Have loved this car for 6 years. Drove it 5 days a week for 3 years as a pizza delivery car. I like to drive at high RPM and as fast as possible around corners and over speed bumps so needless to say this car has taken a beating. That said only thing it needed to keep it going was gas and oil changes and of course brakes. At this point the struts are pretty wasted, but other than that it continues to cruise along like it did when I bought it 6 years ago. I love that my car can get up and go every time there is a snow storm and everyone else is left stuck on the side of the road. This is a reliable car that takes a beating. Just like I like a car to be.
I bought this car new in 1995, it's still my primary and favorite car. You can't beat the handling and it goes like a sherman tank in the snow. Very little maintenance other than routine. This is my second Subaru and I hope it never dies. 126,000 miles of mostly country roads. My only complaint is I was too cheap to buy the larger engine and with the AC on, sometimes I could use more power.
This is an example of a well rounded car at its core. Subaru is by far the most underrated car company on the planet, and this car lives up to the Subaru family name. For its price, you are getting safety, reliability, and comfort. Not the fastest car on the block, but if you bought this car, you probably weren't looking for that anyway. I would personally give this car a 9 out of 10 for being what it was supposed to be.
I like the fact that all Subaru models come with All Wheel Drive, and an attractive interior.
If I were to improve on anything, I guess it would have to be top end horse power, but like I said, it wasn't meant to be a race car.
For over 8 years this car has given
my family a reliable ride with no more
than routine maintenance. It handles
very reliably in the snow and mud
seasons - even on dirt roads, and
the body has held out well even
against road salt. Engine
well-designed for do-it-yourself
maintenance. Only complaints are a
gas gauge that stopped working a
few years ago, and the interior often
fogs up and takes a long time to
clear. It's become a little cramped
since adding kids to the family.
Otherwise, I'd keep it forever!