Subarus are always reliable, yet I have to admit they are kind of wierd at times. I own a 99 Impreza and it always runs well but is kind of strange at times since things will stop working and then start working again! The newer engines in the 02s are reliable though.
Subarus in genaral are reliable cars, as for the WRX it's a reliable car but the automatic transmission has a lot of turbo lag. So get the manual transmission, but with the manual transmission, u gotta be careful and not beat on the car because the 2nd gear goes out easily. But overall it's an awesome car, especially in the snow.
i have a 02 wrx stage 3 this is the best car that i have ever owned i rally race this car all the time and do a little drag racing the car now has 66 thousand miles and the only major thing Ive had to do is upgrade the clutch because it started slipping ( only because of the all the power its making over stock)
Subaru in general are extremely reliable if they are well maintained and not abused. I think the WRX is very reliable and can be driven hard for many years if it is driven properly and maintained properlyMost of the people who say they have reliability problems are 'big launch' and/or 'slam gears' guys
I drive a 2002 WRX every day,it just lost the radiator (after being only 5 years old !), and I have had lots of parts break on it, if you do not modify it at all, it will be more reliable.it breaks like a 10 to 15 year old car from the day I bought it new.this car handles so very well, it does things that I thought not possible for a car to do,I would want nothing else.it is way better than a German car, but not as good as most Japanese cars, nissan, mazda, and honda beat it for reliability.