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Subaru Impreza Service Manuals

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About The Subaru Impreza

In 1992 production of the Subaru Impreza began using a shorter version of the Legacy chassis.

Nowadays the platform that it sits on is used by almost all of the Subaru models with modifications made to it for each line.

It was designed to sit in the compact car segment of the market, a position it has retained even to this day.

When it was launched the Legacy was moved up into the mid-size car classification, leaving this Impreza to take its spot.

Most of the examples of the car you will have seen on the road will be full-time four-wheel-drive but some lower-trim versions of the car were sold with front-wheel-drive.

You could buy the Impreza as a sedan or station wagon with some models being a 3-door coupe within the performance trims.

It took over from the Legacy in the World Rally Championship where Colin Mcrae showed the world what the car could achieve.

This performance in the world of motorsport led to a huge following of the car by younger car buyers.

Subaru embraced this and offered a range of performance trims that added turbocharged engines and sports car-like components.

It started with the WRX trim and then the slightly more hardcore WRX STI – then over the years many special editions and third-party tuned models became available.

A 2019 survey found that the Subaru Impreza is among the top cars that retain their value thanks to its high demand.

Much like the Legacy, the Impreza was given an Outback trim that raised the suspension height and added tougher body panels for improved offroad capability.

Subaru Forester

In 1997 the Impreza chassis was used to create the compact crossover SUV the Forester.

Subaru altered the appearance to look more like an SUV but with a lightweight chassis that had a basic offroad capability.

Alongside the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V that kicked off this segment of the market, fierce competition ensued with all 3 models continuing to this day.

It used the larger 2.5-liter boxer engine from the Legacy Outback and thanks to the low center of gravity it gave it sailed past safety regulations in the USA.