The basis of the manic WRX , the standard Impreza is sound second-hand value
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.
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.
This one is a good, solid car that will not cause you trouble as long as it has been properly serviced.