Subaru Impreza Problems

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What small all-wheel drive hatchback should I buy?

Answered by CarsGuide 2 Sep 2020

Small all-wheel drive hatchbacks are rare in Australia, as only a comparatively tiny number of people live in the sort of environments that require the added traction and surety that AWD provides.

Also, most Australian consumers seeking AWD tend to go for smaller SUVs, since they are easier to get in and out of, offer a higher seating position and generally enjoy better resale values. On the flipside, SUVs cost more to buy and run, are not as stable at increased speeds due to their higher centre of gravity and are larger to manoeuvre in tighter parking spots than a small hatchback.

The Subaru Impreza remains the least expensive small AWD hatchback you can buy new, as well as the sole mainstream-branded model starting at under $30,000.

However, while the latest-generation Impreza launched in 2016 it's a huge improvement over previous iterations (with service intervals finally extended  to 12 months/12,500km), there are a few more compelling alternatives in small crossovers – that is, the in-between segment between small cars and SUVs; they boast a few extra centimetres of ground clearance without the bulk. Note only a few crossovers offer AWD as an option.

A recent stint in the new Impreza-derived XV 2.0L Hybrid revealed it to be a powerful and economical crossover with excellent handling and road-holding capabilities. The same applies to the Mazda3-based CX-30 AWD, the Toyota C-HR 1.2L-turbo AWD and Volkswagen T-Roc 140TSI 4Motion - though none are as frugal as the Subaru.

If you're not sold on the idea of an crossover AWD and prefer a small AWD hatchback, then your only other option is to stretch to premium European hatchbacks like the Mercedes-Benz A250 4Matic, BMW M135i xDrive, Audi A3 quattro and Volkswagen Golf R. But all generally cost upwards of $60,000 drive-away - and that's before some of the more desirable options fitted.

Finally, unless you are travelling hundreds of kilometres ever week, there is probably no benefit choosing diesel over petrol, as the former fuel is dirtier for the environment and not as quiet and refined as the latter. Additionally, diesels are falling out of favour with buyers due to their harmful emissions, and most companies are switching to petrol/electric hybrids as a solution. Again, this means the Subaru XV Hybrid AWD.

A long response we know, Jan, but we hope this helps.

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Subaru Impreza and XV 2019 recalled: New small cars and SUVs have potential seatbelt issue

Subaru Impreza and XV 2019 recalled: New small cars and SUVs have potential seatbelt issue

29 Jan 2020 · by Justin Hilliard

Subaru Australia has been forced to recall 721 examples of the Impreza small car and XV small SUV over a potential issue with their seatbelts

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Subaru Impreza 2008: Good price range

Answered by CarsGuide 6 Dec 2019

It would depend on which variant it is, but it’s very low kilometres for its age, which would go in its favour. I would suggest a price of $8,000 - $10,000.

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What car should I buy?

Answered by CarsGuide 30 Aug 2019

The Camry wins on reliability and fuel consumption, but carries the highest price; the Subaru is the least expensive but has the highest fuel consumption ad the lowest resale, while the Kia sits in the middle. The Kia is good value-for-money. If fuel consumption is your priority go for the Camry, if not go for the Kia.

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Subaru Impreza 2017: What's a good replacement?

Answered by CarsGuide 2 Aug 2019

One to try is the Ford Focus; it has a rear view camera, GPS, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and fits within your budget.


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What is the cheapest Subaru?

Answered by CarsGuide 25 Jun 2019

The cheapest new Subaru is the Impreza 2.0i 4D Sedan listed at $22,690. For more info on the latest models, check out our pricing and specs page, and you'll find all Subaru reviews and news here

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Subaru Australia recalls more than 121,000 vehicles: Forester, XV, Impreza, and WRX models impacted

Subaru Australia recalls more than 121,000 vehicles: Forester, XV, Impreza, and WRX models impacted

4 Mar 2019 · by Andrew Chesterton

Subaru has launched a major 121,754-vehicle recall to fix a potential fault which can cause the brake lights to fail (though the brakes themselves will still work), with every Forester, WRX, Impreza ...

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Subaru Impreza 2011: Fitting out exhaust, custom lights and body kit

Answered by CarsGuide 1 Mar 2019

I wouldn’t buy them without doing some homework to make sure they would suit your car. Find a Subaru specialist mechanic, one who can advise on performance options, and check with them.

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Subaru Impreza 2010: Can the RS fit a Holden LS1 engine?

Answered by CarsGuide 22 Feb 2019

It won’t fit without a lot of engineering. If you seriously want to do it you will need to talk to a qualified engineer recognised by Vicroads, and have a large amount of money at your disposal.

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Subaru freezes 60 per cent of global output after faulty part discovered

Subaru freezes 60 per cent of global output after faulty part discovered

24 Jan 2019 · by Andrew Chesterton

If you've got a Subaru on backorder, be prepared to wait a little longer. Because one of the Japanese brand's two global production facilities has been frozen after a suspected faulty in a power- ...

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