The 2008 OBS, as with the Impreza/WRX family, is substantially changed from 2007. Most of the major issues on the earlier models (interior quality, handling, braking, climate control, tires, etc.) have been addressed, mostly successfully. The 2008, IMO, is far closer to the ideal of a WRX w/o the turbo than past attempts. The OBS's ability to travel through rain/sleet/snow, etc. is superb. Still, its appeal will likely be limited to those who value 4wd and a sporty image over size, utility, and gas mileage.
Full-time 4wd. Safety packege is world class. Braking w/ ABS, and force distribution. Standard feature list. Very nice stock tire/wheel package. Very modest price for what you get.
Gas mileage is mediocre at best. The passenger seat is very low relitve to the dask board. Check before buying! Performance-wise, it's not a sports car. Gearing is needlessly/stupidly low w/ 5mt. The stock speakers are poor and are shallow-mount, limiting replacements options.