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Old 03 Jun 2008, 08:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bit of advise please

Hello All

Im Gemma 21 an from Scotland

I am going to look at an Impreza on Saturday

1.8gl 4wd

I cant afford to insure any other impreza an i have just passed my test this year.

I am able to insure the 1.8 tho :-)

I know i will get a slating as its a lookalike/wannabe of the turbo but i cannot insure one at all and dont want to be on "daddys" insurance an have a turbo to be honest

Now down to the real stuff

What will it be like on fuel?

I currently have Vectra SRI 1.8 130bhp would it be worse?

What would it get roughly to the gallon?

Any other bad points to the 1.8 bar it not being to fast

Sorry for the "blonde" questions

Thanks for your time

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Old 03 Jun 2008, 10:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi gemma, welcome to the site.

Im not clued up about the 1.8 im afraid but i wouldnt have thought the fuel consumption would be that bad, probably the same if not better than the vectra. I had the v6 sri vectra before this impreza and that used to drink the motion lotion.

The impreza's are pretty reliable on the whole as long as they are looked after and serviced regularly - which im afraid can be quite expensive. You shouldnt let you put that off too much though as they are a good car to drive handling wise. Just make sure you have decent tyres (Toyos) on it otherwise it may wander over the road a bit which can be a bit unnerving at times.

There was a link in one of the forums which pointed out what to look out for when buying an impreza. Im sure tidgy or pete will give you the link when they come online as they use it often.

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Old 03 Jun 2008, 10:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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http://www.subaru-impreza.org/impreza-checklist.html

That may help you when you go to look at the scoob. Most of it is pretty obvious but there may be things there that will help.
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Old 04 Jun 2008, 05:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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What do you mean by servicing - Oil change or other bits an bobs as me an my dad do the vectra ourselves
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Old 04 Jun 2008, 06:40 AM   #5 (permalink)
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What do you mean by servicing - Oil change or other bits an bobs as me an my dad do the vectra ourselves


Hi Gemma. (Service Interval) Oil/ Plugs/ cam belts/ coolant/ filters.

http://bbs.subaru-impreza.org/showthread.php?t=21403
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Old 04 Jun 2008, 07:43 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks All

So is it just the plugs an oil filters are expensive to buy

Me an my dad usually do my Vectra

Would we be able to do this or does it require specialist tools

Sorry i have no experience with Jap cars
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Would we be able to do this or does it require specialist tools

Sorry i have no experience with Jap cars

Plugs.

http://bbs.subaru-impreza.org/showthread.php?t=45134
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Old 04 Jun 2008, 08:25 AM   #8 (permalink)
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not as bad as i thought

When do cambelt/timing belts be changes

Thanks for all this help
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When do cambelt/timing belts be changes

Thanks for all this help

Every 45K on a Turbo. Could be 60K on a normally aspirated single OHC engine.
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Old 04 Jun 2008, 09:31 AM   #10 (permalink)
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is there any way to tell if the 4wd is buggered
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Old 04 Jun 2008, 11:56 AM   #11 (permalink)
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i went from a astra 1.8 sri (same engine as the vectra) to a 2.0 turbo.

basic running costs arn't that much different, fuel wise yep its alot thirstier but depends how you drive it, insurance is alot more.

so compare it to the sport, your prob about the same sort of area price and economy wise.


when you go to test drive your looking for any untoward nocks and thumping, only issue you might have witht eh 4wd system is the diffs or driveshafts, diffs tend to get noisy and clunk, drive shafts tend to have leaky seals.
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Gemma i hope ya really want a scooby as i reckon the car youve currently gots gonna be alot quicker/more fun to drive than a 1.8,dont think anyone would slate ya by the way for doin a lookalike-if i were young an really wanted one i`d do it-not hard really with a scooby either.

Dont be afraid of em though theyre quite easy to work on/service really only the cambelt i didnt fancy as theyve got a hydraulic cambelt tensioner and a couple of idler pulleys(turbos anyway) idler pulleys and tensioner need replacing now an again to be safe,so i leave it to either zen or roger clark to decide when that time is.
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Old 04 Jun 2008, 03:03 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Hi Gemma i've got a 2.0 sport and even tho its not a turbo its still alot of fun to drive, fuel ok depend how heavy your right foot is, scoobys are good cars all round, nice to drive.
Even not being a turbo you will be surprised how many glances and looks you will get, i'd say go for it, but like most ppl on ere we got the 'scooby bug' !!!
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Old 05 Jun 2008, 06:23 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the info guys

To be honest the speed isnt to much of an issue as i adore Scoobys.

My dad has Bug Eye UK spek impreza but we are still learning about them.

His sounds lovely :-) and can really shift

I would love the turb aswell but it may be a bit to quick for me.

I am 110% going for a look on saturday morning - My bf is coming to he is a mechanic bug hasnt worked on a boxer engine before

Its only 90miles away from me aswell so it wont be a wasted journey if i dont like it

- Uncle scoob how many MPG do you get at the mo.
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Thanks for all the info guys

To be honest the speed isnt to much of an issue as i adore Scoobys.

My dad has Bug Eye UK spek impreza but we are still learning about them.

His sounds lovely :-) and can really shift

I would love the turb aswell but it may be a bit to quick for me.

I am 110% going for a look on saturday morning - My bf is coming to he is a mechanic bug hasnt worked on a boxer engine before

Its only 90miles away from me aswell so it wont be a wasted journey if i dont like it

- Uncle scoob how many MPG do you get at the mo.
only 90 miles lol

there s abuyers guide on here somewhere, our link man pete will post it up when he see's this lol

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