Hopefully going to look at a 2nd hand 2007 Subaru Impreza on Wednesday. Was wondering if anyone here has owned one, and if so, what are the pros and cons? I've already done some research but would like to know more about the day-to-day experience of running one.

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    Midland Scoobies

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    Forums I requent. Hade a 1998 Sport now for about 4.5 years, not had any major issues. Before I got it, got all the "you will spends alot on servicing" etc "high fuel costs"
    Yes, with my heavy foot, city driving is 23-26 depending on time of year, but at the same time, my dads Focus was worse!
    If you are getting a turbo, I would definatly recommend finding a local garage that has expierance of Subaru's.

    Gary

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    Just remember that corners should be taken sideways and away you go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiamH View Post
    Just remember that corners should be taken sideways and away you go.
    And finding a nice empty (large) carpark in the snow is the best time you will have....

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    Turbo or non? The NA models are not quick, even the 2.0. The turbo (in whichever form) is obviously a weapon. Can be pretty thirsty. Great build quality though.

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    Going to look at an RB320 at a garage, 52k on the clock. Currently own a Focus RS Mk 1 and the MPG looks like it will be similar. Any problems I should look out for?

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    RB320! Nice. I assume you have found RB320 Owners Club

    3S-gtech: yes, comparing against a Turbo, the NA isnt that fast, but the NA is no snail.

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    How old are you? I assume you have an idea on the cost of insurence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gparr View Post
    but the NA is no snail.
    I drove a classic 2.0 NA a while back - it was alright, but a modern diesel in the same class would scorch it. Not been in one as recent as the OP is seeing, so may be much better now.

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    @gparr: Yup, came accross the 320oc during my research.
    @FN-GM: Quite old - got 10 years no claims. I did a quick quote online and was pleasantly surprised to see it was less than I expected!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerry View Post
    @FN-GM: Quite old - got 10 years no claims. I did a quick quote online and was pleasantly surprised to see it was less than I expected!
    Your lucky, for me it would be huge!

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    Still not cheap though, but I am over 25. It's roughly £150 more than my RS, but I added breakdown cover to the quote. I think tax is going to hurt a bit more.

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    How do you find the RS day to day Gerry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Your lucky, for me it would be huge!
    dont bank on it sometimes you can get cheap insurance on silly cars iirc i was once quoted less for a sierra cosworth than a 1.8d orion its silly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerry View Post
    I think tax is going to hurt a bit more.
    Yeah, the top c02 bracket post 2006 prices are pretty harsh so road tax would be around £450 pear year IIRC. Plus by all accounts you'll be lucky to get 20mpg so it'll definitely cost a good bit more to run than the Focus RS. I was tempted by one a few years back but the running costs scared me off to be honest!

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