Review: Subaru Impreza II WRX (2002 – 2006)


Makes you feel like you're a world rally champion. Great acceleration, traction, handling, brakes and grip. Exhilarating yet forgiving.

Running costs are high. Looked ugly until it was facelifted in 2003. Confusing spec differences among imports.

Recently Added To This Review

16 May 2005

Free Prodrive performance upgrades for Impreza WRX and STi Type-UK, raising power to 265PS/257lb ft and 305PS/299lb ft respectively without affecting 3 year 60k mile warranty. WRX with pack does 0-60mph... Read more

22 April 2004

Factory Special Edition 320PS WRX STi from April 2004 at £29,995 does 0-60mph in 4.25 seconds, 0-100mph in 10.67 seconds, standing quarter in 12.8 seconds. Torque is 310 lb ft at 4,000rpm. Read more

19 January 2003

Desperately needed facelift, mainly to lights from January 2003. Power of WRX now 221bhp and emissions 219g/km. 5-speed gearbox. Read more

Subaru Impreza II WRX (2002 – 2006): At A Glance

What does a Subaru Impreza II WRX (2002 – 2006) cost?

Contract hire from £322.43 per month

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Would you recommend buying a high mileage 2002 Subaru Impreza II WRX 2.0?

I've found a 2002 Subaru Impreza II WRX 2.0, 110,000 miles, fitted with the Prodrive Performance Pack (ECU reprogramming, downpipe, exhaust). Will this be a reliable engine? From the looks of it, it's in completely stock form and the price is very good too. Should I seriously consider putting my money on this car. I've never owned one but I've read many reviews from others that are very enthusiastic regarding their choice. The only downsides are the running costs and the MPG.
Chancy. A turbo engine of this size producing over 300PS is not a recipe for long life.
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