2006 Subaru Impreza R Sport
Added: 12th of October 2016
My current car is a 2006 Subaru Impreza R Sport in the the so called "wagon" body style (small estate car/large hatchback). It is without a doubt the best car I've owned (I've owned a Ford Escort, a Fiat Regatta, a mk1 Vauxhall Astra and two Subaru Impreza's previously). The current mileage is just slightly over one hundred and seven thousand miles and engine is faultless (touch wood !) The car is shown some "wear and tear" on the bodywork but it is nearly 11 years old (55 plate) ! I was a loan car at the local Subaru dealership so it had a bit of a tough life before I bought it. I used it for towing a large two berth caravan for four years and it never missed a beat, even when fully loaded at it maximum legal towing weight. I did upgrade the front brakes (to four piston calipers and fast road pads) as I thought the standard items wouldn't cope with towing (stopping !) the caravan. As it's a non turbocharged model the servicing intervals are annual - it's recently (May 2016) had a cambelt and major service including all fluids and brake pads and disks all round - again performance disks and fast road pads along with HEL stainless steel brake lines - with an all in cost of seven hundred pounds via a local specialist. The next thing I need to replace is the suspension as it is well overdue ! It's comfortable (my parents don't complain) but it has come to the end of its useful life now. The big issue of fuel consumption is not bad considering the turbo models do fifteen to twenty miles per gallon of super unleaded and I can get up to thirty five miles per gallon. As I said at the start it's the best car I've ever owned.