Subaru’s Impreza has always had a reputation that consisted of Rally legend and Hooligan Street racer and there’s a very good reason for this. The Impreza performance models were competitively priced and so were snapped up for less than most alternatives. Mainly by former hot hatch lovers wanting more grunt for their money. The Subaru Impreza proved an effective tool.
This was also true about its rally history with victory after victory through the late nineties in the World Rally Championship. The late Colin McCrae made the Subaru Impreza an instant classic having won the WRC title back in 1995. This saw a wave of Japanese imports hit our shores with wannabe rally drivers wanting to get their hands on a WRX version to emulate their hero.
Subaru added a special edition model in 1998 based on the WRX STi. The Subaru Impreza 22B was a wide bodied coupe built to celebrate three WRC titles in manufacturing with only 424 ever built. They are now held in high regard by many enthusiasts and collectors alike.
The Subaru Impreza was a pretty drab car until the Japanese put an X on it and a world class rally car was born. The WRX model was the most desirable at the time with rally car handling and awesome performance. If you want to get your hands on a prime example Heritage Classic Car Insurance have a few tips for you.
The most likely problem with bodywork on the Impreza is poor damage repair. Check all panel gaps for alignment and make sure any re-spray work has been done properly. Also make sure no rot is setting in as these repaired areas may be more susceptible.
The WRX engine needs close inspection when cold and warm. At start up listen for any engine rattle and bearing rumble. After you’ve taken the car for a good run allow it to cool down and then open the bonnet. Take a look for any oil smoke and coolant leakage. Give the accelerator a press if any white smoke comes from the exhaust this could mean imminent turbo failure.
Oil changes are recommended at 3,000 miles and coolant changes every year. Gears can feel a bit notchy and clutch shudder is common. If it crunches between 2nd and 3rd gear it has synchro wear so check this on your test drive. Breaks are good but not outstanding and a bigger set is recommended. Turn the car tightly at slow speed, any clicking noise will be constant velocity joint wear as front drive shafts can take a hammering.
Interior rattles and squeaks are common place. However be sure to check everything works as heater control can stick or even fail to operate. Pay attention to seat operation as this can also fail as well.
The Subaru Company gets its name from the word for ‘The Seven Sisters’ cluster of stars in the Japanese script and the company’s logo reflects the same
Mark Wilkinson, Managing Director Says:
“The nineties was the decade that saw the rise of the Japanese with imports making their mark in the UK for the first time. Practical cars with extra oomph were the order of the day for the Japanese and this era will stay in motoring history forever.”