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SUBARU IMPREZA Used Car Review

Subaru was renowned for models such as the Leone and Jumbuck until a new small car appeared in 1993. The Impreza would take Australia by storm during the 1990s, and a turbocharged performance model called the WRX continues to be a huge cult car (and now its own, separate nameplate). Across several generations, however, regular versions of the Impreza have proven to be sensible compact family cars - with a segment USP of standard all-wheel drive and their distinctive horizontally opposed 'boxer' engines across the range.

Pros

Cons

  • All-wheel-drive system provides assurance on wet, slippery roads
  • Roomy cabin, and particularly practical in hatch form
  • Improved driving experience from latest model (2016 onwards)
  • Build quality and mechanical reliability
  • 'Boxer' engines short on low-down pulling power
  • Extra weight, complexity of AWD hurts fuel economy
  • Design not as distinctive as it once was
  • Older autos short on gears; newer (CVT) auto can take acclimatisation
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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Subaru WRX 1997 GC8 Barn Find low kms

  • 161000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual

Fully stock original WRX this is the cleanest, most original version I could find. It's only done 160,000kms and was a 1 lady owner car until I purchased it approx 6 months ago and I've put about 1km on it, it has never been thrashed has a full service history, timing belt changed at 124000km and rocker cover gaskets changed with all Subaru parts, new tyres, also had a respray recently and has 8 months rego belongs in a museum. This car will ensure the journey is taken in style. Some safety f

$22,000.22
Manly Vale, NSW

10 hours ago

Subaru impreza GX turbo AWD WRX replica GC5 saden cheap

  • 178000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual

Subaru impreza GX awd Intercooler Turbo WRX Gc8 Replica All wheel drive MANUAL 1994 model GC5 GX 4 door saden Full wrx exterior n interior Buck seats Alloy mag wheels Lowered Factory white colour Has been painted Matt black Fog lights Was running before Motor turns over freely but Does not start Selling as is where is Suit fix up n rego or spares, donor car Has minor rust below rear windscreen (See last pic) Car has clear title Can be registered in any state Great little project car No swaps G

$3,450
Austral, NSW

18/05/2022

300kw 99 subaru wrx gc8

  • 260000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual

Hey guys I've had my fun building this car, but I'll be moving interstate and decide not to bring it along. Up for sale or swap is my 300kw 99 gc8 260xxxkm Under 10xxxkm on engine and tune Heres the list of the mods 2.5 closed deck with forged internals built by rob from perfourmance (Will supply specific internals once i find the invoice) Front mount intercooler 1650cc injectors Garrett 3076 twist mount Haltech ps1000 Straight cut 1-4 gearbox Alcon front brakes Brembo rear brakes Custom catc

$25,000Negotiable
Park Ridge, QLD

15/05/2022

2000 Subaru wrx (gc8)

  • 178000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2000 Wrx GC8 Walbro255 fuel pump Hsd coilovers (permits for) Aftermarket radiator Pod filter 265k on body with 178k on motor Turbo back exhaust xforce Vf34 wheel alignment and balance Coolant change and thermostat changed Has recently passed pits Clear side indicators LED headlights Clean Revs check Rocker cover gasket replaced Knock sensor recently replaced MAF sensor recently replaced

$17,500Negotiable
Midland, WA

15/05/2022

1999 gc8 wrx 12months rego

  • 189640 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual

Selling my 1999 gc8 subaru impreza wrx Its been a long project have owned it since 2018, was registered in qld but is now registered in nsw with 12 months rego Stock engine 189,000kms Manual Fmic Front lip Tein bonnet strut conversion Ultrex turbo back exhaust Pod filter Fenix radiator Stainless fan shroud and thermo fans Open door paint job just over a year ago New battery New timing belt New water pump New starter motor New rocker cover gaskets New wiper heads New rear man seal New exceedy

$19,000Negotiable
Wollongbar, NSW

14/05/2022

2000 Subaru Impreza Wrx (awd) 6 Speed Manual Turbo

  • 220000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2000 Subaru WRX GC8 with forged engine and STI gearbox Mods: - EJ25 engine swap with forged internals - CP Pistons - Scat Rods - VF34 STI Turbo - Autronics ECU (Has Anti-Lag and rotational idle switch) - Cold air intake - Bigger TMIC - 6 speed STI gearbox non dccd - Full Whiteline suspension kit including: - Whiteline adjustable coilovers - Whiteline front and rear Strutbrace, H brace. - New clutch replaced January 2022 Has permits for mods and bunch of receipts. Really fun, fast car. Sellin

$24,000
Langford, WA

12/05/2022

1999 Subaru Impreza GC8 RX

  • 195500 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Car is not for sale, going to be bush bashed selling.. Front bar Side skirts Rear bar 1 hella fog light (other broke) Genuine wrx bonnet (steel) scoop and grills included Replica STI wing (fibreglass) Rear door cards Message for prices

$1,234Negotiable
Bellara, QLD

12/05/2022

Subaru Impreza WRX GC8 2000 Manual 2.0T

  • 245000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual

For sale GC8 Manual 2.0T Very fast car see details below. Body has faded clear coat and some dints. Coilovers Bigger turbo Bigger injectors and pump Intercooler front mount Turbosmart plumb back BOV Engine and trans from Gen 2 with approximately 55,000kms 3 inch straight exhaust I think the gearing and diff may be updated Ex shop car from up north Has been tuned a while ago it's at 17psi can take more New rad and hoses Engine oil just changed Much more No tire kickers Windows need new switches

$12,500
Bundaberg Central, QLD

10/05/2022

2000 Subaru Impreza Wrx (awd) 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

  • 79000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Hi Guys thinking of selling Subaru Impreza WRX GC8, It currently has 79,000km and runs absolutely beautiful. The car has been looked after throughout its whole life it’s been garaged by myself and the two previous owners. It has full service history and all original log books. It has never been in an accident or re painted. It is 99% completely stock standard - a boost gauge. I’m asking 40k or closest offer to it. Thank you,

$40,000
Concord, NSW

09/05/2022

1997 SUBARU IMPREZA GC8 WRX

  • 280000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual

Sadly Ive decided to let go of my gc8 as I've got my eyes on another car. Its been a blast to own, goes well and a joy to drive. Chassis is straight with no major rust. Main flaws are aesthetic (paint overall is in good nick other than the spots pictured). Recently had tie rods changed and window stabilisers changed so they dont leak in any noise. Have a spare oem shift boot and a full set of new oem clips for the windshield trim. Interior is overall in great condition just missing a tire cov

$10,500
Perth, WA

08/05/2022

1998 Subaru Impreza WRX N

  • 221000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

1998 Subaru Impreza WRX N PRICE DROP $13,500 Clean, relatively stock GC8. - BOV - 3” aftermarket exhaust - coilovers The paint has a few small scratches/chips but overall it’s in really good condition for its age - no fading or peeling clear coat. The bodywork is in good condition with only a few small dints here and there and the rear bumper has a few stress cracks. Interior is in fantastic condition for its age and would look even better with a proper detail/shampoo. Air con and heater

$13,500
Flinders, NSW

07/05/2022

1996 Subaru gc8 $5800ono

  • 330000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Selling gc8 runs okay needs a tune it has a new clutch, fully sick 15 inch subwoofer, touch screen head unit with apple play and android connect with reverse camera. The car is loud as and can send videos if interested. $5800 ONO selling without rwc and rego may swap for something of interest

$5,800
Tweed Heads South, NSW

27/04/2022

1998 Subaru Impreza Wrx (awd) 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

  • 224731 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

98 WRX GC8 - 224,473km Up for sale is our pride and joy. Car has been driven no more than 5 times in the last year of ownership. Purchased the car un-registered, have jumped through all the hoops to have it registered and permitted to have it 100% road legal as it sits currently. The car has a V3-4 STI short ratio gearbox (TY752VBCAA) and diff to match. V3-4 STI front seats. New tyres and spark plugs and two front CVS were put on the car before it went over the pits. So they are no more tha

$19,000
Serpentine, WA

18/04/2022

1997 wrx gc8 version 4 Australian edition

  • 150000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

1997 gc8 version 1 Australian edition 150ks Serviced every 5000ks Link g4x ecu Vf48 turbo 1400 cc injectors e85 safe Radium fuel rails Gfb reg Sti rims Sti wing Sti taillights Psr headers with turbo smart compgate 40 running 17 pound spring 3 port boost solonoid Perrin cold air intake Killer b coolent res Plasmaman front mount Vallen oil catch can Boosted performance turbo inlet Fuel lines ptfe New window wiper arms and blades New Intake manifold gasket New turbo an header gaskets New bonnet

$13,000
Edmondson Park, NSW

13/04/2022

Subaru WRX 97

  • 5000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual

Wrx Sedan gc8 subaru New Saas steering wheel STI running gear installed Brand new xtreme heavy duty clutch 205 built engine, 5500kms on it. Maybe TD04l turbo , manual boost TEE or pill 4.44 gearbox and diff Front strut top mount brace New ball joints and bushes in the front end. 215 45 17 enzo semi slicks Turbo gauge. Crystal set headlights. Tinted side indicators. Crystal fog lights Top mount intercooler, downpipe 3inch wrapped 3 inch out too the back 4 pot Subaru front brakes street race Bend

$18,000Negotiable
Townsville, QLD

11/04/2022

1997 Subaru Impreza Wrx (awd) 4 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

  • 349800 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

1997 Subaru GC8 WRX Automatic I purchased this off the original owners, it has service books included and has almost no modifications. It will require a few items for RWC, including a new windscreen. Selling "as is" with no registration.

$10,300
Mitcham, VIC

22/03/2022

Wtb******2000 gc8

  • 180000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Wtb******2000 Subaru wrx Not running or unregistered

$1,234Negotiable
High Wycombe, WA

02/03/2022

2000 Subaru Impreza Wrx (awd) 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

  • 186000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

I'm selling my one of a kind Dark Red 2000 Gc8 Wrx. The last of the Gc8, in immaculate condition. Always serviced always looked after. The car comes with Leather seats very rare, in excellent condition. * Tinted Windows * Double din cd player * Aftermarket reverse camera * Vf 34 Turbo * Intercooler * 17 inch Racing rims ( Like new with new tyres ) * Aftermarket HID Headlights and Taillights * STI Spoiler * Twin sony subs with fusion amp Rego Till August 6 months

$22,550Negotiable
Bowral, NSW

25/02/2022

2000 Subaru Impreza Wrx (awd) 5 Sp Manual 4d Sedan

  • 221000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

1999 build GC8 Subaru WRX, Last edition series 1. Unfinished project. engine had complete overhaul, new racing clutch, clear peeling, drives very well. Text or phone . No emails please

$10,000
Launceston, TAS

31/01/2022

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Overview of the Subaru Impreza

Overview of the Subaru Impreza

Subaru was renowned for models such as the Leone and Jumbuck until a new small car appeared in 1993.

The Impreza would take Australia by storm during the 1990s, and a turbocharged performance model called the WRX continues to be a huge cult car (and now its own, separate nameplate).

Across several generations, however, regular versions of the Impreza have proven to be sensible compact family cars - with a segment USP of standard all-wheel drive and their distinctive horizontally opposed 'boxer' engines across the range.

SUBARU IMPREZA GENERATIONS (SINCE 2000)

2000-2007

2007-2012

2012-2016

2016-present

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption (excluding WRX models)

2.0L 4-cylinder petrol: 6.6-7.2 litres per 100km

(2012-2016) 2.0L 4cyl petrol: 6.8-7.2 litres per 100km

= Highly economical.

= Good economy.

= Average fuel use.

= Heavy consumption.

Servicing

SIMILAR MODELS TO SUBARU IMPREZA

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: SUBARU IMPREZA (2012-2016 MODELS)

Check that the timing belt has been replaced at 125,000km intervals. A broken belt will destroy the engine. A second belt change also requires water pump, pulleys and tensioners to be replaced as well.

Check for water in the oil and vice-versa. Subaru had big head-gasket problems in previous years.

Due to poor machining and iffy quality piston rings, some cars from around 2012-2013 had high oil consumption. These should have surfaced by now and been fixed.

Subaru engines can last a long time but require strict maintenance to do so. Small, intricate oilways in the engine won't tolerate the sludge created by skipped oil changes. A ticking engine is one that is already damaged.

Like many modern CVTs, their alien feel and sound made some owners think there was something wrong. Drive one first to make sure you could live with its characteristics.