SOTW: Subaru Impreza Wagon
We've found an unmolested one...
Sometimes, however, a car's credibility just gets thoroughly ripped to shreds by the too-often misguided attentions of the 'modifying' set. It's hard to say exactly when this happened with the Impreza, but at some point the car venerated by a generation of rally fans began to attract the attentions of the 'wrong sort of people'.
These days, the plethora of super-fast hot hatches has rather overshadowed the Impreza's fast-yet-practical USP, but even back in 2000, when this car was registered, the Impreza's abilities were still pretty special.
But it is £650, it does have tax and MOT, and it's an unmolested Impreza. And they don't come along all that often...
Advert is reproduced below:
160,000 miles £650
THIS ADVERT IS FOR A SUBARU IMPREZA TURBO 2000CC W REG ALL WHEEL DRIVE ESTATE/WAGON.
IT IS FINISHED IN METALLIC GREEN.
HAS 11 STAMPS IN SERVICE BOOK. LAST KEEPER 2006 TO 2011. ALSO HAVE QUITE A BIT OF OTHER PAPERWORK/RECEIPTS.
TAXED UNTIL END OF SEPTEMBER 2011.
THE ENGINE APPEARS TO HAVE A KNOCK. HOWEVER, THE CAR STILL DRIVES AND PULLS WELL.
NO OVER HEATING/MIXING.
OIL AND WATER LEVELS ARE FINE.
THE CAR WILL REQUIRE REAR BRAKE DISCS AND A BACKBOX IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
THIS CAR IS CHEAP ENOUGH TO USE OR BREAK AS IT IS ONE OF THE CHEAPEST ABOUT.
THIS IS WHAT I WILL DO IF IT DOESNT SELL BUT SEEMS A SHAME AS ITS A GENUINE ENOUGH CAR
I AM BASED 2 MINUTES AWAY FROM JUNCTION 36 OFF THE M1.
What a gem of a find, top marks PH SOTW!!!
Plus clutches can only last 50,000 miles, driveshafts wear and the suspension will need looking at too. The ARB drop links etc will need replacing. the Turbo will more than likely be worn and on its way out at that mileage too.
Good shed, but its a total money pit.
The problem is finding a good second hand engine for one of these is not easy, and is maybe £1000-£1500 for an old scrap engine.
Rebuilding the engine is expensive unless you are able to do it yourself, buying a recon engine is not cheap (ag API) or even just getting the cars own engine rebuild could cost £1,500 plus.