I bought this car brand new in 2005. Back then I was looking at the Impreza, but Saab had employee pricing with tons of rebates so I couldn't go wrong. For the same price as the Subaru ended up gettin...
I bought this car brand new in 2005. Back then I was looking at the Impreza, but Saab had employee pricing with tons of rebates so I couldn't go wrong. For the same price as the Subaru ended up getting the same car with: Leather, heated seat/mirrors/windshield, Xenon Headlights, Sunroof, all of which are things that were not even offered on the trim I was looking at.
Now, to the reviews...
Comfort: The seats are really firm. They provide plenty of lateral hip and back support, but they're not all that comfortable. You start to notice them quickly on long trips. The overall layout is very nice though.
Performance: All wheel drive is great. 165hp is enough to get you around, nothing special. Gas mileage is pretty weak for a 4 cylinder, I average 26 mpg.
Exterior Styling: I like it, especially for a wagon.
Interior Styling: I LOVE the way the interior looks, absolutely LOVE it. The dash is real nice too, not the super cheap hard plastic you get these days with Mazda and Chevrolet. It's actually plush to the touch. The center bezel is plastic, but it flows nicely and looks like it belongs. The seats in the back are cramped, would not recommend for adults. Amazing how much stuff you can fit into a wagon, especially with the seats down.
Value for the money: If you're looking for an Impreza, consider this instead, if you can find one for sale.
Reliability: I'm currently at 90K miles. Had to replace a wheel bearing at 60K (common occurrence) and the valve cover seals at 80K (another common occurrence). Outside of that and regular maintenance, in 5.5 years the car never left me stranded and nothing else needed to be replaced.
Overall Ratings: I would buy it again.