View Full Version : 2003 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS (totaled)

07-02-2009, 11:22 PM
So, I bought a new car. It is a 2003 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS.

Year: 2003
Mileage: 94 000 kms
Engine: 2.5-litre H-4
Horsepower: 165-hp @ 5,600 rpm
Torque: 166 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
5 Speed Manual Transmission

As for future plans, I don't really have any right now. I'm pretty happy with it the way it is. I'm sure things will come up in the future, but for now, I'm not going to change anything.

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07-03-2009, 12:46 AM
nice car, another subie :D

07-03-2009, 12:57 AM
Very nice acquisition. And I see your Tacoma in the background :)

07-03-2009, 01:21 AM
Great choice! My friend has a 2008 Impreza and I came close to buying one cause of it. Its a blast to drive and I know Linkin will back that up as well. And good choice with the bugeye, one of my more favorite Impreza's out there :)

07-03-2009, 07:06 PM
I see a SA22C in the 4th picture! :)

Congrats on the car, at least you bought one of the least ugly Imprezas IMO. :P

07-03-2009, 07:45 PM
I love you.


Rally Master
07-03-2009, 07:59 PM
Oh my god a bug-eye. Canada_Kid, you better keep this car forever.

07-03-2009, 08:14 PM
Sweet car! You've still got the truck too I see?

07-03-2009, 08:51 PM
I really like Imprezas. A bug-eyed WRX is actually cheap enough in my country. I could look at getting one but support for Subaru vehicles is almost non-existant here which means parts and maintenance are very expensive.

People are upping their game here which means I'll have to ditch my Polo soon... :D

07-03-2009, 10:05 PM
Wow great car man! I'll agree with everyone else by saying good choice with the bug-eye.

07-04-2009, 02:57 AM
Congrats on the new car man, looks sick.

so you slappin a turbo on that thing or what

07-04-2009, 12:03 PM
Thanks everyone! My sister and brother-in-law had, basically, this same car, like same year and everything. Theirs was the wagon however. So I knew before I bought it that it would be a lot of fun and what the car is capable of. For those wondering, yes, I still do have my Tacoma, for the summer anyway. I'm not sure what is going to happen to it in the fall. I'll probably sell it, but not sure yet.

I was wondering if someone would spot that Killua. That is my friend's car. His dad bought it new in the 80's or whenever and has kept it in excellent condition. If I remember correctly, it has never been driven in the winter/snow.

Thanks for the link Imprezzive. I had come across that site when I was looking but had since forgotten about it.

Haha, forever is a long time RM, but I think I'll have it for a while.

That sucks Zpectre. There is quite a few of them here and Subarus seem to be the vehicle of choice in Montana, which I frequent a lot, so I shouldn't have any problems getting parts and service.

I don't have any plans for a turbo right now GTR. My brother-in-law thinks I should get one, but I just don't really see the need. Maybe some day in the future, but even then I doubt I will. I just think that I could spend that money better elsewhere.

Rally Master
07-04-2009, 01:24 PM
Regarding getting a turbo: You can obtain an AVO turbo kit for the 2.5RS but that will ruin the reliability of your 2.5L NA engine. The best method is doing either a full WRX or an STi swap which will probably cost you more than the cost of the car considering you'll have to source the powertrain from a junkyard. You can't simply slap a turbo under the hood because the materials inside the NA engine aren't designed to withstand that type of pressure.

07-04-2009, 04:34 PM
How about a nice exhaust then? I don't know if 2.5 NA engines have that boxer rumble when stock, but it would be a good upgrade anyways IMO.

By the way, I love how the first 3 letters of the license plate are "SUB".

07-04-2009, 09:31 PM
Turbocharging an NA Subaru is not a very cost-effective idea. As RM mentioned, the engine's reliability is significantly decreased. Simply put, it would be less strenuous on your wallet to purchase a WRX than to execute a turbo swap or anything along the lines of that.

If you're willing to 'invest' in your car, my best advice would be to start out with a nice set of upgraded wheels and tires, followed by a few suspension bits. There are nice coilover suspension kits for the Impreza, as well as anti-sway bars. Depending on your needs/wants, you should consider a brake upgrade, such as stainless-steel lines, and upgraded pads/rotors.

Finally, teh visuals. I'd suggest de-badging the rear trunk lid, and probably the acquisition of the OEM front-lip/rear spats, and doing-away with the black mirrors in favour of body-coloured ones. On the interior, all I could suggest is the Momo steering wheel from the WRX, and perhaps a shift-knob.

This is all meant to give you some ideas as to which direction you'd be willing to go should you choose to invest in the car. Of course, I could help you out; I got the stock 5MT shift knob lying around, which would do wonders for the interior. That is, if my friend doesn't want it for his 04 WRX...

07-05-2009, 11:32 AM
I agree with RM and Imprezzive. Same goes for NA VW engines like the 1,8 litre used in everything from the Polo to the Audi A4. You may think that the NA 1,8 engine is the same as its turbocharged counterpart but the latter is built with stronger internals so it can be be put under much more stress.

07-13-2009, 07:36 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. Like I said earlier, I have no plans for a turbo. If I wanted to bother with a turbo, I would have bought a WRX.

I'll have to look into some of those things Imprezzive. I doubt I'll be doing anything soon, but hopefully sometime in the not-too-distant future (next year perhaps).

Yeah, I thought that was kind of funny Killua. It happened by chance too. I just happen to be at the right registry at the right time to get that plate.

08-06-2009, 12:52 PM
looking good,put a turbo in it and it will fly^^

08-07-2009, 01:18 AM
This is a post that I never wanted to have to write. This car is totaled, but it saved my life. I was on my way to Montana on Monday, driving on the highway, when I came around the corner and there was a ladder in the middle of my lane. I swerved to avoid it and lost control. The car swerved around the highway for a bit before hitting an embankment and, according to witnesses, "flew through the air and then rolled and rolled and rolled." It came to rest on the passenger side. One witness said it was the most horrifying thing she had ever seen and that she couldn't sleep at night.

Once it stopped, I turned off the ignition, undid my seatbelt and fell into the passenger seat. I was then able to stand on the window and open the driver's side door to climb out. Someone else had to hold the door open for me, but other than that I was able to get out by myself. Other than some cuts/bruises from the seat belt, I'm fine.

The emergency crews said that the Subaru literally saved my life. It held up really well. They said that had I been driving another car I would most likely would have been dead. The paramedics said that 99% of the time they take rollover victims to the hospital. I didn't have to go, which made me rather happy.

What makes it even worse is that the guy who lost the ladder came back just after it had happened, grabbed the ladder and took off. Because it had just happened, everyone was over by my car and wasn't looking at him. Nobody really got a good look.

These photos were taken after the fire crews had flipped it back over. ( (

08-07-2009, 02:01 AM
Thankfully, you are alright. Are you still shaken up?

Also.. Shame about the car - its design was proven, and then taken, all in one go.

Do a sketch photo - so that the hunt can commence

08-07-2009, 09:03 AM
:( at least your okay.
thats what matters matey

08-07-2009, 11:24 AM
are you ok? poor car, what are your plans right now?

08-07-2009, 12:23 PM
are you ok? poor car, what are your plans right now?

I agree with these questions. I have never experiecned a accident, rather then bumping a car in front of at 5mph... So I bet this was a scary experience.

The Nordschleifer
08-07-2009, 12:53 PM
The Impreza was enginereed to be a rally car. No surprise you're survived to tell the tale, and without any scratch. If the car was equipped with a roll-bar as the racing ones, it shouldn't probably have reported any heavy damage.

Anyway, is the car repairable? Or it's definitely totaled?

08-07-2009, 01:07 PM
f*ck man , that must have been horrifying man.

08-07-2009, 01:28 PM
My jaw dropped when I read the title. Definitely a post I never want to write. I am just glad you are alright.

08-07-2009, 02:33 PM
Glad to see (read) you're ok. An accident, as any unexpected bad experience, is something that really terrifies anyone. Lucky you: If you weren't wearing the seatbelt and driving some really safe car, you probably wouldn't be here posting these news.
Do you have insurance? What are your plans for now on (if you had enough time to think about this whole thing)?
Hope you can go back to the status quo ante as soon as possible.

08-07-2009, 04:22 PM
After seeing the title I didn't expect that it would be such a big accident... I'm really glad that you're fine.

08-07-2009, 05:01 PM
First, I was like :shocked:

Then, I was still like :shocked:

Seems remarkable that that you escaped with only minor injuries.

08-08-2009, 09:04 AM
I really hope this is insured so you can get an STi. :)

Rally Master
08-08-2009, 11:07 AM
This is certainly tragic news. Glad to hear you're alright.

08-08-2009, 12:40 PM
Awh dude i cringe seeing the car crushed :(

Glad you are ok man, hope things work out car wise for you.

08-08-2009, 01:00 PM
Anyway, is the car repairable? Or it's definitely totaled?
I would say that it will be a VERY expensive repair if one can be done at all.
to be honest you cannot really tell from the pictures but i can imagine that the chassis has been twisted a bit since it has rolled. But there is always hope, it may only be a caved in roof and the roof line may not be bent beyond repair via jigging

08-08-2009, 01:10 PM
Looks like your Subie held up pretty well for a rollover. Glad to see your ok as well.

08-08-2009, 01:49 PM
Looks like your Subie held up pretty well for a rollover. Glad to see your ok as well.

Thats what I thought, because I always thought that the doors and roof on those things were a tad thin. held up very well. Glad to see you still have your health.

08-08-2009, 04:08 PM
Yo, it's sad to see your car like that. At least you're okay though. But DAMN, it's fuwked up how the guy came and took that ladder and drove away from the scene. I would have been so pissed yo.

08-10-2009, 12:27 AM
Glad to hear you're doin' alright CK - You are right? Those Subie's are built super tough, I've heard of many stories of them flipping and the owners just walking away with only scratches and bruise's. About how fast were you going if you don't mind my asking? From the damage im gonna say about 80 - 95km/h-ish?

08-10-2009, 02:48 AM
Damn man, glad to hear you're alright, that is a pretty bad crash...

08-10-2009, 05:46 PM
Thanks guys. I'm pretty happy about being alive and well too. Yeah, the car is totaled. You can't really see it from the pictures very well, but the back roof is completely caved in and the C pillar is crushed. Like, if you were sitting in the back, your head would be crushed. The cave in stops at the B pillar. Had it caved in just like 6 inches further, that would have been my head. The car has been squished too, if that makes sense. Like the seats have been pushed closer together, if you get what I mean. The pictures don't really do the damage justice. It looks far worse in person. Even if it was repairable, I wouldn't want to repair it. I can imagine the problems that would come from that, not to mention resale. Who wants a car that has been in a rollover? Not me.

The insurance company isn't going to pay for it, which is probably a good thing. If I did make a claim, my rates would go up, they wouldn't pay what the car is actually worth (and that would be after the deductible), and I'm not sure, as a 20 year old male, that they would even insure me after that. My mom's cousin (so my first cousin once removed) runs his own insurance company and he said that, in my situation, even if the insurance company was going to cover it, he wouldn't make the claim. He said I'd basically be screwing myself over for the next 6 years. He said that, yeah it sucks now, but in the long run, it is better this way.

Ideally, I'd like to find out who owned the ladder and pursue it civilly. That guy would being buying me a new car. I doubt that is going to happen though, but I still have to talk to the RCMP again. Hopefully, they have something to go on.

It was on Hwy 2 (speed limit - 110 km/h), so I was going probably 120km/h (about average speed for most cars) when I lost control. I doubt I was going that fast when I hit the embankment though, maybe like 100 km/h. It was a pretty horrifying experience, one that I would rather not repeat. The feeling of having no control over this massive chunk of metal careening down the highway at 120km/h is awful. Then seeing the ditch coming up and not being able to do anything about it. And then there was the rolling...

As for my plans, I'm going to go back to driving my Tacoma for now. I'm not too sure if I'm going to be getting another car anytime soon. I mean, I'd like too, but I just don't know if I can swing it. I think that if I do get another Subaru, I'll probably try and get a WRX this time around instead.

08-11-2009, 07:23 AM
sad to hear it,hope you get the guy who dropped his f*cking ladder

SVP Edition
08-23-2009, 01:32 AM
Thanks guys. I'm pretty happy about being alive and well too. Yeah, the car is totaled. You can't really see it from the pictures very well, but the back roof is completely caved in and the C pillar is crushed. Like, if you were sitting in the back, your head would be crushed. The cave in stops at the B pillar. Had it caved in just like 6 inches further, that would have been my head. The car has been squished too, if that makes sense. Like the seats have been pushed closer together, if you get what I mean.

Im glad to hear you came out of that all okay. Rollovers have to be one of the worst experiences ever.