2005 Subaru Impreza User Reviews

2005 Subaru Impreza Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 48 reviews

  • Performance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 25 reviews
"power" 17 reviews
"speed" 12 reviews
"handling" 12 reviews
"awd" 9 reviews
CONS
"power" 10 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"turbo" 4 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"speed" 3 reviews

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Brian writes:
2005 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS Wagon Review
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5

Pros

Practical, fun, quick, smooth, comfortable, driver focused interior. Great for everything.

Cons

engine (non-turbo, would have loved the turbo wagon) but i can't complain about the non-turbo engine, because that is fantastic as well.

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This Car Is Great For Living In The Real World. — The 2.5 flat 4 is great. Good low and mid-range power, falls a bit at the top end, but to be expected because it is the non-turbo model. This, with the all wheel drive and the independent suspension make it a fantastic handling car, good for all around use. I happen to have a particular liking for the wagon version, due to the fact that you don't really expect it to be quick, fun and overall great. The insurance is cheaper too, compared to the sedan. I love the look of the 04-05 Impreza. It is incredibly racy and aggressive, like if you look at it they wrong way, it will bite your head off. The best thing about the Subaru, is that its a Subaru! fantastically reliable, relatively cheap to run, fun to drive, and plenty of aftermarket support for modifying.

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Patrick writes:
2005 Subaru Impreza WRX Review
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Pros

Extremely fun to drive, tough unibody design, Performance AWD car for under 30k!!

Cons

Stock wheels are a joke for this car.

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2005 Subaru Wrx — Fast but turbo lag sucks, needs better downpipe and CPU flash. Stock Shifter a bit notchy. Factory wheels and tires a joke for this car, this is why I dont give it amazing for performance. AWD performance is unbeatable in all conditions. Interior is nice. Fuel exonomy is excellent if you stay off the turbo...Good luck with that!! Still an overall excellent car thats designed from the ground up to perform. It's just that Subaru detunes the engine -20hp for the states and adds stock Legacy wheels and tires to keep costs down. This car takes very well to upgrades however.

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James writes:
2005 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS Sport Review
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5

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Cheap to buy and maintain.
Fun to play with.
Clean and quick.
Great Daily Driver
Can go fast, but can also drive your granny to the grocery store.
Snow has nothing on this car.
Performance is more than enough for those who want a commuter car.
IMO Best looking of all the bunch.

Cons

Lacks the grunt of it's older brothers
Performance-only minded drivers may find more enjoyment in other cars for the same price. Such as the Civic Si series.
Weak Alternator - in laymen's terms, the electrical output is lower than average.
Looks funky without a spoiler.

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A Daily Driver With Muscle. — This is my first car, and I absolutely love it. It comes out of the box with better performance than your general econobox. However, if you wish to make it peppier, the options for aftermarket parts are definitely there. Perhaps it's main pro is that for a under 20k car it comes with AWD, which is a great heltp in winter time if you live in Chicago like me. It's decently fast, and it can turn pretty well too. It's definitely above average if hyou're looking at a commuter car. All that and you can use 87 octane as well. So it's super cost-effective. Gas mileage is 22 MPG Street and 28 MPG Highway. While not great it is abvoe average. For the power you get, it's great. Like any street-car it has plenty of low end grunt. It has enough to get you past thae car ahead of you on a lane merge. For the tuner, it presents a challenging project, as power does not come easily to the 2.5RS like it does for the beefier brothers, the WRX and the WRX STi.

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Trey writes:
2005 Subaru Impreza WRX Review
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Performance, modding capabiltiy, "rawness" of the car (no bells and whistles just business)

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Not the greatest looking car to many.

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Great Performance For The Money And Awd Is Icing On The Cake. — Performance of this car is amazing with a few simple mods. Build quality is very good but the light weight of all the parts and the minimal noise reduction leads to some fun rattles. Although most won't agree i love how the car looks... especially after a front lip and a slight drop. Gas mileage is good considering the performance and AWD of the car. I would consider this car on the lever of a Lotus in the fun to drive factor (after some light modding) because of how light and responsive they are. The car is extremely "raw".

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collyers writes:
2005 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport Special Edition Wagon Review
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5

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Great handling, well powered for the average driver with a little pep when you need it on the highway or mountain switchbacks in snow.

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Can't find the fuel filter.

collyers
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Nice And Tough Little Ride. — I like the inclement weather handling of this car it is far superior turning in snow than a longer wheel base and the ride is very similar. It is comfortable for four passengers and the reduced hatch space still allows for lots of stuff. Mileage is not way up there compared to similar sized cars, but its worth having the extra power. Keeping up with fuel economy simply requires changing out the coils, plugs, wires and fuel filter and solves most rough idle and diminished performance issues and these can be done yourself with no trouble. The design and assembly of this car is well done with a place for everything in the engine compartment and adequate space that makes it easier to dig in and repair things - for instance, I can replace the plug wires without much trouble. This is my fourth Subaru and so far my favorite.

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corey_cant writes:
2005 Subaru Impreza WRX Review
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4

Pros

Lightweight.
Handles great.
Fast.
Fun!
Comfortable for a sports car.
Easy to modify.
I personally get 23mpg, so economical.

Cons

Little brakes, but functional.
Little leg room in back.

corey_cant
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I Love My Wrx — I would say all in all the vehicle is an excellent sports car. Its light, its quick, and its fun. Fun! For the price you can't go wrong either. Its my first import and I've been hooked. When you sit down it gives the impression it wants to just hug you while you take it out for a spin. Its economical enough and comfortable enough to daily drive. Everything seems where it should be. Has been very reliable to me, top of radiator finally blew after 98k miles. Its a great beginner sports car, and great to build up. When you run it through its paces you really begin to notice the potential of the car. It seems if it has a learning curve, you can do so much with it once you get the feel. Granted its a sedan, it isn't a family car. For the price, its a steal.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Sharda writes:
2005 Subaru Impreza Review
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5

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Handeling

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Needs more speed!

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My Car Rocks! — This car is so much fun to drive, gas mileage kinda sucks. Black paint and black leather interior, dark black tint...imagine how sweet it looks! Excellent condition no repairs needed. the only thing I would say that needs changing is SPEED!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Ryan writes:
2005 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS Sport Review
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5

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fast, exelent handling/braking/acceleration

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Slow through lower rpms

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Fun To Drive — fast but quiet, with a cold air intake, and an exhaust this car would be better, stock intake chokes out the motor, feels like it needs to be able to breath better, over all good car, very responsive, all around fun to drive

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Patrick writes:
2005 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS Review
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AWD, economical, good mechanic

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Four doors but not a lot of space for people behind

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Awesome Car — Living in a country where we get a lot of snow, an AWD is not luxury. Subaru makes the best AWD vehicules there are, and this impreza 2.5rs gives me everything I want, security, economical, and fun to drive... At the moment there's no other car I would want over this one

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Lawrence writes:
2005 Subaru Impreza WRX Review
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Quick, AWD, 4 doors, low-key performance

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Weak transmission relative to AWD.

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Cool — Quick and versatile.

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2012 Subaru Impreza Reviews

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2011 Subaru Impreza Reviews

Overall Good Reliable Car For 21k By pooderheads

Love the all wheel drive in winter, low maintenance, will last a long time like most subarus, parts are moderately priced, looks like WRX (hatch), great cargo space. Don't like the passenger front sea... Read More

Ilove The Car It Is Probably The Best Handeling Car I Ever Owned By geomanski

Not the best riding car but then it was never ment to be.It has power almost on demand I wanted to get the STI but when I drove the WRX it was a very close second and if I wanted more power the p... Read More

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2010 Subaru Impreza Reviews

Awesome By Craig

This care has never left me stranded! It is great in snow, ice, rain, or any other type of weather! The look is elegant and sophisticated. The interior has many options that make the car comfortable a... Read More

Great Little Car By jakereese

I just got this car a week ago so this will be a short review for now. First on the looks. I love the look of this car, I find myself checking it out often. Build quality: There are some noise whe... Read More

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2009 Subaru Impreza Reviews

09 Impreza By shawje

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One of best decisions I've made was trading in my 2004 WRX for an 09 WRX! Although I think my 04 looked Beefy like the Incredible Hulk... this WRX has the little niceties (MP3, Bluetooth - phone, Sat... Read More

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