Warranty Direct recently claimed the Impreza cost an average of £1,623 to repair, with 25% of all owners making a claim on their policy, but Subaru says its own used car warranty records show the average Impreza claim is only £396 for a sample size of 7,397 vehicles with an average age of four years. Mr Swatman said: "We understand that most of Warranty Direct's Impreza claims were for damaged engines – hence the high cost – and have been told that the average age of the cars was 3.1 years. Since Subaru UK's own official new car warranty provides 3-year protection, many of the cars covered by Warranty Direct would appear to be vehicles of questionable origin including Japanese-specification 'grey' imports.
"Subaru 'grey' imports – which do not satisfy the requirements of European Type Approval and were not intended for European use – require high-octane, low-sulphur fuel to avoid engine damage. This fuel is not available in the UK."