Subaru im­prezzive

The ba­sis of the manic WRX , the stan­dard Im­preza is sound sec­ond-hand value

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man­ual trans­mis­sion with op­tional four-speed au­to­matic. On road, the Im­preza showed the ad­van­tage of AWD, with poise and trac­tion on all sur­faces. It came into its own on slick sur­faces, where other two-wheel drive cars strug­gled.

There were three vari­ants— R, RX and RS— be­fore you got to the sporty fir­ma­ment of the WRX. The RS had been a sporty model in ear­lier Im­prezas, but was now a reg­u­lar model with the same me­chan­i­cal pack­age as the rest of the reg­u­lar range.

NOW

The Im­preza doesn’t have any is­sues that need con­cern a used-car buyer. The trade gives them its tick of ap­proval.

But one thing to be aware of is that, as with all boxer en­gines, they use oil and you need to keep on top of it by reg­u­larly check­ing the level and top­ping up as needed.

Don’t think it will be right to leave it un­til the next ser­vice. You might run out mean­while and that could mean a big re­pair bill. Check­ing the oil level on any car un­der con­sid­er­a­tion is cru­cial. If it is down, ask why.

Some own­ers be­come less fo­cused on ser­vic­ing once the war­ranty runs out, of­ten skip­ping or de­lay­ing ser­vices and that can be where trou­ble starts. Be at­ten­tive if in­spect­ing a car out of war­ranty.

SMITHY SAYS

This one is a good, solid car that will not cause you trou­ble as long as it has been prop­erly ser­viced.

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