1997 subaru impreza

1997 subaru impreza

Subaru – historia marki

Data publikacji: 2014-04-01 14:34 Autor: Mariusz Michalak

Zakłady rozwijały się bardzo dynamicznie, a zasłynęły głównie myśliwcami, które były produkowane na początku II wojny światowej. Po jej zakończeniu zakłady Nakajima zostały zdemilitaryzowane, a koncern podzielono na 12 odrębnych przedsiębiorstw. Sześć z nich w 1953 roku zostało ponownie połączonych i tak powstał Fuji Heavy Industries. Koncern zajmował się m.in. produkcją sprzętu budowlanego, różnego rodzaju maszyn oraz sprzętu gospodarstwa domowego. Utworzony zostaje także pion, który miał zajmować się motoryzacją.

W 1954 roku zbudowany zostaje prototyp samochodu osobowego, który funkcjonował pod nazwą P-1. Rok później debiutuje natomiast Subaru 1500. Pojazd miał niezależne zawieszenie przednich kół, tylne zawieszenie oparte na belce skrętnej, a także niezależne wahacze wleczone. Problemem okazała się jednak sieć dystrybucji i sprzedaż auta została wstrzymana, a firma zaczęła produkować autobusy. Powrócono jednak do produkcji aut i tak w 1958 toku powstaje Subaru 360, które zmotoryzowało Japonię i było produkowane do 1970 roku. Na jego podwoziu zbudowano także ciężarówkę Sambar.

W 1966 roku swoją premierę ma model 1000, który wyróżniał się poprzecznie montowaną jednostką napędową i napędem na przednie koła. Mimo tego, że nie odniósł znaczącego sukcesu rynkowego, to w przyszłości czerpano z wykorzystywanych w nim rozwiązań. Trzy lata później debiutuje natomiast następca Subaru 360, czyli model R2.

Ważnym rokiem dla japońskiego producenta był rok 1971. Wtedy to pojawia się Subaru Leone – pierwsze auto, które trafia do masowej produkcji z napędem 4WD. Pod maską znajdował się silnik typu boxer z przeciwległymi cylindrami i horyzontalnie umieszczonymi tłokami.

W 1972 roku model R2 zostaje zastąpiony przez Rex, a kilka lat później pojawia się model Brat, który był pickupem z napędem 4×4 zyskującym dużą popularność na rynku w Stanach Zjednoczonych. Początkowo za jego napęd odpowiadał silnik o pojemności 1,6 litra i mocy 69 KM. 1983 rok jest rokiem debiutu minivana Domingo, a rok później oferta wzbogaca się o model Subaru Justy oczywiście z napędem 4WD.

Następcą modelu Leone okazało się Subaru Legacy z 1989 roku. Auto posiada napęd 4WD i jest produkowane także dziś. Na rynku jest obecna jego piąta generacja. Jednym z najbardziej rozpoznawalnych modeli japońskiej marki jest model Impreza, który dostępny jest od 1992 roku. Sławę przyniosła mu wersja z silnikiem turbodoładowanym. Subaru zdobyło w 1995 roku tytuł mistrza świata w klasyfikacji kierowców i konstruktorów, a za kierownicą zasiadał wtedy Colin McRae. Subaru Impreza także w kolejnych latach wygrywała w klasyfikacji producentów. Pierwsza Impreza od Subaru w Europie pojawiła się w dwa lata po debiucie w Japonii.

Kolejnym ważnym autem japońskiego producenta jest Subaru Forester z 1997 roku. To SUV, którego obecnie na rynku mamy dostępną IV generację.

Pojawiła się także kolejna generacja Legacy i nowa Impreza, która w Europie oferowana była również w kultowej odmianie WRX STi, o mocy 265 KM. W 2005 roku zadebiutował pierwszy SUV marki — B9 Tribeca.

Z najnowszych wydarzeń warto dodać, że w 2013 roku Subaru rozpoczęło produkcję samochodów z napędem hybrydowym. Pokazany został także model WRX bazujący na modelu Impreza. Za jego napęd odpowiada 2,0-litrowy, turbodoładowany silnik benzynowy w układzie boxer.

Najważniejsze wybrane daty z historii marki

1917 – Chikuhei Nakajima zakłada firmę Nakajima Aircraft Company

1953 – powstaje przedsiębiorstwo Fuji Heavy Industries

1954 – prototyp samochodu osobowego P-1

1954 – Subaru 1500

1958 – pierwsze autobusy Subaru

1958 – Subaru 360

1966 – Subaru 1000

1969 – Subaru R2

1971 – Subaru Leone z napędem 4WD

1972 – Subaru Rex

1977 – Subaru Brat

1983 – Subaru Domingo

1984 – Subaru Justy

1989 – Subaru Legacy

1992 – Subaru Impreza

1992 – Subaru Vivo

1997 – Subaru Forester

2005 –Subaru B9 Tribeca

2013 – samochody z napędem hybrydowym

1997 Subaru Impreza

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by Car Chooser from Sioux Falls on April 26, 2012

If you want something fun to drive, have all wheel drive then the 1997 Subaru Impreza is a great choice. I own one to this day. When I bought the Impreza, it had 109,700 miles on it. NOW IT HAS OVER . Read full review

An amazing reliable ugly little car!! Loved it!

by jay man from lowell Mass on January 2, 2010

I owned a 97 subaru outback sport for about 4 years while in college full time and also had two jobs.I therefore was always in a hurry and with no time for anything else.I pretty much abused my subie . Read full review

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Used 1997 Subaru Impreza Wagon

    Outstanding handling, all-wheel drive, spunky good looks, comfortable seats Could use a few more ponies under the hood, price

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Vehicle overview

Subaru built a solid reputation for itself in the Seventies building inexpensive (and built to stay that way) four-wheel drive passenger cars. The company enjoyed success in the Northeast, Rocky Mountains, and Northwest, providing people with reliable transportation that could thwart most attempts by Mother Nature to keep them from arriving at their destinations. Aside from a major rusting habit and offbeat styling, Subarus kept loyal owners happy.

Then Subaru decided it wanted a bigger piece of the auto market pie. The Impreza was originally conceived to battle the Ford Escorts, Toyota Corollas and Chevy Cavaliers that sold so well to young adults. A zippy ad campaign touting the underpowered Impreza as What to Drive alienated traditional Sube buyers and turned off the young adults it was supposed to appeal to. Sales of the Impreza were less than successful, and Subaru scrambled to find a solution.

Wonder of wonders, the company decided to reacquaint itself with its legend. Subaru is concentrating on all-wheel drive cars again, and is emphasizing AWD in every ad, article and brochure you can lay your hands on. Ah yes, The Beauty Of All-wheel Drive. The Impreza is available in coupe, sedan and wagon form. Traditional front-wheel drive editions have been banished from the roster.

For 1997, Subaru infuses the anemic 1.8-liter and 2.2-liter engines with additional horsepower and torque. Peak torque occurs lower in the 2.2’s rev range, providing more useable oomph. The Outback Sport is the big news this year; it features a suspension lift, more ground clearance, and snazzy styling that should appeal to SUV intenders. All Imprezas are facelifted, featuring new grilles and large functional hood scoops that suck in air to help cool the engine bay.

Good thing the hood scoop has been added, because you’ll keep the zingy 2.2-liter boxer engine revved up. The Impreza behaves like a street-legal rally car, and is a hoot to toss around. Fling it into a corner, and it clings to the pavement. The Impreza is comfortable, though the side glass feels a bit too close. Steering and braking is communicative, and the interior is well-laid out with easy-to-use controls and legible analog gauges.

Two other developments for 1997 disturb us, however. The LX model disappears from the lineup, and most of its standard equipment can be ordered for the L Coupe. Model simplification is a good thing, but the LX’s anti-lock brakes did not make the transition to the L’s options list. To get ABS, you must order the Outback Sport. This doesn’t make much sense from a company touting safety in its advertising. Also new are the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) controls. The 1996 Impreza had three simple to use rotary dials. For 1997, HVAC controls are a combination of slide levers and knobs that don’t look or function as nicely as those from last year.

Overall, we find much to like about the Impreza. We’ve driven Outback Sport and L Coupe models, and thoroughly enjoyed them. The wagon has a small cargo area when the rear seat is raised, partially due to the steeply raked rear window. Drop the seat, though, and you’ve got 62 cubic feet to mess around with. Other quibbles include a cramped rear seat and ugly K-Mart issue plastic wheelcovers on the Outback Sport.

Subaru is aiming the Outback Sport at consumers who would otherwise be considering a Toyota RAV4, Geo Tracker, or Kia Sportage. Unfortunately, it has trouble delivering what most folks want in a sport-utility. It’s not capable of serious off-road adventure, and it doesn’t provide a commanding view of traffic. Cargo volume with the rear seat up can’t match the Kia or the Toyota for usability. However, Imprezas are a blast to drive hard and fast, and the all-wheel drive system performs brilliantly on a variety of road surfaces.

What’s it cost for a fun car with all-wheel drive peace of mind? Brightons start at just over $14,000 including destination charges. Better accommodations will run you as much as $17,500 for an L Wagon with an automatic transmission. Want ABS? Plan to spend at least another grand. As good as all-wheel drive is, the budget-minded compact shopper must ask whether the price commanded by the Impreza is worth it. As much as we like the Impreza, we’re skeptical.

1997 Subaru Impreza Review

    Outstanding handling, all-wheel drive, spunky good looks, comfortable seats Could use a few more ponies under the hood, price

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Subaru built a solid reputation for itself in the Seventies building inexpensive (and built to stay that way) four-wheel drive passenger cars. The company enjoyed success in the Northeast, Rocky Mountains, and Northwest, providing people with reliable transportation that could thwart most attempts by Mother Nature to keep them from arriving at their destinations. Aside from a major rusting habit and offbeat styling, Subarus kept loyal owners happy.

Then Subaru decided it wanted a bigger piece of the auto market pie. The Impreza was originally conceived to battle the Ford Escorts, Toyota Corollas and Chevy Cavaliers that sold so well to young adults. A zippy ad campaign touting the underpowered Impreza as What to Drive alienated traditional Sube buyers and turned off the young adults it was supposed to appeal to. Sales of the Impreza were less than successful, and Subaru scrambled to find a solution.

Wonder of wonders, the company decided to reacquaint itself with its legend. Subaru is concentrating on all-wheel drive cars again, and is emphasizing AWD in every ad, article and brochure you can lay your hands on. Ah yes, The Beauty Of All-wheel Drive. The Impreza is available in coupe, sedan and wagon form. Traditional front-wheel drive editions have been banished from the roster.

For 1997, Subaru infuses the anemic 1.8-liter and 2.2-liter engines with additional horsepower and torque. Peak torque occurs lower in the 2.2’s rev range, providing more useable oomph. The Outback Sport is the big news this year; it features a suspension lift, more ground clearance, and snazzy styling that should appeal to SUV intenders. All Imprezas are facelifted, featuring new grilles and large functional hood scoops that suck in air to help cool the engine bay.

Good thing the hood scoop has been added, because you’ll keep the zingy 2.2-liter boxer engine revved up. The Impreza behaves like a street-legal rally car, and is a hoot to toss around. Fling it into a corner, and it clings to the pavement. The Impreza is comfortable, though the side glass feels a bit too close. Steering and braking is communicative, and the interior is well-laid out with easy-to-use controls and legible analog gauges.

Two other developments for 1997 disturb us, however. The LX model disappears from the lineup, and most of its standard equipment can be ordered for the L Coupe. Model simplification is a good thing, but the LX’s anti-lock brakes did not make the transition to the L’s options list. To get ABS, you must order the Outback Sport. This doesn’t make much sense from a company touting safety in its advertising. Also new are the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) controls. The 1996 Impreza had three simple to use rotary dials. For 1997, HVAC controls are a combination of slide levers and knobs that don’t look or function as nicely as those from last year.

Overall, we find much to like about the Impreza. We’ve driven Outback Sport and L Coupe models, and thoroughly enjoyed them. The wagon has a small cargo area when the rear seat is raised, partially due to the steeply raked rear window. Drop the seat, though, and you’ve got 62 cubic feet to mess around with. Other quibbles include a cramped rear seat and ugly K-Mart issue plastic wheelcovers on the Outback Sport.

Subaru is aiming the Outback Sport at consumers who would otherwise be considering a Toyota RAV4, Geo Tracker, or Kia Sportage. Unfortunately, it has trouble delivering what most folks want in a sport-utility. It’s not capable of serious off-road adventure, and it doesn’t provide a commanding view of traffic. Cargo volume with the rear seat up can’t match the Kia or the Toyota for usability. However, Imprezas are a blast to drive hard and fast, and the all-wheel drive system performs brilliantly on a variety of road surfaces.

What’s it cost for a fun car with all-wheel drive peace of mind? Brightons start at just over $14,000 including destination charges. Better accommodations will run you as much as $17,500 for an L Wagon with an automatic transmission. Want ABS? Plan to spend at least another grand. As good as all-wheel drive is, the budget-minded compact shopper must ask whether the price commanded by the Impreza is worth it. As much as we like the Impreza, we’re skeptical.

Consumer Reviews

1997 Subaru Impreza

Review Score

Score Breakdown

3.4 out of 5 stars Comfort
4.8 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
3.2 out of 5 stars Interior Design
5 out of 5 stars Reliability
4 out of 5 stars Performance
4 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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by Car Chooser from Sioux Falls on Thu Apr 26 2012

If you want something fun to drive, have all wheel drive then the 1997 Subaru Impreza is a great choice. I own one to this day. When I bought the Impreza, it had 109,700 miles on it. NOW IT HAS OVER 230K! So far I do the usual. Oil changes, tire rotations, etc. The major problems were replacing the fuel system and catalyst. Other than that, my 1997 Impreza has not given up! Hope it makes the 300K mile mark!

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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by jay man from lowell Mass on Sat Jan 02 2010

I owned a 97 subaru outback sport for about 4 years while in college full time and also had two jobs.I therefore was always in a hurry and with no time for anything else.I pretty much abused my subie but this car could not break down!When I did go for maintenance I always asked the mechanics . «are you sure nothing is wrong ?» and they would always confirm that it was a sturdy vehicle.Watch out though ,it handles the snow very well and this gives one too much confidence.Its not a looker but its definately the best car i’ve ever owned so far without a doubt!

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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by The singer that loves music, and cars from Florida on Sun May 14 2006

This car was amazing, It took to me about 2 months to decide to buy a car in 1997, after visiting many dealers and other brands, I was not quite shure about subaru because I never hear too much about those cars, but when I made y decision, thank god, because this is the best car for family and job that never had. Comfortable, and very easy to maintain, with this car I realized that mechanics is easy. I did most of the maintennance of this car, including the timing belt, brakes, everythig. I owned it for 4 years, and the top of all, I had an accident were I was driving with my wife and my 2 kids, and nobody was hurt, the security features that the car have are amazing, and believe me, in the accident the car finally stop flipped over one side. very good car.

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Does recommend this car!!

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by Colorado Engineer from Colorado on Sun Dec 24 2006

I’ve got 105,000 on my 97 Outback Sport. The engine and drivetrain have proven to be very reliable. Only needed regular maintanence. The 2.2L engine is on the weak side with only 130hp. 2.2L Hondas make 240hp. The handling is fantastic. There isn’t much you can do to upset the very stiff chassis. The steering is overboosted, though, leading to a lack of feel. In the deep snow we can get here in Colorado, it’s just Subarus and SUVs on the roads for a while. The material quality of the interior is sub-par, especially for the price of the car. Plastics are hard and cheap. The red paint used on the car is also easy to scratch and hasn’t aged well. It’s also pretty darn noisy on the highway. Overall, it’s a fun little car that is driveable all year around. I’ll probably buy another one.

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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by obsnw from coeur d alene, ID on Thu Nov 01 2007

I have owned a 1997 outback sport for over a year now. It has been good. I got a really good deal on it, so I can’t complain too much. Given the choice of using the cash for a down payment on a nicer car and just buying this car, I would go for the old Impreza. It really has gotten me through college with only routing maintenance, and a little more than average gas price. Only recently have I had to even consider fixing routine items like a clutch or a timing belt. The only mechanical trouble I have had is with the steering rack, everything else is good to go. By the way, I autocross, and am not very subtle in my driving technique. I have abused this car, but it is fantastic in defending itself. Handling is good, but can be improved with some cheap, easy to install parts. The interior is the worst, though. I really can’t fit more than 2 adult friends in the thing. Also, if you plan on driving fast the seats will need to be swapped for some race stuff. I did it on the cheap and it looks good and feels great. The engine is beefier than a stock honda, but a wrx implant is choice. If you live somewhere with snow, the drivetrain layout makes for a safe, and even fun, winter drive. Of course braking on ice is the same on every car, so don’t get over confident like I have in the past. Finally, the wheels are ugly, and need to be changed no matter what. However, be careful. I bought wheels with too big of an offset, and the tires rub on the wells. It takes a lot of work to get big wheels and tires to fit. I did it, but they still rub once and while on big dips.

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