My car is a 2004 Impreza sedan. This procedure should be identical for all 2000 - 2007 models. Other Subarus will be similar but not identical.
Step 1: Remove the "Combination Meter Assembly" (aka instrument panel, or gauges)
Start by moving the steering wheel as far down as possible, to give yourself space to work.
Take off the black trim piece around the instrument cluster by removing 2 screws in the top of the piece. Sorry my picture is cut off. See step 2 for a better view.
There are also 2 snaps at the bottom of the trim piece, pull it directly towards you firmly until they "click" out. To get the piece to fit past the steering wheel as you remove it, try tilting toward you.
Step 2: Remove more screws, then disconnect wires
Reach behind and unplug 3 green connectors.
Then fully remove the assembly. Keep the clear cover on.