SOTW: Subaru Impreza Turbo
Winter-shedding gold has been struck, reckons Shed
Last time we brought you a Subaru Impreza as Shed of the Week, we freely admit that it was a bit of a ratty specimen, probably suffering from the infamous 'piston slap' of late 90s Subarus. But this particular Scooby seems a whole lot sweeter.
Yes, it's done a chunky 158,000 miles, but the engine was subject to a full rebuild by specialists API at 106k miles, according to the seller (who has all the receipts and service history, so it's something you can presumably confirm by riffling through the paperwork). The car sounds like it's been pretty well looked after in general in fact, having been treated to newish tyres, clutch, front and rear droplinks, rear dampers, discs and pads by its current owner.
So what's pushing this car down into Shed's grubby mitts? Tatty bodywork, from the sound of it. But hey, what's a bit of rust on a Shed? Then, we suppose, there's the spectre of some fairly heavy running costs, both in everyday/fuel terms, and the looming possibility of a pricy mechanical malady. But good Shedding is all about taking a bit of a punt, isn't it?
Subaru Impreza Turbo with API Engine rebuild - Perfect Winter Car! (1997)
158,400 miles £1,000
Subaru Impreza Turbo, 1997 R plate, 5-door Wagon, 158k with full API engine rebuild at 106k, Red, 5-door, comprehensive service history including all bills and old Mots, Mot Feb 2013, Tax end Feb, CD player, Cat 1 with r/c/l, e/w, e/m
Full engine rebuild by top Subaru builder API now on 50k including lightened flywheel, ported headers, uprated fuel pump at cost of over £3k, standard UK car except for engine and stainless backbox, recent front tyres, brake pads and calliper rebuild, always well maintained regardless of cost - including new clutch, front and rear droplinks, rear dampers, disks and pads in my ownership.
Bad points: Bodywork getting tatty in places - especially rear arches (but interior is excellent), due for a service
Ideal winter car! Any inspection or questions welcome. No test pilots, please bring proof of insurance if you wish to test drive.
Obviously they're pretty nasty inside but for a grand we're at disposable car money- change the oil and run until it dies.
edit to add: re road noise- I put a miltek on my 'wagon' and it was unbearable at legal motorway speeds- the drone went away at 90ish though.
I much prefer the purity and honesty if the 'classic' shape, and although they don't have as much power, and the perceived build quality isn't quite as good, buy a good un-modified lower miles one and you soon forget about the mpg.
And servicing isnt costly at specialists either!