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24th January 2011, 12:11 PM #1
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.
24th January 2011, 12:23 PM #2
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.
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Gerry (24th January 2011)
24th January 2011, 12:26 PM #3
Just remember that corners should be taken sideways and away you go.
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tech_guy (24th January 2011)
24th January 2011, 12:29 PM #4
And finding a nice empty (large) carpark in the snow is the best time you will have....
Originally Posted by LiamH
24th January 2011, 12:37 PM #5
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.
24th January 2011, 12:55 PM #6
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?
24th January 2011, 12:59 PM #7
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.
24th January 2011, 01:00 PM #8
How old are you? I assume you have an idea on the cost of insurence.
24th January 2011, 01:02 PM #9
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.
Originally Posted by gparr
24th January 2011, 01:15 PM #10
@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!
24th January 2011, 01:16 PM #11
Your lucky, for me it would be huge!
Originally Posted by Gerry
24th January 2011, 01:28 PM #12
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.
24th January 2011, 01:39 PM #13
How do you find the RS day to day Gerry?
24th January 2011, 01:40 PM #14
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
Originally Posted by FN-GM
24th January 2011, 01:42 PM #15
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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